Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 4 years ago
Tuning

Someone's Twin-Charged An ND Mazda MX-5

Flyin' Miata - the crazed tuning firm behind the LS3 V8-powered MX-5 - has decided to strap a turbocharger and a supercharger to the ND's 2.0-litre inline-four

Remind me later

Wondered how Colorado tuning maniacs Flyin’ Miata could possibly top the LS3 V8-powered ND Mazda MX-5 it makes? Here’s your answer: by twin-charging the bejesus out of the car’s standard 2.0-litre inline-four.

Yep, not content with just bolting on a turbocharger from UK firm BBR GTI, Flyin’ Miata is experimenting with a setup which slots a supercharger into the mix. The turbo setup for this particular Miata on its own is - Road and Track reports - good for around 350whp, so what will be the result of it being force-fed an Edelbrock supercharger?

Flyin' Miata's test setup uses a turbocharger from UK-based BBR
Flyin' Miata's test setup uses a turbocharger from UK-based BBR

At this stage, it’s hard to know - the fuel system is one of several limiting factors. So what’s the car for? On the Miata.net forums, Keither Tanner of Flyin’ explained that the MX-5 RF test car was due to have its turbocharger swapped out for a supercharger as part of an R&D project, before the team changed tack and decided to trial the twin-charger setup. “We’d already talked about what we’d have to do to make a twin-charger, so we did it. We’ve known the packaging would work for months,” he said.

For now, it’s all about learning the ins and outs of the system. “We will have it up and running and we’ll learn a few things about how they interact. We’re curious as to what will happen as well,” he explained.

We’ll be watching this one with interest.

Featured image via Keith Tanner/Miata.net