News Mad Mike returns in 2012 with the BADBUL!

Mad Mike Whiddett has confirmed entry into the 2012 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, and this year he will be chasing the win in the crazy Red Bull backed RX8 known as “BADBUL”.This is the same car that he competed in the 2010 American Formula D series, and with a turbo Monster Port 20B 3 rotor engine, sequential gearbox and more refined chassis it is no doubt going to be one of the favourites at Eastern Creek in August.

After lighting up half the track in the flame spitting 4 rotor RX7 in 2011, this year, with the impending news of some Japanese D1 competition in Sydney the decision was made to bring the more competitive of the two vehicles. We caught up with him fresh from a round win at D1 NZ.

Superlap Australia
Hi Mike, awesome news for the Aussie fans you will be back in August and this year you are bringing the Badbul RX8?

Mad Mike
Yo Whats up, yeah fully stoked to be invited back to WTAC for 2012. The crowd was epic last year so I can’t wait to get back over again for my fan base in Ozzy! Yep we will have the BADBUL RX8 heading across the ditch this year!


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SL
This is the same car you raced in America, tell us a bit about it

MM
Yeah we won the 2009 NZDRIFT Championship in this car in its debut season.  Since then it has evolved a lot while competing with the big dogs in Formula D USA 2010. Actually it’s been a while since I piloted the BADBUL but the last time was definitely the best performance I have achieved yet, making top4 at the Formula D, Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina event and running a ‘One more Time’ Battle with Tanner Foust. 

SL
And what about the “devil made me do it” thing? is it true it makes 666 horsepower at the wheels??

MM
Actually 666.6hp, seems like a dangerous figure however it will be boasting a few more ponies by the time she touches down in Oz with a fresh 20B boosting a few more psi

SL
So you will be doing a rebuild on the RX8 prior to coming to OZ, tell us a bit about what you have planned.

MM
Nothing too drastic just freshen up everything, slightly bigger ports, more boost, will put it on a diet and cut some weight out, fit our new SEIBON carbon goodies and of course a new livery applied to a fresh kit.

SL.
And after your experience last year, do you think the RX8 will be better suited to the Eastern Creek circuit than the RX7?

MM.
Both cars are so different to drive. I adapt to each one quickly. The biggest advantages with the RX8 are the power, torque and the wheel base which in effect makes it a much easier platform to be competitive in.

SL.
Awesome stuff, and before you come to Oz, you will competing in D1 Japan with team Magic in a Japanese built “replica” of your 4 rotor MadBul RX7, tell us how that came about?

MM.
This is something I am really looking forward too! So I met Kawato San, Owner CEO of Magic Total Car Produce in 2009 at D1GP Okayama. We formed a relationship and have since worked on a few projects together. I had him responsible for building and maintaining the ICEBUL RX7 for the Red Bull Drift on ICE project in 2010. He then flew to NZ last year for D1NZ round2 at Pukekohe and dropped the proposal under my nose. I am realistic about running in this championship as these guys are the OG’s of the sport and not only know the tracks but the competition and tactics of each other. The JAPBUL is an insane 4rotor full Magic built beast and I can’t wait to get into the drivers seat and do some testing!

SL
Well Mike, one thing is for sure. There will be a whole bunch of fans here that can’t wait to see the 3 rotor smoke show. See you in August!!!!

MM
Thanks I’m sparked already and can’t wait for the victory burnouts again! Ha!

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