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 Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:Japan
Purchase price:$26040
0-60 time:7.5 seconds
Displacement:1999cc
Stock horsepower:167 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque:140 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:6-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:Double wishbone (front)
multilink (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:None lbs.
Wheelbase:None in.

Latest Project Updates

Sep 21, 2011

Project STR Scores Wood at Solo Nats

Sep 21, 2011

Our team trophies in the event's largest, toughest class.

Sep 9, 2011

Project STR Samples CSP at Solo Nats

Sep 9, 2011

GRM’s Alan Cesar and SCCA’s Howard Duncan compete in variable weather conditions in the CSP class.

Aug 17, 2011

Hoosier A6 vs. Goodyear Eagle RS AC

Aug 17, 2011

Now we’ve done it. We crack open Pandora’s box by testing super-sticky R-compound tires on our MX-5.

Aug 10, 2011

Victory at Great Lakes

Aug 10, 2011

We use the Great Lakes Divisional Championship as our final shakedown before the national showdown.

Aug 3, 2011

Diff'rent Strokes

Aug 3, 2011

We install an OS Giken limited-slip differential to help solve our wheelspin issues.

Jul 13, 2011

Project STR Faces Tough Competition

Jul 13, 2011

We head to Toledo, Ohio, for the Northern States Championship event.

Jul 8, 2011

STR Tire Smackdown

Jul 8, 2011

We test ALL of the Street Touring class contenders in the dry and the wet.

Jun 10, 2011

Project STR Hits Four Events

Jun 10, 2011

Our car and drivers stay busy for three weekends in a row.

May 27, 2011

MX-5 Revs Up for Solo Spring Nats

May 27, 2011

We bolt on a few upgrades to help put us on the podium.

May 6, 2011

Arkansas Pro Solo Results

May 6, 2011

Project STR launches into the 2011 SCCA Pro Solo season.

Mar 31, 2011

Project STR Goes Head to Head

Mar 31, 2011

A side-by-side video comparison of our two project drivers, Chris Harvey and John Rogers.

Mar 14, 2011

Project STR Roars Back to Life

Mar 14, 2011

We get the party started at the 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Dixie National Tour.

Dec 9, 2010

Project STR Flies South for the Winter

Dec 9, 2010

Our Mazda MX-5 heads to Orlando for the PRI Trade Show.

Oct 8, 2010

Project STR to Be Continued

Oct 8, 2010

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.

Sep 11, 2010

Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals Results

Sep 11, 2010

Our Project STR effort scores big!

Sep 7, 2010

Pro Solo Finale Results

Sep 7, 2010

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 ...

Sep 3, 2010

Ready to Roll

Sep 3, 2010

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.

Aug 10, 2010

In-Car Video Footage

Aug 10, 2010

Video footage from the Great Lakes Divisional shows how our MX-5 got around the course so quickly.

Aug 9, 2010

We Are the Champions

Aug 9, 2010

Project STR Captures Three Back-to-Back Divisional Championships at CENDIV and Great Lakes.

Aug 5, 2010

Power Upgrades, Part 2

Aug 5, 2010

Installing an AEM Cold Air Intake to help our MX-5’s motor breathe a little easier.

Jul 22, 2010

Power Upgrade Payoff

Jul 22, 2010

Bolt-on engine mods help Project STR power past the competition at the Toledo ProSolo.

Jul 7, 2010

Project STR Trophies at the Peru National Tour

Jul 7, 2010

Our MX-5 is beginning to show its form, scoring third and fourth overall and posting the fastest two run times on day two.

Jul 1, 2010

Project STR Readies for Peru Tour

Jul 1, 2010

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.

May 5, 2010

Now We’re on a Roll--or Should We Say Anti-Roll

May 5, 2010

We install Hotchkis anti-roll bars on our MX-5 project.

May 3, 2010

Lincoln ProSolo Results

May 3, 2010

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.

Apr 26, 2010

Testing Coil-Over Performance Gains

Apr 26, 2010

A suspension upgrade for our MX-5 helps make the most of the grippy Dunlop tires.

Apr 22, 2010

Project STR Gets Coil-Overs

Apr 22, 2010

Our MX-5 had proper wheels and tires. Time for this baby to take the next step.

Apr 2, 2010

Apparently Size Matters

Apr 2, 2010

The right-sized tires make a big difference on our MX-5 project.

Mar 30, 2010

New Wheels and Rubber for Our MX-5

Mar 30, 2010

Off with the factory tires and wheels, and on with some serious competition shoes.

Mar 22, 2010

Knife to a Gun Fight

Mar 22, 2010

Our nearly stock MX-5 stretches its legs at the Dixie National Tour.

Mar 18, 2010

Getting Graphic

Mar 18, 2010

Our new MX-5 gets some vinyl love.

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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:Japan
Purchase price:$26040
0-60 time:7.5 seconds
Displacement:1999cc
Stock horsepower:167 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque:140 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:6-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:Double wishbone (front)
multilink (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:None lbs.
Wheelbase:None in.
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