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  • Mark Gilbert 11:42am on Sunday, January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1992, , , Miata,   

    1992 Miata For Sale 

    For Sale – 1992 Miata. 33,000 original miles, convertible and hardtop, Automatic Transmission, Power Windows, no Air Conditioning. Asking $6,500. Located in Stuart.

    Call or text Steve Romig at 772-285-5276.

     
  • Robert Burr 12:04pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Braking, Electronic, Miata, Regenerative   

    Miata Now Has Electronic Regenerative Braking 

    Mazda announced a refresh for the MX-5 Miata sports car today for European markets, outlining new trim levels and standard safety equipment. The car hasn’t changed much, save for one thing: the inclusion of the company’s i-ELOOP and i-stop kinetic recovery and stop-start systems, which will now be standard on all European MX-5 models.

    Mazda’s i-ELOOP tech has been around for awhile, but this is the first time we’re seeing it included in the MX-5. It works by converting the car’s kinetic energy into electricity as it decelerates, rather than lose it to heat as the car uses its brakes to come to a stop. It then stores that energy in a dedicated capacitor, which in turn powers the car’s electronic systems. Mazda has a great video explaining the entire process:

    This system means the engine-driven alternator doesn’t have to work as hard to power the car’s electronics, which Mazda claims can result in a five-percent improvement in efficiency. And in case you were wondering, no, this doesn’t mean the Miata is now a hybrid. The system only helps power the car’s electronics — it doesn’t assist with propulsion.

    Mazda hasn’t specified how much weight its i-ELOOP system adds to the Miata, or how it’ll affect drivability or the car’s fun factor. But knowing them, we’re sure the car will be just as enjoyable, even with the system in place.

    Mazda declined to comment on whether the 2020 model-year Miata will be receiving the i-ELOOP system in the U.S., though we should receive news on updated trim levels and pricing for the car soon.

    link to article:

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a30443839/mazda-mx-5-miata-brake-recovery-tech/

     
    • Andrew 10:58am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We will see how that works out in the end.

      To remove the load from the alternator (also probably making it smaller to reduce the amount of work the engine needs to do – which is where the 5% improvement comes as the alternator is belt driven by the main shaft), its going to use a capacitor to store the converted brake energy into electricity. Most of the electrical components will then run off that system. A capacitor will high a very voltage more than enough to kill if not careful when working in the engine bay. Additionally, it will add a bit of complexity and expense. Might also might mean limited options for upgrading the braking calipers, pads, lines, etc..

      Just a thought.

      • Robert Burr 11:03am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The future of super-capacitors is unfolding rapidly, as an adjunct to battery systems. Capturing a large amount of power quickly, discharging quickly for large demand, this is the realm of capacitor. Discharging slowly to power 5 volt or 12 volt systems is a clever trick. Thank the electric vehicles for moving this technology of energy efficiency forward at a rapid pace.

  • Mark Gilbert 10:49am on Friday, January 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Documentary, , Miata, Series   

    Mazda Miata Documentary Series 

    Mazda Miata Documentary Series links:
    Introduction- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpBc3K3aZgc&t=14s
    NA- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p41i9L0HOJw
    NB- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTAHDnvO748
    NC-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bslB_4JIKs0
    ND- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38SE1-1hBlI&fbclid=IwAR2TovfTMZyDZjHnqGixwxtVM1cWbQxR4-uYRWERsyksONo5dReVnNMLOCw

     
  • Robert Burr 1:06pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Miata, Stick Shift   

    Mazda Miata Buyers Kept the Stick Shift Alive in 2019 

    Every day, we car enthusiasts are warned that the manual transmission is dying. Automatics shift quicker, accelerate faster, and deliver superior fuel economy. The stick-shift is old fashioned, out of date.

    Mazda Miata Stick Shift

    Well, it seems someone forgot to tell Miata buyers about the death of the manual transmission. In the 2019 model year, the majority of the delightful drop-tops that Mazda sold were equipped with three pedals, according to Autoblog.

    Turns out, between July 2018 and April 2019, 76 percent of soft-top Miatas were sold with a manual transmission. The number was a bit lower for the retractable-hardtop Miata RF, just 52 percent sold with a stick-shift. Still, that means the majority of Miatas were manuals.

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/a30359876/mazda-miata-stick-shift-manual-transmission-take-rate/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:01pm on Sunday, October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Miata, ,   

    Florida Miata Cruise In – November 9th 

    We are two weeks away from the Cruise In to Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce. If you plan on attending, I would appreciate it if you signed up under the Cruise In event this week, http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/summer-crush-winery-miata-cruise-in/ ,  so I can advise the winery how many cars to expect that day. Looking forward to a fun day and seeing everyone there.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 3:09pm on Friday, September 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: article, Miata   

    Miata Is Always The Answer…. 

    From humble beginnings in the form of British roadsters, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has grown through four generations to establish itself as the widely accepted king of cheap, easy, fun to drive cars.

    Ease of maintenance and modification built the MX-5 Miata into the garage tinkerer’s dream, and its lightweight chassis, 50/50 weight distribution, and and terrific handling have cemented it as the unofficial SCCA track car king.

    Remember, no matter the question, Miata is the answer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA3ZxRRkdd4

     
  • Mark Gilbert 7:02am on Sunday, September 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Miata, showdown, sports car   

    Miata Is Still Always The Answer! 

    https://www.tflcar.com/2019/09/sports-car-showdown-review-2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-vs-toyota-86-trd-special-edition/

    Two seats, rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, some sticky tires, and enough power to light em up when the urge strikes. The basic ingredients of a sports car haven’t changed much over the years, and if you’re lucky enough to have a large pile of cash, there are quite a few brilliant examples available today. Unfortunately, for most of us, these pinnacles of automotive performance are all but out of reach.

    Sure, we have plenty of sports sedans, hot hatches, muscle cars, and even SUVs that claim to be sporty—all of which are also available for less than a fortune. But a true sports car for the masses is sadly becoming rarer.

    Luckily, Mazda continues to build the torchbearer for affordable performance. Now in its fourth and arguably best generation, the MX-5 Miata is pretty much the go-to answer for driving enjoyment on a budget.

    Not to be outdone by their Japanese neighbor, Toyota and Subaru entered into a partnership over a decade ago to develop their own small, affordable sports car. Sold as the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and now Toyota 86, the Toybaru has gained a loyal following of enthusiasts, many of whom take advantage of a thriving aftermarket to mod their cars.

    The recent introduction of a TRD Special Edition model to the 86, as well as an updated engine for the MX-5 Miata, provided an excellent rationale to test these two cars and see which is best.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:37am on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Miata, UK   

    This Is How You Zoom Zoom 

    Today nearly 2000 Miata’s got together at Elvington Airfield in York, UK in an attempt to break the world  record for the most Miata’s together in one place. Looks like they had a lot of fun.

    Great drone footage video of the event here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU8DFkokMtw&fbclid=IwAR0P9-H4A_cYNnPGaONu0jAk240GuhlCiGAtAkiyUfIEPMQFvU7uVHceyVc&app=desktop

    https://www.facebook.com/mx5oc/videos/2197512723668653/

    https://www.facebook.com/events/420794321996986/

     

     
  • Orlando Cabrera 9:53am on Friday, January 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Miata, , Tonneau Cover   

    Tan Tonneau Cover fits Mazda Miata NA 1990-1997 

    Miata Tonneau Cover. This item is used, but it looks like new. No stains, spots, rips, or tears. Would probably look less wrinkled if I left it outside in the sun for a while.

    I just purchased the 1995 Miata M-Edition seen in the picture, and the cover came with the car. The front dash clips are included, but the mirror plates are not. There are nylon straps with snaps that can be purchased to wrap around the mirror base at naval supply stores.

    $200.00 or best offer.

    Tonneau Cover for Miata

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:04am on Sunday, December 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Miata, , New Cars   

    Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Model Coming 

    30th Anniversary Edition ND for the United States

    Status: Confirmed
    Release: Most likely Spring of 2019
    Model year: Unknown at this time (might be 2020, or, might not)
    Limited Edition: Only 3,000 worldwide, only 500 in the USA
    New or different features: Unknown at this time
    Color: Orange

     

    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary will be available for pre-order with a starting MSRP[1]of $34,995

    This special edition MX-5 Miata is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine rated to deliver 181 horsepower

    Exclusive features include Racing Orange exterior paint and interior accents, special serial number badging, RAYS 17-inch forged alloy wheels and RECARO sports seats with Alcantara seating surface

    CHICAGO (February 7, 2019) – In 1989 the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to share another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.

    Continuing to embrace the philosophy of the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, this special edition represents three decades of history. A history that has been filled with so many people, from the passionate Mazda engineers who created the first-generation MX-5 as a homage to early lightweight European sportscars, to the succeeding development engineers who took up the challenge to build on the high ambitions of their predecessors. Collectively, they all helped the MX-5 reach amazing heights, from being the first car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year in the same year with the current generation MX-5 Miata in 2016, to achieving production of one millionth units in April 2016. In total, the MX-5 has won over 280 awards, as of January 2019, with many of those accolades thanks to the unshakable support of Mazda owners and fans all over the world. This special edition is meant to commemorate all these milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.

    The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which added many new features including a newly refined powertrain rated to deliver 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17 percent increase over the previous model year. The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.

    To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.

    Standard in all 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary models are Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM infotainment technologies. Also standard is SiriusXM with three-month subscription and new SiriusXM three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link® subscription.

    No special edition would be complete without the appropriate badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be affixed with a special “30th Anniversary” serialized badging on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.

    Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at http://www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. Owners can order their 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission. Orders can be placed starting on 2/7 at 12 p.m. CST.

     
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