Flyin’ Miata has informed Road&Track that the conversion kit it’s been developing for the Mazda Miata MX-5 ND is ready to roll. The big thing here is that the kit will only add roughly 250 pounds to the 2,328-lb curb weight, changing the 50:50 weight balance to 52:48. What’s sacrificed in balance compensates with huge gains in power, however. The result should make the ND Miata feel more like a Corvette.
Flyin’ Miata states that the transmission of choice is the Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual. The company also announced that the Chevrolet LS3 V8 is the engine to be used, and it will come with either 430hp or 525hp; the difference being made by a more aggressive cam. Other details have been panned out as well, including the bigger brakes, aluminum driveshaft, clutch application, and electrical components. It has been determined that the electric steering system is being swapped out for a hydraulic one that will offer better feedback.
If you’re in the market for a new toy, the kits are currently available to order, and the first cars are expected to be delivered in early 2017.