So with a slightly heavy heart it’s going to be time shortly to say goodbye to our Mazda. After the last trackday of the year we decided we either needed to spend some money on more power or if the right car at the right price came up, make a jump to something else. Eventually the exact car we were looking for came up just within budget so we’re moving onto the below.
She’s a 2004 MK Indyblade. Factory built (and rebuilt in 2010) with a 919 RR motor. Very good condition though had a couple of jobs to do as substantially not used for the last year, only thing left is to get the carbs setup properly as there’s definitely something not quite right, I suspect some fuel has crystallised in the jets and the carb needs a good service. Car came with 2 sets of wheels so we’ve got a set of Nankang AR-1’s for trackday use and a set of Rainsport 3’s for road / wet use. Also changing the steering wheel as the one on it is simply too small, feels totally alien.
Anyway, I’ll be doing an advert soon but the orange peril will be up for sale. Looking for £1800 but will let go for £1600 to someone on here, easiest / most reliable way into trackdays ever.
Ooooh that looks cool. Do hang around here and keep us updated on life with this one. While we all love MX5s and it's nice to read some none roadster content.
Will try to remember.
It's interesting driving something so light and in a different way interesting being a kitcar as you have to really check exactly what parts are on the car. Fortunately this being factory built they've used the 'right' stuff, or at least consistent i.e. 2.0l Sierra running gear, discs all round and Cossie LSD. It's a really sound basis to work from and I'm convinced for what I paid on it in the midst of winter, I'll get back what I paid for it if I ever decide to sell.
The other thing I really like is very close ratio, clutch less sequential gear changes Only geared for 120mph though but for the tracks I like that should be fine.
First track day at Blyton in the bag, only passed by one car all day (a civic touring rep car on slicks) when giving a passenger run, had him back in the afternoon though. One small issue when the throttle got stuck wide open when something got caught by the pedal but once I'd changed my trousers everything was OK.
Well I forgot all about this thread. Cars done some good mileage on track now and though there's been some ups and downs it's now very reliable. Note to anyone that's gets a BEC, the voltage regulators get frickin hot and can't live with running at high revs for prolonged periods.
Other than that, the low weight means tyre and brake wear are extremely low despite good performance on track. Blyton is the perfect size for it, good round Croft and Oulton but it's running out of top end puff on the back 'straight' at Caldwell. Only a minor frustration though.
Took my mk3 sport out for the last session of the day at Blyton last time. Now to be fair I wasn't as committed in the MX5 as didn't wantbto hit a cone (or bin it) but was 11 seconds a lap quicker on best time in the Indy......