The first generation (NA) MX-5 is one of the best iterations of Mazda's popular roadster. Bringing the iconic British roadster formula to life but with reliability that only the Japanese could do is a match made in heaven, since it basically meant you can have your cake and eat it. This has led a host of enthusiasts to form a culture around the MX-5, with various crazy builds already on our roads today. This 1992 model we're seeing here is no exception, but this is probably one of the craziest MX-5 builds you'll ever see as it turns the Miata into a completely different animal.
It's A Miata That Isn't Made For Corners
Let's first begin with the way it looks, because instead of trying to be a road-going two-seat roadster, the NA Miata has morphed into a vehicle that looks more like an ATV. This has been achieved through the use of a lift kit and a set of genuinely large 27 x 8.5-inch Forceum mud-terrain 08 Plus tires that wrap around 14-inch steel wheels. Most Miata enthusiasts build around the car's ability to go around corners in a fun manner, but this MX-5 took a very different route.
Other exterior modifications made to this car are a set of aftermarket LED headlights, KC HID auxiliary lights, the removal of the soft top mechanism (in its place is an OEM removable hard top) as well as major rework to the car's body. The fenders are an obvious starting point due to the chunky wheels, but take a look at the carbon-style hood, and you'll see something ominous peeking out of it.
Giving The Heart Of An Elephant To A Mouse
That's because this tiny roadster's engine bay has been extensively modified to fit a 302 cubic-inch Ford V-8. While its horsepower figures haven't been revealed, this crate engine is known to have at least 340 horsepower, which is no different from giving a mouse the heart of an elephant. That massive V-8 sends power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual. Oh, and don't even bother asking whether this car is maneuverable, because the power steering has been ditched altogether. Adjustable coil-overs have also been added in order to this Miata to make easy work of all the terrain that'll be thrown at it.
The interior also comes with a host of modifications, including a roll bar, a T-handle Hurst shifter, a button for the horn, power windows, and a Pioneer radio. Don't expect any form of air conditioning though because that has been removed probably to simplify its modification process. Other interior mods that this car received include a new 140 mph speedometer, a new tachometer with an 8,000 rpm redline, and gauges that display oil pressure, coolant temperature, and fuel level. There's also a voltmeter thrown into the mix as well.
If you do want this specific car, you'd be happy to know that it's currently listed on Bring A Trailer, with current bidding prices set at an affordable $3,800. We're not surprised at the low prices since this car is about as Frankenstein as automobiles can get, but if you can't afford a Porsche 911 Dakar, this is probably worth considering.