Hype: New Indy Lights Cars To Be Powered By Mazda. Indy Lights Now Officially Part Of Mazda Motorsports Ladder

Posted on 12.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Mazda just announced that they are officially taking over as the engine provider for the Indy Lights series which is a feeder series directly to Indy Car.  Previously, Indy Lights cars were powered by V8s that were derivatives of Nissan/Infiniti engines.  The new Indy Lights cars will be powered by a version of Mazda’s 4 cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged MZR-R engine.  If that engine sounds familiar its probably because it is the same powerplant Mazda developed in partnership with Advanced Engine Research (AER) for Mazda’s American LeMan’s series program.  The Indy Lights version will have slightly less power (450hp) than the LeMan’s version (500hp) however the Indy Lights MZR-R is also built for durability as Mazda Motorsports claims that one of these engines can go for an entire Indy Lights season without needing a rebuild.  This should make the racing much better with no mechanical DNFs and also make things a little bit easier financially on the teams.

Here’s hoping that the addition of lower cost, higher efficiency engines to the Indy Lights series results in more talent making their way up to the Indy Car series!  Expect the new Indy Lights chassis and Mazda engines to line up on the grid next season.  For more info, feel free to check out the official press release below.

Press Release:

Mazda Powers Indy Lights in 2015

Mazda Enters Third Decade of Open-Wheel Racing with Addition of Indy Lights

December 11, 2014 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Mazda announced the addition of Mazda-power in the all-new 2015 Dallara Indy Lights chassis at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. This was the latest development in its ongoing commitment to motorsports, which includes the Mazda Road to Indy, the most comprehensive driver development system in the world.

While most noted for success in sports cars, Mazda has been active in open-wheel, formula-car racing since 1984.  In recent years, that has developed into the Mazda Road to Indy, where aspiring racers can advance upwards along a logical progression from karts all the way to the Verizon IndyCar Series.  In 2014, Mazda powered both the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.  For 2015, Mazda adds Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

The all-new Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights chassis will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R.  Originally developed in conjunction with Advanced Engine Research (AER), the MZR-R was first campaigned by Mazda in the American Le Mans Series and Mazda customer teams in the European Le Mans Series.  The engine enjoyed several milestone victories, among them were Mazda’s first-ever major North American overall sports car racing win and the 2011 LMP1 engine manufacturers championship.  The engine, further developed by AER, will be designed to produce 450 horsepower and last an entire season without a rebuild.

The 2015 Mazda Road to Indy schedule will kick off with the fifth annual pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest at NOLA Motorsports Park, just outside of New Orleans, La., on February 18-20 and will move to Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala., on February 24-26.  The official season will open at St. Petersburg on March 27-29 and conclude at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 11-13.

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports: “The Mazda Road to Indy is a great showcase for what Mazda represents.  Our strength is in helping drivers move up the ranks.  Almost a third of the Indy 500 field traces their roots to Mazda.  Adding the Indy Lights series allows us to have an even longer, more productive relationship with the Indy stars of the future.  We were among the first to recognize the on- and off-track talents of racers like Simon Pagenaud, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, and many others.  We can’t wait for the season to start at St. Pete, all the way to autumn in Monterey at our own Mazda Raceway for the season finales.”

Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions:  “From the onset of my involvement with Indy Lights, it’s been my hope to have our longtime partner, Mazda, join us in this effort. My decision to select AER as our engine provider was consciously made knowing the substantial Mazda involvement with the engine proposed by AER, and today I am delighted to confirm that the IL-15’s engine does indeed have deep Mazda roots. Mazda does more for open-wheel racing in North America than any other manufacturer, and its full involvement in the Mazda Road to Indy is great news for all.”

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:  “Today’s announcement that Mazda has agreed to become the Indy Lights engine supplier next season is another pivotal step forward for the series. Mazda’s increased commitment to Indy Lights, and their continued support of the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, is instrumental in the development of the next generation of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. We’re thankful for their partnership and certainly look forward to having Mazda power behind the new Dallara IL-15 chassis in 2015.”

Chris Pantani, Director of Motorsports for Cooper Tires:  “Knowing that Mazda is once again our partner, this time in Indy Lights, continues to prove that the combination of Cooper Tires and Mazda is the best choice in the career path of a developmental driver.  Our relationship with Mazda started in 2006, and continues to be the path chosen by many champions in the early stages of their careers.”

Spencer Pigot, Champion – 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires:  “It would not be an exaggeration to say that I would not be where I am today without Mazda and the Mazda Road to Indy. They have been a huge part of my career since I began car racing. I’m thrilled to be the first driver to ever earn three Mazda scholarships, the first one being in 2009 when I was still in karting, to making the move up to the Skip Barber National Championship.  The cost to rise through the racing ranks is so expensive, that it is only with support like the Mazda Road to Indy that many drivers can succeed.  I can’t wait to start the season in 2015.”

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED

Mazda is a leading player in all aspects of sports car racing with an emphasis on endurance road racing.  Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals.  Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built.  Via the Mazda Road to Indy and the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy, Mazda supports racers at all levels of the sport from club racing up to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship where it races with production SKYACTIV Technology.

Mazda remains the only Asian car company to score an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1991).  Mazda has had a naming rights agreement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2000.

Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com.  Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsports), Twitter (@mazdaracing), Instagram (MazdaMotorsport) and www.mazdamotorsports.com

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Gaming Hype: Mazda Teams Up With Forza Horizon 2 and Xbox To Launch 2016 MX-5

Posted on 12.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Looking forward to getting your hands on the new MX-5? Me too.  I got up close to it at the LA Auto Show but the majority of the country hasn’t had a chance to get up close and personal with the new roadster yet.  However! They can now do that virtually on Xbox One and Xbox 360.  Today Mazda announced that they are teaming up with Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games, and Xbox to promote their new roadster.

Things will kick off with a branded interactive hub that will show up on Xbox consoles in which users can virtually take a closer look at the 2016 MX-5.  From there players can enter a livery design contest via Forza Horizon 2.  Using the game’s editor players can create their own design on an older MX-5 (the ’94 model to be exact) and then submit it for the contest.  Two finalists will be chosen and sent to the South By Southwest festival next march in a “design faceoff”, the winner of which will get nearly $4k worth of prizes, including an Xbox One console, a 55 inch curved tv, audio system, and the MadCatz steering wheel for Xbox One.  The winning design will also be made available to everyone to download for free.  Also, keep in mind that this contest is open to both Xbox One and Xbox 360 users.  Scroll down for the press release which includes all the steps to entering the contest in addition to the official rules.  Good luck!

Press Release:

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is teaming up with Xbox, this time to promote the launch of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and give Forza Horizon 2 players the chance to enter the Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest. An interactive experience with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and information on the design contest will be available through the Mazda branded hub on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest, which is now live through January 4, 2015, will give Forza Horizon 2 players the opportunity to design the livery for the 1994 Mazda MX-5 currently available in-game. Two finalists will be awarded a trip in March to South by Southwest 2015 for the final design showdown. The winner will walk away with a new 55-inch curved TV, audio music system, Xbox One Kinect console and one MadCatz Racing Wheel estimated at $3,499.95. Additionally, the winning design will be made available in Forza Horizon 2 for all Xbox One and Xbox 360 users as a free gift.

“In addition to shining the spotlight on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 through the partnership, we also wanted to give Forza fans a way to engage and pick up some cool prizes and see their work featured in the game,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing, MNAO. “Fans of the Mazda MX-5 are some of the most passionate enthusiasts out there and we look forward to seeing the creativity that comes from this contest.”

To enter the Mazda MX-5 Miata Livery Design Contest users must:

  • Sign into the Xbox Live service via an Xbox 360 or Xbox One console
  • Enter Forza Horizon 2, select the available 1994 Mazda MX-5 car and follow the instructions within the game to design a livery using the tools available within the game
  • Once finished, participants will be required to save their design with the name “MX5contest” and upload it to the Forza Horizon 2 storefront during the contest period
  • Entries will be accepted now through January 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

A semi-finalist judging panel, consisting of representatives from Microsoft, Mazda and Turn 10 Studios will determine up to five potential semi-finalists. All submissions will be evaluated on a 100-point scale; with an emphasis on originality (33 points max), aesthetic design (33 points max) and technical proficiency (34 points max). The semi-finalists will be posted on the Mazda hub on Xbox Live from 12:01 a.m. EST on January 26, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 12, 2015 for the online public voting phase of the contest. The two semi-finalists with the most votes will be flown to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas where a winner will be determined by three special judges; Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s director of design, Major Nelson from Xbox Live and Forest Byrd with TC9700Gaming.

The official rules can be found on the Mazda hub on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A second contest with Microsoft will be announced at South by Southwest 2015.

This is the second time Mazda has teamed up with Microsoft. In 2013, Mazda made history by being the first automotive manufacturer to globally reveal a vehicle, the 2014 Mazda3, in conjunction with a live concert through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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Hype News: Mazda Debuts Re-Designed 2016 MX-5 Roadster….And Duran Duran Was There! (Gallery)

Posted on 09.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just moments ago at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the proverbial sheet was pulled off the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Roadster.  Actually, it suddenly accelerated out of the darkness towards a group of people but it stopped just in time!  As you can see from the title picture, the new MX-5 has been completely re-designed and it looks…  Well, I’m not sure how it looks but I know I like it!  Sure, its not perfect (the headlights are a bit…yeah..) but I love the dimensions, the curves, the hip line, it all looks much better than previous iterations.  And let me be the first to say that FINALLY THE MX-5 ISN’T “CUTE” ANYMORE!  Thank the car gods!

We still do not have any hard performance numbers on the new MX-5 yet, but we do know that thanks to its new chassis its 200lbs lighter than the outgoing MX-5.  I am holding out hope that Mazda will bring the 2016 MX-5 to the LA Auto Show later this year and with it, much more info!

For now check out the gallery of official pictures below as well as the press release.

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Press Release:

Mazda Motor Corporation today celebrated the unveiling of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan) together with fans at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain. The all-new MX-5, which adopts both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and Mazda’s KODO—Soul of Motion design language, will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic model representing Mazda’s vehicle-engineering philosophy—the pursuit of driving pleasure. “Innovate in order to preserve” was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution. Environmental and safety demands are much more stringent than they were when the first generation MX-5 was introduced 25 years ago, but the fourth generation stays true to the model’s original aim of offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can. It achieves this through the adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and refinement of its appeal to the senses and sensations through which people enjoy cars.

The design of the all-new MX-5 reveals another layer to Mazda’s KODO design language. The exquisite proportions make the driver and passenger stand out, and both the interior and exterior evoke the exhilaration of open-top driving. It is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far and is more than 100 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces, promising a dramatic leap in Jinba-ittai driving fun.

As of July 2014, total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 940,000 units and it continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car. This highly-celebrated model has received over 200 awards from around the globe including Japan Car of the Year 2005-2006.

Moving forward, Mazda will continue to develop products which offer all customers driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.

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Hype News: LA Auto Show Expecting To Host 25 Global Debuts. Lets Guess What They Are!

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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November is one of my favorite months and for good reason.  There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show.  The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  That is a pretty long list, no?  What will all those brands debut?  Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.

However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation?  I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

Acura:

Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)

Audi:

Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights

BMW:

A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)

Chrysler:

We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)

General Motors:

I dunno a truck or somethin’?

Hyundai:

The official successor to the Genesis coupe

Lexus:

Production RC and RC-F coupes

Mazda:

New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us.  I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker!  Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!

Mercedes-Benz:

The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..

Scion:

The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S

Toyota:

The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe

Volvo:

A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video

Volkswagen:

Baja bug!

 

 

 

 

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Hype: Kraftwerks Releases New Supercharger Kit For NC Mazda MX-5

Posted on 03.25.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Mazda MX-5’s easily rank among the most fun cars to drive.  Their short wheelbase, suspension set up, and modest power all make up a perfect storm of driving pleasure.  Granted not everyone is won over by its cutesy looks but few can deny the mighty Miata is a formidable road car.  So, naturally people like us want to screw with that and make it faster and crazy.  This is where power adders come in.  Before it was popular to turbocharge Miatas, this was mostly because turbo kits were pretty damn cheap.  The only problem is that the kits were typically meant for the older model MX-5s.  Fortunately, Kraftwerks (a division of Skunk2) has released a new supercharger kit for the ’06-’13 MX-5 (“NC” chassis code).

The Kraftwerks supercharger kit will set you back about $5k but for good reason.  This kit provides more power than the old turbo kits did (will add 110hp to the wheels on 91 octane) and is safer for the engine than going the turbocharged route.  The engineers at Kraftwerks also took care to make sure that the kit bolts on as efficiently as possible.  Which means they made sure to take advantage of existing space so that there are no clearance issues and that the kit will not get in the way of any vital systems.  It also comes with everything you need to make it work at its best: fuel pump, bigger injectors, optional ECU tuning, and an intercooler with all the necessary piping.

There were 30 pre-orders available but it looks like those have sold out so if you want one of these kits you will probably have to wait a while but I think it would be well worth it!

[Source: Kraftwerks ]

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Hype: Mazda Launches Moving MX-5 Tribute Site To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Posted on 02.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You (a car person) find yourself in a conversation with a friend or acquaintance who is not so much a car person and one way or another you end up on the subject of the MX-5 AKA Miata.  Your friend says the following “Miata? Isn’t that a girl’s car?” or something along those lines.  You then spend the next 30 minutes combating their disblief talking about how the MX-5 is a near perfect car loved by millions all around the world and is a preferred chassis among road racers everywhere.  Sounds all too familiar right?

Just about any car person has had this conversation.  Even if you don’t particularly like the MX-5 you still feel inclined to defend it because like it or not it represents the kind of purity that all of us who love to drive seek from our cars.  Its so hard for the uninitiated to believe that such a small diminutive vehicle can have such a loyal and fierce following.  Yet, it does and has for the last 25 years.  For 25 years the MX-5 has put smiles on faces, taken racers to a checkered flag, escorted drivers along beautiful roads, provided a better than average drive to work in the morning and an even better drive home in the afternoon.  Its difficult really to sum up the well deserved following and the reasons why that the MX-5 enjoys but to celebrate its 25th anniversary Mazda made a valiant attempt by launching a tribute microsite featuring the original MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto talking about why Mazda developed the MX-5 in the first place and what their goals were.

If you like the MX-5 even a little bit then you really want to check this site out.  Besides Yamamoto-san telling the epic tale there is also an interactive timeline of all things MX-5!  There is more to come as well!

Visit the site here: http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th/

Press Release:

Mazda Launches Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Website

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation launched the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary website at 0:00 (Japan Standard Time) on Monday, February 10, 2014.

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan), the website aims to deepen the bond between Mazda and its customers all over the world and express gratitude for the support the model has received over the years. The website will be gradually updated to provide information on the past, present and future of the Mazda MX-5, including a look back over the model’s 25-year history, messages from the engineers behind its development, and event notices and reports.

During the 1960s and 1970s, numerous lightweight and fun-to-drive sports cars offered nimble handling and free-spirited open-air motoring. In the 1980s, Mazda decided to resurrect this spirit with a new roadster for the modern age. Using the latest engineering techniques of the time, Mazda developed the MX-5 and announced it at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989 as a reminder that driving could still be fun despite ever-stricter safety and quality standards. Through a variety of product improvements and full-redesigns in 1998 and 2005, the body has been kept lightweight and weight distribution optimized in order to enhance driving, safety and environmental performance, while preserving the pure driving fun that is unique to a lightweight open-top sports car.

Total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 920,000 units in December 2013, and the model continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. To date the model has received more than 200 awards from around the world, including Car of the Year Japan 2005-2006.

Popular the world over and passionately adored by a zealous fan base, the Mazda MX-5 is a car that has truly made history. Inheriting the spirit that has remained unchanged since the first generation, the car will continue to offer drivers all around the globe a unique fun-to-drive experience well into the future.

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Racing Hype: Mazda Has First Public Test Of Their New Diesel TUDOR Protype Race Car

Posted on 01.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There are just 17 more days until the first race of the brand new TUDOR Series (in case you’re behind the TUDOR Series is pretty much the merger of the Rolex series and American LeMans) at the ROLEX 24 hour race in Daytona.  Recently the teams held their first public test at the “Roar Before 24″ event and Mazda grabbed the spotlight with the official reveal of their new SKYACTIV diesel powered prototype race car.  Mazda is actually bringing two factory-backed cars to the series with SpeedSource.  As such the same drive line up that SpeedSource fans are familiar with will be piloting the new diesel prototype cars.  Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long will drive the #70 car while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez will drive the #07.

Mazda’s new car will definitely receive a baptism in fire as it has to go up against a full field of other prototype and GT cars alike in the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona race.  It will be tough going but a good way to see if the setup they’ve put together really works.  Speaking of set ups, Mazdaspeed has been kind enough to include a full spec sheet of the new prototype car in the press release below.  Fun fact: 51% of the SKYACTIV diesel engine in the prototype race car is the same as production SKYACTIV diesel engines in the current road car line up!  You can also see an HD resolution shot of the new race car by clicking the thumbnail below.

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Press Release:

Mazda Ready to Roar at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test

Mazda Announces Driver Line-up and Talks Specs 

 (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Mazda has long believed in promoting from within, including filling those rare ‘factory team’ driver slots.  Mazda Motorsports will field a pair of factory-backed SKYACTIV Technology-powered prototypes in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Behind the wheel will be the four drivers who delivered nine race wins and the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship for Mazda.  Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long will share the #70 car while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez will co-pilot the #07.  The team took their first public laps at the annual pre-season “Roar Before the 24” test at Daytona International Speedway yesterday.  The test concludes tomorrow with the season opening Rolex 24 Hour race on January 25-26.

“There is no shortage of great racing talent in America”, noted John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.  “The decision for this year was relatively simple though as our 2013 line-up excelled both on and off the track.  Sylvain, Tom, Joel, and Tristan are all talented behind the wheel, but just as importantly, they act as a true team, supporting everyone at Mazda and SpeedSource.  Our objective is to demonstrate Mazda SKYACTIV Technology to both hardcore racing fans and the mainstream public.  With so many changes in 2014, including the new series itself, there will be a steep learning curve for everyone and we needed the best students in the sport.  We’ll announce our third drivers for the Rolex 24 at a later date, but rest assured they all fit the same mold of being team thinkers and both will have Mazda heritage in their blood.” 

As part of its challenger frame of mind, Mazda is the only car company racing in the TUDOR Championship with a diesel engine.  The SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel race engine is a true production-based engine and a carry-over from the development work done with the Mazda6 GX-class racing cars.  The engine is 51 percent stock by parts count, and 63 percent stock by weight.  Mazda chose this path as it is the most honest way to demonstrate the performance, quality, durability and reliability of Mazda powerplants.

2014 Mazda Prototype Specifications

Engine Displacement:                   2,191 cc (133.7 in3)

Bore x Stroke:                               86.0 mm x 94.3 mm (3.39 in x 3.71 in)

Engine Weight:                              143 kg (315 lbs)

Horsepower:                                 336 kW (450 bhp)

Torque:                                          786 Nm (580 lb-ft)

Max. Engine Speed:                     5,200 rpm

Engine Block:                                Production Mazda SKYACTIV (Aluminum)

Camshaft:                                     Dual Overhead

Valves:                                          Four Valves Per Cylinder

Cylinder Head:                              Production Mazda SKYACTIV (Aluminum)

Valve Train Components:             Production Mazda SKYACTIV

Pistons:                                         Mahle (Steel)

Connecting Rods:                         Carillo Forged Alloy (Steel)

Crankshaft:                                   Pankl Alloy (Steel)

ECU:                                             Bosch Motorsport MS 15.2

Intake Manifold:                            SpeedSource Race Engineering

Exhaust Manifold:                         SpeedSource Race Engineering

Turbo and Wastegate:                  Garrett Motorsports, air-to-air Intercooler, Tial wastegate

Fuel Injectors and Pump:              Bosch Motorsport

Fuel Rail:                                       Bosch Motorsport

Oiling System:                              SpeedSource Race Engineering

Cooling System:                           SpeedSource Race Engineering

Transmission:                                Xtrac 6-speed sequential with paddle shifters

Chassis:                                        Carbon-fiber monocoque coupe

Weight:                                          900 kgs (1984 lbs) – Without driver or fuel

Length:                                          4,634 mm (182.4 in)

Width:                                            1,990 mm (78.3 in)

Wheelbase:                                   2,890 mm (113.8 in)

Top speed:                                    Approximately 300 kph (186 mph) — in Daytona aero trim

Brakes:                                          AP carbon drilled discs

Suspension:                                  Independent double A-arms

Tires:                                             Continental Extreme Contact

                                                      Front:  320/650/R18

                                                      Rear:  325/710/R18

Wheels:                                         Motegi EVO 14 Technomesh, Forged Aluminum

Fuel:                                              Dynamic Fuels Renewable Diesel

Fuel Capacity:                               73 liters (19.3 gallons)

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED

Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals.  Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built.  In 2006 Mazda Motorsports established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks.  In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy.  Key to Mazda’s success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com.  Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsport), Twitter (@mazdaracing), and www.mazdamotorsports.com 

 

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SEMA 2013: Mazda Releases Mazda3 & Mazda6 SEMA Renderings & Nothing Else

Posted on 10.30.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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As I mentioned yesterday we are in the midst of the SEMA 2013 “preview season” and today I have an OEM preview from Mazda.  Looks like Mazda is bringing four cars to SEMA this year: 2 Mazda3’s and 2 Mazda6’s.  Recently Mazda released the renderings for their quartet but they didn’t disclose any other information.  Seriously, no press release or anything just pictures.  This leaves us to make guesses based off the pictures, which also don’t reveal very much except for the fact that one of the Mazda6’s will be powered by a diesel engine as indicated by the “CS6 Diesel” insignia on the side.

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Lack of information aside all the concepts look pretty sweet but I am super curious as to what they are all about.  Looks like we will all have to wait until SEMA to find out!

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Hype: GARAGETUNED Mazda RX3 Shirt Is About That Bosozoku Life

Posted on 10.01.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you are in to Japanese cars and culture chances are you have heard the word “Bosozoku” at least once.  For those uninitiated out there Bosozoku started out as a term used for Japanese motorcycle gangs but over the years that culture slowly merged with the Japanese car culture resulting in crazy over-the-top super widebody vintage J cars.

One such example is seen on the GARAGETUNED shirt above featuring a Bosozoku style Mazda RX3 illustrated beautifully!  If you dig it you can pick it up at the iLoveRacing online store for 20 bucks!

[Source: iLoveRacing.com]

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Event Hype: Japanese Classic Car Show 2013 (Coverage)

Posted on 09.30.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Even though we may get older and our tastes change, we never really lose our soft spot for the cars that we loved growing up.  And if you’re my age some of those cars are now thought of as “classics”.  Its beautiful and sad all at the same time! But I digress… This past weekend was the annual Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) in the shadow of the Queen Mary here in Long Beach.  I have been going to this event off and on for the last few years this event has seen tremendous growth.  Heck, I got to the show less than an hour after it opened and the massive parking lot was nearly full!

I was astonished to see how many people showed up so early.  Although, really I shouldn’t have been surprised.  Its no secret that the JCCS is the country’s biggest gathering of vintage J-cars.  This event was proof that the rise of vintage JDM love is not just a fad.  In fact, this was the 9th year of the JCCS since its start which just shy of a pretty big milestone.  Only the legit events last as long as JCCS has.  Further evidence is the increasing participation of the OEMs in this show.  Yes, OEMs!  It started with Toyota but this year Mazda and Honda have joined in on the fun!

     

In fact, Honda brought out a few gems from their museum, including the original 1984 CR-X Mugen prototype test vehicle!  Mazda brought two of their 4 rotor LeMans race cars as well as a pair of 2014 Mazda3s.  Toyota provided plenty of vintage eye candy including a few 2000GT’s and mint condition Land Cruisers.  Maybe for the 10th anniversary Nissan will get involved?  There were plenty of privately owned classic Skylines on hand. Actually, there were plenty of privately owned beautiful classic cars on hand.  Rows and rows of mint condition gems that would make anyone with a pulse stop and look at least for a little while.

    

If at all possible, plan ahead of time and make the trip out to Long Beach for the 10th annual JCCS show!  If you love cars you will not be disappointed!  In the meantime, if you missed this year’s show we have a Facebook gallery of nearly 200 pictures to enjoy!

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