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  • Mark Gilbert 8:55am on Thursday, May 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019 ND,   

    2019 ND Owners Manual 

    For those interested, here is the link to review the 2019 ND Owners Manual. There will be quite a few changes least of all the increased horsepower and back up camera. One disappointing fact is there will not be any body refresh for this model year and probably no bright colors added to the palette. Also, with the laws requiring back up cameras in all new vehicles, Mazda stuck the camera on the new ND in the middle of the bumper, not where the license plate area is to somewhat hide it. Not a very flattering look.
    One other note, Mazda will be releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition later in the model year and rumor has it that it will be a brand new color. Hopefully a vibrant one!

    ⚠ warning – clicking on this link will download a 544 page PDF file

    2019 Owners Manual – https://s3.amazonaws.com/tsd.mazdausa.com/Mazda_Owners_Manuals/2019/2019_MX5_OM.pdf

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 6:11pm on Friday, April 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cruise control, , ,   

    Mazda Service Letter – Dead Battery on RF 

    For those members who own a 2017 RF, you should be receiving a letter from Mazda North America soon detailing the service fix for the dead battery issue because of the cruise control draining of the battery. Attached is the letter you will receive.

     

    RF Dead Battery Page 1RF Dead Battery Page 2

     
  • Robert Burr 10:10am on Thursday, April 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 919, Evo, hybrid, Porchse   

    Porche Evo’s 2 liter 4 cylinder engine sets record at Spa 

    Porsche 919 Evo

    not bad for a 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine

    In most motorsports, the engineer’s cruelest foe isn’t the rules of physics or the driver’s inability to wring every crumb of power from their vehicle. It’s the rules. Rules laid down by overbearing governing bodies, imposing limits on weight, dimensions, power output, tire choices, aerodynamics, braking, and whatever else they can think to control. Usually the point is to keep the drivers safe or make racing more entertaining with evenly matched machines, but that doesn’t mean the engineers like it.

    So when Porsche gave its people the chance to break free and show what their machines can do, they overdelivered. They started with the 919 Hybrid, the car Porsche used to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans the past three years. Then they did everything that could make the car faster, the things that would break the rules for the rest of the time. They call the result the 919 Evo.

    And then they took it to Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps, the legendary Formula 1 track that’s home to what may be the toughest corner in motorsports. The Evo lapped the course in 1:41.77 minutes, 12 seconds faster than the race-legal 919. In a sport measured by the millisecond, that’s a stupendous improvement. It even beat the all-time track record, set by Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, by 0.783 seconds.

    “The 919 Evo is brutally impressive,” says Neel Jani, the driver who lapped Spa. “It is definitely the fastest car I ever drove, the grip level is at a fully new dimension for me, I couldn’t imagine this amount beforehand.”

    Turns out, when you get to ignore the rules that govern the World Endurance Championship (which includes Le Mans), there’s a lot you can do to go faster. Porsche’s engineers cut the weight of the carbon fiber and aluminum car by 86 pounds, to 1872 pounds, by dropping useless frills like the windshield wipers, lights, air conditioner, electronic race controls, and the pneumatic jack. They also tweaked the exterior aerodynamics, generating 53 percent more downforce, the all-important stuff that keeps the car stuck to the pavement when it’s clocking jumbo jet takeoff speeds. They upgraded the suspension and tires to deal with the extra loads.

    The Evo carries the same two-liter, turbocharged V4 engine as the Le Mans-winning car, minus the fuel flow meter that limits how much gasoline goes kaboom. Combined with a software tweak, that upped its output from 500 horsepower to 720 horsepower. The car uses two energy recovery systems, generating electricity from braking and the exhaust. That’s stored in a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery, and then used to drive an electric motor on the front axle while the engine drives the rear, for maximum all-wheel-drive acceleration. Without imposed limits, that motor now adds another 440 horsepower (as much as the total power of a BMW M3), up 10 percent.

    https://www.wired.com/story/porsche-919-hybrid-evo?mbid=nl_041118_daily_list3_p2&CNDID=26078846

     
  • Mark Gilbert 11:02am on Monday, April 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019,   

    Road & Track Article On 2019 Miata Changes 

    Thanks to a friendly Mazda dealer in Canada and some of the insiders at Miata.net, we now know quite a bit more about how the new 2019 Miata will make its power, as well as a few other pieces of information that will make some buyers hold onto their money and send others rushing to the dealership for a 2018 model.

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a19717774/theres-more-to-the-2019-miata-than-a-more-powerful-engine/

    Let’s start with the engine. The power figures are impressive–181hp at an as-yet-unspecified engine speed and 151 lb-feet of torque. These are improvements of 26 hp and 3 lb-feet respectively. The only way to increase horsepower that much without increasing torque? You have to spin the engine harder. The current car has come in for some criticism because its 6800-rpm hard redline was 400rpm below the redline of the previous-generation NC Miata. Sure enough, the documentation provided to dealers refers to the “increased rev capacity” of the revised engine.

    “Ultra-light” pistons, lighter connecting rods, and a new crankshaft are just part of it. The 2019 engine will have larger intake and exhaust ports and a high-lift camshaft. Both intake and exhaust systems will have higher flow and there is a new throttle body. These are the kind of changes that racers have been making on Miatas for twenty-plus years now, but the new ND2 Miata will have them from the factory.

     
  • Roger Koll 7:43pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    My 2017 RF 

    I bought my ‘17 Miata RF with 7500 miles on it. I noticed that the towing hook was missing and the jack and lug wrench were too. I went to the Mazda dealership here in Stuart to order a replacement to make it ‘correct’ and then peeked inside the trunk of a new ‘18 Miata on the showroom floor. The salesman said the MX-5s are being shipped without the jacks. The parts dude said if a spare tire is not included then a jack is not necessary although my ‘17 VIN number indicated that it’s standard equipment.

    I should have a towing hook in case I would need to pull the car up on a tow trailer rather than pulling it up by suspension. Do I really need a jack? Where is a good mechanic shop to have work done on it?

    Where did Karl have his supercharger work done? That is so cool. One day maybe.

    I live in Martin County but I grew up in Broward County in the ‘60s driving an MG-B and a TR-3 and then a BMW 1600 and a 2002.

    I’m looking forward to participating in events but I’ve been out of town recently and missed several meet-ups.

    Thanks, Roger

     
    • Robert Burr 10:33am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to seeing you at a meeting or special event soon, Roger.

    • Mark Gilbert 10:36am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Buy a tire plug kit for your car. We have an air compressor and in the event of a flat, you can put a temporary plug in the tire till you can have it fixed properly. Also, Mazmart sells jacks and tow hooks if you want to purchase one.

      http://shop.mazmart.com/en/2016-mx-5-jack

    • Karl Johnson 11:21am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I did the same thing with mine, where’s my jack!? Can of Fix-a-Flat is all you get, plus the pump. TR/3 Performance did the Supercharger install and new clutch. As far as mechanics go, good question. Warranty so far.

    • Mark Gilbert 3:38pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wheels Across The Pond event is next Saturday up in your neck of the woods. Some members will be heading up for that. It’s a great car show at Carlin Park in Jupiter.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:01pm on Friday, March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: color, ,   

    Mazda Color Palette 

    Wonder why Mazda refuses to add bright sports car colors for the MX-5 palette? In the early days of the Miata, there were many nice color offerings. Only alternative nowadays is to have your car wrapped like this guy did. This blue is absolutely beautiful.

     
  • Karl Johnson 1:19pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Quick trip to the grocery store 

    Short Video: Karl tests out his new Super-Charger.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 1:43pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      0 to 90 mph in nothing flat……………………..ZOOM-ZOOM!!!!!

  • Mark Gilbert 5:12pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Dead Battery on RF – TSB Ref. No. R087/17 

    It appears Mazda has now come up with the software fix for the dead battery issues on the RF models caused by the cruise control not being turned off. Anyone with an RF should reference the above Technical Service Bulletin (TSB R087/17) when taking your car in for service next time to get the reprogram fix.

     
    • Martie Basso 8:21am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good to know Mark! Thanks for the notice! My first service is coming up on February 27th.

    • Mark Gilbert 8:29am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Martie, There is also a TSB out for excessive wind noise from the top. Some people have complained about that which in my case don’t find objectionable, but Mazda is putting more insulation in the top to quiet it somewhat if you are one of those that think the wind noise is too loud. Check with your dealer.

    • Martie Basso 10:21am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Got it! Thanks again!

  • Robert Burr 11:05am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boot Bag, luggage rack   

    Boot-Bag Vacation Mazda MX5 luggage rack 

    Antony Dixon, Managing Director of The Boot-bag Group in the UK has informed us that his company will be visiting Ft. Lauderdale from March 27 to April 4th to test a new product made for Mazda MX-5 ND and RF cars.

    The Boot Bag is an add-on accessory for strapping a durable luggage rack accessory on the trunk of the car.

    BootBag Luggage Rack

    Anthony needs to place the rack on an American model ND and a RF to check it fits without interfering with the Sirius satellite antennae, and take some photos, etc for his website. If any of our members would be willing to help, please let us know. They are happy to give the rack to the club in appreciation of the help (retail value $299) so we can auction it for charity or give it away as a raffle prize.

    https://www.boot-bag.com/mx5.htm

     
    • Mark Gilbert 5:24pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You can see right off it’ll be an issue for U.S. cars as the Sirius radio antenna sits at the back of the trunk where the bag is sitting. U.K. cars do not have the Sirius antenna.

    • Robert Burr 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, the satellite antennae is an issue. They’ve developed a special version for the USA that takes that into account and they want to test it with our help.

  • Mark Gilbert 3:02pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gasoline Engine, Next-Generation   

    Next-Generation Clean Gasoline Engine 

    Mazda Says Its Next-Generation Gasoline Engine Will Run Cleaner Than an Electric Car

    http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a15912314/mazda-skyactiv-3-gas-clean-as-ev/

     
    • ebeeusa 4:18pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I would believe it if the news came from VW.

    • Robert Burr 5:59pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mazda is putting serious resources into engineering, not sitting back and leaving well enough alone. We all benefit from this maniacal devotion to solving problems through innovative engineering concepts.

    • Blas Rolando 5:49am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Damn!
      …you’re good!

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