W ow can something be so bad with such a lovable face? A question that actually belongs to Hollywood, but in this case concerns a car called Hell Kitty or Hellcat Miata. A man by the name of Karr has made it his business to restore the almost forgotten V8 roadster to a new look. Although “gloss” is not exactly right now either.
1.6 kilos per PS
So what did the young man do? As simple as it is brutal: A 1999 Mazda Miata was given a 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 with 707 hp. Makes a power-to-weight ratio of 1.6 kilos per horsepower. No wonder that such an extreme restructuring is maturing into a certain celebrity on the Internet. Even the look is extraordinary.
The width of the eight-end fits under the hood, but the intake manifold and compressor need a little more space at the top. Therefore, without further ado, a corresponding hole was cut into the sheet metal in order to relentlessly display the innards. But now the strengthened roadster is to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas (October 3 to 5, 2019).
Burnouts in sixth gear
Apart from the large-volume centerpiece, further adjustments have been made. Roll cage, suspension, limited slip differential and stronger brakes are retrofitted, wide slippers are self-evident. In the cockpit, a Sparco steering wheel stretches towards such seats. Headlights and front apron come from the 2001 Miata NB.
The manual six-speed gearbox has its dear need with so much power. The first three courses are basically useless. This car can burn out in sixth gear. This is exactly where one of Hell Kitty's core competencies lies - turning fuel into decibels and rubber into smoke. At the latest this should also answer the question asked at the beginning about the possibility of leisurely cruising: No. No, that is no longer possible.