Getting Audited Sucks For Race Cars, Too

All of the Mazda MX-5 teams that participated in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race this weekend were found yanking out their engines after the race on Friday night. Why? According to IMSA, it was time to do a routine audit to make sure everything was in spec. Yes, getting audited sucks for race cars, too. » 3/22/15 11:59am 3/22/15 11:59am

First Drive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

BARCELONA, SPAIN — Five lugs good, four lugs better! The first two generations of Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) made do with four wheel lugs in classic small-car fashion, but the bulkier third-generation car and its seventeen-inch rolling stock required the addition of a fifth. When early photos of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata… » 1/30/15 11:40am 1/30/15 11:40am

​These Are The Mazdas That Keep Our Beloved Miata Alive

We all desperately want Mazda to make the sports cars of our dreams. We've got one and we're constantly pining for another. But let's not forget that when Mazda was cranking out turbocharged RX-7s, it was also on the brink of yet another disaster, and among the things that saved them was making damn good cars for the… » 11/19/14 3:50pm 11/19/14 3:50pm

The Abarth Version Of The 2016 Mazda Miata Needs To Look Like This

​Driving the World's Most Iconic Roadster on America's Greatest Road

Miller's Miraculous MX-5 Escape

The start of any race with 50 or more cars can be a harrowing experience. When you throw a big crash into the mix while dozens of those cars are running door to door at top speed and headed towards a narrow braking zone, sheer fright is added to the situation. And did we mention this all takes place less than a minute… » 8/14/14 12:17pm 8/14/14 12:17pm

Mazda MX-5: A Good Car, But Not A Great Sports Car

The temple of the MX-5 is hardly suffering from a lack of worshippers. It's crowded with devotees from across the world getting down on their hands and knees to sing to the glory of the 'world's most popular sports car.' Yet it lacks the excitement required to be considered a great. » 8/14/14 10:03am 8/14/14 10:03am

Can You Buy All The Cars You'll Ever Need For $116,000?

It's a bar game we like to play; you've probably done some variation of it too. Come up with an arbitrary number, then go shopping on Ebay and spend it on "all the cars you'll ever need." Kind of like Desert Island Discs, but for cars. » 5/08/14 4:23pm 5/08/14 4:23pm

The Miata was nearly a front-wheel-drive disaster

Seriously. When Mazda was developing what would become the best-selling sports car in history, the proposals included the rear-wheel drive roadster we all know and love (above and below right), a mid-engine MR2 knock off (below middle), and a front-wheel drive disaster (below left). Mazda made the right call, and the… » 2/11/14 10:50am 2/11/14 10:50am

Two More Reasons Why The Answer To Every Car Question Is Miata

I don't know who said it first, but the "The Answer Is Always Miata" meme steamrollers on, juggernaut-like, smashing other, lesser memes and leaving them in its wake. Sorry, Socially Awkward Penguin. » 1/27/14 5:19pm 1/27/14 5:19pm

For $4,500, This MX5 Is Ready For Its Closeup

Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe is a supposed movie star car, allegedly having appeared in the film Looper. With no paperwork to back up that provenance, its up to you to determine if it’s worth the price of admission. » 7/26/13 8:00am 7/26/13 8:00am

This Racing Helmet Will Bring Tears To Ohio Fans' Buck-Eyes

CJ Wilson Racing driver Patrick Gallagher is a mechanical engineering student at The Ohio State University. Naturally, he's a devoted Buckeyes fan. Later this month, when he races in front of the hometown crowd at Mid-Ohio, he'll be wearing a very special helmet. » 6/12/13 12:15pm 6/12/13 12:15pm

The Downside Of Drafting At Daytona Is A Melted Bumper

Sure, bump drafting was a staple at Nascar's Daytona 500 (before the new Gen-Six cars), but for Daytona 24 qualifying? Won't those high-falutin' sporty-car drivers spill Beluga caviar all over their kid-skin driving gloves? » 1/25/13 4:00pm 1/25/13 4:00pm

'The 2006 Mazda MX5 Is Purity Preserved'

The original Mazda Miata started a "roadster revival." The 2006 car, renamed as the MX5, transforms that all into a sports car movement that will continue to thrive for years to come. » 1/21/13 6:00pm 1/21/13 6:00pm

The Quickest Engine Swap You'll Ever See

Earlier this month at this year's 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race, one of C.J. Wilson's Mazda MX-5 racecars was in P4 with three hours to go when the engine went. Another team might have just said screw it. Not these guys. » 12/20/12 12:30pm 12/20/12 12:30pm

Is The Mazda Miata Really As Good As Everyone Says It Is?

The Mazda MX-5 is a car that, in some circles — including this one — has reached sainted status. it's the mother-car, the "answer to every Question of the Day," as some say, the only pure sports car for the middle class built in the past two decades. Or so you might believe. » 9/06/12 3:00pm 9/06/12 3:00pm

The Next Mazda MX-5 Roadster Will Spawn An Alfa Romeo

How can an independent Mazda survive to zoom-zoom another day? Alliances. Like, say, loaning its robust roadster tech to the Italian brand that once defined the genre as "fun but flimsy"? Yes, Mazda's inked a deal that could see the next MX-5 become an Alfa Romeo spider, and we couldn't be happier. » 5/23/12 7:00am 5/23/12 7:00am