Quite interesting engine swap option for your track oriented NA! I really do like the characteristic of the Honda F20C/F22C engines. This powerplant bolted in an 2200lbs chassis should work pretty well on track!
Some specs about the car:
Torik Motorsports S2000 powered Miata
- 1990 chassis with no exterior body modifications.
- 2001 Honda S2000 F20C motor & 6-speed transmission…
Tesla’s service center for the Northwest is located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, I walk and bike by it several times a week. There are always a handful of Tesla Roadsters in the shop for whatever maintenance an electric car requires. Having seen Tesla Roadsters every day for the past couple of years, they are no longer attention grabbing for me.
What has been grabbing my attention is the cars the folks who work at Tesla drive. These guys get it, they’re clearly driving enthusiasts. Two lowered Miatas with 949 Racing 6UL track day wheels and a very nice E30 don’t just by chance happen to park in the same lot. It’s always a good thing to see folks who work on high end cars having good taste in their own cars. When the answer cannot be “Miata”, it is very frequently “E30″.
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Found this photo on Noriyaro, and I just found it odd to post now that my girlfriend has a SW and I have my NA6. I hope our cars never end up like this…
Readers know that I just recently self-painted some blue wheels that I haven’t fitted on the car. I’m going to put them on this weekend, because I’m going to visit a local car meet, and figured that this would be as good of a time as any.
If my wheels look half as good as this, then I’ll be pretty happy. Maybe I’ll mount them tonight…
Found this Miata on AUTOnGRAPHIC ’s FB page. I’m loving the overfenders and the wheel choice here.
I found this Miata on Rust-in-Stuff’s tumblr, and I’m loving the white on white. I do love simple-looking N/A Miatas.
To say that we've come quite a way in pushing the bounds of modification would be an understatement for most. On occasions where influence and creativity converge over time, amazing results can happen; as is the case with the Miata you see here. Cody's pursuit of building the perfect Roadster has been a long one, and one where Japanese prominence has prevailed in all areas.
Round 2 is almost go!
It's been A LONG 4 weeks of rebuilding that mx5 from the crash and round 1. Many sleepless nights.. Much bucks spent, blood drawn and angry faces... But.. It's ready, and we're here.
Late as usual.
Give a shit.
So this weekend, I was picking up a speedometer cable for Kyoko from another local Miata-phile, David DeRegt. While I was there, I got a quick look at his V6 powered Mazda Miata. I grabbed a picture on Twitter, and my followers wanted to know more about it.
This car was originally built by another local autocrosser, Mark Snell, before it was picked up as David’s project. When it was Mark’s car, it had been featured in the briefly-run ’Forever MX-5′ magazine. See video below of Mark and the “KLata”
Now David is working on a “new” Street-Mod Miata project, and his “KLata” is now up for sale. A fun Miata fact- My old Miata, Kasumi donated her hood and headlights cover for this car. Check out David’s sale thread. Worth a look, as it has the stat sheet has more information.
I didn’t take a lot of photos this morning, because I didn’t have a lot of time this morning. I couldn’t sleep, so I ended replacing the valve cover gasket and a few other small things on the car this morning before heading off to work.
Super nice to be able to get a few small things done in the morning, just before you start the day. On another note, I’m thinking about removing some of the stickers on the car…but we’ll see in the next few days how I feel about it.
Of the three generation of Mazda Miata, the NB (second generation) is my least favorite. Something about the front styling just looks too passive to me. So normally when I see modified ones, I just roll my eyes and move on.
Then I saw this one…
It’s probably the flares and the GT Wing. People know that I have a weakness for those. A serious one…
I just found this through the Miata forums, and just thought it was neat. That’s all. Just neat.
This weekend, a buddy of mine was able to provide a quick pickup on some Miata brake calipers while we were working on the car this weekend. (Turns out that I’m now running Kasumi’s old brake calipers on my Kyoko now. Small world.)
I nicknamed his car ‘Panda’, because of the black and white color combo that he’s running on his NA. He’s also running ‘Kasumi’s’ old rear wing.
Sorry for the cameraphone pictures, but I wanted to grab some shots of some of the garage time that Kyoko got this weekend. One of my karting friends was able to help me replacing the pads and rotors on the car. TJ is a great mechanic, and I can pay him in food, so it works out well.
I’ve been doing a lot of daily driving recently, and thus have worn the hell out of the tires on Kyoko. The extra mileage, plus needing an alignment meant that I’d driven the front tires down to cords. Eek! (There is a follow up-story about this, for another post.)
Since tire replacement was pretty much mandatory, I decided that because of all of the commuting I’m doing that my car was going to need some tougher rubber. A fellow autocrosser, and the one who took this photo, works at a tire alignment place near me and was able to help mount new Primewall rubber and get Kyoko aligned.
Since the weekend ended up pretty much being random car-stuff, I’ve got a few other odds and ends to finish up tonight and tomorrow, which I may post on then too.
Sykart Indoor Racing Center, my local indoor karting track decided they wanted to run their logo on Kyoko. I thought was a great idea. I love the kart track that I race at, so I will do anything I can do to support them.
The logo was designed at ‘JJ Graphics & Signs’, and I was able to pick it up and have it installed today. This shop provides vinyl design and installation for PRO3 race cars, so I was happy for them to work on my car.
Sorry for the grainy-shots, but they came from my cameraphone.
I’ve always felt like cars need to be driven in as many circumstances as possible. As a car guy, I’ve always found myself at conflict with ‘garage-queen’ car guys who treat Honda Civics like Ferrari F40s. I always feel like pictures of hyper-clean cars are more ’fake’ than cars with a bit of dirt on them.
Therefore, my ride is normally a bit more ragged looking than most. It’s not intentional ,but it’s just a result of the lifestyle that my car exists in. She’s driven daily, normally covering 100 miles a day with my commute. Fortunately, Kyoko is an exciting car to drive so every mile is just a joy.
Granted, I’m not trying to win any car shows. If I were my outlook on car-life would be vastly different though.