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Guess it's time for me to start a build log for the new Blackbird Fabworx NB project.

Purpose of the build -
Creating a fun track day car that showcases some of the capabilities of Blackbird Fabworx.
Weapon of choice is a 2002 NB with the VVT, 6 speed, 3.9 Torsen, sport brakes etc..
This car is not intended to be used in competition but may be legal for some series like NASA super touring, instead, it will be remain a two seater to allow fun rides, instructing and possibly test drives for potential BFW customers.

Build plan -
The construction of the car will be broken into a few major phases and constant development on things that don't keep the car from heading out to the track.
Power level will be kept decidedly low, with the potential to have other drivers on board there's no need to increase the level of difficulty of driving the car.

Phase 1 - The initial diet of removing unnecessary stuff from the car includes gutting the interior, ditching the AC, PS, stock exahust from the downpipe back, chopping of select body panels and eliminating all glass from the car.
Then the tub will be partly seam welded.
Major fabrication items for this phase are a full cage, seat mounts, new exhaust system, custom coolant reroute, front panel / wind deflectorand a very minimal interior.
The car will be getting a bit of mechanical refresh - fluids, brake pads, hoses, lightweight flywheel and some more.
New suspension and wheels are of course in the order as well, more about it later.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be concluded in roughly two months and the plan is to hit the track on the beginning of december.

Phase 2 - The secondary diet is about to shed a lot more weight from the car, this will involve cutting good amounts of sheet metal off the car and replacing it with lighter items such as Carbon doors.
Removal of dead weight from wiring, tubular subframes and more.
This is also where aero development will come into play, the car will be getting a full makeover though the details will remain in the dark until there's a car to show, but trust me that this car will not be the standard splitter and wing affair ;)...

Phase 3 - Finally the motor will get some love to increase power levels by many additional ponies, not the kind that eats hay in the field, we're talking about ones that like their steak medium-rare.
Expect insanity at it's finest.

Here are some before shots, taken two days ago -






And here she is as of yesterday -



Stay tuned, this page is about to get exciting :twisted:

Moti @ Blackbird Fabworx
 

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WOW moti, i bet is was hard for u to start ripping apart such a nice NB. Itll all be worth it soon. Waiting for more header news, my project will more then likely need a really good header. Good luck sir
 

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Phase 3 - Finally the motor will get some love to increase power levels by some additional 20-30 ponies and that's pretty much it... Like I said nothing crazy here, just a bit more breathing room.
I intend to build a properly tuned header for the VVT motor that depending on costs and results might be making it into production in small batches.
OMG do this and I will be your first customer seriously subscribed!!!
 

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Very nice I like the idea of having a demo car people can drive to see the pros of having you guys work on the car.

Very solid marketing.
 

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I see the soft top came out today after I was there! (I see my car in the background of that pic too!)

Very excited to see the progress of this car. It's not every day that one sees a properly documented stock-to-extreme transformation of an NB, let alone one that will push the boundaries of what has been done to a miata before.

-Ryan
 
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