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  • Fun and games at Blackbird Fabworx - Moby Dick Miata

    So those of you who know me and / or have seen my car, know that I like experimenting with aero.
    This past weekend I took my Miata to ACS with a new piece that I've had in my mind for a while - a long tail a-la old Porsche racers like the Moby Dick.

    For comparison purposes, my car has factory stock engine with a guesstimated 115-120 WHP and weighs roughly 2200 with me and some gas in it.
    Previously my car never went past 128, I was hoping to break 130.

    It took a few days to build and for those who are interested it is made from DiBond style material.
    The entire tail with all the brackets weighs about 2-3 Lbs more than my factory trunk lid alone
    The tail is bolted on and since I didn't want to drill into the rear quarter panels I just taped the seams so it's all removable and reversible.

    And how did it work?
    Alex R. and I had a good scrap in the beginning of the day and it was a real eye opener in terms of speed how well the new tail works. Alex has a good ~20 WHP advantage on me (136 dynoed) and had Hoosiers on, I had an old set of NT01s that have seen too many heat cycles already, seeing that Alex was much faster in the corners, I pointed him by before the playground and by the time we went into the oval he had 4-5 car lengths on me.
    I thought it's going to be impossible to make that gap back, but to my huge surprise I pulled right behind him and by the time we went through start finish we were already side by side.
    By NASCAR T1 I was a good 6-7 car lengths ahead if not more!



    I got to 131-132 every lap and 133 MPH in the faster laps, I'm going to call it good

    Alan Gonick got some good photos of the car -


    Including a good view of the tail from the back


    More to come, including the combination of the long tail with a wing.
    Moti

    Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

  • #2
    How many PT points will NASA Greg give this mod?

    Very cool.

    Oh and how hard would it be to build one for my trailer?
    99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
    '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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    • #3
      I wouldn't even bother asking Greg

      Is there something that is already commercially available for trailers?
      Moti

      Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Blackbird View Post
        Is there something that is already commercially available for trailers?
        I wouldn't even know how to search for such a thing.
        99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
        '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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        • #5
          Wow!

          Could have also been cool on the 18 CCW drag strip.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Loose Caboose View Post
            Could have also been cool on the 18 CCW drag strip.
            Indeed, though coming out of the hole down at Star Mazda would have still been rough
            Moti

            Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

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            • #7
              Only with Miata ladies, that get excited for 133mph at acs.
              Trackhq Corvette, Mustang, Evo owners are laughing their butts off ......
              S1 Supermiata - 220whp
              13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
              17 GT350R
              03 Miata Club Sport
              96 NSX
              06 EVO MR
              15 Mini Cooper S
              Beck 550 Spyder

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              • #8
                It's a good idea to bring a newspaper with you so you have something to do while driving your Miata on the ACS oval or the Buttonwillow dragstrip.
                The deposed former Sheriff of trackHQ . . .

                2006 Porsche 997 Carerra Coupe 6-MT - daily driver
                1992 Honda (Acura) NSX 5-MT - classic investment I couldn't resist and occasionally drive
                2004 Honda S2000 AP2 6-MT - my last track day car (FOR SALE or not, depending on how I feel when I fall out of bed tomorrow morning)
                2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Red_5 View Post
                  How many PT points will NASA Greg give this mod?

                  Very cool.

                  Oh and how hard would it be to build one for my trailer?
                  G.7. 1 point
                  WWW.949RACING.COM
                  SuperMiata

                  Aside from their cost I never understood why people race them.
                  But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bellwilliam View Post
                    Only with Miata ladies, that get excited for 133mph at acs.
                    Trackhq Corvette, Mustang, Evo owners are laughing their butts off ......
                    I'd be excited to see 120.
                    www.TrackHQ.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by emilio700 View Post
                      G.7. 1 point
                      Don't know if it'll fall into that because you're replacing more than that, but even if it was G.7 you'll have to take points for G.8 as well (+2).
                      Moti

                      Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ucfbrett View Post
                        I'd be excited to see 120.
                        when I was up your behind 2 weeks ago, we did see 124mph......
                        (okay, all of you stop getting excited)
                        S1 Supermiata - 220whp
                        13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
                        17 GT350R
                        03 Miata Club Sport
                        96 NSX
                        06 EVO MR
                        15 Mini Cooper S
                        Beck 550 Spyder

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                        • #13
                          I guess I didn't check the speedo while you were up there.
                          www.TrackHQ.com

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                          • #14
                            So much material to work with...
                            Moti

                            Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

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                            • #15
                              Moti: I guess you have a lot more space for sponsorship decals !!
                              S1 Supermiata - 220whp
                              13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
                              17 GT350R
                              03 Miata Club Sport
                              96 NSX
                              06 EVO MR
                              15 Mini Cooper S
                              Beck 550 Spyder

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