Optimizing the ND-Chassis Mazda MX-5 for the street and the track

By Andy Hollis
Dec 13, 2023 | Miata, MX-5, wheels, suspension | Posted in Shop Work , Suspension & Handling , Tires & Wheels , Features | From the Nov. 2020 issue | Never miss an article

Photography by Andy Hollis • Lead by Chris Tropea

Mazda introduced its latest generation of Miata to a fanfare of enthusiast accolades. Returning to its roots with a lightweight, nimble car packing “just enough” power gave Mazda a winner. 

Its impact on the motorsports world was immediate at all levels, from the single-make professional Global MX-5 Cup series all the way to SCCA cone-dodging. This ND-generation Miata was …

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nderwater UltimaDork
12/4/20 12:16 p.m.

Holy cow, how much would you expect to spend to find 8 seconds a lap?  Once again Andy pulls through with the data.  Thanks!

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/4/20 3:09 p.m.

Alternate title: "Making an ND into a lady in the 'burbs and a freak on the curbs" laugh

3/31/21 1:49 p.m.

What are the max camber alignments you are using?  Are the karcept bars worth extra cash over others?

Scott Skillman
Scott Skillman GRM+ Memberand New Reader
4/17/21 5:16 p.m.
nderwater UltimaDork
4/19/21 8:27 a.m.

Since the thread popped up again I, I wanted to say how much I enjoy this article format. Popular motorsport chassis + credible info about the lap time gains from incremental mods is the kind of reference material I'd love to have at my fingertips for the FRS/BRZ/86, Boxster, Mustang, etc.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/8/22 1:46 p.m.

We found a similar time improvement on our first ND back in 2015. A paddock alignment from factory to "as much front negative camber as possible, then match the rear to the front" picked up whole seconds on our test track. 


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