Feature: Makin’ Winners Out Of Sinners – Cody Chan’s Attack-Inspired Miata

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To say that we’ve come quite a way in pushing the bounds of modification would be an understatement for most.  On occasions where influence and creativity converge over time, amazing results can happen; as is the case with the Miata you see here.  Cody’s pursuit of building the perfect Roadster has been a long one, and one where Japanese prominence has prevailed in all areas.  From the Super Lap styled exterior, to the adequately tuned engine, he’s transformed this NA from a mild mannered sports car into a battle ready track devil.  Honestly I can’t even remember how I got to talking with Cody (I think through NDF Facebook), but as soon as I realized that he was the one responsible for this build, I was itching to get my hands on it.   We’re both pretty busy guys, but we managed to met up a few weeks later to knock out a quick photoshoot.  If you will, please disregard the obscure title reference to the Paul McCartney song for a few minutes and click past the break to see just what this one of a kind Miata is all about.

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I’ve said this before, and I will keep saying it; there is no industry filled with more cool people than the automotive one – Japanese enthusiasts to be specific.  I’ve yet to meet someone I couldn’t get along with, and Cody is no exception.  He’s a true fan of the Japanese automotive lifestyle and it shows in his work.

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This thing would look right at home on any Japanese circuit, battling it out for fastest lap.  Mainly due to the increase stance; a by-product of the 15×9″ Volk TE37V’s that stand at a -15 offset at all four corners.  A set of Toyo R888 rubber bands handle the grip up front, while the rear is taken care of via a set of Advan 032R’s.  The Autokonnexion fender flares allow it all to fit nice and snug.

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It’s obvious after giving the car a thorough once over, that Cody is heavily influenced by the Japanese Time Attack style.  I don’t blame him though, it’s my favorite style as well.  After deciding on an overall theme of the car, he logged many hours on the internet, scouring for images and parts to use. He mentioned he enjoyed NDF because it caters to only Japanese cars – it’s good to know that there are people who enjoy viewing the same things.

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A closer look at the bronze Rays TE37V wheels.  TE37’s are a classic choice for any car, while the V’s provide the size just right for the Miata.

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If you look closely at the GT-Wing affixed the the trunk, you’ll see some really cool customization along the end plates in the form of…

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Hand drawn traditional Nihonga (日本画) – a wave and a koi.  Just one more thing that adds to the uniqueness of this car and takes it to that next level.  I was really digging this.

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Aside from the GT-Wing, a Bunny Rocket style trunk spoiler also sits atop the trunk.  Rounding out the rear of the car is the Shine Auto Project rear diffuser complete with vortex generators.  Exhaust fumes are expelled compliments of a Racing Beat Cat-back.  Cody mentioned it was actually very quiet compared to most setups.

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The 1.6 liter BRZE gets some power making assistance in the form of a Jackson Racing Supercharger.  Currently, boost is set at 7psi, and although it is not fully tuned yet, will definitely have some awesome potential once it is.  Another great thing that Cody mentioned, in which I parallel, is that you don’t need to have crazy power.  The key to a balanced track car is creating useable power.  Once complete, this setup will create a power number that will match the chassis’ potential, not exceed it.

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Other, small customizations like this shock tower mounted tow bar, are the touches that help complete the overall feel of the car.

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The interior is a great mix of track inspired, daily drive-ability.  The two occupants can enjoy their drive whilst fitting snugly into a pair of Buddy Club straight backs, and feel protected when the sketchy comes because of the HardDog Single Diagonal Roll bar.  A custom ignition panel, Nardi wheel, and few other custom touches round out the office.

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The Bomex front bumper, complete with an APR splitter, create all the aggressiveness needed up front.  While the projected Midd-Tenn headlight buckets give it a unique look unfamiliar to the Miata.  I’ve always thought that this is one of the best exterior modifications you can do to a Miata to better it’s looks.  Pop-up headlights aren’t the most vicious looking aspect of a car.

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The pulled front fenders give a little more ‘umph’ to the stance of the car, and provide nice ventilation for hot brakes.  Pulling and bracketing the OEM front fenders is a little trick that originated from the lap battles in Japan.

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I was very excited to get to meet Cody and finally see his creation in person.  Truth be told, there isn’t that many good Miata builds here in the States – not to this extent anyway.  Cody has really pushed a style that is still mainly reserved for Japanese Time Attack, and not the 60 freeway; and for that I admire him.  To take a vision of what he really enjoys, and execute it in a way so unlike anything we’ve seen is just awesome.  I really had a good time shooting this car, and could have done so for hours I’m sure.  Thanks Cody, I look forward to seeing you around some Just Drift events and enjoy your trip to Hong Kong!

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My advice?  When you see this Miata appear in your rear-view mirror, you had better run.  Hope you enjoyed the feature.  For a hi-res file of the opening shot, click here.  It will also be in the desktop section soon.  As always, thanks for visiting!

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Exterior:
White w/ Ice Pearl Paint, painted by Buddha Paint
URAS drop vent hood
Bomex front bumper
Shine Auto Project Rear diffuser with vortex generators
CraftSquare Style Rear Add-ons
GT Wing
Lexan 1/4 window with NACA Duct
APR front splitter
APR carbon mirrors
Autokonexion Flares
Autokonexion Sideskirts
Autokonexion carbon fiber rear finish Panel
Ryoku Racing Tow Hooks]
Bunny Rocket style rear trunk spoiler

Motor/drivetrain:
Jackson Racing M45 Supercharger
Jackson Racing Headers
Innovate LC-1 Wideband
Megasquirt plug and play standalone engine management
Racing Beat Cat Back Exhaust
ACT clutch with heavy duty pressure plate
Greddy Oil Filter Relocater CX racing oil cooler
Short Shifter
DME radiator panel

Footwork:
Megan Coilovers
Racing Beat adjustable rear sway bar
TE37v 15×9 -15
ARP extended studs

Lighting:
Turn signal Intakes
Midd Tenn headlight buckets w/ Piaa running LED lights and Projectors
LED rear 3rd brake light

Interior:
Nardi Classic 330mm steering wheel
FET quick release
KG Works Starter Panel
Buddy Club bucket seats
LED kick panel interior lights
Harddog Single Diagonal Roll bar
JDM OEM roadster checkered floor mats
SafeRacer hardtop mounts