What started off life as a Mazda Miata can be turned into a low risk track day investment.
Buying a track day car can be a risky proposal. Many of them carry hefty price tags, and quite a few of the purpose-built examples come from small companies without much in the way of a reputation or reviews to help inform your decision. That’s part of the strength of the new Bauer Catfish. It might look unusual and comes from a company you’ve never heard of, but the Catfish is actually based off of the Mazda Miata, a car known to be mechanically solid in every way possible.
The Bauer modifications give the car a completely new look, much more of a track focus, and with some weight shaved off. The car weighs in at just 1,550 lbs, but no performance figures are available just yet. The reason being is that because the customization options are so extensive, no two Catfish will be the same. This potentially even includes engines, as Bauer can easily stick a big LS V8 under the hood in place of the Mazda's original four-cylinder. The Catfish costs $13,900 plus the cost of the 1990-2005 Miata donor car, which is also pretty cheap for a track day vehicle.