There’s practically nothing that hasn’t been shoved into a Miata’s engine bay. K24's, V6's, K20's, rotary engines, turbos, superchargers, and of course, the LS V8. Like the original Mini, the Miata is a blank canvas that anyone and everyone can turn into their own piece of art. Supplying a lot of the paint is Flyin’ Miata, the Colorado-based tuner who’ve turned building your ideal MX-5 into an adult version of LEGO.
Now, those crazy brilliant miracle workers have charged the ND up even more, with a bit of Group B-inspired magic. And by “charged”, I mean twincharged.
What you are looking at is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder ND motor that’s been both supercharged and turbocharged. Having just the turbo (which was what it had when Matt Farah first drove it) would’ve pumped the power to 350 hp. Because this is still in the construction stage, final power and torque figures aren’t available.
But I don’t mind. Because this might be the coolest Miata engine bay I’ve ever seen. Look at it! It’s like strapping twin miniguns onto some Power Wheels.
I was about to say, the craziest part is how naturally the added parts seem to fit: the BRR Turbo kit sits on one side, the Edelbrock supercharger to the other. Air from the turbo enters an air-to-air intercooler, then goes into the supercharger, before passing through an air-to-water intercooler to burst into the engine. Is there an intake version of a bundle-of-snakes? If not, this seems an appropriate time to make up a fitting term.
But actually, that isn’t the craziest part. Flyin’ Miata is already known for how OEM they make their enhanced armaments look. What’s really crazy is why these madmen armed an ND this way.
Because they could.
Never change, guys. Never change.