Chasing Sunsets – The Spirit Roadster

The Spirit Roadster continues to progress as we design and test new products. We also hope to continue to inspire all Miata enthusiasts both new to the little cool drop-top-convertible and to those that has been in the Miata game for a long time.

Back in March of 2019, Nico and I drove around LA and he shot and filmed the last rendition of the Spirit Roadster. The car wore a more simple and modern aesthetic. Such as authentic M2-1028 Sebring Vitaloni mirrors match painted Montego Blue, and OEM Front and Rear bumpers with R Package lower spoilers. A bright red safety tow hook provided by IL Motorsport, and a black billet Car Make Corn’s antenna. The interior also went with a more sleek and simple black, leather and chrome contrast. Only upon closer inspection one can see the changes. Revlimiter provided a custom mix of M2-1028 and RS Products Japan inspired gauge faces with a matching HVAC panel. Jass Performance black needle caps and HVAC knobs replaced their OEM counterparts. Evasive maneuvers to be controlled by a Momo Prototipo with Black spokes, and Black Leather with White Stitching. Shifting duties were in the form of a Car Make Corn’s Black Leather shift knob with Light Gray stitching. Other details to note include RS Japan Hazard Switches plate, DDM Works 3 Gauge Surround, Revlimiter Vent Rings, and a Zoom Engineering Cup Holder all in respective Black hues. The polished side sills were refurbished with new “Roadster” emblems by Revlimiter.

The car is more performance oriented with roll over safety provided by a Zerek Fabrication 4 Point Roll Bar/Harness Bar set up. The SSR Watanabe’s were replaced with more aggressive, lightweight, 15×8, +28 offset, Advan RGD2’s with Black Metallic Faces and Polished Lips wrapped in Nitto NT05 205/50/15 tires. The suspension now consisted of Spirit Road Touge Series coilovers with Swift Springs, 12K front and 10K rear. Designed and tested for the canyons and mountain runs throughout Southern California.

The 1.9 liter Jerry Built Racing ITB motor also went through a change and is now testing and utilizing Skunk2 Racing’s intake manifold, 1″ inch volume spacer and throttle body combo. Additional intake duties were addressed with a rare Mazdaspeed Airbox which were custom powdercoated a Cerakote High Heat Flat Black in and out, moving air through a custom Zerek Fab intake pipe also coated with the same functional Cerakote finish. This combination netted 160 horsepower with 135 lbs. of torque at Engineering Concepts dyno in San Diego, California. Other upgrades and changes include a Radium Engineering Fuel Rail flowing a mix of Premium and E85 through new injectors in to the cylinder head, high heat wrinkle black powdercoated valve cover modified for the Maruha Carbon Fiber Cam Gear Cover, Maruha 1.3 Bar Radiator Cap and a rare Mazdaspeed Oil Cap.

Now scroll down and check out the awesome photos by Nico @nico.mx5!