Mazda MX-5 with a Twin-Turbo V8

Mazda MX-5 with a Twin-Turbo LS1 V8

Street Machine set out to turn a Mazda MX-5 they purchased online sight-unseen into a very powerful monster. They sent the MX-5 to All Race Fabrications for most of the fabrication such as strengthening the chassis, installing a roll cage, fuel cell, and four-link rear suspension. Sticking out of the engine bay is a 5.7 … Read more

Miata with a Snowmobile Engine

Mazda Miata with a Yamaha Snowmobile inline-three

This 1991 Mazda Miata called “Balto” was built by Evil Genius Racing in Davis, California to compete in LeMons racing. The original motor was sold when the team purchased the car and is now powered by a two-stroke 700 cc inline-three taken from a Yamaha Mountain Max snowmobile. The CVT transmission was also taken from … Read more

Mazda MX-5 with a Turbo LSx

Mazda Miata with a Turbo LSx V8

This 2007 Mazda MX-5 was built by professional Danish drifter Christian Christensen to compete in DriftAllstars for the 2017 season. Christian went with a 4th generation 5.3 L LSx and a large BorgWarner S480SX turbocharger to power the small car. He is hoping to produce around 1,000 horsepower. Very little room was left in the … Read more

RWD Golf with a MX-5 Powertrain

RWD Golf Mk2 with a turbo 1.6 L inline-four

The front wheels in this Volkswagen Golf Mk2 are no longer being driven by the factory motor. Or being driven at all. Instead you will find power comes from a 1.6 L B6-ZE inline-four from a Mazda MX-5 with a KO3 turbocharger from an Audi. Power goes through a custom driveshaft to a LSD from … Read more

Building a Miata with a Ferrari V8

1999 Miata with a Ferrari 360 V8

Blackbird Fabworx is a talented fabrication shop located in Canoga Park, California that specializes in Miata parts. They also race a modified 1999 NB Miata called “Morpheus” in Global Time Attack. You can read more details on the race car in MotoIQ’s article. However the company felt it was time to replace the factory 1.8 … Read more

Mazda MX-5 with a Turbo 4G63

Mazda MX-5 with a Turbo 4G63 inline-four

I always enjoy writing about a neglected vehicle being reborn into an exciting and loved project. This Mazda MX-5 NA might have been destined to a short life rotting away until Daniel Walker decided to give it a second chance. The project started in 2013 with a goal to build a capable track car on … Read more