How to make a Miata into the ultimate track car? How about turbo Honda power? | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
Jun 9, 2023 | Mazda, SCCA, Miata, UTCC, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, K24, NCM Motorsports Park

Does big power always have to come in a big package? The 1995 Mazda Miata that Joshua Briggs has entered into the 2023 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports says otherwise.

Under the hood of this Miata is Honda K24 engine–fitted with a turbocharger for good measure–rated at 650 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.

Some “mild aero” works in conjunction with a set of Hoosier A7 tires, coilovers and Stoptech brakes in order keep the car on track. In total, the entire package weighs in at 2600 pounds including the driver.

Will all that high-revving Honda power in a small, lightweight Miata be enough to outperform the competition and win the title of ultimate track car? There’s only one place to find out–and it’s at the 2023 Ultimate Track Car Challenge, set for October 12-15 at NCM Motorsports Park.

What is the Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition that simply seeks the fastest machines on four wheels. The rules are brief: Car and driver must pass a safety inspection. Period.

Pretty much everything is welcome: new, old, factory-bought and home-built. Wings are cool. So are box flares, giant intercoolers and sequential shifters.

Learn more, including how you can register today, by visiting


The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack and Sunoco, the official fuel of the UTCC, in association with Wilwood Engineering, HP Tuners, SPA Technique, DeatschWerks and CRC Industries, with trophies from Track Advantage, Stifflers, BimmerWorld, HGSI, XS Batteries and Hoosier Tire. Thank you to the SCCA for sanctioning the UTCC.


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kb58 UltraDork
6/9/23 1:02 p.m.

Part of the reason why I ignore "Stock X vs Modified Y" threads and videos.

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