Featured car: Targa Miata (1994 V8)
The Targa Miata
1994 V8 track/rally car
The Targa Miata is our extreme testbed for NA/NB parts and has been a rolling science experiment for more than 15 years. To see the full evolution, check out targamiata.com.
Originally built in Keith's home garage as a rally car with an emphasis on light weight and powered by a high compression stroker engine, it competed in the 2008 Targa Newfoundand and was rewarded with a class win. It was repowered with a 5.3l V8 engine for the 2011 Targa and came close to winning the Open Division outright, coming home third after an ignition relay failed mid-stage. It got an even bigger engine in 2013.
Since then, it's been a track car for testing suspension, brake, aero and electronic components. The car weighs 2400 lbs wet, has over 466 hp at the wheels and more than 400 ft-lb of torque from 3000 to 6000 rpm. Amazingly, it's also still street driven.
If a part can survive the Targa Miata, we are confident it can survive anything.
- 6.2l LS376/525 crate motor
- Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed transmission
- FM exhaust system
- Getrag rear differential
- GM Performance Parts engine management
- FM Fox Racing shocks with 750/500 spring rates
- FM V8 front sway bar, FM rear sway bar as needed for setup
- FM Big Mama Jama brake kit
- 3" brake ducts
- driver-adjustable brake proportioning valve
- skid plates everywhere
- 15x9 Kogeki wheels with 245 Maxxis tires (this varies a lot)
- stripped NA6 dashboard with custom upholstery
- Corbeau FX1 Pro seats
- custom "analog race dash"
- Coralba rally computer
- Peltor rally intercom
- Camelbak "unbottles" for crew hydration on long days
- hidden Bluetooth sound system
- Car Of Tomorrow rear wing on custom mounts (sometimes active)
- GV-style front lip with 3" splitter for track use
- carbon SPA mirrors
- flat undertray
- Singular hood vents
- stripped trunk lid for minimum weight
- hand-painted Martini Racing livery
- factory hardtop with polycarbonate rear window
- LED headlights
Strap in, let's go for a ride on a stage!