Gray racing stripes on a black European Pit Crew Racing Miata.
Source: Flickr / raphaeldauvergne
Pit Crew Miata Built by Garage Woolery:
This Pit Crew Racing Miata belongs to Garage Woolery (yes that’s the same Woolery Ariel Atom seen here) and before it was an amazingly badass, Lotus-themed, turbo-charged roadster, it was more of a traditionally finished Miata dubbed The Super Chicken.
Since then, the car has gone through an interesting evolution starting with the Pitcrew front nose and rear end. It has had every upgrade one can think of including the engine, exhaust, suspension, wheels, and interior. Garage Woolery uses the OEM Miata hard top as well as custom bikini top from Project G.
It’s a fully trackable car having a roll cage, center windshield header brace, and some Lotus Elise seats which were custom fitted. Tons of custom elements on this car.
If you think Woolery was finished there, think again. They also built a custom lightweight fastback hardtop as seen in the gif below which was in the works as of late 2012. Still awaiting the final result!
In Hopes that Affordable Sports Cars have Returned, For Good
With the introduction of the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ, the automotive world has been shocked back into action lately. With demand on these cars exceeding expectations by far, other companies’ attention has been caught.
Of course the Mazda MX-5 Miata has stuck around while others have fallen off the sports car globe, and this more than likely means the competition will force Mazda to make the Miata better.
And the Hyundai Genesis Coupe cannot be forgotten either. Hyundai claims the car was “inspired by driving enthusiasts” and with the base car having a 2.0L turbocharged engine and an optional 3.8L V6 R-Spec (manual transmission only) with almost 350hp, you’d have to agree with their claim.
On top of this, it has been rumored that Nissan will join the game soon with a possible 240SX successor to compete with the FR-S/GT86/BRZ. They have also looked at scaling down the 370Z to the smaller and less expensive sports car class.
So by lowering the bar, Toyota/Scion/Subaru has in turn raised the bar to create competition from others. We can only hope that others will soon join the show. Bring it on!
Beefbroth asked: I’ve ALWAYS wondered what the deflector on the wiper arm is, on miatas. Maybe you can help me out. Because I’ve never met anybody that knew.
Pretty sure it “deflects” the wind to stop the windshield wiper lifting off at high speeds.