The Formula Drift championship pits the world’s best 40 sliding drivers against each other on tracks in China, North America and Japan. And crowd favourite ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett feels confident in his 1,032hp Mazda MX-5 – or Radbul, as Whiddett has affectionately dubbed it. The New Zealander got his own nickname during his former career as a fearless motocross rider and nothing’s changed during the switch to four wheels. “I’ve always been about doing things differently,” he says. “I love building cars that push the boundaries.”
More on Mike: madmike.co.nz
Rock ’n’ roll
American dance music producer Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is among the top earners in the DJ business, with his audio offerings netting him around US$10 million in 2014 alone. But the 36-year-old high roller isn’t one to rest on his laurels. His all-star dancehall project, Major Lazer, enthrals punters around the world, and for good reason. The undisputed highlight of the energetic live show is Diplo ditching the mixing desk to go zorbing over the audience.
Find current tour dates at majorlazer.com
If your five older brothers were all cliff divers, chances are you’d take the plunge too. “It’s scary, yet exhilarating,” says American Tara Hyer-Tira of the sport that sees her reach speeds of up to 85kph. “It’s important to keep your fear in check and do what you’ve been practising.” That strategy is paying off, as the 28-year-old is one of the top 20 athletes in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series finals: September 26, Bilbao, Spain.
Live stream: redbull.tv