1994 Mazda Miata: Super Mad Crazy Grip
July 13, 2010
Now that the tires have been balanced for real, it's time for us to get the car properly aligned and corner-weighted. But even in its less-than-ideal state, the Miata has amazed me with its grip and nimbleness. I've only briefly driven it on a curvy road yet just from this I can tell it's got mad handling skills. I turned into some corners with what I thought was a fairly aggressive speed and by the end of each one I came out realizing that the Miata had plenty more to go.
In today's world where a 3,300-pound sports car is considered light weight, it's a revelation to be piloting one that weighs just 2,300 pounds and rides on super-wide tires. Plus, it's nice not to feel intimidated in a way you might get when driving a super-sticky (but super expensive) sports car like a new 911 or GT-R. This project car is only going to get better.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 178,211 miles