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This Lifted, AWD, Subaru WRX-Powered Mazda MX-5 Miata Is A Go-Anywhere Machine


The Mazda MX-5 Miata is known as an affordable sports car that’s just as home in the city, on a racetrack and a twisting mountain pass. Despite the car’s exceptional credentials, the owner of a first-gen example in the United States decided to make his car unlike any other.

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We first discovered this Miata build back in April when it was in its final stages of construction. Fast forward to December and the car has been finished, with a 10-minute video detailing the build process.

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After the owner pulled out the standard engine, work began on overhauling the roadster’s chassis. This initially involved the construction of a complete rollcage. After that, the entire engine bay was cut away, leaving the Mazda without a front end. Thus, work began on creating a bespoke front end made up of tubular steel welded together and made exceptionally strong.

With the custom engine bay fitted, the Miata received the EJ205 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine from a 2002-2003 Subaru WRX. A Subaru all-wheel drive system and a long-travel suspension were also fitted to ensure the car could deal with difficult off-road terrain. Various modifications were made to the engine, including the fitment of a larger turbocharger, an aftermarket clutch, a new intercooler, rear-mounted radiator, and a custom fuel system.

After painting the car and re-installing the interior, it was taken to the dyno where it pumped out an impressive 360 hp and 360 lb-ft (488 Nm) of torque at all four wheels.

 

Updated: December 18, 2020 — 2:33 am

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