- Jun 22, 2009
- Houston, Texas, USA
- 2006 Mazda MX-5, 2007 Suzuki SV650
Fun is very personal, but I absolutely cannot agree that an MX-5 without an LSD is dangerous. The car is not significantly more difficult to control without an LSD. This is based on having driven the same car, in the same condition and configuration, with an open diff and with LSD. The car certainly can benefit from an LSD, but it's absolutely not needed to avoid the car being dangerous.Take this without offense but I honestly think driving an MX-5 without LSD isn't fun at all when pushing and in drifting situations, not kidding, can actually be dangerous.
In some situations you will get a one tyre fire, on others the back will step out so much that's it upright dangerously sideways in a very uncontrolled and twitchy manner - to a point where I'd even say that any MX-5 should have an LSD because if the backend steps out unwanted in some weird conditions, you're much, muuuch better with an LSD in catching the car. Even goes for people who don't know what oversteer is. Even if it is a very communicative car.
At least in my opinion...
I cannot speak to drifting situations, specifically, as I'm not a drifter. I can say that an MX-5 is fine for "people who don't know what oversteer is" with an open diff. There are hundreds of thousands of those out there, and the accident rates show it's not a significant issue.