It’s a rare occurrence when a stock vehicle can make you grin from ear to ear amid your morning commute. It’s an even more rare occasion when that same car can be transformed into a race car. For those who have experienced the 2018 MX-5 Miata (ND), it goes without saying that it’s just fun to drive.
The popularity of the ND has grown rapidly in autocross since its release in 2016. One of the most popular classes for the ND in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is C-Street, which provides a great entry point for racers who are new to the sport. Inevitably as time passes and autocrossers get the bug to go to build on their skill set, many make the move to Street Touring, with STR being the most popular. If that is you, or you want to start in STR, this article is for you.
Making the move to STR opens a variety of modifications and adds options that you can use to get the ideal setup for the car. Fortunately, we have done a lot of the work for you. In 2016, Mazda Motorsports worked closely with championship racer Ron Bauer on the development of the ND in STR and dialed in just what you need to get track-ready…
The front sway bar: While the stock sway bar is great for street driving, it doesn’t provide you with any level of adjustment to handle different track conditions. Mazda Motorsports offers a competition two-piece adjustable sway bar, which has proven to assimilate well to the vehicle without putting extra strain on the sub-frame, unlike some aftermarket options that might be less expensive.