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Twin-Engine Miata Is 16 Cylinders Of Awesome: Video


In the beginning, there was the Monster Miata, which took a first-generation Mazda MX-5 and stuffed a 5.0-liter Ford V-8 between its front fenders. Production versions made around 225 horsepower, which was plenty of grunt to drive a car weighing just 2,100 pounds.

The drawback to the swap was the weight of the Ford V8, which made the car nose heavy and significantly changed the car’s near-perfect stock balance. Ultimately, the solution was to use an aluminum block Chevy LS3 V-8, which weighs far less than the Ford V-8, yet produces a minimum of 300 horsepower.

As impressive as that may be, why stop with one engine when you can bolt in two? In the finest spirit of 1960’s hot-rodding, we give you Tony Hair’s twin-engine, V-16, 1990 Mazda Miata.

The car is built around a pair of relatively stock Chevy 350 engines. Since we don’t know their origin, we’re guessing that the car’s Turbo 400 transmission is getting somewhere around 450 horsepower. If we assume 20 percent of that is lost to the driveline, that’s still 360 horsepower to the rear tires.

We’re not sure why anyone would build this, except for “because hot rod.” You could probably make similar power from a blown LS3, with the added benefit of everyday drivability (and the ability to turn corners).

That’s beside the point, and the world already has enough V-8 Miatas in it. We salute you, Mr. Hair, for boldly going where no one before you was crazy enough to, and building what’s likely to be the world’s only twin V-8 Miata.

Call us when you bolt the blowers on and add the nitrous kits, OK?

 

 

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  1. Can't say that I'd ever be interested in such a beast but that's impressive nonetheless!
     
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  2. @Matthew, exactly. I wouldn't want to drive it, but I'm glad Hair was crazy enough to build it.
     
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  3. Great idea, hopefully the car will see some drag use as that is all it would be good for, the handling would be terrible.
     
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  4. I'm sorry why would someone waste there time Miata????????
     
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  5. Regardless of what type of car was used to create this, this is an amazing creation! Many long hours of sweat, frustration and hours away from his family was put into this MIATA! I am proud to say that this is my daddy who built this and I think that he did an awesome job!
     
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  6. Ahh. I voted no because I have big fingers!!

    I agree with Laura!!!!!!

    Can anyone say.... "TURKEY ROD RUN"
     
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