Tokyo Auto Salon Spotlight- Garage Vary Mazda Miata

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Back in 1989, Mazda debuted their first affordable “fun to drive” roadster dubbed the Mazda MX-5 Miata (aka Eunos Roadster in Japan). When the car debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, no one could have envisioned a 25+ year run and almost cult-like following.

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Fast forward 26 years later and what we see here is the 4th generation Mazda MX-5 (ND platform).  With a curb weight of 2332 lbs; The US spec 2.0L engine’s HP/TQ near equal to each other at 155hp/148 lb-ft. The power to weight ratio makes this car quicker than its predecessor, and potentially a fighter for rivals like the FRS/BRZ.

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With its sleek looks and off the shelf performance, the aftermarket embraced this little car as demonstrated at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. I personally counted over 14 Miata’s on display with various body kits, lip kits, interior parts,  and exhaust systems.  Additionally, there were several new 4×100 wheels made specifically for this car.  With only 9 months since the car was released in Japan, there is already a healthy list of parts ready to be purchased.

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If people were following the trends in the last 3 years, everything was about “stance” and over-fenders. There wasn’t a lack of that with companies like Aimgain and Greddy/Rocketbunny/Pandem releasing their typical bolt-on fender affairs and wild spoiler selections.  In my opinion, this was cool 3 years ago when the reboot of Kei Muira’s “Rocket Bunny Style” hype was released on the FRS/BRZ, but for some reason that didn’t appeal to me this time around for the new ND Miata.

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Garage Vary’s ND Miata kit was one of the highlights of TAS. I honestly do not see any flaws.  The aero kit wraps around the curves on the ND Miata as if it was designed by Mazda themselves.  Special care and personal touches really struck a chord with me.

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I loved the built in canards on the lip kit and the location for the rear plate.  The location shifted up allows for a huge diffuser to be mounted below it, giving that half cut bumper look to it and that ridiculously sleek looking bumper mounted spoiler with what looks like special directional end plates.

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I spoke briefly to the owners of Garage Vary about the wing. They mentioned it was a last minute addition and they will be testing that setup on a circuit very soon to see how well the wing holds up to higher speeds and if any tweaks will be needed.

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The Front fender burst vents were properly carried over to the rear bumper giving that widebody look on the car,  but with stock body lines and fitment.

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The subtle swoops of the front lip, side skirt fins,  and the rear diffuser all flow like a Tsunami wave coming at you at 500 knots per hour.

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If you have an eye for detail, you will notice that this car is sporting some Limited Edition Recaro SR6 and RS-G Super Stark NU editions that came out last year. Only 500 pieces of each were ever produced in this trim which makes it a “must have” seat for a true enthusiast.

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The Miata is sporting some new Seeker GX wheels from Work.  This wheel is part of their new line-up that was established 3 years ago under the Seeker line. The design concept is influenced by retro wheels, however, they are re-imagined to modern specs and sizes.

With this kind of quality and detail on an aero kit for this new ND Miata, we here at JDMC can’t wait to see some more of these cool kits showing up on some USA cars or at least on some local builds in Chicago area. Now only if our weather warms up, then we will see more drop top convertibles roaming the streets in style.

-Raymond Leung/ jdmchicago

Wekfest Chicago!

We are happy to support Wekfest this year in Chicago! Visit us at the jdmchicago booth on April 24!  Register your car ASAP- http://www.wekfest-usa.com/registration/

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Scott’s 94 Mazda RX7- Dsport Feature Bonus Pics

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A few years ago the editor of Super Street Magazine asked me to shoot Scott Sengpiel’s Rocket Bunny 1993 RX7.  Scott is an avid FD fan and I was surprised to hear he had another FD side-project in the works. Scott actually purchased this car back in 2012. Unlike the more street-friendly rocket bunny build, Scott’s intent was to make this FD a full blown road racing car.

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Scott sent me an email and asked if I could shoot this new project car for DSport Magazine. I was excited to work with him again, but unfortunatly we were on a tight deadline. If I remember correctly; we needed to shoot the car, edit, and submit all the photos within 24 hours. I wish I had some more time to work with, but sometimes you are put in situations that might not be the most ideal.

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The LS swap in the FD is not something new, but there are only a few LS FD’s that are full road race cars. Scott wanted to build a car that would be something that you rarely see at the road courses up here in the Midwest. 

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The original plan from the beginning was to build an endurance road race car that would be fast and reliable. Racing and reliable usually don’t go hand in hand, but Scott spent a considerable amount of time researching and figuring out the weak points that needed to be tweaked.

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Scott is currently in the process of redoing the dash, pedal set-up, and seat mounting for better comfort.

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In the future , Scoot plans on adding some more front areo to the car to get the nose some more bite at speed. Thanks for checking out these bonus pics from Dsport Magazine! Be sure to check out Scott’s FD at events around the midwest this coming season.

-jdmchicago

Wallpaper Wednesdays!

Thanks to Patrick Lauder for these really cool shots of Nikki Dela Cruz’s Nissan 240sx (S13). The car was featured in Modified Magazine a few years ago. Not much has changed since then, except for the new Blitz Type 03 wheels seen below in these new shots. You can read more about the car by clicking here.

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Saturday Night Meet!

Hope to see everyone at tomorrow night’s meet!  The meet goes from 5pm – 9pm. Check out the official facebook post to sign up! As always, FNL’s are always free to attend.

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