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.
The Answer is Always Miata - /TUNED
Ask any car guy, what would make a good first car? Miata. What would make a
good weekend car? Miata. What would make a good tuner car? Miata. What
would be a good race car? Miata. What could I drive that Chris Harris won't
like? Miata. It seems the answer is always Miata. This week, CJ Wilson
Racing and Continental Tire invite us to Austin, TX to test two of their
best Miatas on the track.
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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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.
Z06 Corvette Vs a '95 Miata: A Physical Encounter
This is a reload of a previously posted video that upgrades video to
full HD quality and fixes a minor synchronization issue between the
front and rear Go Pro Hero video cameras mounted on my car for
The video features front and rear facing video displayed in a
picture-in-picture format as I run my track-prepped '95 Miata
at an HPDE track-day event at Wild Horse Pass MotorSports
Park located in the Phoenix metro-area. I have mostly fun
and exciting on-track encounters with another well driven Miata,
a couple of very quick well-driven Lotus Elise's, a very beautiful
new Aston Martin sedan, and an especially exciting encounter
with a very fast Z06 Corvette.
I believe it is instructive to review details of this track accident.
In the video when the accident happened I am turning into a
a right hand 75 mph corner in my Miata just as the Z06
Corvette was passing the white Miata about 50-100 yds behind
me (the fast and correct line through this corner is to use
quite an early apex and then let the car drift left and aim
directly for the apex of the next left hand turn). The Corvette
driver later told me he thought he could pass both the white
Miata and my black Miata and still make the right hand corner.
I estimate that 500+ HP Z06 Corvette reached at least 100 mph
as he passed the white Miata and then continued on the throttle
in an attempt to pass me. I saw the beginning of the pass on
the white Miata but then had already began to turn-in toward the
corner apex as the Corvette was passing the white Miata and
was therefore fully committed to the usual corner line believing
the Corvette would back off and follow me into the corner. And
because once I had committed to the corner and turned-in toward
the apex of the corner, I could no longer see the Corvette in my
mirrors and did not know and did not expect that he had not
pulled in behind me for that corner which would have been the
correct and safe thing to do. And additionally, the Corvette had
reached too high a speed trying to pass both Miata's and was
unable to slow enough for the corner and hit the right rear wheel
well area on my car just as I reached the apex of the right hand
This turned out to be a moderate level track accident with no
personal injuries, but it did result in major damage to both cars
because the differential speed was still at least 30 mph at the time
of contact (I was doing about 75 mph at the time of the accident
and the Corvette was likely up around 100 mph). After a few
hours of work on my car at the track I was able to limp home with
it safely, but that lovely Z06 Corvette was taken from the track on
a flatbed truck. Both cars are repairable but at rather significant
expense -- track accidents with any kind of significant contact
almost always result in major and costly damage. Bottom line
here is that this was an avoidable accident that happened due
to a rather minor error in driver judgment, and possibly some
inexperience on this track may also have been involved on the
part of the Corvette driver (who accepted full responsibility for
the accident). My Miata will be back on the track by early 2014
and I very much hope the Z06 owner (who is a true first class
citizen in my book, and by all accounts is also a good driver)
gets that very quick Corvette back on the track soon.
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
2013 Scion FR-S vs 2013 Mazda MX-5 Club! - Head 2 Head Episode 27
The 2013 Mazda Miata Club Edition takes on the 2013 Scion FR-S on this
episode of Head 2 Head hosted by Carlos Lago. Forget numbers, its a fight
for fun as resident wizard and Motor Trend Testing Director Kim Reynolds
lends his analysis and insight on quantifying fun. Can Carlos get Kim to
forget about charts and graphs? Read the full story here:
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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 MINI Roadster Cooper S
Despite the MINI Roadster being the latest in a long line of two-seater
sports cars from the land of the Redcoats, when it comes to the key
qualities of style, fun and value, it's obvious that the Japanese make a
superior British roadster, even to the British.
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SLEEPER Miata Shocks 600hp Z06! [STREETS]
At our stop in Nashville we hopped into a 600hp Heads/Cam Z06 after a
random Miata asked to street race at a meet, not knowing much about the car
other than the Intercooler we
noticed we went out to see what the car had... The results were crazy!
This thing was SCREAMING down the highway surprising everyone who witnessed
the race. Returning back to the meet we all found out exactly why this car
was so damn FAST!
The 5.3L LSx under the hood Boosted
by a rear mount 78mm turbo puts down mid
600whp on LOW Boost, the car was
turned up as much as it could be without completely blowing off the
non-radial 225 (narrow) STREET TIRES (around 700whp) equipped with a 4L80
transmission, once this street beast spools you better hold on!!!
Can't wait to see this car again in the future.
A 250 hp Miata vs a 430 hp Corvette
ProAutoSports and Bob Bondurant team up to hold a track day at the
Bondurant High Performance and Race Driving School near Phoenix. This video
clip features a moderately modded 2004 MazdaSpeed Miata with about 250
flywheel hp (200 rwhp on a Dyno) following a 430 hp late
model Corvette. The well driven Miata (with a passenger in the car) does
pretty well considering the huge power advantage of the Corvette, but the
Vette does eventually pull ahead slowly.
Miata vs. Mustang
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length was 20 seconds, at 10 frames per second in 320x240 resolution.