This guy turned a first-gen Mazda MX-5 Miata into an incredible rally monster.
The Miata is a fabulous car. It’s been winning awards from various car publications for years thanks to its incredible performance and the fact that it remains one of the last true touring cars within the realm of affordability. Despite not even coming close to 200 hp, the little Miata combines agility with lightness to be one of the most exciting cars you can drive without remortgaging your house.
And some dude in Illinois turned his into a rally car.
One thing should be clear about the Miata: it’s strictly a road-going vehicle. It has a lovely street-tuned suspension and itty-bitty tires that are at home on pavement and pavement only. But Gingium (not their real name) saw the potential of the MX-5 to be something more than just a fancy touring sports car. It could be something greater. Something that could go anywhere.
So Gingium went to work rebuilding a first-gen Miata into a rally car. Because why not?
Step one, a modified suspension that adds new coilovers and lifts the whole car a good 5 inches or so. Then fit a set of chunky Maxxis BigHorn Tires and cut the wheel wells so that they’d actually be able to turn. Next, toss out the front and rear bumpers and replace them with skid plates and bare steel bars painted black.
Lighting is important in rally racing, so the headlights are replaced with powerful LEDs while a roof cage adds even more LED lights.
The entire interior of the Miata is ripped out and replaced with a roll cage, a set of Trackdog racing seats, and a new set of dials to keep track of oil temperature and boost pressure thanks to the new supercharger.
Oh, right, there’s a supercharger in it now. We’re assuming it’s the same 1.8-L inline 4-banger that the Miata came with, but now it’s got a new set of headers, a new intercooler, and a Jackson racing supercharger. It has a hole cut in the hood to make room for the lovely new intercooler, and a snorkel out the side so that it can breathe even underwater.
The final product is sort of like a military-themed dune buggy. But easily the best part is how the engine sounds like a man screaming “AAAAAHHHHH!!” when it’s doing donuts in the mud. There are even plans to convert the Miata from RWD to AWD in the future.
With thanks to Motor1 for pointing us to this beautiful creation.