If you’re a fan of those high-revving pistonless motors, there is no way that you don’t know who Mad Mike Whiddett is. But, if you have been living a sheltered life and have no clue, we’ll tell you… Mad Mike is a professional drifter who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, a country that’s known to be home to some of the most hardcore rotary fanatics. While it’s not a scientifically verified fact, we’re pretty sure New Zealand is home to more rotary-swapped projects than any other country on the planet. You’ll find amazing rotary-powered cars at park-off, drag race events and drift events, but the best of the best in our uneducated opinion belongs to Mad Mike. He has an extensive collection of cars, but it’s the purpose-built ones that have garnered worldwide fame. All his cars have names that give a nod to his main sponsor, Red Bull. One is called BADBUL, a Mazda RX8 fitted with a monster of a turbocharged triple-rotor 20B turbo powerplant. Another is called HUMBUL, and this one is based on a Series 6 Mazda FD RX7 and features a twin-turbocharged quad-rotor 26B setup. The most famous is probably RADBUL, a Mazda NC MX5 which is also fitted with a twin-turbocharged 26B quad-rotor setup. In the world of rotary engines, there are three basic setups, the most common is the 13B with a twin-rotor setup. A size bigger is the 20B with a triple-rotor setup, and then the big daddy 26B has a quad-rotor configuration. The 26B was never fitted to a production car though, which makes them hard to find. Some people do manage to build their own by lengthening the eccentric shaft (basically the crank) and adding extra rotor housings, but they’ve always stuck to pairs. Mad Mike had a different dream though and wanted to create a 5-rotor configuration and that’s what you see here.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off a world-first 5-rotor powerplant all wrapped up in a one-off body that's sort of MX-5-sized but also isn't. Mad Mike revealed the car at his annual Summer Bash event in Hampton Downs, Waikato, New Zealand to legions of supporters and rotary fanatics: WORLDS first 5rotor is ALIVE! 787D | Mad Mike Whiddett
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