Street Machine creates a V8 Mazda MX-5 with two turbos and 745kW of power. Really.
The Mazda MX-5 is one of those cars that is famed for its almost telepathic handling, satisfying steering and wind in the hair motoring. It’s not so much about straight line speed, as most MX-5 models have been traditionally powered by lukewarm four-cylinder engines.
Engine swaps have are no stranger to the MX-5, with many people wanting more poke with their tidy handling and some of those engine swaps have included V8s.
But the team at Street Machine have taken things to the next level. They’ve taken a second generation Mazda MX-5 and fitted it with a 5.7 litre Chevrolet LS1 V8. That wasn’t enough, so they’ve bolted on two Garrett turbochargers and their air intakes. The resulting power output is around 745kW. Yes, 745kW in an MX-5. And it only weighs around 1133kgs. Oh my. It is called the MX-5.7.
Obviously, some changes needed to be made to the V8 MX-5 to harness all that new found power. These changes include a chassis-strengthening roll cage, four-link rear suspension and multi-harness seat belts.
Street Machine have documented the project over a multi-part series. Watch the doco below: