Mazda was founded in Hiroshima, Japan during 1920 under the name of Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd, which was later shortened to Toyo Kogyo Co. in 1927.
Ultimately, Toyo Kogyo was a manufacturing company, which made machine tools, weapons and vehicles. The first of these vehicles was the Mazdago autorickshaw.
But the Mazda we know today really began in the 1960s, when the company placed their efforts into the development of the Wankel rotary engine, which was featured in many of their cars, such as:
Mazda Cosmo Sport
Mazda RX-2, RX-3, RX-4
the iconic Mazda 787B
To some, Mazda was known only for their Wankel rotor-engine’d cars, but the company has certainly pulled it’s weight in piston-engined cars too, including:
Mazda MX5 (Miata)
There are frankly, far too many to name. Nearly all of these cars have gone on to become popular models to modify by enthusiasts.
Mazda’s earlier RX range remains very popular for high powered, high quality restomod builds, while later model RX-7’s, once popular for drift and track builds are fast becoming collectors items in the popular JDM collectors scene.
The highly successful Mazda Miata MX5 remains a very popular track and drift car due to it’s excellent handling, and affordable platform. There are not many other cars that are so well balanced, are widely available, and have huge aftermarket support.
But like most auto-manufacturers, Mazda is threatened by a changing automotive landscape, with ever tightening emissions controls and fuel efficiency standards.
Positively, Mazda is one auto-maker that doesn’t feel compelled to design their cars to be excessively futuristic, and they are making efforts to keep their rotory roots, by developing their SKYACTIVE-R engine.
Unlike many brands that fail to impress, Mazda has us waiting for what will come next.
If there was a list of the most easily accessible performance upgrades, cold air intakes would be number one. You could call it a ‘gateway’ upgrade which sets off a chain of many other modifications.
To be more accurate though, we’d like to call cold air intakes a ‘support’ upgrade.
A cold air intake is part of the collection of little things that add up. Though it will change how your car sounds, it does not create power by itself. Instead, it helps your already modified engine to manage it’s additional power more efficiently.
You will observe a noticeable power gain from your new cold air intake when you pair it with other aftermarket upgrades.
In this guide, we’ll show you whether cold air intakes live up to their hype, how to use them correctly, and how to find the best cold air intake for your Miata.
Mechanical maintenance isn’t the be-all and end-all of responsible car care. Covering your car is one of the best things you can do to keep it clean and protected from the elements.
Cars parked out in the open are prone to damage and faster wear because of natural factors like rain, hail, snow, tree sap, dust and so on. Of course, these threats will vary depending on where you store your car.
A good car cover goes a long way by protecting your car against such threats. It’s worth noting that sun/water damage is very expensive to repair and you can easily avoid this cost by simply keeping your car covered when parked.
Putting the cover on and taking it off every day may be a little tedious and annoying for some people but trust us, it’s worth it.
Car Care Tip: If you find your car coated in a thick layer of dust, avoid wiping it down with a dry cloth. Doing this will result in fine scratches as the dust particles scrape the car’s surface. Always wash the dust off with a hose first, then wipe the water off with a damp cloth in one direction, to protect your topcoat.
In this article, we’ll highlight the most important qualities that car covers need to possess and help you choose the best car cover for your Miata.
The radiator is a key component of your car’s cooling system. What it does is simple, yet vital. Your engine produces heat; the coolant absorbs this heat, passes through the radiator tubes where it cools down and gets circulated back to the engine.
When maintained properly, a radiator should last for over 10 years. We’ve even seen great examples where radiators have lasted for a car’s lifetime! If you drive the NA or NB Miata, we strongly recommend that you get your radiator checked if you haven’t because as of today, these cars are between 15 and 25 years old and most of their stock parts are going to need replacement.
In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best radiators for your Mazda Miata MX-5. Whether you are seeking an upgrade or simply needing to replace a failed radiator with a similar unit, you’ll find it here.
The wheels you use on your Miata, regardless of generation (NA, NB, NC or ND) are crucial to making your car look great and perform well. Large and heavy rims will slow your car down and make it feel sluggish.
Many people complain about the performance of their car after they buy new wheels, because they didn’t know to keep size and weight down. Shaving off weight and keeping your wheels light is crucial for making sure your Miata feels how it should after a wheel upgrade.
We’re here to help, so you don’t make that mistake.
This guide will help you find a set of Miata rims by showing you the ideal size, weight and offset. Then we’ll show you our favorite wheels for a Miata – the ones we think are the best.
If you want to get more power out of your zippy, Mazda Miata, your best bet is to install some form of forced induction; either a supercharger or turbocharger.
Between the two, we prefer superchargers, and we’ll go into the details below.
Superchargers are connected to the engine’s crankshaft, whose spinning motion in turn powers the supercharger. They can add serious horsepower.
Below you’ll find some intro information on the topic of forced induction, and our experiences on the topic. We outline your different options and will point you in the right direction for the best MX5 supercharger kit to suit your needs.
The Mazda Miata, especially later generations (NC and beyond) is not known for its comfortable seats. In fact, the tough, unsupportive OEM seats can be enough to turn some drivers off from buying.
But the industry is rich with aftermarket seats that provide more support, comfort and will last longer. Companies like Recaro, Corbeau, and Sparco have spent years perfecting the best seats for Miata use.
Below we’ll talk about which seats are best for your particular MX5, and which seats are compatible with each generation. After that we’ll run you through the seats we like the most.