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2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 - Project Barbie's Trackster

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As some of you may know, I have been driving my Miata pretty much on a daily basis for about 2.5 years now. After some thinking, and since I have other cars I can drive, I am going to actually start a full blown project with it.

For those of you that don't know, the car is a 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata GT. These came with the 1.8L Turbo mated to a 6 speed trans with a Helical LSD. The factory horsepower rating is 179 at the crank.

My goal is to have a fun car that is decently quick and to be something that I can take to AutoX, Trackdays, and/or drift events. No Herrafrush, no super slammed, none of that JDM madtyte low offset wheels BS.

The car being a Mazdaspeed, a lot of the hard work is sorta done for me already. The Mazdaspeeds come with bigger sway bars, better struts/springs, quicker ratio steering gear, and better chassis bracing underneath.

motor and power wise, I'm wanting to be around the 250-300 whp mark. That way I will have plenty of power for what I am wanting to do and still be easily drivable on the streets.

I already have a few things done as follows:

Muffler delete (Exhaust will be fully redone from the turbo back to eliminate the cat and resonator and to go at least 2.5")
Larger FMIC
Larger charge piping (will be change when big boy turbo goes on)
H&R springs on the front and rear (rates unknown)
Boost cut mod
Apex'I twin chamber BOV
Turbo XS Dual stage Boost controller
MAF Relocated

Immediate plans are as follows:

un-relocate the MAF (Basically I need to put it back in the proper spot and redo my cold side charge pipe.)

Aerodynamic upgrades, such as, front and rear splitters, trans tunnel cover, adjust the rear spoiler, etc etc

Future plans:

Holset HX35 turbo with a custom made top mount manifold
Full turbo back stright though exhaust
Some sort of EMS setup
Some form of Coilovers (haven't decided on which brand yet)
Full Cage w/ hardtop
more to come as I think of them.

This is the very first picture I ever took of the car right after I bought it.

With the springs and FMIC installed.

Then this happened a few months ago.

I had the entire car painted a fresh coat of Velocity red Mica. Also added OEM "large" side skirts and replaced to rear bumper and added the "large" oem rear strakes.
This is the most current picture I have. Not pictured is the OEM Mazdaspeed Rear spoiler on the trunk.

So there you have it for now.
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I have a 20k mile LS6 for sale. Also have a dry sump setup for it.
LS6 in a miata would be insane.
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