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“Mad” Mike Whiddett’s Formula Drift-ready RADBUL breaks cover

Mike Whiddett - RADBUL Drift Car

Despite his car not making it to the US in time for the first round in Long Beach, “Mad” Mike Whiddett is pumped on his 2015 season. He used a local TV newscast to reveal the 4-rotor 26B powered RADBUL Miata MX5 chassis that he will debut on track in Atlanta in just 2 weeks. The car uses a blue base color, which is different from the traditional black-and-white bases he’s used in the past. His main sponsors, besides the obvious Red Bull partnership, include Mazda, Mobil 1, and Nitto Tire. Whiddett designed the livery himself, one of the only Red Bull athletes given that freedom. We missed him in Long Beach (he made our ’10 things’ list), but can begin the countdown at 13 days until the qualifying day of Formula Drift Atlanta.

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Our Review of Formula Drift Long Beach [VIDEO]

Here is our Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach recap video we made together with Subject Media Group from Formula Drift Round 1. A fresh new look of Formula Drift shown in black and white that we just love! Let us know what you think of our highlight video.

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Team Raidopower Debuts 700hp Mercedes Powered S14

Team Raidopower Motorsport

In the middle of the 2JZ era the guys at Team Raidopower from Sweden have built a 700hp Mercedes powered S14. The car features a Rocket Bunny kit and will be driven by Tokan Bielkelof in the Drift All-Stars series for the 2015 season. I couldn’t find exact details easily on the Mercedes power plant but it appears to be a 3.2L turbocharged setup. We except to see many more Drift All-Stars cars debut over the next couple weeks.

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Drifting Shotgun with Chelsea DeNofa [VIDEO]

Here is Chelsea DeNofa ripping around the Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach course in his E46 BMW. Chelsea made some changes to his program this year including a swap over to GT Radial tires. Here is what it looks like from the cockpit of his car on a flying lap around the Long Beach Grand Prix Turn 9/10/11 course.

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2015 KMC Wheels SuperDrift at LBGP [RESULTS]


With a small field for the weekend and only 10 drivers to produce a score in qualifying the main event went on in a Top 16 format. The three drivers who failed to qualify were allowed to enter the main event so the field included 13 drivers. The night time tandem events saw several drivers make serious contact including Robbie Nishida and Odi Bakchis early in the event. In the end, Robbie Nishida made it into the finals but couldn’t beat Conrad Grunewald in the end. Here is how they finished:

1. Conrad Grunewald
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Forrest Wang

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