Welcome to the virtual home of the South Florida Miata Car Club - the place for people who love their sports cars and fun with friends.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has received rave reviews and multiple awards since its 2015 debut, including World Car of the Year. On the racing side, 94 orders have been placed for the $53,000 MX-5 Cup race car. Sixty-four of those orders have already been delivered to customers, with additional deliveries scheduled in the weeks to come. This Friday, forty of those cars will be taking the green flag at Mazda Raceway in the first race of the 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
For those members interested in attending the Mazda Experience at Sunlife Stadium tomorrow, the club will have two locations where we will meet up in order to drive down to the event together. Please see below the locations and times to meet:
Background: I have several track days under my belt in a lightly modified Mini Cooper Convertible (non-S). These events were hosted by the folks at the Braman Family of Dealership and NOT by a sanctioned Automobile organization. I had an idea what to expect but since this event was run by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), I was unsure how it would be similar / different.
Registration: The SCCA Track Night website was pretty well laid out with links to register and additional information easy to navigate. It was nice to find a list of partners, several of which offer a discount code ($25 off, use one per event). Cost for the event of 3 x 20min sessions (plus extra track time for the Novice Group) was $150. After entering a code, my total cost for participation was $125.
After I registered online, I received my confirmation along…Continue
TL;dr: Install these with confidence, expect to clean wheels more often
Background: I am by no means an experienced racer but I have several track days under my belt in a Mini Cooper Convertible (non-S) kitted with Intake / Catback exhaust mods and Kumho V710 slicks but stock suspension, brakes and fluid. I've driven this vehicle at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) so this is an comparison of OEM performance on the Mini to upgraded performance on the Miata ND at the same track under similar (dry/hot) conditions.
Track: PBIR is a 2mile track with 10 turns and the main straight is ~6/10mile long.
Track Map Here if you're interested.
For the Miata, most of the corners are 3rd gear and aside from main straight, you touch 4th briefly in 3 spots, short…
First thing: Big thanks to Doug Q & DJ for helping me with this upgrade.
Bakes are important and before taking my Miata to the track on Tuesday, I wanted to make sure my car was safe by installing higher performance pads and fluids.
Having changed pads myself before on other vehicles I was pretty sure I could figure it out but Doug and DJ volunteered their time and experience to make the job go smoothly and quicker than if I did it myself.
Having never bled or exchanged brake fluid, I really appreciated their experience audit made the 1st drive after the process much less nerve wracking. Having the car stop at the first stop sign - Priceless.
I chose Motul DOT-4 fluid for it's high temp performance and Porterfield R4-1 pads for their rare ability to be a dual purpose street/race abilities. Most brake pads materials are formulated for comfort (low temp stopping power, no noise, and no/low dust) while Track/Racing pads are constructed for the opposite…Continue
Special thanks to Kim P. for pointing this product out to me...
Redline Goods has a solution for upgrading the hard plastic armrest that comes standard in the ND Sport. They make custom designed covers that you self install over the OEM part.
Cost: $49 and up (mine was $71 before discounts) + $5 for high density ½" foam at JoAnnes.
Install difficulty: medium (for you, easy, I've written a detailed instruction sheet w/ pics).
Install time: ~8 hrs (½ hr disassembly, 7½ hrs gluing/drying time, 10 min. reassembly.
Quality: Excellent! and I have a singularly happy elbow!
I just signed up for an autocross on the 21 at the BB&T center. I'll be sure to hand out some flyers. registration ends today so if you want in, get on it!! $45!
Mazda announced today the sales parameters for the RF Launch Edition. See attached for details:
Hi, I'm somewhat new to the region and was seeking some advice. I've been using my dad's Miata ('99) and the rain rail needs to be replaced. I took it to the Mazda dealer and he said it would be at least $1,000 to replace the rail. I thought that was kind of high considering the posts I've read said it is fairly simple. Does anyone have any advice on replacing the rain rail? Or do you have a go-to person? I would like to get it fixed sooner because the poor trunk is taking a beating.