Mad Mike Conquers the Crown [VIDEO & Interview]

Seibon Carbon driver Mad Mike Whiddett unleashes his ‘MADBUL’ Mazda RX7 at the Crown Range (New Zeland’s highest paved roadway).

The Crown features 47 corners, 1076 meters elevation, and is 10.4km long. Check out the video below and see how Mad Mike makes history at one of the most demanding and technical drives of New Zealand.

Video credit: Redbull


After filming the video Redbull caught up with Mad Mike to ask him a few questions about his run at the Crown.

Mike, how did you prepare for your run up the hill?
I filmed a pass from the passenger seat of our rental car earlier in the year and just studied that. We got into Queenstown also a few days before the project so we drove it again and again to try memorise all the corners so I could hit it with maximum attack from the first pass.

During the run, were you ever worried about overcooking one of the corners and dropping down a ledge or two?
Yeah of course. I wouldn’t be in the sport of drifting if I didn’t get worried! This road pushed me and the car to the absolute extremes. The room for error was nil. With the solid rock banks and cliff drops, put together with speeds up to 232kmh [145mph] a crash could have been rather messy…

Was there a favourite section that you had on the run?
All three sections were super challenging and totally different, from the wet and slippery switch backs in the morning to the 232kmh flying sweepers over blind crests, to the final fast and twisty S-turns with cliff drops and the helicopter side by side all the way to the summit. This was by far the most insane project I have done yet.

Full interview here: