The Hellcat-Powered Miata Has Crashed

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Don't try this at home, kids.

It takes a rather large vehicle to handle Mopar's Hellcat engine. Something like a Dodge Challenger coupe, Charger sedan, or Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-ute. A Mazda MX-5 Miata, in stark contrast, is a much smaller and lighter set of wheels. Yet someone saw fit to shoehorn a Hellcat crate engine in there, and surprise surprise, he ended up crashing it.

The Hellcat, for those unfamiliar, is a 6.2-liter supercharged version of Chrysler's Hemi V8 engine. It kicks out a massive 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, which is about four times as much muscle as a standard Miata usually gets from its comparatively tiny four-cylinder engine.

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Swapping one for the other, then, might seem like downright insanity. But someone did just that on a second-generation NB MX-5. Fortunately the conversion involved a slew of other enhancements along with the engine swap - including a new suspension, brakes, cooling system, differential, rolling stock, roll cage, bucket seats, and more. At the end of the day, though, a 2,300-pound roadster with an 89-inch wheelbase was never meant to accommodate such a massive engine and all its output like a 4,000-pound Challenger does with its 116-inch wheelbase. So we'd say it was bound to crash, and that's just what happened.

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To hear the owner Mike Kelly tell it in the first video above, he was driving along when the passenger-side front wheel locked up, sending the car veering off the road into a ditch, spinning around 180 degrees on the grass. Some damage ensued, but the car wasn't totaled, and both Mike and his girlfriend fortunately walked away all but completely unscathed.

Now the work can begin on bringing the "Hell Kitty" back up to working condition. And we're sure many will be glad when it is. But if there was ever a "don't try this at home, kids" moment, the initial decision to undertake this project was surely it.

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