Feb 11, 2009 update to the Mazda Miata Turbo project car

Putting the “Street” Back in Street Modified

Stop! Hammer time.

Our 1994 R-package Miata is one of the fastest examples of Mazda’s little roadster we’ve ever driven—and we’ve driven quite a few of them. We’ve taken this car a step or two beyond stock, however, by adding a Flyin’ Miata FMII turbo kit. The car now proudly lays down 238 horsepower to the rear wheels thanks to a Garrett GT2560R turbo. The Flyin’ Miata FMII kit provides a very high power level with a broad torque curve to match.

We recently acquired a set of Bilstein Coilovers to improve the suspension. We’ll be working with the Miata suspension gurus at FatCat Motorsports to help us maximize the effectiveness of our new equipment while maintaining a street-friendly ride.

Ultimately, we want this car to put the “street” back in the SCCA’s Street Modified class at the Solo National Championships. We’re curious to see just how well a truly street-driven car would fare against a field of thinly-disguised racers.

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Dashpot Reader
2/12/09 6:32 a.m.

I'm very interested in this article. I have a '95 FMII equpped car with the Spec Miata Bilstein/Eibach package. It works O.K. on the track, but is pretty ugly on the street - low speed push, lots of spring and minimal damping, combined with too much bottoming.

I'm hoping that the FCM package offers a more streetable compromise.

Tom Heath
Tom Heath UberDork
2/12/09 8:35 a.m.

We're excited to move forward with this project too. We've heard nothing but good things about the FCM mount kits and bump stops, and FCM's proprietor, Shaikh, understands the Miata's suspension needs as well as anyone we've dealt with. We'll try the out-of-the-box configuration for the Bilsteins first, and work with Shaikh to see what sort of changes we'll need to optimize our setup.

Javelin MegaDork
2/12/09 9:57 a.m.

I hope to read a lot about this project! SM2 definitely needs to come back to the street side of things, and seeing as how that's my new class I'm doubly interested. Also you can't go wrong with Miatas and Boost!

Sparetire New Reader
6/28/09 9:50 a.m.

I have been doing my homework on a project exactly like this for months now. I am very excited to track this one as it progresses.

My DIY hodge-podge of parts wont be even similar to an FMII, but the suspension info general knowledge from a project like this is fantastic.

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