WE TEST: Was $17,500 worth of car mods worth it?

čas přidán 13. 01. 2021
The miata is finally +turbo so it’s time to go back to the racetrack and see if Zach can run a decent lap at Willow Springs. Since last time we were at this track, the cooling system has been upgraded, the brakes have been upgraded, we’ve added an oil cooler, moved to a standalone ECU, and of course, added a turbo kit; to make an overall total of $17,500. Will all this money in mods be worth it or will we have big issues again?
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  • This just proves that you dont give goobers like this tons of money to build a car because all they’re gonna do is fuck it

  • The answer to the question posed is a resounding NO.

  • This is what happens when you have no suspension mods on stock Miata. Put on some decent coilovers, sway bar, bushings, etc. I mean cmon, a spec Miata with 140whp can do 1:35 easily here

  • Short answer: No.

  • im not sure if i should be worried but the ebrake right after track use isnt good for the brakes is it?

  • I think it's that nipple on the valve cover.

  • I'm concerned you put on the hand brake after doing hot laps. You're going to imprint your rotors.

  • Its just leaking hrsprs bro

  • I feel bad for you. And all your viewers.

  • 6:03 Wtf?! Why are you capped? I'm sure that's you problem!

  • Someone shorter driving or raise the role cage.. No real point of a role cage/half cage if your head is higher than one..

  • the curse of the gearhead.... oil is on the outside of the engine.. yet he sees it as ok. and not a problem he has to deal with.... its the engines fault.

  • Randomly I want to see this miata vs goonsquad hurican on goblin

  • It’s been month and still haven’t heard any his Miata reving up again.! Is there any problem with the engine? It’s 25 years old and not a easy job to push it

  • Today on donut media, why americans don't understand that adding a turbo won't make it faster, the mx-5 is made to be N/A

  • For the money he's spent in this car (not to mention labor) he *definitely* could have bought a car that's much faster stock

  • 17.5k could have gotten ya a c5..

  • Would love to see higher rpm mods videos instead of turbos putting on there. Yes i know turbo is best way to gain hp most efficiënt.

  • Wait only 17k spent in total?

  • If you're stuck on the Miata chassis, a Camaro LFX V6 would beat all your numbers for less money and better sounds. Many millions have gone into designing a better chassis than an MX5 for the LS. It's called a Corvette! For half the money you spent, you could have a factory set up called a Boxster! Or if you want 225HP with 225ft/lbs for a third of the money, pick up a Z3/Z4! For just a little more you could have 240HP in an S2000!

  • Zach be rocking that JSchlatt look

  • Blowby is awesome lol

  • I'll be the 1 to not only say it, but "diss-myself" as well...... 220HP for 17.5K? that's about the same as the hated TBI 305 SBC you can get for next to nothing. BUT, comes with a whole nuther mess of issues & problems. Like the Vids guys, and I like what you've done to this lit'le thing to squeeze as much as you can out of it. Because "Dollar for Pony," these lit'le things take a lot to get a lit'le.

  • In my opinion it's not worth it, I'd rather save up and get a gr yaris and mod it a bit like new exhaust and stuff.

  • Pro tip- white hood.

  • This is some initial d shit

  • The oil feed to turbo needs a little restrictor, if its not, the oil gets burn

  • Is a miata worth it. Probaly not!!

  • Catch can... Simple fix

  • Donut is the American top gear we never got

  • Don't they say not to pull the E brake when parking after laps?

  • Nope

  • Next do: “how much more horsepower can we put on this van!”

  • next episode "is a new engine worth it"

  • 17k to get a little over 200 hp...

  • 3:44 ew, finger nails on anxiety 🤮

  • What music is playing at 5:00

  • $17,500 to go slower than stock and blow an engine. Sounds about right. Sad, but this is the most realistic series I've ever watched.

  • I'd be interested to see a pro driver drive the car, just for comparison

  • 2070: "Installing a quantum warp drive on a Mazda Miata"

  • track?

  • how is that roll bar even remotely useful if your head is higher? lmao

  • Donut? Is that you?

  • 227 hp? With so much money, you should've made almost 300 hp

  • i need that sweater

  • No miata made is worth a dime.

  • 17k to go slower 😅😅😅

  • With the sweater and the mullet I thought it was the 70s

  • That's just note episodes lol

  • The slowest $20,000 car I've ever seen

  • I want u to be my uncle

  • Spent 17k and now the car is even slower and leaks oil, absolute win!

  • Cool mods. That said, if you wanna go fast, take that $18K and just get 2 C4 Vettes. Or a beater E36 M3 to tweak.

  • Approximately, how much did the whole entire turbo system with the intercooler cost you?

  • Great episode! Wish you better luck next time!! I’m rooting for you guys!!

  • 227 hp on a light nimble car sounds real fun.

  • Love you guys but man, shouldn't be out on the track if you're knowingly puking oil. Someone else could easily crash cause of that

  • I find it funny that people will admire a turbo Japanese car with 220hp but most people will say a 275hp Camaro 4 cyl turbo isn’t good enough

  • $17,000 worth of mods. LMAOOO. Plus the price of the car. You could’ve easily just bought a brand new Camaro or a Mustang 4 Cylinder Turbo for the same price.

  • Miata with the top down going 100mph looks sketchy as fuck

  • Krazy, u were smoking more than that 350😂😂

  • The track they're at looks like the track in Ford VS. Ferrari.

    • Looked it up. It is. It's Willow Springs raceway in Rosamond in Socal.

  • He's trying to run against a professional driver's time. He can be driving a Ferrari and he wouldn't beat the professionals time.

  • $17k to make your car go wututututu is wurth it.

  • slap a 2jz on it

  • Zack is a good host

  • لاتحتك بس 😂😂😂😂♥️

  • Where can a guy get that sweater? I can’t find it on the google

  • Money wasted.

  • It’s just like Initial D. More power does not mean better times.

    • There is no way he could have gotten used to the new behavior of his car in such a short time (ready on friday, tracked on saturday...). He just needs to relearn a bit, JUST LIKE IN INITIAL D! (After the engine swap)

  • bigger tires and aero

    • So you didn't answer the question. Was $17,500 of mods worth it? No. It made you go slower!

  • 999,670th view

  • Gotta get aaron behind the wheel

  • OIl dripping on a track is so dangerous is can be the difference of life and death for a real race driver or even a noobie. If you see a big oil leaking coming from your engine DO NOT do what this guy did as its dangerous to not only your engine but also everyone else on that track

    • I refuse to watch any more "time measuring" videos by a fucking stop watch. To all car channels out there, invest couple of hundred $$$ for a proper system. Much love.

  • Should have just put an aluminum 5.3 in it.

  • seems to be good

  • Get a K24 honda engine from a tlx 210hp and 190tq the tq makes it super special as you can spin tires through 6 gears, or a honda accord 2013-17 and get the manual 6spd in a 3500lb car it beat a wrx from a roll and i put it likes yellow top batteries-411. 2.4 liter k24w2 or the tlx one.or tsx.

  • 2:30 Music: rock Subtitles: *electric music*

  • fantastic!

    • 17k, Triple digit horsepower increase and 4 seconds slower?

  • video is only 8 minutes long.... UH OH!

  • Forget the $17k spent. Surely the better tyres would have helped you get a better lap time?

  • Makes me so glad I went with a 5.0 swap t5 trans and Ford 8.8 rear end for probably 10k total (including roller shell) I don’t have the heart left in me to fix one thing after another after another like that lol

    • @gioyu comi if there was a dollar amount on labor and welding it would be probably 13k in all honesty. Especially custom headers.

    • this just isn't in my future unless I win the lottery.

  • I think it ran 1.50 perfectly (maybe a pro racing driver would do a 1.44). You not only increased Hp, but also weight. At the amount of Hp it is doing, it's balancín all the added weight. Maybe another turbo, change of internal parts of Block, etc. So it makes about 300 to 380 hp and know weight is not gonna matter as much.

    • " (maybe a pro racing driver would do a 1.44)" A 200~ whp miata on 100 tread wear tires (R888s i believe hes on currently), would more than likely be in the in the 1:3X range. But thats what we practice for!

  • bruh my car literally doubled in price

  • So you didn't answer the question. Was $17,500 of mods worth it? No. It made you go slower!


  • I love how everyones saftey that day took a back seat to shaving off a second or two. Remind me to never attend a track day when these clowns are there spewing oil all over the track.

  • I refuse to watch any more "time measuring" videos by a fucking stop watch. To all car channels out there, invest couple of hundred $$$ for a proper system. Much love.

  • What a cool hoodie, where is it for sale?

  • First of all, if you want to go faster put your roof up! I guarantee you that’s two tenths of a second!

  • cs-tv.org/tv/video-nYwdHjWnGEg.html

  • A lot of blue smoke comin out

  • Probably If You Don't Do The Shake And Do It In The First Run, You'll Probably Gonna Get The 1:40 Or Less.

  • 17k, Triple digit horsepower increase and 4 seconds slower?

  • You gotta do more track videos

  • Never, in the history of ever, has adding a turbocharger made an engine more reliable.

  • So let me get this right.. 17k, double the horses, and you ran 4 secs slower? No way a pcv valve fix with some catchers will fix that.. this just doesn't add up. I feel like with 17k you could just buy a car with a faster time. I love this channel and series. I really wished for a different result. Edit* As a financially struggling 20ish guy who has always wanted to get into car performance and driving on a track someday this is really discouraging. The reason I watch this channel is to learn as much as i can.. to someday do it myself. I guess this just isn't in my future unless I win the lottery.

  • Gene simmons with the stop watch 4:42

  • Did i see a plug over the PCV? Oh nein.

  • can anyone tell me how tall is zach and is he single or not? asking for a friend