• Mazda and Honda roll out B-Spec Mazda2 and Fit race cars

In today’s world, spec series racing is only limited to the virtual world of Gran Turismo. Sure, it’s a fun and affordable way to get some racing burn on a race track, but the truth of the matter is, it’s constrained to nothing more than video games. Real world racing of this kind costs a lot of money and resources, and people that have neither of those things are left out of luck.

Despite the fact that there are no B-spec professional series out there, Honda and Mazda are setting a goal of providing close racing in affordable cars by jointly announcing the formation of "B-Spec" Showroom Stock racing. The performance divisions for each brand – Honda Performance Development and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development – recently unveiled their entries for a proposed new low-cost B-Spec series, using the Honda Fit and the MAZDA2 as their respective platforms.

As one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire automotive industry, B-segment vehicles have grown in popularity because they’re affordable and, more importantly, have enjoyed a tremendous following from younger demographics. That success has translated into the idea of producing cheap(er) B-Spec racers with the Fit and Mazda2 being two of among a number of other hatchbacks that would fit into this category. Other vehicles include the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, and Chevrolet Aveo.

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The good thing about B-Spec racing is that all cars are customized to meet a common set of rules that can be adopted by any race circuit or sanctioning organization. B-Spec cars will feature showroom stock racing cars that will make use of stock engines and chassis. These cars are then fitted with a competition roll cage, racing seat, and other safety equipment, as well as manufacturer-approved suspension components, tires, and wheels, all of which will come standard among all competing teams.

As part of their continued participation in standardizing a set of vehicle specifications for B-Spec racing, Honda and Mazda have began working with an independent body to develop a set of vehicle specifications that will be available for all to use with the final rules set to be released within the next 60 days. In the meantime, the two racing prototypes by Honda and Mazda even had their test run recently at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race at Willows, California.

Is this a sign of things to come for a future B-Spec racing series? There’s no telling how a proposed series is going to come to fruition because these plans are only intended for a grassroots class of racing. But it does paint a pretty unique picture as to how the door can be opened towards a future B-Spec professional racing series in the future.

Source: Honda/Mazda

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  (329) posted on 04.28.2011

Wow! If this thing happen then I think it would be a great day to be awaits! However, I’m still puzzled about the B-spec.

  (444) posted on 03.28.2011

it seems that B spec would be an amazing concept. I wonder if they could meet up with their goal and I hope that it this would give us a more exciting racing track!

  (32) posted on 03.24.2011

Nice information...waiting to see this type of competition in today’s market.

  (31) posted on 03.24.2011

Awesome article....loved to see small cars performing......

  (506) posted on 03.24.2011

Yeah, definitely! Gt5 just debuted recently and the long time of waiting is really worth it. BTW, I’m looking forward for opening of the B-Spec racing!

  (386) posted on 03.10.2011

This is a good thing not unless small car would come up with roof line and high performance that would be awesome.

  (797) posted on 03.9.2011

The platform of Fiesta and Mazda 2 is kind of similar. Even if they have different engines and transmission. I have heard that they have lees 10parts. Hence, Honda has feature package while Mazda has bone feature smiley

  (466) posted on 02.14.2011

This 2 would be a great addition to the American line up. The other cars in this class are such snoozer compared to this. I can only wonder what a Mazda 9 would be like, now that they are on the "zoom" kick!

  (692) posted on 02.14.2011

I have to say that as far as Japanese cars go, Mazda is on fire! The new 6 is okay, but I actually prefer the new 3, especially the five door version.

  (539) posted on 01.26.2011

Some folks like to race but lack the mechanical/fabrication skills to build a racecar and would rather buy something "finished".

  (630) posted on 01.25.2011

The only time it makes sense to spend money on a new car for a production based race car is because the manufacturer is selling that car and they want it promoted. Which would imply a Pro series, which they say they aren’t going to do.

  (445) posted on 01.25.2011

Racing an economy car might sound like an oxymoron—or at least very boring—but the Mazda 2 and Honda Fit acquitted themselves nobly. The idea of racing such cars came from Mazda, and is an attempt to provide affordable turn-key racers.

  (445) posted on 01.25.2011

Big vertical LED headlamps are show-car one-offs, as are the low LED lamps across the nose that sub in for fog lamps; sizable 20-inch wheels are just one of the cute-like cues on the concept.

  (341) posted on 01.4.2011

This is Awesome! Kinda makes me want to pick up a fiesta sooner rather than later.

  (460) posted on 01.4.2011

this is a very good thing, perhaps it will lead to small cars with a lower roof line (to lower center of gravity) and higher performance but not price. racing improves the breed no matter what it is.

  (329) posted on 01.3.2011

this is a very good thing, perhaps it will lead to small cars with a lower roof line (to lower center of gravity) and higher performance but not price. racing improves the breed no matter what it is.

  (503) posted on 01.3.2011

Loved that article... thanks so much for posting. It reinforces (to me, at least) a point I’ve argued here on Autoblog a lot: hp isn’t everything. It’s an awful lot of fun to drive a slow car fast... very rewarding too.

  (392) posted on 01.2.2011

well they forgot something how about the Toyota yaris and Suzuki swift? they are both great competitors or this cars.

  (1211) posted on 12.28.2010

same here better if they used the v12 many v8 user are shaking their heads when they bought the v8 and later that since they release the v8 the v12 came into sale also.

  (776) posted on 12.28.2010

The Spec Miata is a great racing class, with a great chassis, but if you look in the classifieds of GRM or Sportscar magazine, there’s all kinds engine builders, tuners, and parts suppliers made for that specific class, it can get pretty darn expensive just to keep that car in competitive spec.

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