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Thefinn
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:56 pm    Post subject: Lowering the tone Reply with quote

A couple of months ago I was planning to track my 997 but after being messed around by an organiser and having a rethink about whether it was that sensible to start my track career in my P&J I didn't actually get on the track. So having a think I decided to scratch two itch's in one go by buying a mk1 mx5 that I have always wanted to own to see if the reviews are true and also get a car I don't mind ragging on the track.

I am not sure if you can class this as a performance marque and I am probably going to get shot down but here is my slightly tatty hair dresser / boy racer car that has gas pro coil overs, poly bushed and braced, with piper cams, ITB's and a reworked head and uprated clutch all mapped to a massive 159bhp by Skuzzle.
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spiderlane
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great.

Look foreward to the first track report. thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lowering the tone? Not a chance.

The MX5 Is an incredible machine, one of the best gearboxes in mass production yet to be seen. Rear wheel drive thrills galore, they are right up there with the best of drives to be had in my view.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quality car that everyone should be made to learn how to drive in. I used to track one back home and regularly razz up the big V8 Aussie muscle cars.
Can only imagine how good a track prepped version steers like. You'll have a blast
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Thefinn
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, I have to say on the few drives I have done so far it has me grinning from ear to ear it's such fun and you really have to thrash the 1.6 into the high revs to get the best from it but it laps it up. The power steering has been removed so the feedback through the wheel is amazing I am sure I felt a fag paper when I drove over it, although it is incredibly heavy when manoeuvring.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it. An MX5 is an itch I'm yet to scratch.

Mk1s are my favourite. Yours is in the best colour too.
That looks like great fun and definitely a wise move vs tracking your 911. Better costs and arguably more fun. Thumb
 
  
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MaxA
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea. I'm currently in the market for a standard MX5 for my son - we will have a joint project. Cool
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HSC911
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool

Was looking at a sh!tty £450 one on eBay last night Grin

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Jay.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll absolutely love it, they're amazing little cars and perfect for the track - easy to learn tricky to master.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions - I've owned an Mx5 for around 6 years and had every iteration - ITB/Supercharged/Turbo/Stroker Turbo
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MaxA
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jay. wrote:
You'll absolutely love it, they're amazing little cars and perfect for the track - easy to learn tricky to master.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions - I've owned an Mx5 for around 6 years and had every iteration - ITB/Supercharged/Turbo/Stroker Turbo


Thanks Jay. Hope you don't mind if I do ask a couple of questions.
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Thefinn
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jay. wrote:
You'll absolutely love it, they're amazing little cars and perfect for the track - easy to learn tricky to master.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions - I've owned an Mx5 for around 6 years and had every iteration - ITB/Supercharged/Turbo/Stroker Turbo


Thanks Jay out of your list which did you find gave the most useable performance as I nearly bought a turbo a couple of months back but this itb although slower seems to put it down more evenly Question
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Jay.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
Jay. wrote:
You'll absolutely love it, they're amazing little cars and perfect for the track - easy to learn tricky to master.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions - I've owned an Mx5 for around 6 years and had every iteration - ITB/Supercharged/Turbo/Stroker Turbo


Thanks Jay. Hope you don't mind if I do ask a couple of questions.


No worries, help yourself! I secretly still love these cars. I have a turbo one in bits in the garage but it hasn't been touched in a year Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thefinn wrote:
Jay. wrote:
You'll absolutely love it, they're amazing little cars and perfect for the track - easy to learn tricky to master.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions - I've owned an Mx5 for around 6 years and had every iteration - ITB/Supercharged/Turbo/Stroker Turbo


Thanks Jay out of your list which did you find gave the most useable performance as I nearly bought a turbo a couple of months back but this itb although slower seems to put it down more evenly Question


On a day to day basis or on the track? .. The ITB one is the easiest to use, it's got less power and it's very linear. I had a lot of fun with the supercharged one as it was still a linear power delivery but a bit more power (around 215bhp) - required a bit more thinking as to when you could plant your foot. With a turbo car you need to consider the power range as you'll be down on power until the boost kicks in, so driving around to stay at the higher range was more important than the other variants. Turbo cars are the easiest to buy/increase power though - the last one was around 340bhp which was an absolute handful
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