It’s not too often that I get to review legitimate race cars, but this is one of those times. I had the opportunity to review my good friend Tyler’s Spec Miata. Spec Miata is a racing series across America that utilizes first and second generation Mazda Miatas. The series is a lower budget wheel-to-wheel racing series that allows drivers to race competitively without needed to own an oil refinery to cover the costs.
Spec Miatas have either 1.6L or 1.8L engines. The one I reviewed had the 1.8L. Now you might think that the 1.8L would be superior, but according to racing rules the 1.8L engines are required to have more restrictive restrictor plates on the intake, lowering the horsepower to be equivalent to the 1.6L. This is to ensure that the racing series is competitive and focuses on driver skill rather than the individual cars. Stock 5-speed transmissions are also required, with minimal options for replacement parts or clutches.
The interior has been completely gutted, besides the dashboard (Required to be left in place by Spec Miata rules). A roll cage is required for wheel-to-wheel racing, which the spec Miata events are. Another requirement is the removable hard top, which doesn’t come stock on all Miatas. If you’re interested in learning more about Spec Miata’s requirements, I’ll leave a link to the rules down below. But all in all it’s a gutted race car interior, with nothing but the absolute essentials in the car.
Spec Miata is an awesome entry level racing series. It still isn’t cheap, with cars going for around $20,000 starting. But that’s less expensive than most other series, making it the most accessible. That’s the glory of the Miata itself, as well. There are tons of other convertible sports cars on the market, but the Miata is the best bang for your buck. It allows all walks of life the opportunity to experience a fun open top drive, without bankrupting them.