Pulling the motor out, again.
First slide attempt, stock Miata
First time messing with the stock 1.6 90whp of fury open diff Miata. Shot with a Canon T2i with a 50mm 1.8 lens, first time using the video feature on the camera, used sony vegas 10 to chop it together.
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 this video. 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 corner. 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.
Canyon Run: Miata vs. Motorcycle
A rundown of my latest ride and a little canyon run which ended up turning into a little challenge!