Project Mazdaspeed Protege found its way back into Turbo's Dyno Cell. The intake system was at issue; more specifically, kicking the stock box to the curbfor an aftermarket open-element setup. Since we opted for a front-mount intercooler, our choices were limi
It's been a long time since you've seen Project Miata. There's a string of logic longer than this story explaining why it's been several years since this car's last appearance. We'll spare you the gory details.
Project 323 GTX lives on as one of the most enjoyable heaps any of us have ever driven. In fact, after this month's round of upgrades, it's got a speed to ugliness quotient matched only by the most awful muscle cars. However, as most of you know, the GTX is qu
The resurrection of our Mazda 323 GTX project car is still in its infancy as we continue with the essential repairs we began in the first installment. In case you missed out last month, we covered the replacement of the transmission and clutch as well as the b
Nearly two years ago, when we first began our RX-7 series, we set forth an upgrade guideline that we have strictly adhered to ever since. We stated that we will maximize racetrack performance while not, under any circumstance, unduly compromising the RX-7's st
Like most athletes, race cars must also be capable of performing at peak form in a number of different environments and conditions. And because we've done all of our racetrack evaluations at Thunderhill Park, it may be a good idea to expand our horizons a bit.
It's been nearly two years and over 35,000 redline-charging miles since we acquired our 1993 RX-7 Touring Package. Other than a few minor bumps and scrapes along the way, our car continues to blaze up the local race tracks, resting only to quench its freakishl
Part VII already? That's right. Nearly one year has passed since we first got our hands dirty with Mazda's extraordinary third-generation RX-7. While we've lived through both the good and the bad, we like to think we've learned something during every step of t
Project RX-7 has finally returned to the land of the living--and it's back with a vengeance. Despite its share of misfortune, there is no denying our irrepressible Mazda is here for the long haul. But before we get too deeply involved in the current state of a
Now that we are deep into Project RX-7, it's only fair to offer a brief summary of what we have done so far. The first installment of our series (December, '98) offered an RX-7 buyer's guide and established the particular goals of our comprehensive build-up. I
Whoever coined the phrase "power corrupts" must have been driving an RX-7 twin-turbo. Months ago, we were praising this high-revving, rotary-powered rocket sled. While we are still mightily impressed, we can't help but wonder what some extra underhood potency
In the last installment of Project RX-7 (SCC, Jan. '99) we focused on vital maintenance issues as well as several important reliability-related upgrades. Among them, we installed a Blitz turbo timer, and boost and fuel pressure gauges from Auto Meter. Addition
In the first installment of our Project RX-7 series, we covered the performance-related strengths and weaknesses of a bone stock RX-7. In this installation, we will focus on preparation and taking the precautionary measures necessary to make Project RX-7 a str
What on Earth would possess someone to drive a Miata on a warm summer's day? Any dermatologist worth their salt will tell you to avoid direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight for fear of developing one of a nasty variety of epidermal assaulting diseases. Not
That's right, we can pontificate all we want about how enjoyable it is to drive our lovely emerald green Miata along the serpentine roads of Pacific Coast Highway, but it's still one of the least potent cars in our project car fleet.
One of the nicer things about Miatas is their sheer ubiquity. For a magazine project car, the ability to blend into its surroundings is a welcome trait. After all, driving a car that is constantly yelling "Look-At-Me!" tends to bring its share of speeding tick