Ride along with the Targa Miata crew on one of the classic Targa Newfoundland stages in 2011. Garnish has a bit of everything - high speed through the woods, tight little town streets, smooth pavement, rough pavement - it's a real workout for the car and the crew. You can hear the 100 mph wheelspin right near the beginning of the stage. The team was leading the Open Division of the race at this point.
The car is powered by a modified L33 V8 engine, making between 350 and 400 hp and a 6-speed transmission. The conversion was done using parts from V8Roadsters, as are all the V8 conversions from Flyin' Miata. Suspension is the FM AFCO setup, working hard in this stage. It was built and driven by Keith Tanner and navigated by Janel Tanner.
For more on the car, see http://www.targamiata.com. For more on Flyin' Miata's V8 conversions, see http://www.flyinmiata.com/v8
V8 Miata racing at Infineon
This is my V8 powered miata racing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. This
is a NorCal NASA event. There were only 2 cars in Super Unlimited, so they
started us right behind the CMC, AIX and AIX extreme classes. I also catch
some of the Honda Challenge cars that did a standing start before our
Racing The Rock: 6 Days at Targa Newfoundland preview
Racing the Rock is a documentary about two teams taking on Targa
Newfoundland. Follow along with the experienced husband and wife team of
Keith and Janel Tanner as they go for the overall win in their highly
modified V8 Miata. Meanwhile, the newly formed rookie crew of Brandon Fitch
and Zach Bowman have to gel as a team as they also struggle with the
technical challenges of the Grand Touring class. And the difficulties begin
before they even get to the start line!
Exciting, moving and funny, it's a good show for anyone. Like Truth in 24
and Dust to Glory, you'll get a peek inside what it takes to survive a
grueling motorsport event.
The video was shot and produced by Adam and Tracy Costa, professional
filmmakers who have done work for the Discovery Channel and other networks.
They took this on as a personal project with initial funding through
Kickstarter. More than 200 hours of footage was distilled into this 73
minute story. The DVD is available through Flyin' Miata:
Flyin' Miata V8 turnkey walkaround
A stunning piece of cinematography, this is a walkaround a Habu, one of
Flyin' Miata's turnkey V8 cars. For more information, see
You can see these cars in action at http://www.youtube.com/TargaMiata.
The car is a 2004 Mazdaspeed that was stripped to a bare body and rebuilt
with all new parts:
430 hp all aluminum Chevy LS3 engine
6-speed T56 transmission
Getrag rear end with limited slip
Flyin' Miata Exhaust and cooling
Flyin' Miata AFCO suspension and V8Roadsters tubular control arms
Flyin' Miata four-wheel big brake kit
Hard Dog Hard Core Hard Top roll bar
Targa Newfoundland House Crash - Subaru WRX STi
This is a crash from Targa Newfoundland a few years back that was finally
released on the internet recently. The WRX STi in the video locks up before
running in the home. Luckily the safety equipment did its job.
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Country drive in an LS3 Miata
Cruising around in a 480 horsepower Miata enjoying a
late autumn afternoon. No traffic laws were harmed while making this
video- really! The wide angle camera makes it seem a lot faster than it is.
Video is from a GoPro Motorsports Hero HD camera using the "open back" case
with the holes in the case taped off with packing tape. This is the best
solution I've found to capture the Exhaust "music" without too much wind noise.
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.
How to Turbo - Part 1
After buying a Euro car last episode, Marty discovers he has not yet found
his perfect vehicle... In this extended episode, we reveal what he got, and
show how to make it faster.
Wanna show the world that you fix your own shizzle? MCM stickers, ti shirts
and other mad shizuoika available here:
Official Site: http://www.mightycarmods.com
Music from the episode is available here:
http://www.mightycarmods.com/collections/music (Forced Induction by MOOG
was featured in this episode)
Also something to note around Mighty Car Mods: we are normal guys and are
not trained mechanics. We like to make interesting car mods and show you
how we've gone about it, but we can't promise that anything we show you
will work for your particular car, or that you won't harm yourself, someone
else, your car or your warranty doing it. Please be safe, be responsible
and unless you know what you're doing, do not fool around with very serious
machinery just because you've seen us make it look so easy. Talk to a
qualified mechanic if you are in any doubt.
331 V8 Miata first autocross
Here's my first autocross after getting the V8 conversion complete. The
on-board video recording had some problems, but I pieced together what I
could. It was a good day. Only real mechanical issue had to do with the
power steering fluid overheating. More video on vimeo[dot]com
Dodge Viper & Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Targa Newfoundland 2011 - Part Two
Dodge Viper & Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Targa Newfoundland 2011 - Part Two.
MotoMan and WINACHEE run into an odd problem starting on Prologue Day.
Pacione doles out lesson two of Targa and Team SRT experiences what you
always wanted to do in your own neighborhood but can only do legally in the
Newfoundland town of Gander one day a year - race!
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Monster Miata! - The Downshift Episode 27
On this episode of The Downshift, we visit Monster Miata where Martin
Wilson and his team are dropping Ford 5.0-liter V-8 engines into MX-5
convertibles to create wild performance monsters.
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Miata V8 5.0 with Electric Cutouts Exhaust was super-quiet with the 22
inch resonators. Reworked the Exhaust
system with flanges so can swap out options including no resonators or
cutouts or go back to original setup This one is 12 inch resonators and
QTP electric cutouts. Still very quiet, only a slight hint of occasional
drone, and can make a racket when I want to. Though you can't tell, it has
the optional QTP turn-downs. The Exhaust system is 2.25 inch all the way with
old-school air injected cats as original to the 5.0 Mustant engine in 1995,
and Magnaflows with tips. On the passenger side, I fabricated a heat
shield for the area around the fuel filter and fuel lines. The sound in
this video is a little low; it sounds better on headphones or earbuds.
Flyin' Miata goes racing - PROMO
The promo reel for the upcoming movie about Flyin' Miata going to the Targa
Newfoundland rally with the help of the Miata community. You'll laugh.
You'll cry. It's better than Cats.
You can help make this movie better! In order to help pay for a second
cameraman at the race, we're pre-selling DVDs. More details here: