Category: Blog

  • Technical: Engines; why and what we do to them.

    Quality, you get what you pay for. Sorry, not the most exciting of posts, but if you’re thinking of buying an engine from here then… This is about why and what goes into a full professional build. Here is an explanation, starting at the top of the engine and working our way down. It’s about…

  • Dynos and air filter testing

    This has always been a hot topic with any marque of car, not least of all the MX5 market. The other day we did a panel air filter test. By this I mean we swapped out just the filter element itself inside the original airbox. I’m going to call the original style of filter ‘Paper’…

  • Novice: Brass shifter bushes

    A short blog on these as many people don’t seem to know the facts, as the supplier of these to MX5parts I do 🙂 The problem we are fixing arose because the original 6 speed plastic bush doesn’t fit very well. It never did, right from new. It doesn’t wear out, it just never fitted…

  • Amateur/General interest: Hitler does Blyton, July 2020; General trackday banter, reminiscing and wittering.

    This is just a gentle natter on trackdays and track cars in general, how Hitler performed on his maiden voyage and of course the MX5 NC. Back in 2019 a few of us met up for an evening session at Donington, I love Donington and always have, it’s a fantastic place, it used to be…

  • Considering a track car, road car or both?

    This is a blog of my personal opinion based on my experience as to whether you should join the 5% elite and have a 100% track focused car or do the usual thing and drive a compromise car. As i’m of a certain age I’ve owned and driven them all from being a teenager to…

  • Suspension arms, Subframes, geometry and bushes.

    This article is for the hardcore enthusiast, if you’re Mr or Mrs 2006 100k miles ‘I’m not spending that much on a £xxxx car!’ you’re probably best off not knowing what is written below. If you’re looking for suspension settings this isn’t really the place either, they are a very individual and personal thing so…

  • Thermostats

    An often talked about subject in the NC community, especially in Autumn/Winter. They tend to last roughly about 40k miles, that’s very, very roughly as there is no exact point where they fail, the rubber seals distort, go hard or shrink and begin to pass a bit of water when they shouldn’t and gradually get…

  • I’m not spending that on a £2500 car!

    Is the wrong answer 🙂 In defence of the cheap MX-5 as a base for a track car….. I suppose this also could be about thinking you can buy and run a cheap MX5 and not spending anything on it. Many people think it’s better to spend £6k on a £10k car, rather than £6k…

  • Technical: Duratec ports

    If you own an MX5 derived 2.0 engine and aren’t interested in all this technical gubbins then you just need to know you’ve got the one with good flowing ports; they never put a bad head on a 2ltr NC engine. If you’re reading this as a non MX5 owner or are doing an engine…

  • Novice: Engine swaps Part 1, decisions, decisions…

    This article discusses what to look out for if you are considering an engine swap for something a bit bigger. Give me a large sum of money and i’ll get you a large power output. How many people in the UK NC world have that kind of money and ambition? Probably about 3 🙂 So…