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VooDoo Racing – Versatile Performance Miata

I met an interesting Miata owner/racer, with a specially setup Miata, who drove all the way up from Corpus Christi, Texas.  This was John, at that SEA Track Attack HPDE (high performance driver education) event way back last May at Harris Hill Road (H2R).

John's 1995 Mazda Miata on H2R grid, discussing racing line strategy with friend Jim

VOODOO nameplate base of the Mazda Miata rear deck spoiler

Rear view of John's 1995 Mazda Miata - check out that racing spoiler & diffuser!

John’s Miata is a 1995 model that has been modified to “play” in one of the NASA Time Trial classes.  This is based on power to weight settings per each class.  He participates at these types of events at MSR Houston (north of Houston, TX) & Motorsport Ranch (at Cresson, TX – SE of  Fort Worth), among others.  John is definitely committed to this, as he drives (no trailer for him) to all these events.

The cockpit of this racing, but still street legal, 1995 Mazsda Miata

John makes do on his trips in his somewhat stripped out Miata interior.  Corpus Christi, is in South Texas – that’s at least a 5 to 7 hour drive, respectively, to these 2 tracks.  He even participated at an event at VIR (VIRginia International Raceway) – yes, with this Miata!

At MSR Houston they have Track Day events.  Here’s a Spec Miata (not John’s car) doing a lap at speed on that track:

As you can see, John’s Miata is not stock, but it’s not a Spec Miata, either.  Here’s a general overview of his car’s modifications & additions:

  • simple suspension with KYB shocks
  • upgraded anti-sway bars
  • handcrafted front splitter (above 100MPH it really helps with the stability – it’s simply aluminum plate)
  • handcrafted rear wing & diffuser

Another more direct shot of that rear deck racing spoiler & diffuser!

  • Link Engine Management system – a standalone control of engine ECU

Link Engine Management, the dash mounted ECU controller - John can make changes on the fly!

  • turbo

The engine bay of this street legal, but racing capable, 1995 Mazda Miata

John’s friend Jim’s RS32 car is in the shop.  So, at this day’s event, he was occupied with advising John, to assist him with performing better on the track.  With the changing weather on this day, that was helpful.  John was well prepared – he had both dry & wet track tires.  He was able to drive at speed in all track conditions.

Dry track tire/wheel combo - Toyo Proxes RA1/15" alloy wheelWet track tire/wheel combo - Dunlop Direzza DZ 101/15" painted alloy wheel

VOODOO Racing Solutions (VRS), John’s business, does motorsports enthusiasts suspension, turbo & engine work.

VOODOO Racing Solutions - John's Automotive Performance Specialty Shop

Here’s another business endeavor John is involved in…

VOODOO Garage - Clothing Co. Another related business of John's

These are some of the numbers John’s Time Trial Miata can achieve – these are NICE:

  • @ 9lbs boost 205 WHP / 190 foot pounds of torque
  • @ 11lbs boost 238 WHP / 218 foot pounds of torque

Here’s visual proof of some of those numbers!

John @ speed !

Locally, John & his friends like to compete in autocross at Waldron Field, an old airstrip, north of Corpus Christi.  Also, in addition to all the above, John participates in REDLINE Time Attack track events.  Below you can see his proof!

John showing some track "history" & the livery from REDLINE Time Attack Competition

Racing Ready is impressed by John’s amateur racing enthusiast “resume”!  He is an inspiration to all of us, wannabes racers or otherwise.  We need to focus, as John does, to counter-attack our many other time & life commitments holding us back from completely pursing our racing dream.

Thanks, John, and keep on racing!!!

Dan

CG-Lock Review: Sit Tighter – Go Faster!

CG-Lock installed

A Reintroduction to the CG-Lock

I used my CG-Lock in my Big White Whale when I autocrossed with it last Fall.  Now, I have already installed it on my “new” 1999 Mazda Miata, Karlino.  It really works to keep you in place, using your feet to work the pedals & not to brace yourself!

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The nationally recognized Evolution Performance Driving School has adopted the CG-Lock as an official sponsor of the School and as the official sponsor of the School’s Phase One Program.  Evolution has endorsed the CG-Lock to help drivers drive better and faster and will promote the CG-Lock at its events, schools and seminars.  The under $50 CG-Lock attaches to most factory installed seatbelts to provide about 80% of the control benefit of a racing harness that results in better car control, less driver fatigue and faster laps.    Evolution teaches all levels of drivers how to autocross and drive better and faster.  The motorsport of autocrossing is performed mainly with daily driver cars that have the original factory installed seatbelts.

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Having the proper tool will always help – for autocross (as well as for HPDEs & road racing), the GC-Lock is one of those few tools.  Doing autocross well (as in any learned activity) is an ongoing, lifelong pursuit.  Like the Evolution Performance Driving School‘s tagline says, it’s about “educating autocrossers, one second at a time“!  They offer a thorough program…check them out to really improve your driving.

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Dan

Miata Optimizes Form & Function at Autocross

Seeing an older model car that has been well taken care of is always a pleasant experience & also an inspiration.  On top of that, if it is driven in occasional competition events, that’s even better!

Autocross events tend to feature many Miata models in varying states of performance & condition. At the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5, Chanh-Duy brought his well maintained 1994 B-package model Mazda Miata.  What I first noticed was the paint – it still had its showroom luster.  This car has 137K miles…

The next noticeable things were the real carbon fiber hood & trunk, along with the slick more modern looking low-profile, dual headlights (with integrated NACA ducts on the carbon fiber light covers).  Very striking and makes the car newer & more up to date looking.  I really DO like those headlights!

Chanh-Duy has added some aesthetic & functional enhancements that look & work well – they do not detract form the form or function of his Miata.  The Garage Vary Urethane Front Lip Spoiler & the rear trunk spoiler also make the car more distinct & aggressive looking.

I asked Chanh-Duy about the LEDs mounted to the rear of his Boss Frog roll bar.  Since the carbon fiber trunk lid does not have a third brake light (like the OEM lid), he positioned them to be easily visible out the back window when the top is up.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a shot of the engine bay.  I’m sure it would have been good, based on what I saw of this Miata’s outside condition.  Here’s what Chanh-Duy told me about his car’s upgrades & modifications:

  • Moss Motors MP62 supercharger
  • Jackson Racing headers
  • Racing Beat Power Pulse exhaust
  • Tein Flex coil overs (7kg/mm front, 6kg/mm rear)
  • Racing Beat 1-1/8″ front sway
  • No rear sway
  • TR Motorsports 15″x7.5″ ET42 wheels

In addition to all of this, Chanh-Duy is an active member of the Tejas Miata Club, based in Austin, TX.

This whole Miata package fit so well.  It was not at all over the top – very attractive.  I like!

Racing Ready likes well-integrated packages…my time will come!

Dan

H2R Crew Goes AutoXing, Plus – Part 2 (Miata)

Here’s just a little bit about the second car brought by the one of the members of the Harris Hill Road (H2R) crew. It had been at least a year since Eric Beverding, Operations Manager at Harris Hill Road, had autocrossed.

He brought along his dark grey 2008 Mazda MX-5 (Miata) with only 3k miles on it.  I did a ride-along with him on the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5 course.  It was the first time I had experienced the NC Miata chassis.  It was very tight, quiet & controlled, & even a little roomier.

Eric had a great time, followed by the H2R After Hours party…

All had a good time, as well as numerous lead & follow hot laps.

Racing Ready is hot on good laps, too

Dan

Regional Champion Enjoys SPOKES Autocross

Autocross events bring out all kinds of good talent.  I met Jeff, an enthusiastic autocrosser, an SCCA club member (is the Houston Miata Club President) & the 2008 CS Houston SCCA Region Champion.  As you can see, Jeff really believes in competition!

He brought his Titanium Grey 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata to the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5.  He calls his car “Kiryu” & is his second Miata.  He’s owned it since last July.

Jeff already had a great platform to start off with his 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata.  He simply went to the next level to continue to improve its already great performance.  Here’s what he’s been able to do, to bring his car to winning form:

  • Manual Boost controller (set at 10.5 pounds)
  • Corksport 3.1 catback exhaust (allows turbo to spool faster & smoother, with more top end power)
  • Spectre cone filter cold air intake

Running on the stock Miata wheels, utilizing a sticky set of Kuhmo MX tires, you can see how Jeff really enjoys handling his car in autocross.

The interior cockpit area is very clean & stock – actually, like the car, it’s stealthy (except for the distinctive red stitching…)!

Jeff has put together a nice website chronicling the ownership & modification upgrades of his 2 (!) Miatas. Check it out at: www.jeffgoji.org

Winning comes from not only from orchestrating quality parts to improve your car’s performance, but also from your ability to perform at your best, to take advantage of all that improved performance.  Jeff already knows that.  He learned the hard way by over-improving his 1991 Miata, a few years back.  He actually had to bring that Miata back to near stock configuration to learn to drive & compete better.  Jeff’s learning took place by participating in many local autocrosses he called practice events.

Racing Ready believes in the balanced approach to competition preparation; that is, prepare yourself (first) as well as your car.

In other words,

Improve the nut behind the wheel before you ever turn a wrench on the car…

Dan

He Built a Miata V8 Roadster!

Last month, at the The Drivers Edge event at Harris Hill Road, I met Mark who has “improved” a Mazda Miata in a unique way.  He purchased a LSx conversion kit, from www.v8roadsters.com, which allowed him replace a Miata 4 cylinder engine with a big LS1 V8 engine (a Chevrolet Corvette engine that fits just fine).  Mark says these Miatas are “twice as nice”! This swap does a number in interesting changes to a Miata:

  • Adds 130 pounds
  • Increases the power 3 times
  • Shifts the center of gravity back better, due to the bigger engine & transmission
  • Mounts 275mm wide Hoosier tires all around (this is an increase of 25mm)
  • The tires are mounted on 6UL wheels form 949racing.com

Mark steered me to this website where you can learn more: www.v8roadsters.com Go ahead, check it out…   Quite an interesting conversion!

Here’s a quote about v8roadsters focus, from their website:

At v8roadsters our aim is to produce the finest performance components available.

We accomplish this through the use of today’s precision equipment and over 50 years of experience at the highest levels in the racing, automotive, and aviation industries. Along with our dedication to developing performance products, we are also offer specialty LSx and T56 services. We have been involved with the LSx generation since its release in the late 1990’s and have accommodated a wide array of LSx and T56 applications. Through our involvement with motor sports over the past decades and today, our passion for performance continues to grow. With that growth and our pursuit to find the next level of performance, we can offer the finest products available. We back our products and customers with the best service in the industry and take pride in our craftsmanship which aids our goal to produce the best components available.

If you have any questions regarding our products please contact Sales at 813.532.2786 or sales@v8roadsters.com.

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I’m sure these converted Miatas would be a hoot to drive!  Has anyone out there heard, seen or even driven one?

Racing Ready is all about improvement, even to this significant level…

Dan

Hot Running Mazdaspeed MX-5

Jake brought his 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 to the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #4.  It’s easy to understand why I use the term “hot running”.  Take a look at his car’s gearshift knob – that’s a hot water faucet handle…!

This performance version of the Miata model has only 30,350 miles!  His other car, a daily driver, is a 1992 Lexus SC 400 – also sweet!

Jake made it a special point to show & explain the installation of his Boss Frog Double Hoop Max roll bar.  These are 2 separate roll bar hoops solidly connected to the car’s floorpan & also attached at the center, between the seats – very solid!

The turbo charged engine is stock, with the addition of a Flyin’ Miata coupler Mazdaspeed kit, cold air intake, turbo back exhaust.  Jake is saving up for a special, upgraded management system he’ll be able to control from a laptop, to resolve the lean under boost situation he’s concerned about.

Jake’s car has been rated at 180HP measured at the wheel; this means that the under the hood power is probably closer to over 200HP.

Racing Ready documents these interesting modifications to share with this blog’s readership – I know you want more!

Dan