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  • 2nd Chance Roadster Racing Car

    After much thought and discussion behind the scenes with Alex Renderos of 2nd Chance Roadster, Emilio Cervantes of 949Racing and William Chen, I finally have a legitimate racing car for wheel-to-wheel racing.

    For now, it'll mainly be built to compete in PT (Performance Touring) and endurance races (E3) with NASA, be a competitive endurance racing car in Chumpcar (also for endurance racing training for Team 949Racing endurance racing team) and Modified class in Miata Challenge Time Trial Series.

    The first shakedown already happened on July 10th at Buttonwillow and my first NASA race in this car will be July 30-31 at AAA Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Its adventures will also be recorded via my blog as well at vagaxt.wordpress.com.

    Now for the pretty photos of the build and video of the shakedown.

    First ever video of the car driven in anger. Overall, the car's rough and unrefined right now, but already, it's definitely showing it has some guts and plenty of speed to be untapped!



    Bloopers from the day.





    To start, Alex picks a suitable rolling straight tub as the base to start from scratch. This is truly this car's "2nd chance" at life. I think we ended up calling him Monty for some reason.





    Then you give it some clothes to wear.







    Then add a custom cage, refreshed stock junkyard motor, 5-speed transmission and 4.1 Torsen.











    Then you add some paint to the interior. In case you are wondering, the cage is a lovely shade of lavender.







    Last edited by VagaXt; 07-17-2011, 10:12 PM.
    Driving to the limit is my goal.
    Winning with Team 949 Racing is merely the result.
    2013 NASA TTD National Champion
    NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner: 2011 E2 Class & 2012 E1 Class.
    Multiple wins in NASA PT and WERC series, with many more to come.


    Cheer for us during races throughout the year and like us on Facebook and Twitter!

    "Drive well and have fun." Drive W2W in the SuperMiata Race Series. Also, see me in action on YouTube.

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    In action during the car's first shakedown.









    Driving to the limit is my goal.
    Winning with Team 949 Racing is merely the result.
    2013 NASA TTD National Champion
    NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner: 2011 E2 Class & 2012 E1 Class.
    Multiple wins in NASA PT and WERC series, with many more to come.


    Cheer for us during races throughout the year and like us on Facebook and Twitter!

    "Drive well and have fun." Drive W2W in the SuperMiata Race Series. Also, see me in action on YouTube.

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    • #3
      for those of you interested. Monty did a 2:09s at BW13 on street tire and 95F weather.

      that was its first shake down, with bad alignment, and as you can tell from pictures, only 95% finished.
      the whole build was ~3 weeks. by 2nd Chance Roadster, Miata used parts specialist. local Miata community swear by them.

      this is the lowest budget Miata race car (with NASA log book) I've seen. (ignore the CF hard top, that won't be there in its final config), hopefully able to hang with the fast crowd later.
      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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      • #4
        Well, no log book yet. Need to get one at annual tech, I think. Also, CF hardtop is legal once back window is in, being OEM shape and all, it should be fine.
        Driving to the limit is my goal.
        Winning with Team 949 Racing is merely the result.
        2013 NASA TTD National Champion
        NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner: 2011 E2 Class & 2012 E1 Class.
        Multiple wins in NASA PT and WERC series, with many more to come.


        Cheer for us during races throughout the year and like us on Facebook and Twitter!

        "Drive well and have fun." Drive W2W in the SuperMiata Race Series. Also, see me in action on YouTube.

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        • #5
          If you don't mind, what was the budget on this whole thing?
          pucsicsal - The fastest unit of speed measurement is not the speed of light, it is the speed of flatout. Hence the BRZs limit.

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          • #6
            Wow, 2:09 on street tires, I have my work cut out for me. Did you figure out what tires you're going to run at ACS? Hopefully I can hang with you long enough to learn something.
            99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
            '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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            • #7
              Haha. I thought cf hard top don't fit the "theme". That it is worth more than the whole car.
              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
                Originally posted by psychoazn View Post
                If you don't mind, what was the budget on this whole thing?
                Hard to say since I don't have a total view of the overall cost so far. But I can safely say that we will cheaper than William's old Spec Miata.

                Originally posted by Red_5 View Post
                Wow, 2:09 on street tires, I have my work cut out for me. Did you figure out what tires you're going to run at ACS? Hopefully I can hang with you long enough to learn something.
                Tires: 205/50/15 Nitto NT01. And for hanging with me, I'm sure you'll have no problem keeping up. You got more power than me, so you can be my bumpdrafting partner and cut the wind for me.
                Driving to the limit is my goal.
                Winning with Team 949 Racing is merely the result.
                2013 NASA TTD National Champion
                NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner: 2011 E2 Class & 2012 E1 Class.
                Multiple wins in NASA PT and WERC series, with many more to come.


                Cheer for us during races throughout the year and like us on Facebook and Twitter!

                "Drive well and have fun." Drive W2W in the SuperMiata Race Series. Also, see me in action on YouTube.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by psychoazn View Post
                  If you don't mind, what was the budget on this whole thing?
                  When it races in chump car. Suspension has to be back to stock and top will just be a piece of corrugated plastic (I ran one on my Miata for a while, it costs me $25 and worked great). You can buy a running Miata for about a thousand if u waited for a deal (and parts sold off it, you are not going to need that dash). U then add cage, race seat, harness, steering wheel, kill switch, left/right nets, Ebay radiator. Probably another $2,200 for a low end build. That would be $3,200 before hard top, wheels and consumables like pads, tires, tune up, fluids and belts. Obviously u need to add labor. Which is quite a bit in this case, alex worked non-stop for 3 weeks.

                  Obviously with PTE build (which sonny will be racing in). It is a bit more. Add suspension, hard top. Easily another $2,000.

                  In this case, it was a little less. As most items were used. Donated old seats, steering wheel, harness and nets. I think only thing that was new were the cage and brake pads.

                  I think eric is itching to turn his new Miata into same thing.
                  Last edited by bellwilliam; 07-17-2011, 11:46 PM.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bellwilliam View Post
                    Haha. I thought cf hard top don't fit the "theme". That it is worth more than the whole car.
                    That top is pretty beat up (epoxy clearcoat cracked badly on side), and it was more or less donated from another car that Alex salvaged for parts.
                    Driving to the limit is my goal.
                    Winning with Team 949 Racing is merely the result.
                    2013 NASA TTD National Champion
                    NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner: 2011 E2 Class & 2012 E1 Class.
                    Multiple wins in NASA PT and WERC series, with many more to come.


                    Cheer for us during races throughout the year and like us on Facebook and Twitter!

                    "Drive well and have fun." Drive W2W in the SuperMiata Race Series. Also, see me in action on YouTube.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bellwilliam View Post
                      I think eric is itching to turn his new Miata into same thing.
                      I am but I don't have anywhere to keep another race car. Plus, I don't have money for the safety gear. So it probably won't happen.
                      99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
                      '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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                      • #12
                        Very cool. BTW, it looks like you're hitting 7,500 rpm+? How's that, just higher rev limit?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by psychoazn View Post
                          If you don't mind, what was the budget on this whole thing?
                          The price of the race car is just your entry fee to begin racing. Tires, brakes, fuel, other consumables, event entry fees, travel costs (indluding towing), wear and tear on gearbox, clutch, etc. that result in rebuilds, and the occasional disaster (crash or blown motor) really add up. Miata will be cheaper on consumables than a lot of other race cars, but they are not free.
                          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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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pucsicsal View Post
                            Very cool. BTW, it looks like you're hitting 7,500 rpm+? How's that, just higher rev limit?
                            not sure where you saw that. but it is on stock ECU. you can see it hanging in the video.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Very interesting. I'm to build another race car soon and am very intrigued by what you are doing.
                              Ideally I wanted to prep another S but this looks good and "cheap"....

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