On this site alone, we’ve seen more than a few different types of MX5 engine swaps, including a 13B turbo, 20B PP, 2x LS3 V8s (here and here), and of course the standard engine converted to turbo (here, here and here) and even supercharged. More often than not, though, it’s the MX5 that becomes the donor vehicle, with many vintage chassis swaps using venerable Miata’s for their drivetrains. This build there, though, is one of the first times I can honestly say I’ve seen something entirely different applied to a Mazda roadster, in the way of a Mitsubishi Evolution 8 engine converted to rear wheel drive. Along with the very interesting engine choice comes a stack of gorgeous home-built fabrication work to set off the rest of the car, transforming it into a formidable track beast.
When Bamse was asked what the difference was between normal underpants and turbo underpants, his response was “the skidmarks are bigger”. Who can argue with that? Despite these videos being in Finnish, there’s no subtitles needed for the amount of rev-limiter bashing, exhaust popping, tyre frying burnouts that you’ll see. These guys are very entertaining, you get a real sense of comradery from the group from how they all band together to work on cars and just hang out with each other. Season one starts off with Bamse’s first Volvo nearing completion, then being thrashed at Gatebil for a few days. Season two and three revolve around the build of a new chassis (an older Volvo) which some parts from the previous car, but with a newer and much more serious engine build.
Check out the Eetzi Productions channel here.
CLICK HERE for Season 1
CLICK HERE for Season 2
CLICK HERE for Season 3