1991 Miata. Only options are AC and power steering.
I will run locally in STS. I live within 30 mins of Nelson Ledges, 1.5 hours of BeaveRun and 2.5 hours from Mid-Ohio.
This should be fun.
All true, I know quite a few Mustang guys that have switched to Miatas because they were getting more serious about tracking.Miatas are cheap, light, plentiful and well balanced right from the factory. There is no need to go crazy re-engineering the suspension like we have to on the Mustangs. Throw some bushings, springs, shocks and swaybars and you are good to go. Want more power? Add a blower!
To get good lap times out of a Miata, you have to be a good driver as you don't have the power to make up for mistakes like overbraking or overdriving.
Could not disagree more. First you can't learn jack from a corner station. If you want to know what is hard and what is easy you have to put a steering wheel in your hand.I have auto-x'ed a friends turbo miata (~6 lbs., he was scared), and it was AWESOME. The car does everything right when it has power.
I have also daily driven two stock miatas and, other than the convertible top being cool, they sucked. Dog turd slow and you had to rev the piss out of them to go anywhere. Plus, you look uber-ghey in them. In fact, one of the miatas I drove was called the Gay Blue Miata (or GBM for short).
Now granted, I have never raced Spec Miata, and I am sure some of those guys are plenty decent drivers, but, imo, Miatas are so friggin' easy to drive at their limit that you don't actually learn much from driving them. I worked corners at TWS for years, and honestly, I think the whole "you have to be a good driver to keep your momentum up in a spec miata" is mostly crap. It's just too easy to modulate brakes and gas in a pond-water slow car when you have all the time in the world to prepare for the next corner (or plenty of time to prepare while IN the corner). No, I think it's a bull#### cover to hide the fact that some people spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars building motors and testing exhaust systems to gain 3, three!, frakkin' horsepower. I think a guy on C-C said he DYNOed his spec miata with 40 different muffler and exhaust configurations to get all the horsepower out of the car he could. F'ing retarded.
It's simple math: remove a variable and things get easier. Miatas remove the power variable. You put a miata driver in a live axle car with 250+hp, they #### themselves. You put the pony car driver in a miata, he gets bored while setting a track record for that car. Proof: SCCA Solo 2 champions who have a background in auto-x'ing fox bodies.
Maybe YOU don't learn jack from working a corner, but I do. I've flagged at TWS off and on since the mid-90s. I've damn near seen everything there is to see at a track during that time. When you are up in a deer stand, you can really see how lines, weaving, blocking, etc., affect things. You can also get a feel for which group of drivers have a more difficult time getting 100% out of their car just as you can see that some cars are really easy to drive fast at the limit.Could not disagree more. First you can't learn jack from a corner station. If you want to know what is hard and what is easy you have to put a steering wheel in your hand.
As far as putting a driver from a low HP car into a high HP car and watching them Shyt themselves.....I call BS. I have driven both varieties of cars and I can assure I have learned more about driving CORRECTLY in my RX7 than I ever did in my Mustang. I have also seen guys like Chris Albin (ITB USRRC Champion) get out of his Vw Golf and get into a GT1 Camaro and kick ass and take names. The ITB car has around 110hp and the GT1 car had over 600hp.
I'm a mustang guy and it was hard to transition to my RX7 but what I learned is that it makes absolutely NO difference what you are racing as long as you have some cars running the same speed to race with. Talk about a challenge - try gaining and protecting track position in a car with no torque and a power band that doesn't start until 5K PM. You find yourself trying some pretty wicked crap on the track to get the job done.
Regarding the high cost of the quest for speed.....racing is expensive and in a spec class 3-5HP is a HUGE deal. It is a difference that you can see on the track and on the results sheet....been there and done that.
What is it about Miatas that make them so popular for AX/HPDE? Yeah they're light, but what else? Honest question.