ND-Chassis MX-5 at Solo Nationals

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Sep 9, 2015 | Mazda

After some shakedown runs on the practice course, Andy Hollis was all smiles.
Art Director JG Pasterjak is running our project Formula 500 project on Tuesday and Wednesday

We made it to the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. Art Director JG Pasterjak is running our project Formula 500 on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Editorial Director David S. Wallens and Andy Hollis are running a new ND-chassis Mazda MX-5 on Thursday and Friday. How does the new car compare to the current one? We’ll all know more Thursday evening. But after some shakedown runs on the practice course, Andy was all smiles.

Thanks to Mazda, Long Road Racing, BFGoodrich Tires, the Tire Rack and SCCA for making the MX-5 deal come together. Yes, we’ll have a full report in Grassroots Motorsports. Click here to sign up.

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belteshazzar
belteshazzar UberDork
9/9/15 10:08 a.m.

Can I come sit in the ND and make racecar noises?

codrus
codrus GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/9/15 11:25 a.m.

I thought cars had to have been available for > 6 months to be legal for SCCA? Or are you running it in an exhibition class?

scardeal
scardeal Dork
9/9/15 12:08 p.m.

I think it's running exhibition.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/9/15 8:53 p.m.

Yes, SCCA is letting us run it for exhibition. Still, we're running with the rest of the C Street group.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/9/15 10:22 p.m.
belteshazzar wrote: Can I come sit in the ND and make racecar noises?

You wouldn't be the first.

Swank Force One
Swank Force One MegaDork
9/10/15 12:34 p.m.

Can we get some pics of the STR car?

Seems to be really fast, and that's pretty incredible considering how far behind in development it is compared to the S2000.

Jaynen
Jaynen Dork
9/10/15 3:31 p.m.

92dxman
92dxman Dork
9/10/15 3:32 p.m.

Can I get in line to sit in it and make racecar noises also?

Jaynen
Jaynen Dork
9/10/15 3:32 p.m.

STR car if this is the right car its currently 8th out of 62 cars amidst a sea of S2000's the next closest Miata is an NC in 15th but they have only run on one course.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/10/15 9:01 p.m.
92dxman wrote: Can I get in line to sit in it and make racecar noises also?

Of course. We should have kept track of how many people have sat in the car. It's a lot of people--like, anyone who asked or even looked a tad interested.

If you're on site tomorrow, stop by and check out the cars.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/10/15 9:02 p.m.

And gearing is going to be the big thing. Andy tried a few things: shift between second and third, leave it in second, and leave it in third.

Taller or shorter tires would probably help. Plus we're doing the sorting before a live audience.

drdisque
drdisque Reader
9/10/15 9:45 p.m.

I think the car will be a better CS car than STR car. It seems like it will get less out of the modifications that STR allows than the S2000 and NC do (but it's starting from a better base, so it will still be a good STR car).

The situation in CS will be interesting though. I can see a lot of RX8 and Twins owners abandoning CS for STX, while NC owners will be pretty boned as the NC isn't really a very good STR car and isn't even competitively classed in Street Prepared.

The NC will become the "lost generation" of Miata, as far as SCCA Solo is concerned.

racerdave600
racerdave600 SuperDork
9/14/15 2:09 p.m.

David, did you or Andy have a consensus about how the car will stack up on CS?

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