Why not supercharge that Lexus V8-powered Miata? | Great moments in $2000 Challenge history

By Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2023 | $2000 Challenge, Lexus, Mazda, Miata, V8, Mazda Miata, supercharger, Wreck Racing

Photography Credit: Anthony Neste
  • Entrant: Wreck Racing
  • Total Budget: $1099.50
  • Event Year: 2011

Georgia Tech has a history of bringing homebrewed, forced-induction setups to our $2000 Challenge. For our 2011 gathering, the team entered a Miata powered by a forced-fed Lexus V8, a setup good enough for a fifth-place finish.  

The team had bounced back from adversity to make the big show. When running the Miata earlier that year at our Ultimate Track Car Challenge, the Lexus engine lost its oil on the warmup lap.

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maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/21/23 4:35 p.m.

Ah yes, the first racecar I ever worked on. Don't forget to mention it won the Challenge the year before in 2010. We pretty much ruined a winning recipe by adding the supercharger and swapping the trans for a manual. 

That wing was an aerospace student's senior design project, if I recall correctly, and was rumored to support the weight of 4 freshmen. 

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/21/23 4:47 p.m.

Where is it now?

maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/21/23 4:53 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

RIP In Pieces

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