The MX-5 world is a big one – here’s a quick glance at some of what’s go­ing on out there

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There’s an ‘Ul­ti­mate MX-5’ mk4 com­ing from the US, a 450bhp daily driver mk1 turbo be­ing de­vel­oped by Skuz­zle, we pay a visit to clas­sic car trim spe­cial­ist New­ton Com­mer­cial, and de­tails of a classy new Mx-5-based kit car

Long Road Rac­ing, the North Carolina-based race prep out­fit that has built all of the mk4 Global Cup cir­cuit cars for Mazda North Amer­ica, is em­bark­ing on a sec­ond ca­reer as an MX-5 tuner. And Long Road’s first project is an al­lar­eas up­grade for the mk4, which it’s call­ing Ul­ti­mate MX-5.

Com­pany owner Glenn Long ex­plains: ‘I’ve been play­ing with Mazda race cars for years now – I’ve built over 250 of them, but who’s count­ing… – and wanted to show­case what an en­thu­si­ast re­ally wants in a street car. To that end the Ul­ti­mate MX-5 sounds a lit­tle bet­ter than stock, han­dles much bet­ter than stock but still af­fords a com­fort­able ride, much im­proved brake feel and bet­ter stop­ping ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and just more fun. A true street car for en­thu­si­asts.’

Help­ing the Ul­ti­mate MX-5 to live up to its name is an Edel­brock E-force su­per­charger (for which we’ve yet to hear a power claim), that Long Road has teamed with an ACT per­for­mance clutch and a lim­ited-slip diff. Much at­ten­tion has been paid to cool­ing, with cooler kits for the engine oil, dif­fer­en­tial and trans­mis­sion, and front brakes: there’s also a C&R up­rated wa­ter ra­di­a­tor.

Bil­stein springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and bushes, to­gether with a Long Road Rac­ing front strut tower brace, take care of the sus­pen­sion, and there’s the al­most in­evitable Wil­wood six-pis­ton Big Brake Kit, com­ple­mented by a se­lec­tion of high per­for­mance brake pads to suit dif­fer­ent road and track needs. A set of chic Rays wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich g-force Sport COMP2 tyres round off the Ul­ti­mate MX-5 pack­age

Although Long Road is push­ing the idea of a com­plete con­ver­sion pack­age, it’ll sell any of the com­po­nents sep­a­rately, although it does rec­om­mend you opt for the beefier clutch if the Edel­brock blower is on your shop­ping list. For more info go to: lon­groad­rac­

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