This is a bit of a different take on Matt Farah’s One Take series on The Smoking Tire. Instead of driving a tuned car on one of California’s scenic driving roads, he’s instead driving this “K-swapped” Mazda Miata on Gingerman Raceway, during the GRIDLIFE Motorsports & Music Festival. Known as a K-Miata, it’s had its factory Mazda BP 4-cylinder removed and replaced with a combination of Honda K24 (TSX engine) bottom end, with K20 head (from the RSX Type-S), providing the Miata with 250 naturally aspirated horsepower and a quite tall 8,200rpm redline.
The debate seems as old as time, that being whether it is better to build up the light yet sometimes maintenance-intensive rotary engine, or to swap it out for the cheap, reliable and more fuel efficient V8 power from a Corvette or Mustang. In this video, Matt Farah compares the sweet singing buzzy turbo rotary with one which has undergone the popular GM LS V8 swap. (more…)
Before I started taking a real interest in the Lotus scene here in Japan, I assumed that owners didn’t really do much with the popular Elise and more extreme Exige models. They both are, of course, rather well-sorted and involving packages from the factory, so aside from a wheel change and a few little carbon additions, what else would you want to do? Oh, how wrong I was (more…)
Jay Leno’s Garage brings us a new video review of a great old car, progenitor of the Honda S2000, the Honda S600, but this one being a bit more special, was abandoned and taken in by it’s current owner, Matt Brown, who swapped the engine from a 2007 Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle. It even has motorcycle suspension pieces and gauges. Matt Brown claims it’s “more motorcycle than car.” Jay fittingly calls it “California hot rodding at its best” and a fantastic creation from the “more brains than money club.” Check out the video. This little roadster is a screamer!
A few years back, I bought a brand new GReddy Ti-C cat back exhaust for my Mitsubishi Lancer. The day it arrived, I was under the car, removing the sway bar, removing rusty bolts, getting rid of the raspy factory exhaust. And then, when I got it all lined up and bolted back together, I went to reinstall the Progress sway bar, and it wouldn’t fit! This was the first time I ever modified a car to such a level (it was a base model and didn’t have a sway bar from the factory) that parts were discovered to be non-compatible with one another. I drove it without the bar for six months or so, loving the exhaust note and the new lack of hesitation in the upper rev range, but hating the loss of cornering ability. This was when I first heard on Evom about S&R Performance, a shop in Tampa, FL. (more…)
To quote the title of the old Monty Python spinoff, “and now for something completely different.” As I mentioned previously, a few weeks back when I went to Cars & Coffee at duPont REGISTRY, there was a stance car show the very same day, just a few hours later. This isn’t the typical performance-focused content that I feature, but this was the first meet of this particular title/series, so I decided to check it out. (more…)