Single-Seater NA Mazda Miata Speedster Packs ND MX-5 Power

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And it seems to be finished in Sunburst Yellow. SUNBURST YELLOW!

There are few automotive cults quite like Miatadom. Tesla Stans will cancel the heck out of your Twitter profile, but go to a Cars and Coffee and say out loud that you think a Miata is overrated (aside from the third-generation NC) and watch the chaos descend and fire and brimstone rain down. Yeah, we Miata owners are a hardcore bunch for drivers of machines that are this slow and underpowered. But every once in a while, something in the Miata world happens that everyone can universally agree is cool as heck. The Gorgona Cars NM Concept - which stands for Naked Monoposto - is such a thing.

Part early NA Mazda Miata, part recent ND MX-5 Miata, with a little dash of concept car looks for good measure, the NM Concept is a single-seater speedster with no roof and no windscreen that looks vastly happier and vastly more fun to drive than the Aston Martin V12 Speedster. Yeah, I said it.

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Built by Italian company Gorgona Cars - which was founded as a collaboration between motor journalist Omar Abu Eideh and vehicle engineer David Galliano in 2019 - the NM Concept takes the foundation of a first-gen Miata and lops the windscreen off entirely. But the bodywork modifications don't stop there, as the passenger side of the cabin has been closed off entirely with a new body-colored carbon fiber composite panel. Behind the driver's head is an aerodynamic nacelle evoking classic racers like the Jaguar D-Type and housing a motorsport-spec roll hoop.

The trunk lid has been replaced with an item sporting a subtly integrated ducktail, and there are new mirrors bearing resemblance to those found on the later NB second generation. The doors have been half-sized, with only the upper portion opening and the existing mid-height crease line retained because the Miata really doesn't need any more smoothness in its styling.

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You can additionally opt for carbon fiber construction of the hood, front fenders, and doors to achieve maximum weight saving.

There's a strong theme of OEM+ styling, with a front splitter easily identifiable as the R-Package item that was available on certain Miatas from the factory in the '90s.

The details are finished in black, including the door handles, 15-inch Enkei RPF1 wheels shod in Yokohama A052 semi-slick rubber, tinting on the front turn signals, the side markers, and the bespoke instrument cowl that acts as a very, very slight wind deflector. And the body itself is finished in what appears to be Sunburst Yellow paintwork from the original Miata's color palette - a hue that is widely regarded as one of the best ever to adorn a Miata.

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Under the hood, and in place of the stock car's 1.6- or 1.8-liter inline-four, Gorgona Cars has equipped the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-banger from the ND-gen Mazda MX-5 Miata. Left in stock form, the SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder produces 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, sending its power, as God intended, to the rear axle via the modern car's six-speed manual transmission. Thankfully, the concept also uses a limited-slip differential from the modern car to ensure the power is put down effectively. Gorgona will also offer a "power kit" which bumps outputs to 225 hp and 166 lb-ft but makes no mention of what such a kit entails.

But even in stock form, expect the NM Concept to be rapid. The weight savings resulting from removing the passenger side of the cabin, the windscreen, and the roof mechanism mean that the NM Concept weighs just 1,830 pounds dry. Gorgona Motors makes no performance claims, but you can bet that it'll hit 60 mph in under six seconds. Probably.

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Inside the cabin - which is technically also the exterior of the car - the half-height doors strengthen the body, while an RCC MK6 seat from Portuguese company LusoMotors reduces weight, provides ample support, and enables the fitment of a four-point racing harness. The doors retain the stock handle but are lined in Alcantara with a matching pull strap. Alcantara can be found elsewhere inside, including the remodeled dash.

A push-button starter lives alongside the Momo Montecarlo steering wheel, as does the most important button of all, the pop-up headlight button, which controls the seven-inch round LED items up front. And in case you were wondering, there is no infotainment or air conditioning.

The instrument cluster is sourced from the modern ND MX-5, but it, along with the rest of the cabin, gets yellow accents. On the gauges, this takes the form of yellow bezel rings, while the Alcantara throughout the cabin has contrast yellow stitching.

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If this at all looks familiar, it's because Mazda has dabbled with the concept of a speedster on no fewer than three occasions, first with the 1995 Miata M Speedster based on the NA, then with the Miata Mono-Posto based on the NB, and again in 2015 with the Mazda MX-5 Speedster based on the ND chassis.

The NM Concept is only a concept for now, and Gorgona Cars will be homologating and building a limited number of these single-seaters should there be enough demand. The car was revealed at the Modena Autodrome in Italy this past weekend at an event looking to claim the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever parade of Mazda MX-5s, which seems like the perfect place to gauge interest. After all, Miatas are like Pringles - you can't just have one.

So how much would it cost? Well, Gorgona Cars says each will cost around $70,000 at current exchange rates, making it more than double the price of the most expensive brand new Miata soft-top. Ouch. Still, we can think of worse ways to spend that.

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