Mad Mike Is Taking a 1,200-HP, Rotary-Engine Mazda 3 Up Pikes Peak

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Mad Mike Is Taking a 1,200-HP, Rotary-Engine Mazda 3 Up Pikes Peak

This year, 2022, marks the official 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb event and speed demon Mad Mike Whiddett is whipping up something special for the celebration. In typical Whiddett fashion, it involves multiple rotors, high horsepower, and a guaranteed wild ride in the race to the clouds.

You might remember that Pikes Peak 100th birthday took place back in 2016, however, there was a pause in action during the second World War, which makes 2022 the official year to party. Mad Mike recently announced that he’ll be taking on the mountain in a whole new project based on a current Mazda 3 compact hatchback.

Once again backed by Red Bull, Mad Mike is fielding a five-door Mazda 3 powered by a turbocharged four-rotor setup expected to make upwards of 1,200 hp. His connection to rotary power dates back many years, with multiple competitive builds based on the often-misunderstood Wankel, including his “MADBUL” FD RX-7 with a four-rotor 26B swap, three-rotor 20B RX-8 “BADBUL” that produced over 800 hp, and his once-1,000-hp-plus “RADBUL” MX-5 Miata.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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