The name of the Colorado-based tuning company Flyin’ Miata is pretty self-explanatory. Focusing on only the Mazda Miata, the ladies and gents involved are dedicated to making stock Mazda Miatas turn sharper, move faster and brake harder. Or as they put it: “to make Miatas fly.”
Go figure that one of their packages currently under development is an engine swap program for the new ND MX-5 Miata, with Chevrolet Performance V8 crate engines.
While the that’s just a dummy engine placed in the bay of the MX-5 Miata in the photo, Flyin’ Miata claims on its website that both LS3 and LT1 V8 engines are being considered, though things currently skew LS3. And while the LT4 has also been thought over, it’s likely a little overboard for a car as light and small as the ND MX-5. That said, an LS3 or an LT1 swap could put the Miata into sub 4-second 0-60 acceleration territory. Meanwhile, it seems the transmission will likely be a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual.
We’re excited to see the finished the project, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Aside from the final choice in the engine, a new rear assembly still needs to be selected (LSD, drive shaft and half shafts), and the suspension, brakes, fuel system, cooling system, and chassis will all need to be reinforced in order to handle all the extra power. A weight gain of 250 lbs is said to be expected, but it won’t all be on the nose, as the rear reinforcements and new transmission will help distribute the extra heft.
When development is all said and done, Flyin’ Miata’s estimated price tag for the conversion is in the $50,000 ball park, plus the cost of a new ND Miata.