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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

I am extremely interested in TT4 then TT3 and so on. I have done 2 HPDE and 5 track days with various organizations throughout socal along with 4-5 autocrosses. This was all in a Miata NB, which I loved, but at 6'2 it isn't really a car I want to continue to put time/money into.

My budget is 10k (initially) so I want to buy a car ~6k and spend the rest on safety/suspension/tires. This needs to be a car I can drive to the track.

Currently I am considering:

350z
e46 330ci
02-05 wrx
g35 coupe

Can anyone here shed some light on these cars, their recommendations/personal experiences, etc.?

Thank you in advance!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:50 pm 
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You'll have an easier time with modifications with an E46 3-Series or 350z. However, first I would take a trip to one of your local NASA events. See what TT classes are competitive and figure out with your budget, which class you can fit in which has a decent showing. The worst thing you can do is get a car, then get in a class that has low participation in your region.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:45 pm 
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Did you know you can drop the floor 2" in a Miata?

http://mazdaracers.com/store/product/70 ... rop-panel/

https://www.advanced-autosports.com/col ... floor-drop

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:49 pm 
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I'm 6'5" and fit in my caged NA Miata just fine. You just need to get the proper seat setup with a 330mm steering wheel placed at the correct depth.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:38 am 
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EricJo wrote:

Watch out for the 100 lb hit:

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TECHNICAL BULLETIN 1-29-16
Mazda Miata Driver Seat Floor Pan

Appendix A—Technical Bulletins for Specific Models/Items

Mazda Miata (’90-’05)–TTB-TTF:
The driver’s side floor pan may be modified to accommodate larger/taller drivers. All modification shall be contained between the transmission tunnel, driver’s side rocker, rear bulkhead and no more than 24” forward of rear bulkhead. The modification shall not extend below the factory floor stiffener/frame rail. The steel used in the modification shall be no thinner than .060”. All modifications shall be welded in place. This modification shall serve no other purpose other than seating position.
The assessment for having this modification will be an additional 100 lbs of weight added to the vehicle’s base weight (or 100 lbs added to a Dyno Re-class if the vehicle is using a Dyno Re-class instead of the base classing table).
(note for TT1-TT3, this modification would necessitate the Non-Production Vehicle Modification Factor)

https://timetrial.nasaseries.com/rules- ... fications/

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