It’s been a long time since we saw the first iteration of Mazda’s return to hot hatches, over a decade in fact. A lot has changed since then. The first difference you might notice is that the Mazdaspeed division is nowhere to be found, and instead, the MZR Turbo lives on as the Ford EcoBoost. For the MS3’s that are still on the road racking up the miles, they might be seeing all sorts of replacement parts, but also a decade’s worth of carbon buildup. If you recall from our last installment, the … Continue Reading ››
The Europeans have dominated the hot-hatchback market for decades. In fact, the term “hot hatchback” was coined to describe Volkswagen’s Mk1 Golf GTI, which was responsible for the leadup to the hot-hatch fever throughout Europe and Asia. Just about every manufacturer began producing hatchbacks with stiff suspensions and a few extra horses under the hood. Even our very own Ford produced cars like the Escort Cosworth, and previous generations of the Focus ST and RS, but then left us here in the States, out to dry, when it came to having fun in a sub-compact. That was up until Mazda … Continue Reading ››
As we finally round the end of the long and arduous testing and data collection process, it’s time to test the fitment of the final prototype to ensure there are no issues before we kick off full-scale production. A lot of effort has gone into designing and engineering this kit, and it has been rewarding to see this project finally come together. There were some minor changes and cool feature additions that will make this kit unique. Take a look at some images below. After we pieced together … Continue Reading ››
We finally have an update for the Miata intake project! With our prototype now in working order, we were finally able to hook up our ND Miata to our dynamometer and get some pulls underway. At this point in the process, we knew we’d want to play around with some other design ideas while the car was hooked up to the Dynapack. AFRs, power output, and sound clips were all on the agenda for the evaluation of this prototype system.
ResultsWe did gain some decent … Continue Reading ››
The Engineering Department here at Mishimoto has been buzzing with activity around our new Miata intake design. We’ve just constructed a prototype pipe and box, bringing us even closer to dyno testing! Let’s walk through the process. It’s extremely important we pay close attention to detail on this project. From the beginning, we knew this box had to be made of aluminum, not steel, which is much too heavy. We also decided to utilize the factory air duct on this setup, so the box has an inlet accommodating that component.