If you show up at SCCA National event in the typical hot rod MX-5, you have about as much chance of standing on the podium in E-Mod as Amy Schumer does at winning the Miss Universe pageant. Autocross is an entirely different animal than the average track day, and the E Modified class is where all of the lunatic machines that cannot be otherwise classified end up -- tube frame Corvettes running 2-speed transmissions, rotary powered bug eyed Sprite that seems to have a digital throttle, and today's flame shooting out of its exhaust stack Miata.
The thing about autocrossers is that they do weird stuff to
This is no ordinary MX-5 on steroids, this is the Predator that beat the Terminator in best 3 out of 5 and is now hunting Godzilla for sport. The nuclear tipped Tomahawk at the knife fight here is a Mazda 20B 3-rotor that is polished, ported, and prepared to push out 400 horsepower running on methane and the tears of Regional losers. It is mounted somewhere next to the driver's feet and puts power to the rear wheels via a 2-speed Powerglide automatic, which is the most efficient (but less apparent) way to channel 400 hp to the rear of a car when racing speeds are restricted between 30 and 80mph. Enjoy this video of (what I believe is) the monster racing in 2006.
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