Mad Mike Conquers Pikes Peak, Claiming World Record Time with Four-Rotor Turbocharged Mazda Engine
Prepare to be blown away by Mad Mike Whiddett’s extraordinary achievement as he dominates the legendary Pikes Peak International Hillclimb with his remarkable RWD Four-Rotor Mazda 3. This Mazda has undergone extensive modifications, including a conversion to rear-wheel drive, a captivating widebody kit, and a powerful Four-Rotor engine equipped with twin Garrett G-Series Turbochargers.
Mad Mike Whiddett shared his ambitious plan to create a rotary-powered Mazda3 capable of tackling the treacherous Pikes Peak. Fast forward one year, and not only has this vision become a reality, but it has etched Mad Mike and his dedicated team from TCP Magic into racing history with the fastest rotary engine time in the event’s 101-year history.
Under the hood lies a four-rotor engine, boosted with twin Garrett G40-1150 turbos. The 71mm turbochargers are engineered to deliver fast boost response and maximum power in a compact package. Garrett’s G-Series product line features advanced aero technology that increases compressor efficiency and maximum turbine flow. The result? An astonishing output of 1,400 horsepower sent through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
The Pikes Peak racecourse, with its start line at 9,390 ft and finish line at 14,115 ft, presents numerous challenges for engine power. As the air density diminishes with each turn up the mountain, so does a naturally aspirated engine’s horsepower. That’s precisely why turbocharged engines reign supreme at Pikes Peak. Turbochargers act as the ultimate power equalizer, providing boost for engines to maintain consistent power throughout the ascent, ensuring Mad Mike’s Mazda maintains its power and pace to the summit.
Whiddett’s “Bullet,” a TCP-Magic masterpiece conquered the daunting 12.42 mile, 156 turn course to Pikes Peak and achieved an official lap time of 10:34.980. This monumental run not only secured the title of the fastest Mazda ever at Pikes Peak but also etched Mad Mike and his dedicated team from TCP Magic into racing history as they achieved the fastest rotary engine time in the event’s 101-year history.