Join ‘Mad’ Mike behind the wheel for a VR spin

Pull on your headset and ride shotgun with drift king ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett as he tears up the track.
By Tarquin Cooper

'Mad' Mike Whiddett is the New Zealand drift king. He's a guy who really knows how to burn rubber round a corner. For his RADBUL project, the driver converted a Mazda MX-5 to take a 1000bhp engine (five times more powerful than what the convertible normally takes). And he then let rip on a wild ride around Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand.

The best part? You get to ride shotgun without the need to hold on for dear life – or have a bucket to hand.

For a premium viewing experience use your phone and a VR headset to watch the clip above. However, you can still get the general idea and see an amazing 360 degree edit without any add-ons.

'Mad' Mike Whiddett poses for a portrait at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand.
Meet your driver, 'Mad' Mike Whiddett © Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

"I'm so pumped to have been able to bring our RADBUL Mazda MX-5 back home to New Zealand to execute this clip on New Zealand's premier race circuit, after such a solid development year with the car in USA,” Whiddett told

Petrolheads can get the full lowdown on how Whiddett pimped out his Mazda over on our motorsports channel here, while VR fans can get a whole lot more thrills and spills over on our Virtual Reality hub,

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