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#1 Suedehead

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:02 PM

Has anyone run a rally orientated MX5 before? Seem to be alot of fast road & circuit racing cars but ive never seen a rally prepped version. Why is this? Surely the TR7s, that have a large rally presence, arent that different to the 5s capabilities?
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:20 PM

ive not seen a tr7 rally? I presume it would have a roof though.

5s dont have the strength or required protection for that sort of abuse.


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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:20 PM

heard of a few road rally cars, but not the serious off road type and a google search doesnt bring much up
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:22 PM

Has anyone run a rally orientated MX5 before? Seem to be alot of fast road & circuit racing cars but ive never seen a rally prepped version. Why is this? Surely the TR7s, that have a large rally presence, arent that different to the 5s capabilities?



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K.G. Works seem to think it's possible! though perhaps not that practical
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 09:17 PM

I found this video on my hard-drive. Still makes me wince seeing a Mk2 thrashed around offroad...

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Also, didnt a guy join recently from the US or New Zealand - posted up some rally videos of himself? (albeit mostly tarmac)
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 09:35 PM

The real concern is rolling. A fibreglass roof can soon get smashed off, and the remaining cage is good for rolling, but not so good at stopping debris. Thats fine on a track, but not so good in forests where there's bushes and branches. I guess it could be meshed in though, if someone were insistant on rallying a 5.

im not saying this is regs. Just good reason 5s are not commonly used
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:09 AM

The TR7 was available as a hard top while the mx5 never has been, a soft top is not a good start for a rally car.

Most rally cars are fwd/4wd anyway since it's quicker.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:00 AM

The TR7 was available as a hard top while the mx5 never has been, a soft top is not a good start for a rally car.

Most rally cars are fwd/4wd anyway since it's quicker.


4WD yes but try telling FWD is faster to the boys still using Mark 2 Escorts nearly 30 years since production stopped, lots of rallies are still full of them and finishing well.
Main reason for rally cars being FWD is because that is the configuration that most cars are manufactured to nowadays.

Agreed soft top doesn't make for a good start though, funny I preferred the FHC TR7's.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 11:55 AM



Here is my last one on a rally event, it was a Rally test, which is an autotest carried out at higher speed on rough ground.

It loved it.

I used to rally a Clio, that needed less prep to be honest, but you can rally anything. What varies is the amount of work required to make it competative.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 07:30 PM

There's one being rallied in the states who has posted on this forum before... did the targa newfoundland, and has a superb website...

http://targamiata.com/index.php

As to whether or not a fibreglass hardtop would be strong enough... There are dozens of kit cars and specials that are rallied (successfully and regularly) with fibreglass rooves, try all the Lancia Stratos replicas and the Darrian / Davrian family for a start... add the Adrenaline Murtaya as well and the list goes on. You could easily blend the top in if you were serious about it.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:23 PM

I've rallied most cars I've owned and would have no hesitation in rallying the 5. Its just a thrash on some twisties anyway (albeit sometimes poor), which is what the car lives to do!

These days though, I'm almost always sitting in the navigator's seat :)
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:56 AM

found this linked after watching JonLawes' video

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