133 HP
114 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2293 LB
Engine Size
1.8 L
Transmission Type
MPG (City/Highway)
28 MPG

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? Coming from Porsches (hence my name) and BMWs, I didn't know a thing about Mazda's MX-5 other than the NB and up and to me, it looked like a mini-Viper. My first MX-5 was a '93 and a haphazard buy thanks to those pop-lights! Despite it being underpowered, it's been another great learning experience and heaps of fun! Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start,  what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? Being the OCD, perfectionist, sorry sod, I tend to be... I already began to make out an idea of what I wanted to do with the car, however, the typical Miata scene began to make me feel ashamed to have the car (no offence to the kids and high schoolers who own these! :D ). The beginning stages of my mods were bolt-ons and pre-purchases but as time went on, I began to DIY a lot and the aim is to forge my own path being the Blacksheep I am. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? I'd say my exhaust. My hand was forced with that one since it rusted and collapsed. My plan wasn't to mess with the engine at all since I've plans to swap it. The exhaust cost me somewhere around 700 total. That includes longtube headers, all 304SS 2.5in piping, a Chrysler muffler, O2 sensor, and a kitty (meow...). The result was exceptional and the muffler has an almost supercar-like thermal reaction; the hotter it gets, the better it sounds (this car has a mild-to-mean bark now!) How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? A LOT of research! Research, research, research, research, RESEARCH! always before you make your move! Not only will it save you cash for the here'n'now but it can save your hide down the line too. More importantly, you'll be very well informed. That alone is mainly what made me the way I am and the best part is the trickle effect. Some things you research now, may/will tie into something else. I'd also be happy to help anyone who seeks advice/opinions on things. I'm a freelance novice mechanical engineer and here recently, just started dabbling with electronics. What are you planning next? Right now, I plan to stick with this car. This is my daily and my ultimate goal is to make the ultimate GT car with a happy medium of reliability/finesse, luxury, and power; in that order of priority. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Two major things; 1. not being able to have the shop space to tear down the car and build it back up 2. the neigh-sayers/the pessimists (forum dwellers... you know who you are.). Rant: While the MX-5 community is filled with its fair share of first-class bigots and idiots alike, as well as a bolt-on crazed market, nothing I've come across is really finessed to my standards. It also doesn't help that if you go into a forum asking genuine questions that are 'different' from the cult following, they bash, slander, an' shun rather than ooh, ahh, an' want to help or learn more. Due to this, there are quite a few of us Blacksheep that are going these paths on our own and to see it through, you have to be persistent and put in the work. Sometimes your path will cross another Blacksheep's and a union can/will be formed to make the path larger and faster. My message to other Blacksheep out there like myself; don't stop just because a cult of folk say it 'can't be done', that's lies, or 'you're crazy for wanting to do <insert task/project here>' to hell with them; the human race has advanced due to those crazy, oddball, and rebels of our past. If you've got an idea that no one has tried; go for it. Don't let the neigh-sayers negativity slow or halt you; in fact, use that as fuel. Prove them wrong and call their bluff. End Rant!

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[]Jaime C.

So that is a sequential transmission you are hoping to put in behind a Volvo motor, and have it controlled by paddles? Very unique build. Would love to see this come to life. Followed

[]Porsche Duésnburg

Thanks! :D
That's the plan but the only hurdle I can see being a true issue is the interface/programming behind it to allow the Getrag to communicate with whatever ECU I choose.
If that can't be done then plan be is to settle for a dogbox from the likes of Hewland or Quaifé