One of our main motivations behind the drive a 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata for the summer is to get on the track. With fifteen drivers of various skill levels in the office of Automobile magazine, the Miata is the perfect track toy. No new cars are so accessible to novice drivers and simultaneously so satisfy the experts.
It’s no secret that the Miata is a spectacular car tracks. Spec Miata is one of the most affordable and most popular amateur racing, and cars were still fairly close to stock. We are delighted to have one, but the Spec Miata can not be considered sufficient for everyday drivers. We there-option, the base Miata Sport maintain comfort and still deliver a lot of competence on-track.
Our stripper has some features – or lack of features – which should determine the behavior on the track. He does not have the benefit of a limited-slip differential (available in Touring or Grand Touring model with performance package) or electronic stability and traction control (available on Grand Touring model with the premium package). All models ride Miata Sport tires Yokohama Advan A11A 205/50VR-16 summer while the Touring and Grand Touring cars are equipped with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer 205/45WR-17. So far we’ve been impressed with the trip with 16-inch wheels and side walls are relatively high. To see if all of the side wall it would be a detriment to handling on the track, we just visited GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan.
2:14 GingerMan mile course that mimics the big drive on winding, country road. Not many changes in elevation and there is good visibility on the track. This is not a track of the most technically challenged, but GingerMan close to the office and we always enjoy a lap behind there. As we left the hole and head to the track, excellent steering that’s Miata bring a smile to our faces. We have been singing the praises slow cars in the past and the Miata is a symbol of slow cars. Of course, the model 2011 is much faster than the original, but we barely three digits on the GingerMan recently extended the back straight and compare it to anything that we want to drive on the track, the third straight edging Miata. But going fast in a straight line is not what makes a good song, too. We are here to find the limit of adhesion for each of the eleven GingerMan that alternates with a relatively narrow our 205-mm tire.