Less than a year after Mad Mike Whiddett pulled the wraps off of his ND generation Mazda MX-5 RADBUL for the North American Formula DRIFT Professional Championship, the pro driver looks poised again to dominate internet conversation with the release of the FD3S-based RX-7 MADBUL generation 7.3.
“We’re calling it Gen 7.3, because it’s half RX-3 (my favorite car of all time) and half RX-7,” Whiddett explains to Red Bull. “We've worked with Rocket Bunny on this custom kit joining the ‘70s-era RX-3 to the ‘90s-era RX-7. It’s all themed back to old-school Mazda racing.”
The biggest difference most will notice between the previous and current versions of Whiddett’s RX-7 is the grafted RX-3 front, similar to what we saw on the Racing Paddock Miyoshi FD. Additionally, the car rocks an original 12A Savanna grill, 10A rotor emblem, which is slightly bigger and has the RE for “rotary engine,” Savanna badges down on the rear corners, and original fender hockey-stick mirrors. Rotiform LHR mesh rims with matte anthracite centers, candy black lips, and anodized candy red hardware round out the exterior makeover.
MADBUL’s history goes back more than 10 years with Mad Mike, the Mazda being his first drift car. Now in its seventh iteration, the RX-7 has seen international competition, qualifying in the Top 16 at the D1GP World All Stars USA Vs. Japan eventin 2005, and podiums, most recently at Formula D Japan in 2016. It was also the vehicle used in the video “Conquer The Crown” (below).
Mad Mike will be unveiling MADBUL in the flesh at the 4 & Rotary Nationals this weekend at the ASB Showgrounds and Meremere Dragway in New Zealand.