The New Zealand drift racer takes on Swindon’s iconic roundabout
During his stellar career, Mad Mike Whiddett has drifted a car up a mountain range in his native New Zealand and powerslid across a frozen lake in Japan. Now, though, he’s added yet another major feat onto his CV by becoming the first ever person to drift a car around Swindon’s iconic, labyrinthine Magic Roundabout.
For the uninitiated, the Magic Roundabout is one of the wildest, weirdest pieces of town planning anywhere in the world, a giant mother of a roundabout in the Wiltshire town surrounded by a myriad of satellite baby roundabouts.
Mike’s challenge was to burst onto the Magic Roundabout at high speed and then artfully drift his way through the landmark’s various obstacles, including traffic islands, drains and elevation changes.
A special car was needed for the job, of course, which is why Mike plucked for his BadBul, the 800bhp-plus Mazda RX8 that he won Red Bull Drift Shifters with in 2014.
Check out the edit at Red Bull.com which also includes an interview where Mike explains the challenge of drifting the Magic Roundabout…