The Greatest Track Modifications For Your MX-5

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You'd have to have been living under a rock for the last two-and-a-bit decades to be unaware of the Mazda MX5's success as a budget, entry level track day car. The virtues of low cost, light weight, mechanical simplicity, fine handling and an immense amount of aftermarket support have ensured that Mazda's humble sports car has long been the go to machine for those taking their tentative steps in the world of club motorsport, and this shows no sign of stopping anytime soon! With this in mind, here's our rundown of the top modifications to make to your MX5 should you wish to get the most of it out on track.
Coilovers will give you scope to adjust your ride height and damper settings to take into account the layout of a track
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Coilovers will give you scope to adjust your ride height and damper settings to take into account the layout of a track

Coilovers

A more advanced bit of hardware for those more committed to on track heroics, coilovers have the facility to toggle the ride height of the car they're attached to. Though far from a blanket rule (there are many, many variables to consider when discussing automotive suspension, lower cars tend to handle better thanks to the lower centre of gravity, though you should be wary of going too low – doing so can be counterproductive in the extreme! Still more advanced coilovers enable the driver to adjust the bump and rebound settings of the dampers themselves, allowing for specific driving traits and track features to be taken into account. We'd recommend looking into the fantastic range of  Gaz coilovers available, all will have you cornering like a pro in no time!
Big brakes inspire confidence and will allow you to push harder
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Big brakes inspire confidence and will allow you to push harder

Brakes

An obvious addition to this list, granted, but certainly not one without merit. As we've said in the past, big brakes will certainly make you faster round a track, giving you the confidence to brake later and carry greater speed. Again, only you can know how far you plan on taking things trackday wise, but a carefully considered process of uprating key components within the braking system is a good place to start. 

MX5parts stock an array of anti-roll bars and strut-braces for the MX-5
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MX5parts stock an array of anti-roll bars and strut-braces for the MX-5

Chassis/Strut-Braces

Linking either side of your car together greatly increases structural rigidity and will cut down on flex and roll mid-corner, both traits that can rob you of confidence and valuable split-seconds when driving on track. The sheer variety of braces available serves to underline just how popular a track car the MX5 has become, with the NA and NB particularly well catered for. Which one you plump for depends on how far you intend on taking things and how deep your pockets are, but it's worth noting that the Ultra Racing braces we stock are all highly regarded and have been proven to bring appreciable handling benefits. Ultra Racing front anti-roll bar is a good place to start. 
Lightweight alloys can decrease unsprung weight - great for handling
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Lightweight alloys can decrease unsprung weight - great for handling

Wheels

It doesn't take an automotive chassis specialist to work out that lightweight, aftermarket alloy wheels can improve a car's performance, and this is largely thanks to the reduction in unsprung weight they represent. The guys at MX5parts can now offer a massive choice of wheels for all generations of MX5, and most can be specified as part of a wheel-tyre package. Not only does this greatly reduce hassle, it represents a significant saving – money that can be better spent on trackday entry fees and fuel!

Cosworth air filters are some of the best on the market
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Cosworth air filters are some of the best on the market

Air Filters

It stands to reason that the more air you can get into your engine, the better it will perform. Of course all cars come fitted with air filters 'from the factory,' normally a paper one located within an air box. While paper filters are fine for most road going cars, those that will be driven in anger will benefit from a more advanced, performance focussed air filter. 
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