Feature Flick: History and Future of the V-8 Powered Monster Miata

Martin Wilson built the first Monster Miata for a customer who wanted a Mustang 5.0-liter V-8 installed in his Miata. In this Feature Flick, Wilson shares how this project became his primary business and what he has in store for the future Monster Miatas.

Wilson became a fabricator at a young age, saying he was inspired by Carroll Shelby. The Monster Miata follows in Shelby’s footsteps by dropping a Ford small-block V-8 into a tiny roadster. Wilson says the stock Mustang 5.0-liter V-8 engine they use propels the Miata to 60 mph in just under 5.0 seconds and through the quarter-mile in the mid-12 second range. Modified engines can lower those times even more.

Many thought the heavier engine on the front end would ruin the car’s handling, but Wilson found the V-8’s torque allows the car to be steered with the throttle and notes the weight distribution is about 52/48 percent front/rear.

Check out the video below to see what Wilson has planned for future Monster Miatas.

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2012 Mazda Miata

2012 Mazda Miata

MSRP $30,050 Grand Touring Hardtop (Auto) Convertible


22 City / 28 Hwy

Horse Power:

167 @ 7000


140 @ 5000