Tom Heath
Tom Heath UberDork
9/17/12 10:58 a.m.

It’s one thing to have a fun car. It’s another thing entirely to have a fast car. Our 1994 Miata was obviously quicker in a straight line thanks to the addition of a Flyin’ Miata FMII Hydra turbocharger system, but around an autocross course the stock suspension components and street-duty tires were easily overwhelmed.
The result was only a slight increase in lap times. Yes, we could generate all of the tire smoke we wanted, but our actual forward thrust hadn’t improved that much. Plus, our car needed to become easy to drive at ten tenths if it was going to thrive in the world of autocross.
One of the greatest things about the Miata is the enormous volume of relevant knowledge and hardware out there. The list of high-quality component manufacturers for the ubiquitous little roadster is remarkably long, and improvements are typically bolt-on affairs.
Because so many solid suspension choices exist, we sampled a few before making our final decision. First step: Formulate a plan of attack.

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