When driving your 600 HP Corvette Z06 on the street, the last thing you want is to be made a fool of by a first-generation Mazda Miata. In fact, it hardly seems remotely possible to take a thrashing from the diminutive Japanese roadster.
Unless the Miata in question is a 700 RWHP monster.
Yes, this wee little Mazda is fitted with – you guessed it – a GM motor. Specifically, a 5.3 liter V8, plus an enormous 78mm Borg Warner turbocharger to provide “somewhere between 9 and 25 psi” of boost. Quite a span of possible pressure figures there.
This video was brought to our attention by the folks over at Autoevolution, who also point-out that the turbo is mounted in the rear of the car, near the tailpipe. We’ve seen setups like this before; they are often easier to place, but contribute to a longer turbo lag, which is quite visible in the video.
Also visible is a cloud of smoke out the back, the result of the turbo-feed oil reservoir overflowing, according to Autoevolution. Nothing too serious, at least.
This Miata is one hell of a powerful street car, to the point that the rear wheels can hardly keep connected to the pavement when it opens up. Kudos to anything on four wheels that can embarrass a Corvette Z06 in a straight line.