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1997 Mazda Miata: Less Grip Please

September 01, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: Less Grip Please

That there is too much tire.

Our Miata isn't exactly what you'd call fast, and with so much grip, it's not exactly what I'd call fun. I don't need to be going really fast to have a lot of fun mind you, but I do like to slide and I really like to steer with the throttle - must be a holdover from my F-Body days.

The technique goes like this: slow the car down enough so it turns in, point the car at the apex, whack the throttle and exit the corner in an undramatic fashion. And while it can carry a fair amount of corner speed, it's just no fun around town.

If Hell freezes over and I get to drive this car on a track, I'm going to swap these meats out for our old 14-inch Direzza Star Specs and have some fun.

Of course, we could just add more power...

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 133,395 miles

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