Flyin’ Miata Gives MX-5 V8 Power
What happens when you put a V8 Chevrolet engine in a fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 ND? The guys over at Flyin’ Miata will help you find out.
With its roots firmly planted in the late ’80s, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the hottest-selling convertibles on the market. However, it’s the leaner, meaner fourth-generation ND Miata that has really been catching people’s attention. That’s because Mazda has managed to reduce the car’s total weight to less than 2,400 pounds and integrate the SkyActiv technology that most other vehicles in its range boast.
However, some people have said that while the latest iteration of the iconic roadster is the best yet, it still lacks a little in the power department. But what do people expect? An MX-5 with V8 power? That’d be impossible! Or would it…
US-based Flyin’ Miata doesn’t think so and says it is ready to sell its first Chevrolet LS3-powered ND-series roadster.
The conversion company, famous for its V8 MX-5s, says that the Miata will boast around 525-horsepower when it’s finished, which will make for a sub-four second 0-60mph car. The V8 engine will, of course, add a fair bit to the MX-5’s slim frame, but that’s a sacrifice that would always have to be made.
Even Flyin’ Miata thinks the conversion is “a little nuts”, but that hasn’t stopped the firm ploughing ahead anyway.
The LS3-powered Miata features a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual gearbox, as well as reinforced chassis, suspension, brakes, fuel and cooling systems. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via an “upgraded LSD rear-end, new driveshafts and new halfshafts”.
Perhaps most surprising is that Flyin’ Miata says the V8 conversion won’t disrupt the roadster’s 50:50 weight distribution.
“There’s still a long way to go before this is a real thing, but the initial test fit is promising. Very promising,” said Flyin’ Miata on Facebook. “Yes, that’s a V8 engine stuffed in a 2016 ND Miata.”
Even though it may seem a little insane, the concept is no less than awesome. But if you want to get your hands on one you’ll need to shell out around $50,000.
According to Flyin’ Miata, the revamped roadster will “accelerate harder, turn quicker and stop shorter”. With that many horses in such a tiny frame, the results will undoubtedly be spectacular.