Mad Mike Whiddett

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Round 2 [RESULTS]


Road Atlanta is always a fun battle ground for the top drifting drivers in the world. Robbie Nishida made a lackluster debut in his Infiniti G37 failing to make a qualifying pass and Dai Yoshihara had issues in his Subaru BRZ and didn’t make a pass either. The bottom of the group was quite close and Matt Field even had to drift his way out of 33rd place on his second pass to stay in the show. Here is how the tandem battles look for today –

Left Bracket
Justin Pawlak vs. Chelsea DeNofa (In Loaner MK3 Supra)
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Forrest Wang vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jeff Jones
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Odi Bakchis vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Masahi Yokoi vs. Matt Coffman

Right Bracket
Fredric Aasbo vs. Daigo Saito
Tanner Foust vs. Geoff Stoneback
Chris Forsberg vs. Kyle Mohan
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Mordaunt
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Charles Ng vs. Matt Field
Ken Gushi vs. Mats Barbieau
Alec Hohnadell vs. Nate Hamilton

“Mad” Mike Whiddett’s Formula Drift-ready RADBUL breaks cover

Mike Whiddett - RADBUL Drift Car

Despite his car not making it to the US in time for the first round in Long Beach, “Mad” Mike Whiddett is pumped on his 2015 season. He used a local TV newscast to reveal the 4-rotor 26B powered RADBUL Miata MX5 chassis that he will debut on track in Atlanta in just 2 weeks. The car uses a blue base color, which is different from the traditional black-and-white bases he’s used in the past. His main sponsors, besides the obvious Red Bull partnership, include Mazda, Mobil 1, and Nitto Tire. Whiddett designed the livery himself, one of the only Red Bull athletes given that freedom. We missed him in Long Beach (he made our ’10 things’ list), but can begin the countdown at 13 days until the qualifying day of Formula Drift Atlanta.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach 2015


10. The Hyundai Genesis Isn’t So Bad After All

Last year I was ready to declare the Hyundai Genesis a “career killer” after Rhys Millen left while driving one and recently Dennis Mertzanis lost his license last season in the car pictured above. Well, Odi Bakchis got ahold of it and with some suspension wizardry at his Feal Suspension bunker built something to make this car work. His performance along with Matt Field put Vortech Superchargers taking home two of the final four places at Long Beach.


9. Will We Ever See Daigo Saito 100% Again? 

Daigo Saito had another terrible weekend. His new over the top Nissan GT-R took itself out in the Top 32 due to what I am being told is a power steering failure. I can imagine turing 21 inch wheels from lock to lock is going to create some serious stress on any steering system they can throw at this car. I love that Daigo is pushing the bounds of the sport and trying new things BUT I also really love it when his car works and he destroys people in tandem battles. I am at war with myself, a house divided if you will, on which one I want more than the other.


8. Tanner Foust’s Passat Was Banged Up This Weekend

Tanner Foust made a really lackluster return to Formula Drift this weekend. He crashed in Saturday practice, limped into qualifying, and ended with an epic wall smack against Justin Pawlak. You could visually see Tanner trying to keep longer full-lock drifts going which is the standard Formula Drift has shifted since he left. Someone asked me on Twitter about his performance and Tanner chimed in to concur. This track, with all the outer clips and layout also make it much harder to run the new way. I think Road Atlanta will be a blessing for him with way less to hit and a more open track environment allowing the Passat to perform in a range he is more comfortable with behind the wheel.


7. How Much Did We Miss Mad Mike?

The Mad Mike question probably cannot be answered until he arrives at Road Atlanta and puts on a show for everyone. The “RADBUL” as he has dubbed it sure looks like an engineering wonder but how can he perform in the States is a question everyone must be wondering about. His last visit to America didn’t have him performing at a top level but he has been actively driving worldwide in various cars since he left Formula Drift years ago. I would of loved to see him debut this Mazda MX-5 at Long Beach but Road Atlanta isn’t that far away at this point.


6. Chris Forsberg Misses Top 4 first time Since 2013

Chris Forsberg hasn’t missed a Final Four since the 2013 season. That is just how good he performed over the course of the 2014 drift season. He made a costly error allowing the 370z to over rotate in a battle with Pat Mordaunt and it was something he couldn’t overcome. Pat looked solid in his 350z and that misstep was too much with Pat being on point in both runs. This result already has the 2015 championship chase showing Chris 67 points behind Aasbo.

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Mad Mike to return to Formula Drift, but will miss Long Beach [CONFIRMED]


In a release from Red Bull, we got confirmation that Mad Mike will be returning to Formula Drift US, but unfortunately won’t be able to make it to the Long Beach round due to delays at the port.  It’s unfortunate that he won’t be able to tackle the streets of Long Beach in the 1,000+ HP 4-rotor Mazda Miata MX5 he built in New Zealand, but Atlanta will be an appropriate track to properly stretch the legs of the car. The first rumors of Mad Mike making a return to FD started all the way back in November at SEMA, and hype has been building ever since. We’re excited to see him get back on track in a fully-built car as opposed to the RX-8 which, as admitted in the Red Bull PR, was more of a street car than fully built proper drift car.

Ryan Tuerck Visits Mad Mike Whiddett and Redbull Drift Shifters [VIDEO]

Ryan Tuerck is on the road yet again overseas for an episode of Tuerck’d. This time he finds himself in New Zealand where he shows off Mad Mike Whiddett’s shop and Mazda collection and then competes in Redbull Drift Shifters with his Retaks FR-S. It looks like Tuerck had a world class time down in New Zealand even though he crashed out of the Drift Shifters event pretty early on in the day. Check it out!

Mad Mike’s New HUMBUL Looks Amazing – Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 Preview

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Mad Mike Whiddett’s HUMBUL is here! The 4 rotor twin turbo motor looks insane and the whole car is on the top quality one would expect to come from Mad Mike. Tons of the aero is sourced from Total Car Produce Magic (whom we found these photos through as well, thanks guys. The car is currently at Tokyo Auto Salon sitting in the Garrett Turbo booth in Hall 9.

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Mad Mike Set to Unveil New RX-7 HUMBUL at Tokyo Auto Salon


On January 9th (just a few days from now) you will see the unveil of Mad Mike Whiddett’s newest project called HUMBUL. Other than some sporadic photos we haven’t been able to get a 100% scoop on the deal. We imagine this car will be part of the Formula Drift World Championship unit for him since we have heard he is coming to Formula Drift in 2015 with a Mazda Miata already. Who is excited to see Mad Mike in 2015 with these new wild builds that are coming together?

2014 Redbull Drift Shifters Recap [VIDEO]

Mad Mike Whiddett brought out some top drifters from around the world to Auckland, New Zealand last week. Here is a quick five minute recap showing the elimination of former champion Matt Powers and the race to a final with Chris Forsberg and Mad Mike Whiddeett in drift pinball.

Redbull Drift Shifters is Live on Redbull TV Friday


Sit back and get ready to tune into Redbull Drift Shifters tomorrow while you should be working. It appears December 5th at 4:30pm PST and 7:30pm EST will be the local air times to tune into the show in Auckland. The event is packed with a ton of professional drifters you will be familiar with including Mad Mike Whiddett, Tyler McQuarrie, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, and Ken Nomura. The best news of the weekend in NZ is that Matt Powers has made a drift return to defend his championship title at this event.


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Drift Shifters Releases International Drivers List for Big New Zealand Event


The international stars stacked up for Red Bull Drift Shifters is probably the biggest in drifting history since the Red Bull World Championship in Southern California back in 2009. If you live in Auckland the event is free on December 6th. Here are some stars coming to New Zealand:

Mad Mike Whiddett
Matt Powers
Chris Forsberg (Nissan 370z)
Tyler McQuarrie (Chevrolet Camaro)
Ryan Tuerck (Scion FRS)
Daigo Saito (Lexus IS250 – FD Asia Car)
Ken Nomura (Nissan R34 Skyline)
Jake Jones (Nissan S13 240sx)