Race engineers, no matter how skilled and talented they may be, also need time to build a race car.
It’s no different with Mazda, although you can make a case that their accomplishment - taking a Mazda2 and turning it into a B-Spec Race Car - is pretty impressive in its own right.
See, this time-lapse video goes to show the hours it took for Mazda’s racing engineers to build a B-Spec race from a standard Mazda2. From completely gutting the car of anything deemed unnecessary for racing purposes all the way up to dressing up the exterior with all those racing liveries, it only took Mazda 25 hours to completely turn the Mazda2 from a regular, run-of-the-mill compact hatchback into a bonafide race car.
Big props to Mazda’s engineers, all of whom managed to make the 25-hour transformation at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida. Even more impressive is the fact that as soon as the build was completed, the new race car was immediately thrown into the fire at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.
Yesterday we announced the Mazda CX-5 Active Driver for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. Today it’s time to announce another specially prepared CX-5 set to be unveiled in January 2013 in Japan. This time we are talking about the CX-5 Grand Touring — a concept featuring an aerodynamic body kit, a set of high-performance Brembo brakes and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.
The concept combines a "Soul Red Premium Metallic" exterior paint with numerous piano-black elements, including the exterior mirrors, front and rear spoiler, side skirts, and doors handles. The same black and red combination has been used on the interior where black leather has been combined with red stitching.
No other details have been provided just yet, but we do know the model will feature Mazda’s "SKYACTIV-D" technology. Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Mazda’s lineup at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon features a number of Atenza models that we likely won’t ever get to see hit these shores. We’ll get the car as the Mazda 6, but the Atenza name won’t come with it. Yet even if that appears to be the case, it doesn’t mean that we’ll shine less love on these vehicles, including one that really caught our attention: the Atenza GT Sound Special.
Created to become an audiophile’s dream machine, the Atenza GT Sound Special, which is based on the XD L trim of the luxury sedan, will feature a bevy of new audio components, including a DIATONE audio system with special audio and navigation. This system is likewise based on Mazda’s 6EC-AT Grade "XD L package sedan,” giving you a comprehensive audio experience you just wouldn’t get in any other version of the car.
In addition to the sound spectacle, the Atenza GT Sound Special will also carry fully decked interior that underlies the luxurious exclusivity of the vehicle. Find out more about the Mazda Atenza GT Sound Special at the Tokyo Auto Salon this January!
While most of our attention is focused on the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show, people in Japan are preparing themselves for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon — not as popular as Detroit, but still a pretty good chance to see some cool upgrade packages offered for current models.
Mazda, for example, announced an impressive lineup as six vehicles to be displayed in Tokyo, one of the most impressive one being the Atenza Racer (known as the Mazda6 in the U.S. market). According to the first details we have on this cool model, the new Atenza Racer has been designed as a "response to a request of the user who is running the circuit, and comfort."
The model features M’z CUSTOM (M’s custom) aero parts, Brembo brake calipers and engine upgrades. On the inside, Mazda installed sporty leather seats and a set of alloy pedals. No details on the final specifications have been provided just yet, but we expect to learn them pretty soon.
One of the models to be displayed by Mazda at the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon is based on the CX-5 SUV. This concept is called Active Driver and has been specially designed for those active families that need plenty of luggage space, but also the strong torque delivered by the CX-5’s "SKYACTIV-D" technology.
The new CX-5 Active Driver is painted in white with carbon fiber inserts on the hood and numerous gloss-black accents. The car is also offered with a set of unique alloy wheels. For the interior, Mazda has added new sports seats, a new steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and alloy pedals to go along with color combo of black and red.
We cannot tell for sure what engine is under the hood, but we do know that it will feature SKYACTIV-D technology, like 14-to-1 compression, two-stage turbocharger and weight reduction. Will learn full details in January 2013 when the model makes its world debut.
As you probably have noticed in the past few months, more and more automakers announced their intention to develop smaller SUVs for their respective lineups. So did Mazda, who recently announced that next to its CX-5, CX-7 and CX-9, its lineup will also include a smaller CX-3. This new compact SUV is set to arrive in 2014 and will compete with models like the Ford Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Nissan Juke.
Mazda engineers will design every detail of the car, from chassis to the interior, to obtain a very low weight and as a result a very efficient model. For the CX-3, Mazda is preparing a new diesel engine — likely a 1.6-liter — that will deliver around 80 mpg and CO2 emissions of about 95 g/km. Next to it, customers will also get a new turbocharged 1.3-liter engine. It rumored that the CX-3 will only be offered as a front-wheel-drive model.
On the exterior the next CX-3 will combine design elements from the CX-5 - like the famous ’shield’ grille, with design elements unveiled in the new generation Mazda6. From our above rendering, you can see that we expect it to also borrow styling elements from the CX-5, but feature a quicker drop-off at the end of the hood – a key part of the KODO design language that Mazda is moving forward with.
The model will arrive in 2014 at a price of around £13,000 (about $20,000 at the current exchange rates).
Image note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering and is not an official image of the Mazda CX-3
The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was the location for two Mazda6 reveals. First was the North American debut of the new-generation Mazda6, which we all knew was coming. The second was a little less expected, as Mazda also made the official announcement that a racing version of the new Mazda6 will make its motorsports debut at the Rolex 24 endurance race on January 26 and 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The racing version of the Mazda6 will feature a Mazda SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine that will deliver more than 400 horsepower. This will mark the first time a diesel-powered vehicle raced at the Rolex 24.
John Doonan, Motorsports Director at Mazda North American Operations, noted that: "We have been eager to announce this car for months, but had to wait until the production car was revealed. The SpeedSource engineering team, working with the Mazda engineers, have been flat out for months on engine development. We’re happy to report that the engine is meeting the performance targets for both power and endurance. That means 400+ hp for over 50 hours, with an engine that includes a very long list of production Mazda parts. This is not a pure race engine; it is a production block SKYACTIV-D. We’re excited about having our newest engine powering our newest car."
We’re sure this will bring much-needed attention to not just the Mazd6, but the entire Mazda brand. We hope the Mazda6 racecar performs well.
The RX-7 was one of the coolest sports cars produced by Mazda from 1978 to 2002. It was then replaced by the RX-8 - a model that did not experience the same kind of love as did the RX-7.
Skipping right past the one that may have been better left on the drawing board, Mazda has decided to bring back the RX-7 in 2017, marking 50 years since the introduction of Mazda’s first rotary-engined car, the Cosmo Sport. This same year will also mark 15 years since the RX-7 was dropped from the line.
According to Mazda Motor Corporation’s Sports Car Chief Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the new generation RX-7 will be lighter, less complex, and will deliver a greater emphasis on driver involvement. However, he also said that the new RX-7 won’t exactly follow the lead of the previous RX-7. It will be built on the same platform as the next-generation MX-5, but will feature a a stretched wheelbase to accommodate a pair of small rear seats.
The new RX-7 will most likely be powered by a naturally-aspirated version of the new 16X rotary engine with an output of about 300 HP. A turbo version is also a possibility, but will occur later in the RX-7’s life.
As for the price tag, Mazda hopes to keep it somewhere in the same area of the Nissan 370Z, which starts off at about $33,000.
At the 2011 SEMA Show, Mazdaarrived with a cool MX-5 Super20 Concept that lit up the stage in Las Vegas. Mazda claimed that the concept was loud, proud, and boisterous with its bursts of turbocharged energy, but that they have brought something even better to the 2012 SEMA Show: the Super25. Mazda claims this new version is better, meaner, and has been crafted with endurance racing in mind.
Such a great amount of attention has been placed on Mazda’s resident sports car because they say the MX-5 Miata "is the epitome of a light and limber sports car that won’t burn a hole through an enthusiast’s pocket." No arguments there, as the MX5 is small, light, and puts up the right kind of competition to other, more expensive sports car. That being said, is this enough to handle such long-distance, weary-heavy racing?
Hit the jump to find out whether the Mazda MX-5 Super25 has what it takes.
There’s something to be said about the Mazda CX-5 if its parent company decides to bring three customized vehicles of the model to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Apparently, it’s tune-worthy and, judging by the models that are being presented, we’re not about to disagree with that notion.
One of these models is the CX-5 180, a project vehicle that pays homage to the carefree lifestyle of Southern California. The look itself feels like a fresh of breath air, particularly the stylized topographical maps of the iconic SoCal destinations, Big Bear Lake and Point Dume. The front doors are likewise adorned by seasonal statistics for the snow and surf hot spots, including temperatures and even GPS coordinates. Can’t say we’ve seen that displayed on a body of a vehicle before.
The colors, all of which are shades of blue, add a kind of depth to the vehicle’s looks. Dark hues of Midnight and Denim mixes well with lighter shades of Tidal Blue and Bay Blue, creating a vivid look that certainly catches people’s attention. Add dashes of Luminous Red spread across the entire vehicle to indicate roads and it makes up the entire unique characteristic of the CX-5 180. Even the custom matte red finish on the five-point grille adds a touch of aggressiveness while the satin chrome dual exhaust by Racing Beat finishes off the exterior program. And don’t forget the set of 20" black chrome alloy wheels wrapped Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires.
Inside, the CX-5 180 was dressed with an Aqua interior leather fitted onto the front and rear seats, the steering wheel, door panels, armrests, and the brake boot. That is combined with contrasting Bright White leather inserts on the door panels, steering wheel, and seats. The steering wheel even has a customized trapezoidal stitching pattern for added flair while french seam accents in red and white stitching appear on the armrests and seats finish off an interior that looks as good as the SUV’s exterior detailing.