The Formula Drift Championship pits the world’s 40 best drifters against each other on tracks in China, North America and Japan. And crowd favorite “Mad Mike” Whiddett feels confident in his 1,032 hp Mazda MX-5 or RADBUL, as Whiddett has affectionately dubbed it. The Kiwi got his own nickname during his previous career as a fearless motocross rider, and nothing’s changed with 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
Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is among the top earners in the DJ business, with his audio offerings netting him around $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, enthralls fans around the world, and for good reason. The undisputed highlight of the energetic live show is Diplo ditching the decks to go zorbing out 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 80 mph. “It’s important to keep your fear in check and do what you’ve been practicing.” That strategy is paying off, as the 28-year-old is one of the top athletes in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
Finals: September 26, Bilbao, Spain
Live stream: redbull.tv