The result of their efforts is one of the most awesome pointless things ever. It’s a Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 6.3 liter LS3 Chevy V8 engine pumping 525 horsepower. In order to make this nose-heavy creature work they also had to fit it with a Tremec T56 six-speed manual and a Camaro SS Positraction differential. But they’ve done it, and now the world has a 500+ horsepower Miata.
As you can probably imagine, weight has increased too, with the Flyin’ Miata now tipping the scales at 1175kg. This is around 119kg bulkier than an original MX-5 with its 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder unit.
The laws of physics being as stubborn as they are though, the weight distribution has changed to a 53.4 per cent front, 46.6 per cent rear, from the fifty-fifty weight distribution that MX-5 engineers wore with pride.
According to the second entry of the project diary on Flyin’ Miata’s website, the ND-gen model actually requires less modification to the chassis than the previous NA- and NB-gen models. But, before I got too much into that, let’s take a look at the car these guys have put together and talk a little about it.
Just released for the 2016 model year, there really haven’t been too many intense builds of the ND Miata – until now. Apparently, the ND you see here was sitting on a lift with no heart to speak of, when the guys at Flyin’ Miata decided to cram their plastic, V-8 test block under the hood. To their surprise, it fit, and their newest project got underway. It’s not the first Miata to undergo a V-8 conversion, but it is the first ND-gen model to obtain such a transplant.