Iconic Hellcat-swapped Mazda MX-5 ends up in ditch after leaving meet
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Mazda's quirky little MX-5 is a widely-loved car on the internet, and has had a strong cult following ever since the first two-seat roadster emerged way back in 1989 with its pop-up headlights.
Despite Mazda's little power, little weight driving mantra behind the MX-5, numerous owners have decided that the little four-cylinder simply doesn't cut the mustard, and have either turbo'd it, or swapped it out completely.
One of the internet's favourite engine-swapped MX-5 is this orange example here, which has had the 1.8-litre engine replaced with a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 taken from a Dodge Challenger.
In undertaking the swap, the roadster's power figure was quintupled to a whopping 527kW, and figure that proved to be more than what the car's new owner could handle while leaving a meet.
Unfortunately, footage of the incident either doesn't exist, or hasn't emerged yet, but it looks like the driver was a little too enthusiastic on the throttle, and ended up 'Mustanging' his way into the roadside ditch.
"Today was a huge eye opener," the owner explained on Facebook. "We had a near death experience. Thank you everyone who’s asking if we are okay. Leaving a car show today, I did a small pull. When I hit the brakes to slow down I had a caliper lock up. Before I could get off the brakes, the car was already in the grass. I got sucked in and the car did a 180 in the ditch. Mechanically, the car is still 100 percent good. The body has a few dings and scratches. The tail lights and bumpers are damaged. It was a scary experience. Just thankful that it’s just a small repair."
As mentioned, the damage doesn't actually look too bad, and the rear of the car took most of the impact. This means that the pricey Dodge-sourced power plant up front escaped unscathed.
Commenters were quick to doubt the driver's theory about the brake malfunction, and blame his inability to handle the stonking amount of power crammed into the small chassis.