In this in-car video I chase a V8 Mustang in my stock engine 130 hp '95 Miata on the 1.1-mi East Track at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix, AZ during a ProAutoSports HPDE event. The Mustang was much faster on the short straights and I was a fair bit faster in the turns, but I lacked the hp to get by -- and the Mustang driver may not have been aware he was actually holding me up. My lap times were nearly three seconds slower while following the Mustang during the early track sessions that day than when I was running on an open track. But in the last track session of the day when the Mustang driver had more experience on this track, I had a far tougher time catching him than I did in the first couple track sessions in the morning -- he's really quite a decent driver when he knows the track, and his Mustang is well setup.
Mazda MX-5 on board on the track
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I filmed this Mazda MX-5 Miata NA at the Modena racetrack during the
Japanese Cars Meeting 2013. In the video you can see the start up of the
engine, then some on board action on the track: the driver raced a Citroen
Saxo VTS and tried to battle an Honda S2000. In the video you can see also
some drifting. Amazing car, fantastic experience, I didn't imagine that a
1.6-liter engine can give so much fun!
Ho filmato questa Mazda MX-5 Miata NA Prima Serie all'Autodromo di Modena
durante il Japanese Cars Meeting 2013. Nel video potete vedere l'accensione
del motore, poi alcune scene riprese dall'interno: il pilota ha gareggiato
con una Citroen Saxo VTS e ha cercato di dare battaglia a una Honda S2000.
Nel video potete vedere anche qualche derapata. Auto fantastica, esperienza
favolosa, non pensavo che un motore 1.6 potesse regalare così tanto
What happens in the transmission when you double clutch / Heel Toe Downshift???
Trying to do everything in one take is nerve racking, as it's nearly
impossible to do perfectly. Minor corrections: I said the clutch pedal and
throw out bearing are not wear items, I meant not high wear items, compared
to the clutch disk. Also, when I mention buying a cheap car to practice, I
mean if you own a manual transmission track car that is not your daily
driver. Finally, I didn't talk about the syncros. You can do this with
one clutch pedal action, but you make the syncros speed up the intermediate
shaft. When you double clutch, you bring the intermediate shaft up to
speed with the clutch disc, which has more capacity to do so than the
synchros. Minor point, but you will see prolonged synchro life when you
double clutch. Also, it is not the mass of the servo or engine but the
power created by electricity of gasoline that is responsible, but the mass
is responsible for the inertia.
Miata muffler vs no muffler
This is my 96' 1.8 Miata. The muffler is this video is a magnaflow muffler
that was cut open at both ends, had the packing taken out, and re-welded.
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M3 @ NJMP Lightning HPDE GoPro1080p + Heeltoe Footcam - Aug 26 2012
'01 E46 M3. Intermediate group Sunday 2nd session @ NJMP Lightning.
First time at this track.
2nd track day with this recently bought car.
First time trying out the pedal cam for the footwork
First time driving with the DSC off.
Still got a lot to work on... esp my shifts and heel toe rev matches
GoPro Hero2 1080p with external mic, Audio Technica mic at engine bay
Porsche Hunting 2 - Miata vs Porsches
Laguna Seca Session 3 on March 19th, 2008. Bunch of black Porsches
eventually end up in the rearview. Looks like a Carrera convertible, then
a Carrera hardtop, then a 914, then something that looks like it has a
luggage rack for a spoiler, and then uh...well that's a Mitsubishi Eclipse,
and then a Boxer.
KBB Races a Mazda Miata - Part 1: Skip Barber Race School
A few months back Kelley Blue Book got the crazy idea to go spec racing in
a Miata. With a little guidance from some smart folks at Mazda our first
step in preparing for fender-to-fender racing was to send our driver, KBB's
Micah Muzio, to Skip Barber's 3-day Mazda MX-5 Race School. In this, the
first of a 3-part series, Micah learns the ins and outs of driving on a
race track and what it takes to win behind the wheel of Mazda's popular
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Miata v8 5.0 Quiet!
Got it too quiet. Shorty headers, air injected cats, H pipe, resonators,
Magnaflows. Wife and neighbors like it. Fine for now, can make the
resonators optional later with flanges if I want the music louder.
C5 Z06 vs 911 GT3RS at firebird east
I started right behind this beautiful 911 GT3 RS and 20 minutes later,
ended the session right behind him. I consider that a pretty good showing
against such a fantastic car. My car is a 2001 Z06 with 350whp, Hawk HP+
pads, and mismatched street tires.
March 11, 2012 Road Atlanta Miata Crash - NASA HPDE 2 group
This 2003 Miata Shinsen Edition was a brand new build by OPM Autosports in
Cumming, GA. They installed cage, seat, Schroth 6 point harness, SPA AFFF 6
nozzle fire suppression system, radiator, brake lines, tow hooks and much
more. They also oversaw the painting of the interior and hard top. Their
workmanship is beyond reproach. It really was the coolest looking track
Miata I had ever seen -- which makes this story so sad (OPM also did ride
height, corner weights and alignment for Spec Miata class and provided
track side support for this NASA SE event). I was in HPDE 2 group (one step
I waited three months for the build to complete. I promised myself I would
not wreck on the very first weekend I had the car back but ... I did. I hit
the inside wall after T3 pretty hard. Personally, I think I went to full
throttle too soon at T3. If I had just waited a few tenths longer until the
right rear tire had cleared the curbing before mashing the throttle, I
think I would have been ok. It's a painful lesson.
Here are pics of car after repairs - better than new!!
MX5Atlanta.com Turbo 1.6L Miata - 10psi Street Driving
Car has a base map auto-tune by the MSPNP 3.0 (Mega Squirt Plug N Play ECU)
running around 10psi with stock timing.
T25 turbo @ 10psi
Custom Catless turbo back setup by
Enthuza Exhaust -
DIYautotune MSPNP 3.0 ECU - http://www.diyautotune.com
Miata Performance Exhaust by Cobalt 1990-1997.mov
Watch and listen as we install the #900-494 Miata Performance Exhaust by Cobalt onto our 1996 Miata. This car
is featured on our website as our Stage 3 build. The install is
straightforward and the system sounds great - we've got a revvin' clip at
the end so you can hear for yourself. This system is for 1990-1997 Mazda
Miatas, find it at MossMiata.com.
Turbo 1.6 Miata on the track
A blast from the past by request. This is the car that started Flyin' Miata
on the track at our 2005 Summer Camp. The car is running an FM II with a
Link ECU in this video, and our notes say that it's running about 6 psi on
a stock engine. Suspension is probably a Flyin' Miata Stage 2 setup and the
tires are some worn RA1s.
These days, the car has a built 1.6 engine and runs a Hydra Nemesis for
engine management - but as you can see, it's still pretty fun in the lesser
specification. Driven by Bill Cardell of Flyin' Miata at Grand Junction