SuperMiata Vs. HyperMiata at Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge

By Ed Higginbotham
May 1, 2018 | Mazda

Two of the fastest Mazda Miatas in the nation are meeting up at the 2018 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge to prove who has the fastest roadster.

In one corner we have Emilio Cervantes and his creation dubbed the SuperMiata S1, named after the company that Emilio owns. This thing makes 350 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine, and Emilio uses every last bit of it. He and his winged roadster won the Unlimited RWD class at Global Time Attack’s 2017 Super Lap Battle with a 1:44.9 lap of Buttonwillow. The SuperMiata currently holds the crown as the fastest road course Miata on the planet.

In the other corner, Ryan Passey is challenging the SuperMiata with what he calls the HyperMiata, representing Good-Win Racing. Equipped with just as many downforce elements as the SuperMiata, Ryan’s car is powered by a GM V6 swap courtesy of V8 Roadsters. Ryan won Global Time Attack’s Limited class at their March event, beating Porsche 911s and a gaggle of Nissan GT-Rs.

Who will prevail? Find out at the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge at VIR during NASA’s HyperFest weekend on May 18-19. These are just two of over 60 incredible cars who have been accepted into the UTCC field.

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T.J. MegaDork
5/1/18 10:11 a.m.

Those are both some serious cars.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
5/1/18 10:14 a.m.

The UTCC is FILLED with outrageous time trials cars this year. Should be a great show.


Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/1/18 10:37 a.m.
T.J. said:

Those are both some serious cars.

And some serious drivers. Emilio can wheel and Ryan's no slouch. This should be fun to watch. My money is on Emilio, but we'll find out.

Long Road Racing is also bringing a tweaked-up ND. I don't know if they have the horsepower to keep up with the NA boys, but they've got a great chassis.

Jaynen UltraDork
5/1/18 11:05 a.m.

I can't wait to see these guys! Ryan was one of my first Autocross instructors with BMWCCA when I was living in San Diego

rjstanford GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/1/18 12:30 p.m.

I've been following Ryan's build too - its a seriously well designed machine.  Whoever wins it should be a great day.

Jaynen UltraDork
5/1/18 12:42 p.m.

Ryan clarified that on Facebook he sees them as being a single team out to take on the rest for the greatness of miatadom


Rodan HalfDork
5/1/18 2:20 p.m.

Two very serious cars with two very serious drivers... They'll be excellent additions to the UTCC field.  I'm really looking forward to the results!

ShinnyGroove New Reader
5/1/18 4:51 p.m.

Both of these cars are basically showpieces for how to build fast Miatas; there is a lot of pioneering work in both of these cars, and the drivers have been great at sharing their innovation in the community.  Wish I could be there to see them run!

te72 Reader
5/2/18 10:28 p.m.

I've always liked the idea of a hill climb style Miata, but until I have some serious power under the hood, the aero along those lines would only slow me down. Very cool looking cars though! Would be cool to see these guys do well at UTCC!

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