On any given day the slightest bit of ice on the roads can make for treacherous driving conditions. Just for giggles, Mazda invited the TFL team for some ice driving — in an MX-5. While the Miata is a hoot to drive on a singular ribbon of curvy asphalt when the weather is more hospitable to top-down cruising, driving one on Colorado snow and ice is even better under the right conditions.
On a frozen lake with a thin layer of snow on top, 155 horsepower is more than enough power to get the tires spinning and the spritely sports coupe drifting on the ice. With traction control disabled, watch Nathan pretend to be a drift king in this TFLcar video.
Normally, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 leaves the factory with a set of Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires, which is classified as a max performance summer tire. For this slippery exercise, Mazda swapped out the summer rubber for a set of Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires, which provided just enough bite for a little bit of traction on the ice.