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Reader Ride: Screamin' Miata

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We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Jeremy Phillips, a THMotorsports customer who is living his dream of racing an Autocross car...a car that he build with his own two hands. But, then again, who hasn't dreamed of tearing up the track in a screamin' fast car that rides and drives like an oversized gocart? First launched in 1989, the low and lean Mazda MX-5 was initially built in the spirit of the British and Italian roadsters that tore up the roads in the swingin' 60's. However, the little racer has been so popular that it surpassed its competitors to achieve the title of "best selling two-seat convertible sports car in history!" So, take a moment to see what Jeremy has done to his Miata in order to transform it into a true autocross powerhouse!

Mazda Miata | 1992

Nine Lives | V8 Mazda Miata


  • Modified to create an Autocross race car


Q:  How long have you owned your highly modified 1992 Mazda Miata?
I have owned this Miata for only about 10 months.

Q:  What did you drive before this?
I drive a 2005 Toyota Tundra daily. I started Autox along with a friend who had a 2011 Subaru WRX.

Q:  What led you to build this car?
I wanted something light and that handles well. So, the Miata seemed like the perfect platform to work with. I had also done a lot of fab work on Miata's over the years for customers and friends.

Q:  How did you become aware of THMotorsports?
I found THMotorsports while surfing the web for affordable performance parts.

Q:  What was your goal while building this car?
My goal with this build was simply to have fun with it. It was also my goal to build everything I possibly can myself. Witch, included aluminum seats, front sway bar, roll cage, fuel cell, and the aluminum flywheel.

Q:  What problems did you face while building this car?
Believe it or not, I haven't had any real problems during this build. So far things have gone great.

Q: What are your future plans for your car?

I still want to add a stand alone engine control unit (ECU) and I am currently building a 1.8L engine for this car.  
Q: How long have you been into tuning cars?
Like a lot of guys, I grew up turning wrenchs on cars with my dad.

Q: What is your favorite thing about this car?
I love the way this car handles. It's like driving a big go-cart. 

Q: What was your most memorable experience in this car?
It would be hard to forget the day I cut the front windshield off...and thinking what the heck did I just do? lol


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