JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
4/9/18 1:26 p.m.

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Story By J.G. Pasterjak • Photos by Mark Langello

Whether or not you’re a fan of his music, you have to recognize Trent Reznor—the creative force behind Nine Inch Nails—as a bit of a pioneer in the music industry. Sure, he took inspiration from the many bands who paved the way before him, but he did something particularly creative when he released “Year Zero” in 2007: He made several of the album’s songs available via Apple’s GarageBand software. Listeners could then take an active approach to the music, remixing, tweaking and rearranging tracks within the software and creating something wholly their own from the pieces Reznor gave them.

So, what’s this have to do with a Porsche 962 and a Miata at Roebling Road?

Bear with us; we’re getting there.

See, plenty of factories have done racing directly. They’ve fielded pure factory teams and had great success, but their efforts have always felt somewhat disconnected from us and our daily lives—like they’re on the other side of the pit wall from the rest of the world.

Some car companies, however, have taken the Reznor approach. (Well, actually, if you look at the timing, he took their approach, but we’re trying to roll with a metaphor here, so cut us some slack.) Anyway, some factories have preferred to give privateers the keys to the kingdom and let them run with that freedom.. While these manufacturers might have maintained in-house teams for R&D, much of the flavor of their racing efforts has come from privateer efforts.

And that’s where the 962 and the Spec Miata come in.

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red_stapler Dork
4/9/18 1:45 p.m.

Awesome article JG!

pinchvalve MegaDork
4/9/18 3:16 p.m.

When you walk into heaven, I imagine it goes something like this: "Here are the keys to your 962, here's an open track to play with and Brian Redman and Klaus Fischer to help with the car".  

JackOlsen New Reader
4/9/18 3:25 p.m.

That's a fun idea for an article.  I've been lucky enough to drive both a 962 and a Spec Miata, and I'll agree that both are a lot of fun and fairly easy (relatively speaking) to drive.  The 962 will scare you a lot more.  It's one of the few street-legal-ish cars that will make a Miata seem very heavy.  :)

Kreb UberDork
4/9/18 5:53 p.m.

Here's an idea. Detune the Porsche to 140 HP and run it against a  v8 Miata. I wonder what the difference in lap time would be?

te72 New Reader
4/10/18 12:17 a.m.

Awesome though the 962 is, I can't help but feel it's living the in the shadow of the 917, especially some of the later developed cars. That said, I bet their speeds are surprisingly close in a lot of respects, despite the 917's ridiculous power levels.


Interesting concept for an article though. I'm sure on a track, my Supra would easily turn faster laps than my Miata, but I'd be willing to bet my laps would be far more consistent in the Miata. Sometimes, that consistency is what wins a race. Plus, the Miata is FAR less likely to give me headaches, if history is any indication haha.

stewdesignjts None
4/10/18 8:37 a.m.

Great job - enjoyed that article and further fueled efforts toward my goal of getting a SM.

4/10/18 9:06 a.m.

Nice article.  So good that I read it twice, and backwards once.

livinon2wheels New Reader
4/11/18 9:02 p.m.

Fine job writing that piece...and the comparison? I didn't think you could pull it off but not only did you, you did it in fine form. Outstanding!!!!

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