Mike then used a mix of Rocket Bunny pieces from var­i­ous kits to cre­ate his ul­ti­mate look

NZ Performance Car - - Mad Mike Radbul Mx-5 -

You will also no­tice that the body looks dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent — in fact, it looks like a com­pletely new car. This is thanks to the up­date to the 2016 ND MX-5. While Mazda wanted the team to build a new car us­ing the ND chas­sis, the dif­fer­ent ge­om­e­try and sub­frames would have meant start­ing the sea­son from square one and throw­ing away data or set-ups ob­tained from last sea­son. The com­pro­mise was to graft both the front and rear of the new-shape MX-5 onto the old chas­sis with the help of GT Refin­ish­ers and Hy­brid Lab. Mike then used a mix of Rocket Bunny pieces from var­i­ous kits to cre­ate his ul­ti­mate look. “It’s prob­a­bly the favourite part of mine each sea­son — get­ting to re­design the liv­ery, the aero and the wheels,” Mike said. “This year, we have some new cus­tom Ro­ti­forms be­ing made — we have done some­thing pretty unique, which is also a first, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting those on the car; it will fin­ish the whole look off.” The liv­ery it­self, which Mike de­signed, in­cor­po­rates his trade­mark camo, in­fused with some Mazda her­itage by us­ing the stitch­ing from the 787B. It fea­tures a ton more white, and the blue-chrome vinyl was ac­tu­ally printed us­ing last year’s camo file. The end re­sult is an MX-5 that not only looks cleaner but also wider and a lot more an­gry, too. The car­bon roof is here to stay, as Mike found that the long pe­ri­ods sit­ting in the line, await­ing his runs with­out a roof on, caused him to over­heat.

Head­ing into the sea­son, Mike feels as con­fi­dent as one can, in part be­cause there is a new ad­di­tion to an al­ready solid crew in the form of Kiwi ex–D1NZ cham­pion Jairus ‘JT’ Whar­erau. “The ad­van­tage of hav­ing JT,” Mike told us, “is that he has spot­ted for me a lot in the past, and [so he] can re­ally re­late to the ac­tual driv­ing and what I’m do­ing and tell me ex­actly where I need to put the car. And to have an­other Kiwi on the team, that is epic, we want to do New Zealand proud, and with the knowl­edge that my­self, War­ren from Pulse Per­for­mance, and JT have, I think we are def­i­nitely go­ing to be strong in the cham­pi­onship. We are set­ting the bar pretty high for our­selves. We want to win this year; we are not go­ing up there to do any­thing else — we are def­i­nitely charg­ing for the win. I feel we have def­i­nitely got the car for it.”

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