Not Lyin’ About The Flyin’ Part

If you have $42,000 burning a hole in your pocket, and you really like Miatas, then you will want to read about our Flyin’ Miata Torture Test. Danger Girl and I teamed up with Indycar vet Alex Lloyd and a cast of, um, about half a dozen to run a turbo Miata around Laguna Seca for fifteen mostly uninterrupted hours. It’s rare to see a product deliver so completely on its promises, particularly when the product in question comes from the aftermarket. It took a while to get this into “print” for a variety of reasons but it’s finally up. And for the record, DG and Alex were running about the same pace. Does that mean that Alex was slacking, or that Danger Girl was shoving? Only the Traqmate knows.

8 Replies to “Not Lyin’ About The Flyin’ Part”

  1. AvatarPaulyG

    “Turns out they didn’t even bother to bring a just-in-case trailer along. That’s somewhere along the fuzzy line between “confidence” and “hubris,” if you ask me. But as my mother used to say, it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.”

    Impressive! Reminds me of the story Vic Elford told when he first started racing for Porsche:

    “Two mechanics turned up with a 911 in time for the start, plus a couple of sets of wheels and a jack, but no spares at all. I asked Huschke when the spares would be arriving. Huschke said: ‘no spares, Vicky my boy. Porsches don’t break.’ And it didn’t.”

  2. AvatarE. Bryant

    A colleague has a Flyin’ Miata turbo kit on his NB, and I’ve been surprised and delighted by every aspect of that car. From ease of installation to driveability, it’s an impressive piece of work (and having working in the auto and truck industry for two decades as an engineer, I tend to not be easily impressed). It’s not the sort of car that will instantly reveal its magic – the dyno plot is modest, it doesn’t spin the tires at highway speeds, and popping the hood won’t drop any jaws – but it’s a joy to drive and always feels ready to provide whatever the driver is asking of it.

    I’d love to put something similar in my garage at some point in the future when a two-seater is once again a workable option as a daily driver, but it’d be hard to turn down whatever used Corvette happened to line up at the same price point.

  3. AvatarWidgetsltd

    That’s a really impressive performance overall! Do you know what type of gas they were running? I’d suppose that they would have blended a little 100 octane in with the weak-sauce California 91 octane pump premium. I figure that I’ll need to do that with my turbocharged Lucky Dog enduro car, whenever I get around to finally building it.

      • AvatarKeith Tanner

        Actually, it was California 91. We filled up a 90 gallon tank of it outside the track so we wouldn’t have to pay track prices, although we did run out so the last couple of tanks were purchased at the Laguna Seca pumps.

  4. Avatarhank chinaski

    FM has been working the magic for around 20 years if memory serves. Power and durability, plus boost on pump gas and all into 13:1 CR. We live in exiting times.

    The Taurus article reminded me of an old flame that drove a first gen Altima. Also a soap bar and possibly owned by a similar demo.

  5. AvatarKeith Tanner

    Thanks for being a part of this! It was a bit of a gamble, but we approached it like an endurance race and it spurred development of a bunch of new parts. Using the turbo car for this article was sort of a double dog dare move – R&T asked about driving a car over every session, so I said “here’s a crazy idea…”

    I will admit that we had originally planned to trailer the car home – but as it became evident that Andy was not just surviving but thriving, we decided to drive it back instead. Plan for the worst and hope for the best, right?


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