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Welcome to V8Mazda.com home of "Thunderbolt" - the LS3 V8 powered MazdaSpeed MX-5 Miata.

Big engine, little car. It’s a simple formula that has created some of the greatest pavement pounders in automotive history. This mantra has always intrigued me and shaped my love of cars throughout my life. There are countless examples of little cars powered by giant engines, some bordering on pure insanity, but my favorite are two seat V8 powered roadsters and my dream has always been to build one of my own. After many years of plotting and planning, I finally have that opportunity!

My goal with this project was to create a lightweight, nimble, powerful, balanced sports car that is sure footed and enjoyable to drive, while delivering an addictive wave of torque from a big, burly V8. Now that's my idea of the perfect driver’s car!

This website details the complete build process and transformation of my Miata from a demure sports coupe to a fire-breathing V8 powered beast. Thank you for visiting!

Update! October 30th, 2015:   In this update: break-in time is over- we put Thunderbolt through a variety of tests! Check it out!