Hellcat-Engined 1999 Mazda Miata Stuns Las Vegas Auction, Sells for $36,300

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On Thursday, October 3, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas was swamped by crowds of people planning to take part in the Barrett-Jackson auction. There were around 200 cars on the floor of the event, but none as exciting as a very special, bright orange 1999 Miata.
This car sold in Vegas is something of an Internet sensation, with countless clips showing what this monstrosity nicknamed Hellcat Miata or Hell Kitty can do. In Vegas, it was the most expensive car of the night, selling to an undisclosed buyer for an auction record $36,300.

That might not seem like much when compared to the true record breakers that snatch millions, but you have to keep in mind that one needs to be a special kind of car enthusiast to really understand this remarkable piece of engineering.

Spawned from the mind of a YouTuber who goes by the name of KARR, the Kitty is a Miata only in body. Everything else is different, better and more powerful.

Under the hood, or to be politically correct through the hood, sits a 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, controlled via a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission. Beneath the body there are Wilwood brakes, wide 15x10” wheels, and a welded differential taken from a Ford Mustang Cobra.

There’s no recognizing the Miata inside either. Most of the interior has been stripped out and replaced with new Sparco seats and steering wheel, a BSI racing roll cage, and a new digital dash display.

As for why KARR sold the Kitty, that's anybody’s guess. We can only hope in a couple of months we’ll get to see another crazy creation that this Miata helped fund.

If you are unfamiliar with what this particular Miata with the heart from hell can do, you can check out the video below. It shows it on the Hoonigan Burnyard doing all sorts of crazy.

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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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