Giving our Miata the aero edge that it really deserves

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Update by Tom Suddard to the Mazda Miata project car
Jan 25, 2023 | Mazda, Miata, v6, Aerodynamics, lfx, aero, Nine Lives Racing, Endurance Race Miata

We’d tripled our Miata’s OEM horsepower via an LFX swap, and this fact sent chills down our spine: We’ve raced this car at Daytona, and even with only 200 horsepower, it was no fun at higher speeds.

Early Miatas like ours make boatloads of aerodynamic lift in stock form, and that makes them both harder to drive and slower around a …

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/25/23 2:19 p.m.

I know the Nine Lives Racing Wing adds lots of downforce, but I just think it looks really cool.

Really, most cars end up looking pretty neat with a wing, in my opinion, as long as it's done well.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/25/23 5:12 p.m.

I'm curious what angle y'all set up on

because it looks like you're "in the middle of the range"... or ~8deg?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
1/25/23 5:28 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

I always start at zero degrees and add angle (Wangle?) at the first test day. IIRC we settled on about 5 degrees. 

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/25/23 6:36 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

[...]and add angle (Wangle?) at the first test day. IIRC we settled on about 5 degrees. 

imha: it's a flap, not a wing/wang... so, Flangle?

iirc, 5deg is where their cfd indicates the elan foil begins to stall behind the miata hardtop.  It's kinda interesting to realize the MDF kit is rear-aero limited, and not front-limited, as is the case with most production-based cars (afaik).

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
1/25/23 7:42 p.m.

Yeah, we hit that measurement organically testing at CMP. That seemed to be the car's happy place. 

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