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  • thepass
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    ^ And that is why there aren't many. That price is a bargain for what you're getting, but most people shopping for a $30k track car aren't looking for a Miata.

    There aren't that many big-horsepower Miatas at the track regardless of how they accomplish it, and I think that's also because the popular recipe of low-power, excellent handling, full-on momentum car is so fun that relatively few owners stray beyond that.

    Also, it's just statistics. There are relatively few Miatas with V8s out there to start with. The number that ever see a racetrack are only a fraction of that. Then cut that down again to just a fraction of those which actually had the additional budget put into them to be reliable and fast under track use. And if all that didn't already make the odds of seeing a V8 Miata go fast at the track practically nil, figure the odds that the owner of such a unicorn is actually a fast driver...

    -Ryan
    Last edited by thepass; 04-08-2015, 08:23 PM.

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  • ucfbrett
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    At that price, it'll be for sale for a while longer.

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  • b3d3g1
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    This one has been on craigslist for a while here in NorCal
    Mazda Miata 1999 V8 race car

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  • Red_5
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    Originally posted by emilio700 View Post
    That is until you drive a well built Rotrex. You never drove Deviate with the blower (300+whp). Instant power, and gobs of it, everywhere. Easily converted to CARB niceness.
    Oh yah, you can install the production kit in an afternoon without raising the car off the ground.
    It was the ride with you in the JR NA that got me to buy an NA. I don't think I would ever do a V8 swap Miata, just fun to think about. If I ever felt like my NA6 needs more power than a 1.8 can provide, it will most likely come from a JR Rotrex.

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  • emilio700
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    Originally posted by Red_5 View Post
    I like the idea of an NC with a SBC more than an NA or NB. Although those CARB legal LS3s I think sound like a good idea for going in my Smurf, wish I had the budget.
    That is until you drive a well built Rotrex. You never drove Deviate with the blower (300+whp). Instant power, and gobs of it, everywhere. Easily converted to CARB niceness.
    Oh yah, you can install the production kit in an afternoon without raising the car off the ground.

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  • Red_5
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    I like the idea of an NC with a SBC more than an NA or NB. Although those CARB legal LS3s I think sound like a good idea for going in my Smurf, wish I had the budget.

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  • ucfbrett
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    ^^ That and the car is huge fun built the way it is. Add a radiator, brake pads and roll bar. Go.

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  • 5:04
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    Danny George competed at Super Lap in his Formula D V8 Miata and did a 1:53 with no aero and 15's IIRC. No one does it because a properly swapped and build V8 Miata is going to be $$$.

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  • SDSUsnowboards
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    It dated one with F's. I'm not even a boob guy and it worked very well.

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  • heypal
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    Originally posted by fatbillybob View Post
    Because it would be like a 5ft girl with double D's. blah blah blah

    You have my attention

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  • Olitho
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    I see V8 Miatas on the track all the time. They are called Z06s.

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  • emilio700
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    Originally posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    I'd guess that it's because it's big money to do the conversion properly, covering all bases besides the swap itself, such as: brakes, bodywork to accommodate huge tires, huge tires, etc. At the end of the day, a person with that kind of money could buy a z06 and probably go faster and look good while doing it..
    This, in a nutshell.


    Originally posted by kornerz View Post
    Big tires? I'm pretty sure 245 rc1's would be fine

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  • fatbillybob
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    Because it would be like a 5ft girl with double D's. It is sort of cool and all but in the end just does not work.

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  • kornerz
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    Big tires? I'm pretty sure 245 rc1's would be fine

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  • SDSUsnowboards
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    I'd guess that it's because it's big money to do the conversion properly, covering all bases besides the swap itself, such as: brakes, bodywork to accommodate huge tires, huge tires, etc. At the end of the day, a person with that kind of money could buy a z06 and probably go faster and look good while doing it..

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