Jun 2, 2014 update to the Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow project car

Our Miata Hits the Rollers.

Few tools are better than a chassis dyno when tuning a car. Balanced Performance Motorsports was kind enough to let us use theirs.
Advancing the ignition timing is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to increase power output on a Miata.
We also added a Jackson Racing cold-air intake. At first, this modification did nothing. So, we aimed the fans up a bit, so they'd hit the new air intake like the car was actually moving. The result? A nice bump in power.

Power isn’t everything in the world of LeMons racing, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Our 1992 Mazda Miata was no slouch, but that didn’t stop us from heading to the dyno in search of cheap horsepower.

Armed with a timing light, a bottle of EFS Combust, and a cold-air intake from Moss Miata, we spent a few hours on Balanced Performance‘s dyno tuning our yellow terror. The result? 112 horsepower and 103 ft.-lbs. of torque at the rear wheels.

Interested in boosting your Miata’s power? We’ll have full details in an upcoming issue of Grassroots Motorsports.

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