Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

I visited the secret laboratories of Evil Genius Racing last week, to see what manner of madness they had cooking. While there, I encountered a couple of track-car projects that presented quite a dilemma.

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


I was really hoping to take a look at their Black Ops 24 Hours Of LeMons racer, but I was only able to shoot the single photo you see here prior to being hustled away from the vehicle by a squad of Phone Police. Still, it's a clue!

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


The Black Metal V8olvo was there, in the Evil Genius Purgatorial Parking Area. There will be a new theme for the 302-powered Volvo DL at the Goin' For Broken race in Nevada; more on that soon.

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


Here's another potential LeMons car, though the EG says he can't quite bring himself to beat up such a solid, restorable 240Z, regardless of initial price tag.

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


Check out that custom instrument panel! The previous owner of this car was celebrating National Day Of Slayer year-round!

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


Then there's the World's Nicest Fiat Spider, which is definitely be the most original early-80s Fiat I've ever seen.

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


Over in the shop, Evil Clint was doing some welding on a project that earns a big Jalopnik Stamp-O-Approval™: a Mazda Miata with all-aluminum Chevrolet LS1 V8, T56 6-speed, and Lincoln Mark VIII 8.8" IRS rear. We recommend that all cars get their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin LS; in the case of this Miata, the end result will be lighter than the Mazda-engined car. How about 400 horsepower in a 2,300-pound car?

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


I thought that was pretty cool, but then I saw this '87 Porsche 928 on the Evil Genius dyno. The engine is fairly close to stock and puts out a reliable 300 horsepower, which made the 3,700-pound 928 go pretty well… but this car has been put on a ruthless diet. Yes, there are many things a 928 really doesn't need- things such as headlights, door guts, etc.- and all of them have been torn out. With cage and a half-tank of fuel, it weighs just 2,850 pounds.

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S


Check out those 14" rear wheels. That's width, not diameter! Granted, this car has 550 more pounds and 100 fewer horses than the LS1 Miata, but I don't care- I prefer the Porsche! What do you say?



Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda Miata?S