Mr. Vidyapraksh D from Coimbatore needs no introduction in the racing scene and so does his trusty metallic orange Mazda MX5. The inseparable part of every race there happens, the duo has been setting the tracks on fire for morethan a year and half, gaining respect and taking home trophies. And on a very busy day, we caught up with the two and started talking …about the car.
It’s a 1999 model right hand drive with black hood and a custom rollover hoop. At the time of the shoot, the car was running a drag setup with 185/60R13 wheels at the rear while the front wheels were 16 inchers with 205/45 Yokohama S drives. The interiors of the car are more or less stock, but what got us interested in the car was the little turbo noises coming from under the hood.
The MX5 came out from the factory in naturally aspirated guise. It was some self made hardware and the help from folks at AutoZone that made it a turbo Miata. Spitfire Automotive Performance Pvt Ltd helped with the engine management and dyno tuning. On a cool day, the Mitsubishi TD04 turbo can provide up to 18psi boost at which point, the car would be developing close to 220bhp from the 1.6 litre block. The result of all that is a 66 year old, doing quarter mile in 13.4 seconds !!
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