Apr 6, 2018 update to the Mazda Miata project car

Meet Our Turbo Miata at Daytona This Weekend

We were largely successful in our American Endurance Racing debut about a month ago, and this weekend we’re putting our turbocharged Miata to the test once again at our home track. We’ve entered the the ChampCar Endurance Series Presented by RVA Graphics & Wraps Marathon Coach Daytona Beach Enduro. The race will be a 14-hour affair starting on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Last year we entered this same race, but a string of bad luck held us to just 10 laps completed. We’ve regrouped and reorganized virtually every part of our racing effort and are ready to attack this race once again. Want to come out to the track and hang out with us? There’s a $20 fee at the gate, but find our garage and you’ll be welcomed with a cool drink and maybe even a sticker or two.

Join Free Join our community to easily find more project updates.
Comments
View comments on the GRM forums
Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:16 a.m.

And we’re on track! Currently 5th in class out of 13. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:18 a.m.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:20 a.m.

Oops... forgot to turn our Racepak CL1 telemetry system on. Had to make a quick pit stop for that. 

mikeatrpi
mikeatrpi HalfDork
4/7/18 8:26 a.m.

Good luck!

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:35 a.m.

And if you’d like to follow our progress yourself, you can see live timing here, courtesy of RaceHero:

 

http://racehero.io/events/marathon-coach-daytona-beach-enduro

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:37 a.m.

Here’s our beautiful steed in the garage last night. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 8:48 a.m.

It’s a full track this weekend. We’re sharing a pit stall with two other teams.

Just restarted after a fairly long caution. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:13 a.m.

Still running! Ed just went out during a caution; word in the pits is that somebody flipped a Miata somewhere. sad 

We’re currently running in 5th place in Class Blaugh

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:58 a.m.

Fourth in class!

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
4/7/18 12:02 p.m.

Good luck, I'm rooting for you from work. I'm close enough to hear the cars on the track when I went outside for my lunch break. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 12:05 p.m.

Just hopped out of the car in 4th place. Heat management is still an issue, but so far so good! 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 12:22 p.m.

Miles is in the car now. laugh

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 12:43 p.m.

As long as the feet stay here most of the time we’re in good shape. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 1:28 p.m.

Quick pit box comparison. We’ll let you guess which one is ours. laugh

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:03 p.m.

Looks like rain! We’re actually super excited for showers. They’ll keep our car cool, and our soft suspension should be much much better. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 2:03 p.m.

Wayne is back in the car. Sitting in 5th in class at the moment. Under yet another caution. Looks like it’s going to start raining soon. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:07 p.m.

And they’ve red flagged the race for lightning. sad

rustybugkiller
rustybugkiller Reader
4/7/18 2:07 p.m.

What do they charge for a spectator? Looks like you would have the run of the place. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:14 p.m.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:55 p.m.

It’s $20 to get in as a spectator. 

Race is about to restart! 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 3:25 p.m.

And it’s worth mentioning that we haven’t had a proper wastegate since before lunchtime. The actuator clip fell off, and then the fitting on the actuator fell off, so here’s what our Miata is currently doing:

0-5500 RPM: No boost

5500-7000 RPM: Boost creep to the point where we hit 12 psi. 

We’re still running! 3rd in class. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 3:29 p.m.

So we’re 7 hours in and a freaking Biturbo is still in the race. Just saying. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 4:04 p.m.

Update: they just pushed the Maserati off pit row. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 5:02 p.m.

Miles just hopped in the car. Still in 3rd place! :) 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
4/7/18 5:09 p.m.

We close at 7, was going to walk across the street to watch the final portion of the race. 

My wife and daughter are sick, so I'm heading home. Good luck, and thanks for the updates. 

MrChaos
MrChaos Dork
4/7/18 5:10 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

Update: they just pushed the Maserati off pit row. 

you cursed them

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
4/7/18 5:33 p.m.

I love these threads. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 5:56 p.m.

Headlights are on... well, most of them anyway. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 6:11 p.m.

So this is about to happen. Tom just got in the car. Still in third. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
4/7/18 6:17 p.m.

That'll separate the men from the other men. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 6:26 p.m.

Red flag again for lightning. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 6:31 p.m.

They Red flagged the race as soon as I was starting to get in my groove. :( 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
4/7/18 6:42 p.m.

I just drove through it, barely raining in DeLand. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 7:16 p.m.

Heading back out on track now. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:29 p.m.

Wow! That was an awesome stint. As our photographer just said: “I saw you pass just about everybody.” Our car is gooooooood in the rain, and we consistently picked up 15 seconds per lap to catch second in class. 

Wayne just hopped in with a fresh tank of gas, hoping for a podium finish! 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:23 p.m.

Ed just went out after our last pit stop of the day. Looks like P2 in our class is out with a mechanical failure, so we’re expecting to move up a position shortly. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:26 p.m.

2nd place!!! C’mon car! Hold together for 35 more minutes!

TRoglodyte
TRoglodyte UltraDork
4/7/18 9:50 p.m.

I love Daytona, to finish first you must first finish and endurance racing can be grueling. It's not what you got its what you bring.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 10:51 p.m.

It’s official: Second place in class B! Success!!

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
4/8/18 5:51 a.m.

What is the thing in the background that looks like a VW bug mated with a Porsche 356?

Pete

rustybugkiller
rustybugkiller Reader
4/8/18 8:18 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

It’s official: Second place in class B! Success!!

Congrats!

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
4/8/18 9:17 a.m.

Where did you finish in the race?  Who won?

 

Good job surviving!

 

How'd you lose so many laps, what issues did you face?

 

Watching the live stream and trying to keep up with everyone was difficult with all the weather interruptions!

GTXVette
GTXVette SuperDork
4/8/18 9:28 a.m.

 

I want this SO Badly I am Squirming in my seat Just reading this.

Looks like the car that won the class can run 10 seconds a lap Faster... Is that Normal 'Grouping'.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
4/8/18 9:56 a.m.
GTXVette said:

 

I want this SO Badly I am Squirming in my seat Just reading this.

Looks like the car that won the class can run 10 seconds a lap Faster... Is that Normal 'Grouping'.

There is no real grouping...  it's based on engine size and is pretty arbitrary.  The smallest engine sizes have won a bunch of races and the largest engine sizes rarely do.

 

In other words, there is only 1 set of rules for ALL cars, and an overall podium.

 

There can be a huge difference in laptime between the slowest and fastest even within the same "class".

I think I saw there was a team that did a 2:13 in the race and the slowest I saw was around 2:35.  

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/9/18 8:30 a.m.
NOHOME said:

What is the thing in the background that looks like a VW bug mated with a Porsche 356?

Pete

It was a VW Bug all decked out in aero and Martini livery. It was one of the cooler looking cars there, but it was also one of the slowest.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/9/18 8:35 a.m.
wvumtnbkr said:

Where did you finish in the race?  Who won?

 

Good job surviving!

 

How'd you lose so many laps, what issues did you face?

 

Watching the live stream and trying to keep up with everyone was difficult with all the weather interruptions!

Thanks! We finished in 46th overall. We didn't really have many major issues. Our wastegate had some issues, but other than that we had a solid car the whole time. The weather was definitely an inconvenience with two red flags, but there's nothing anybody can do about that. That first place car was 20 laps ahead because, well, it was faaaaast. It was a convertible FC Mazda RX-7. 

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
4/9/18 9:14 a.m.

Cool.

 

BTW, that beetle is a center driving position car (if it the same car from WGI last year).  It was a racecar in some other series and has some SERIOUS development.

 

46th and finishing at a track like Daytona is AWESOME for a Miata (even turbocharged).

 

Good Work!

 

P.S. FC's are a terrific platform for this type of racing..... wink

Sponsored by

Bridgestone

DIYAutoTune

Treasure Coast Miata

SPA Technique

Advanced Autosports

Energy Suspension

Fuel Injector Clinic

Konig Wheels

Nerdie Racing

Safecraft

Speed Seat Factory

Very Cool Parts

Our Preferred Partners
y1zIKDujmKZi1RKXImwku2J2aqs8JvZndC6IOgKUJKADvn5GXnkOr8jc4N2WewB9