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The front-engined, rear-wheel-drive Mazda Miata is often considered underpowered, so why not add a Corvette V8 for a bit more oompfh.

Relatively cheap, lightweight V8 sportscars have been around for decades but as times have moved on they have slowly fallen out of favour. So, what is one to do when classics are expensive and unlikely to be used as a daily drive? Well, just build your own!

Meet Project Thunderbolt, a Mazda Miata with an LS3 V8 under the hood. This series follows one man's nine-month passion project to take his stock Miata to new heights. Fitting an LS3 motor into a Miata is no easy feat, especially when the idea is to keep the bodywork as stock as possible.

Ultimately, this is a 525hp sleeper that could easily be overlooked as just a little 'hairdressers' car, which, I guess, is the point.

Below is the final episode of the series showcasing the final product but, if you want to watch the build from the beginning, then click here to see the creation of Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Mazda Miata.

Happy viewing!

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