THE FI­NAL COUNT­DOWN

> the clock Is tick­ing on our BID to get project mx5.7 to red cen­tre­nats

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AS WE go to print, there are just three weeks un­til the Red Cen­tre­nats, and the list of things still to do on our MX-5 is longer than the things we’ve done. But the turn­ing point is near, and with most of the heavy lift­ing al­ready done by the crew at All Race Fabri­ca­tions, we’re on track to have our twin-turbo Ls1-pow­ered beast cruis­ing the streets of Alice Springs from 1 Septem­ber.

So why build a twin-turbo LS1 Mazda in the first place? Well, the main at­trac­tion of the Red Cen­tre­nats is they will give you a per­mit to drive just about any­thing on the street. So we wanted to build some­thing so men­tal that it couldn’t be street-driven any­where else – and this thing is go­ing to be nuts. We’re talk­ing close to 1000hp and a fight­ing weight of 1000kg!

Ob­vi­ously we weren’t just go­ing to drop 1000hp into a stan­dard MX-5 shell, so Bubba and his crew at All Race Fabri­ca­tions had some work to do, in­clud­ing fit­ting wheel tubs, adding ad­di­tional chas­sis rails, fit­ting a cus­tom four-link set-up with a 31-spline nine-inch and mount­ing our LS1 and Pow­er­glide combo. The orig­i­nal plan was to also fit a ba­sic roll­bar, but after we sat down and thought about it, we de­cided that a full chrome-moly ’cage was a much bet­ter idea!

The LS1 is be­ing built by Pow­er­house En­gines and it’s pack­ing a bunch of cool parts like CP pis­tons, K1 rods, Cometic gas­kets, Fer­rea valves and a beau­ti­ful bil­let Plaz­ma­man in­take. Boost will be sup­plied by a pair of cus­tom GT35 huf­fers from GCG Tur­bos, while the pipework and tun­ing will be done by the guys at MPW Per­for­mance. LS Xtreme will han­dle the con­ver­sion wiring.

The trans­mis­sion is go­ing to be a full-house Pow­er­glide built by All­fast Con­vert­ers in WA, and they’re do­ing the con­verter as well. With oils and flu­ids from Valvoline, fil­ters by Ryco, waste­gates and blow-off valves from Tur­bosmart and a whole fuel sys­tem full of gear from Race­works, our Project MX5.7 is go­ing to be a po­tent weapon. It’ll fry tyres with ease and fly down the quar­ter, de­liv­er­ing a mas­sive smile to who­ever is along for the ride.

You can check out episode two of the build on street­ma­chine.com.au, and stay tuned for our RCN ex­pe­ri­ence in episode three, to­wards the end of Septem­ber.

Just one of the con­cepts we’re play­ing with for the ul­ti­mate look of our Project MX5.7. It may be a bit os­ten­ta­tious, but the whole idea of the project is to make an im­pact

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