2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Started on March 18, 2010, 12:11 p.m.
We're borrowing a new MX-5 from Mazda and working with our friends from The Tire Rack to build it for competition in the new STR class of SCCA Solo competition. While many folks consider the Honda S2000 or Toyota MR-S to be the car to beat in this new class, we wanted to see if the MX-5 can be competitive. The MX-5 slots right between the two class favorites, offering lower weight than the S2000 (but more than the MR-S) and more power than the MR-S (though less peak horsepower than the S2000).
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata SpecsExpand
Related Project Cars:
Latest Project Updates
Project STR Scores Wood at Solo Nats
Our team trophies in the event's largest, toughest class.
Project STR Samples CSP at Solo Nats
GRM’s Alan Cesar and SCCA’s Howard Duncan compete in variable weather conditions in the CSP class.
Hoosier A6 vs. Goodyear Eagle RS AC
Now we’ve done it. We crack open Pandora’s box by testing super-sticky R-compound tires on our MX-5.
Victory at Great Lakes
We use the Great Lakes Divisional Championship as our final shakedown before the national showdown.
We install an OS Giken limited-slip differential to help solve our wheelspin issues.
Project STR Faces Tough Competition
We head to Toledo, Ohio, for the Northern States Championship event.
STR Tire Smackdown
We test ALL of the Street Touring class contenders in the dry and the wet.
Project STR Hits Four Events
Our car and drivers stay busy for three weekends in a row.
MX-5 Revs Up for Solo Spring Nats
We bolt on a few upgrades to help put us on the podium.
Arkansas Pro Solo Results
Project STR launches into the 2011 SCCA Pro Solo season.
Project STR Goes Head to Head
A side-by-side video comparison of our two project drivers, Chris Harvey and John Rogers.
Project STR Roars Back to Life
We get the party started at the 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Dixie National Tour.
Project STR Flies South for the Winter
Our Mazda MX-5 heads to Orlando for the PRI Trade Show.
Project STR to Be Continued
Our MX-5 project enjoyed a successful 2010 season in the Street Touring R category, and we plan to build on that momentum with further development and product testing in 2011.
Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals Results
Our Project STR effort scores big!
Pro Solo Finale Results
Project STR takes home trophies at the ProSolo Finale. carries our drivers to second and third at the Finale event, and scores a second place year-end overall in the Pro ...
Ready to Roll
Our team gets ready to leave Tire Rack headquarters in Indiana for the drive to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale and Solo National Championship events.
In-Car Video Footage
Video footage from the Great Lakes Divisional shows how our MX-5 got around the course so quickly.
We Are the Champions
Project STR Captures Three Back-to-Back Divisional Championships at CENDIV and Great Lakes.
Power Upgrades, Part 2
Installing an AEM Cold Air Intake to help our MX-5’s motor breathe a little easier.
Power Upgrade Payoff
Bolt-on engine mods help Project STR power past the competition at the Toledo ProSolo.
Project STR Trophies at the Peru National Tour
Our MX-5 is beginning to show its form, scoring third and fourth overall and posting the fastest two run times on day two.
Project STR Readies for Peru Tour
As we prepare for the Peru National Tour this weekend, we use our Mazda MX-5 to test various street and race tires for wet-weather conditions.
Now We’re on a Roll--or Should We Say Anti-Roll
We install Hotchkis anti-roll bars on our MX-5 project.
Lincoln ProSolo Results
After warming up at a few local events, we headed to a Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo event to find out just how much we’ve improved Project STR.
Testing Coil-Over Performance Gains
A suspension upgrade for our MX-5 helps make the most of the grippy Dunlop tires.
Project STR Gets Coil-Overs
Our MX-5 had proper wheels and tires. Time for this baby to take the next step.
Apparently Size Matters
The right-sized tires make a big difference on our MX-5 project.
New Wheels and Rubber for Our MX-5
Off with the factory tires and wheels, and on with some serious competition shoes.
Knife to a Gun Fight
Our nearly stock MX-5 stretches its legs at the Dixie National Tour.
Our new MX-5 gets some vinyl love.
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Specs