WE TEST: Was $17,500 worth of car mods worth it?
The miata is finally +turbo so it’s time to go back to the racetrack and see if Zach can run a decent lap at Willow Springs. Since last time we were at this track, the cooling system has been upgraded, the brakes have been upgraded, we’ve added an oil cooler, moved to a standalone ECU, and of course, added a turbo kit; to make an overall total of $17,500. Will all this money in mods be worth it or will we have big issues again?
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  • Bruh- -momentuM
    Bruh- -momentuM

    This just proves that you dont give goobers like this tons of money to build a car because all they’re gonna do is fuck it

  • Rickbearcat

    The answer to the question posed is a resounding NO.

  • Curtis Zhi
    Curtis Zhi

    This is what happens when you have no suspension mods on stock Miata. Put on some decent coilovers, sway bar, bushings, etc. I mean cmon, a spec Miata with 140whp can do 1:35 easily here


    Short answer: No.

  • Josh D
    Josh D

    im not sure if i should be worried but the ebrake right after track use isnt good for the brakes is it?

  • Ray P
    Ray P

    I think it's that nipple on the valve cover.

  • Ray P
    Ray P

    I'm concerned you put on the hand brake after doing hot laps. You're going to imprint your rotors.

  • Kiel Carson
    Kiel Carson

    Its just leaking hrsprs bro

  • M. B.
    M. B.

    I feel bad for you. And all your viewers.

  • Anthony Alvarado
    Anthony Alvarado

    6:03 Wtf?! Why are you capped? I'm sure that's you problem!

  • Moua Xiong
    Moua Xiong

    Someone shorter driving or raise the role cage.. No real point of a role cage/half cage if your head is higher than one..

  • Ty Bonez
    Ty Bonez

    the curse of the gearhead.... oil is on the outside of the engine.. yet he sees it as ok. and not a problem he has to deal with.... its the engines fault.

  • Clarence Jacobs
    Clarence Jacobs

    Randomly I want to see this miata vs goonsquad hurican on goblin

  • Lai Rex
    Lai Rex

    It’s been month and still haven’t heard any his Miata reving up again.! Is there any problem with the engine? It’s 25 years old and not a easy job to push it


    Today on donut media, why americans don't understand that adding a turbo won't make it faster, the mx-5 is made to be N/A

  • Some Person
    Some Person

    For the money he's spent in this car (not to mention labor) he *definitely* could have bought a car that's much faster stock

  • Zack Heath
    Zack Heath

    17.5k could have gotten ya a c5..

  • Mecha Carbon
    Mecha Carbon

    Would love to see higher rpm mods videos instead of turbos putting on there. Yes i know turbo is best way to gain hp most efficiënt.

  • Crazy_killer 1112
    Crazy_killer 1112

    Wait only 17k spent in total?

  • Papa Torr
    Papa Torr

    If you're stuck on the Miata chassis, a Camaro LFX V6 would beat all your numbers for less money and better sounds. Many millions have gone into designing a better chassis than an MX5 for the LS. It's called a Corvette! For half the money you spent, you could have a factory set up called a Boxster! Or if you want 225HP with 225ft/lbs for a third of the money, pick up a Z3/Z4! For just a little more you could have 240HP in an S2000!

  • Red

    Zach be rocking that JSchlatt look

  • Reticulated pythonman
    Reticulated pythonman

    Blowby is awesome lol

  • Bare Rose
    Bare Rose

    I'll be the 1 to not only say it, but "diss-myself" as well...... 220HP for 17.5K? that's about the same as the hated TBI 305 SBC you can get for next to nothing. BUT, comes with a whole nuther mess of issues & problems. Like the Vids guys, and I like what you've done to this lit'le thing to squeeze as much as you can out of it. Because "Dollar for Pony," these lit'le things take a lot to get a lit'le.


    In my opinion it's not worth it, I'd rather save up and get a gr yaris and mod it a bit like new exhaust and stuff.

  • Conor Utterback
    Conor Utterback

    Pro tip- white hood.

  • Conor Utterback
    Conor Utterback

    This is some initial d shit

  • jim chris
    jim chris

    The oil feed to turbo needs a little restrictor, if its not, the oil gets burn

  • Simon Sallenhag
    Simon Sallenhag

    Is a miata worth it. Probaly not!!

  • Steven Clevenger
    Steven Clevenger

    Catch can... Simple fix

  • Calvery Gaming
    Calvery Gaming

    Donut is the American top gear we never got

  • harrison morin
    harrison morin

    Don't they say not to pull the E brake when parking after laps?

  • Charl Marais
    Charl Marais


  • Dogy twa
    Dogy twa

    Next do: “how much more horsepower can we put on this van!”

  • william lowry
    william lowry

    next episode "is a new engine worth it"

  • michael Warren
    michael Warren

    17k to get a little over 200 hp...

  • Chuck

    3:44 ew, finger nails on anxiety 🤮

  • Evan

    What music is playing at 5:00

  • Zombie Circus Collective
    Zombie Circus Collective

    $17,500 to go slower than stock and blow an engine. Sounds about right. Sad, but this is the most realistic series I've ever watched.

  • Aaron H.
    Aaron H.

    I'd be interested to see a pro driver drive the car, just for comparison

  • shaommmm

    2070: "Installing a quantum warp drive on a Mazda Miata"

  • Johny Horny
    Johny Horny


  • PedalMafiaM

    how is that roll bar even remotely useful if your head is higher? lmao

  • sailor blaufuss
    sailor blaufuss

    Donut? Is that you?

  • Wolf Covington
    Wolf Covington

    227 hp? With so much money, you should've made almost 300 hp

  • Bas bzb
    Bas bzb

    i need that sweater

  • Backyard-Built-Trucks

    No miata made is worth a dime.

  • Sole _Buckets
    Sole _Buckets

    17k to go slower 😅😅😅

  • Noah Morales
    Noah Morales

    With the sweater and the mullet I thought it was the 70s

  • Keeks

    That's just note episodes lol

  • Shark N8do
    Shark N8do

    The slowest $20,000 car I've ever seen

  • Diego Achon
    Diego Achon

    I want u to be my uncle

  • smh124

    Spent 17k and now the car is even slower and leaks oil, absolute win!

  • adamstc8

    Cool mods. That said, if you wanna go fast, take that $18K and just get 2 C4 Vettes. Or a beater E36 M3 to tweak.

  • Stephen K
    Stephen K

    Approximately, how much did the whole entire turbo system with the intercooler cost you?

  • Uoeno Idek
    Uoeno Idek

    Great episode! Wish you better luck next time!! I’m rooting for you guys!!

  • Caleb Brown
    Caleb Brown

    227 hp on a light nimble car sounds real fun.

  • Shane Flannigan
    Shane Flannigan

    Love you guys but man, shouldn't be out on the track if you're knowingly puking oil. Someone else could easily crash cause of that

  • Harry Poter
    Harry Poter

    I find it funny that people will admire a turbo Japanese car with 220hp but most people will say a 275hp Camaro 4 cyl turbo isn’t good enough

  • Harry Poter
    Harry Poter

    $17,000 worth of mods. LMAOOO. Plus the price of the car. You could’ve easily just bought a brand new Camaro or a Mustang 4 Cylinder Turbo for the same price.

  • Patrick Doolittle
    Patrick Doolittle

    Miata with the top down going 100mph looks sketchy as fuck

  • Jesse Gutierrez
    Jesse Gutierrez

    Krazy, u were smoking more than that 350😂😂

  • Zack Miller
    Zack Miller

    The track they're at looks like the track in Ford VS. Ferrari.

    • Zack Miller
      Zack Miller

      Looked it up. It is. It's Willow Springs raceway in Rosamond in Socal.

  • No Name
    No Name

    He's trying to run against a professional driver's time. He can be driving a Ferrari and he wouldn't beat the professionals time.

  • Door-to-Door Hentai Salesman
    Door-to-Door Hentai Salesman

    $17k to make your car go wututututu is wurth it.

  • p2187 B
    p2187 B

    slap a 2jz on it

  • DarwishEG

    Zack is a good host

  • aola wili
    aola wili

    لاتحتك بس 😂😂😂😂♥️

  • Micah Sapwell
    Micah Sapwell

    Where can a guy get that sweater? I can’t find it on the google

  • Eric Glueckert
    Eric Glueckert

    Money wasted.

  • bilinas mini
    bilinas mini

    It’s just like Initial D. More power does not mean better times.

    • Pier-Luc Garand Dion
      Pier-Luc Garand Dion

      There is no way he could have gotten used to the new behavior of his car in such a short time (ready on friday, tracked on saturday...). He just needs to relearn a bit, JUST LIKE IN INITIAL D! (After the engine swap)

  • Dustin Morrison
    Dustin Morrison

    bigger tires and aero

    • aola wili
      aola wili

      So you didn't answer the question. Was $17,500 of mods worth it? No. It made you go slower!

  • fU Nk
    fU Nk

    999,670th view

  • Sidthekid17

    Gotta get aaron behind the wheel

  • Liam Harman
    Liam Harman

    OIl dripping on a track is so dangerous is can be the difference of life and death for a real race driver or even a noobie. If you see a big oil leaking coming from your engine DO NOT do what this guy did as its dangerous to not only your engine but also everyone else on that track

    • bilinas mini
      bilinas mini

      I refuse to watch any more "time measuring" videos by a fucking stop watch. To all car channels out there, invest couple of hundred $$$ for a proper system. Much love.

  • ol' boy
    ol' boy

    Should have just put an aluminum 5.3 in it.

  • Shauka Hodan
    Shauka Hodan

    seems to be good

  • Real Deal News
    Real Deal News

    Get a K24 honda engine from a tlx 210hp and 190tq the tq makes it super special as you can spin tires through 6 gears, or a honda accord 2013-17 and get the manual 6spd in a 3500lb car it beat a wrx from a roll and i put it likes yellow top batteries-411. 2.4 liter k24w2 or the tlx one.or tsx.

  • Phrazer :3
    Phrazer :3

    2:30 Music: rock Subtitles: *electric music*

  • gioyu comi
    gioyu comi


    • Shauka Hodan
      Shauka Hodan

      17k, Triple digit horsepower increase and 4 seconds slower?

  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan

    video is only 8 minutes long.... UH OH!

  • Raaj Arjunan
    Raaj Arjunan

    Forget the $17k spent. Surely the better tyres would have helped you get a better lap time?

  • Chris Babicz
    Chris Babicz

    Makes me so glad I went with a 5.0 swap t5 trans and Ford 8.8 rear end for probably 10k total (including roller shell) I don’t have the heart left in me to fix one thing after another after another like that lol

    • Chris Babicz
      Chris Babicz

      @gioyu comi if there was a dollar amount on labor and welding it would be probably 13k in all honesty. Especially custom headers.

    • gioyu comi
      gioyu comi

      this just isn't in my future unless I win the lottery.

  • Gerson Abarca
    Gerson Abarca

    I think it ran 1.50 perfectly (maybe a pro racing driver would do a 1.44). You not only increased Hp, but also weight. At the amount of Hp it is doing, it's balancín all the added weight. Maybe another turbo, change of internal parts of Block, etc. So it makes about 300 to 380 hp and know weight is not gonna matter as much.

    • SidewaysGts

      " (maybe a pro racing driver would do a 1.44)" A 200~ whp miata on 100 tread wear tires (R888s i believe hes on currently), would more than likely be in the in the 1:3X range. But thats what we practice for!

  • SpaceMarine69 Yeet
    SpaceMarine69 Yeet

    bruh my car literally doubled in price

  • Scott Krieger, Jr.
    Scott Krieger, Jr.

    So you didn't answer the question. Was $17,500 of mods worth it? No. It made you go slower!

  • Tony 650
    Tony 650


  • Jd Dm
    Jd Dm

    I love how everyones saftey that day took a back seat to shaving off a second or two. Remind me to never attend a track day when these clowns are there spewing oil all over the track.

  • John Smith
    John Smith

    I refuse to watch any more "time measuring" videos by a fucking stop watch. To all car channels out there, invest couple of hundred $$$ for a proper system. Much love.

  • Mark van Hillo
    Mark van Hillo

    What a cool hoodie, where is it for sale?

  • Barry Fields
    Barry Fields

    First of all, if you want to go faster put your roof up! I guarantee you that’s two tenths of a second!

  • Shift Automotive
    Shift Automotive


  • Joel Wachter
    Joel Wachter

    A lot of blue smoke comin out

  • AJ Cano
    AJ Cano

    Probably If You Don't Do The Shake And Do It In The First Run, You'll Probably Gonna Get The 1:40 Or Less.

  • Ronald Clark
    Ronald Clark

    17k, Triple digit horsepower increase and 4 seconds slower?

  • Carson Murray
    Carson Murray

    You gotta do more track videos

  • Carl Siemens
    Carl Siemens

    Never, in the history of ever, has adding a turbocharger made an engine more reliable.

  • Michael Grossman
    Michael Grossman

    So let me get this right.. 17k, double the horses, and you ran 4 secs slower? No way a pcv valve fix with some catchers will fix that.. this just doesn't add up. I feel like with 17k you could just buy a car with a faster time. I love this channel and series. I really wished for a different result. Edit* As a financially struggling 20ish guy who has always wanted to get into car performance and driving on a track someday this is really discouraging. The reason I watch this channel is to learn as much as i can.. to someday do it myself. I guess this just isn't in my future unless I win the lottery.

  • Rashad Mcbath
    Rashad Mcbath

    Gene simmons with the stop watch 4:42

  • Miguelle Millo
    Miguelle Millo

    Did i see a plug over the PCV? Oh nein.

  • Tima Magomedova
    Tima Magomedova

    can anyone tell me how tall is zach and is he single or not? asking for a friend