1996 Mazda Miata

1996 Mazda Miata

Photo Credit: Michael Roselli/FCP Euro

We love budget endurance racing. We also love Mazda Miatas.

After our last project Miata's untimely demise, we vowed to rebuild it better, stronger, and (most importantly) faster. Can we do it?

Latest updates

Apr
10
Apr 10, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: We Survived ChampCar Daytona!

We finish second in class at ChampCar's Daytona event.

Apr
06
Apr 6, 2018
Meet Our Turbo Miata at Daytona This Weekend

We're entering ChampCar's 14-hour enduro this weekend. Come on out to the track!

Apr
04
Apr 4, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: Post-Race Maintenance

Every race takes its toll on a car, and ours is no exception.

Mar
22
Mar 22, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: We Survived Road Atlanta

Going into our very first American Endurance Racing event at Road Atlanta, we didn’t have high hopes, but we left pleased.

Mar
05
Mar 5, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: Adding Some Vinyl

We add stickers to our now-pretty Miata.

Feb
16
Feb 16, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: We're Going Racing!

We're entered in an American Endurance Racing event at Road Atlanta this weekend.

Feb
14
Feb 14, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: Cutting Springs

We corner-weight our car the hard way.

Feb
13
Feb 13, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: Track Testing

We hit the track to see if our freshly-rebuilt Miata will explode again.

Feb
12
Feb 12, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: Making It Pretty

We strip the Elastiwrap off our Miata and go back to basics.

Feb
11
Feb 11, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: Engine Number 4

We put yet another engine into our turbo Miata.

Feb
10
Feb 10, 2018
Project Turbo Miata: What Did We Break This Time?

We do a compression and leak-down test.

Oct
10
Oct 10, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: We Broke It (Again)

We had three simple goals: Finish the race, have fun, and don’t blow up the car.

Sep
19
Sep 19, 2017
We’re Racing at Sebring This Weekend

Think you’ve got what it takes to best our often broken but never forgotten turbocharged Mazda Miata?

Sep
05
Sep 5, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: Differential Teardown

Check your fluid levels, kids

Aug
08
Aug 8, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: Investigating Our Differential Failure

Why are our rear wheels locked?

Jul
31
Jul 31, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: Track Testing!

Our low-buck racer project hits the test track with its new engine.

Jul
24
Jul 24, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: Hitting the Dyno With a Fresh Engine

After getting a new engine, our turbo Miata project rolled onto the dyno.

Jul
17
Jul 17, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: A Fresh Engine for Our Endurance Racer

Our turbocharged Mazda Miata racer gets a new heart.

May
17
May 17, 2017
Our Miata Needs a New Engine

Our Mazda racer heads to Treasure Coast Miata for a new heart.

Apr
03
Apr 3, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: Things Get Heated at Daytona

Our race at Daytona doesn't exactly go as planned.

Mar
31
Mar 31, 2017
Project Turbo Miata: Fire Fighting

We transfer the fire system to our new Miata.

Mar
30
Mar 30, 2017
A New Heart for the Turbo Miata

We swap a fresher engine into our Miata.

Mar
21
Mar 21, 2017
Our Turbo Miata Goes Boom

Engine swap and suspension revamp before our race in two weeks? Challenge accepted.

Mar
13
Mar 13, 2017
Fresh Rubber For Our Endurance Racer

We just got a nice fresh set of track tires just in time to race at Daytona.

Mar
08
Mar 8, 2017
Come Race With Us at Daytona!

We have our Miata entered in ChumpCar’s RVA Graphics 14 Hours of Daytona on April 1.

Mar
07
Mar 7, 2017
Crapcan Miata: Our Wheel and Tire Selection

What do we run on our crapcan racer?

Feb
10
Feb 10, 2017
Recap: 24 Hours of LeMons 'Shine Country Classic

We spent two days racing at Barber Motorsports Park in our crapcan turbo Miata.

Feb
06
Feb 6, 2017
All Stickered Up

We lay down some stickers to look like a real race car.

Jan
11
Jan 11, 2017
Miata Turbocharging 101

We add a junkyard turbo to our crapcan Miata.

Aug
16
Aug 16, 2016
Drop It Like It's Hot!

We port our race car to a new chassis.

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