If you’ve been following pro drifter Mad Mike Whiddett’s Facebook page in the past few days, you probably saw this news coming – we’re talking about the unveiling of his 2016 Formula DRIFT-spec racecar, what he has referred to as the “RADBUL Gen2.” He’s still in a Mazda, still in the MX-5 Miata roadster, still with four-rotor Wankel power, but the chassis has been updated to reflect the latest generation ND chassis.
The foundation of the car remains mostly the same, but that does not mean the conversion was easy. Whiddett reportedly grafted the entire front from steel and alloy, as well as the factory Mazda parts, which took him several days to execute. He also cut and modified many Rocket Bunny, Aimgain and Hybrid Lab parts to fit the ND, and then Hybrid Lab spent days making the parts into prototype products to then mold and make Whiddett’s parts out of custom flexiglass. The rear was much the same, Whiddett receiving help from GT Refinishers Panel and Paint.
As we witnessed with the Greddy Pandem ND Miata at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, the widebody treatment really suits the roadster. The car is now in a shipping container on its way to the United States for Round 1 of the 2016 Formula D Pro Championship, April 8 and 9 on the Long Beach Grand Prix street circuit in Southern California. We’ll be sure to grab plenty of photos in our coverage as the Miata makes its competition debut.