Archive for June, 2016

Robby Foley Wins Road America Race

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

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Robby Foley (No. 63) won the 2016 Road America Race. The race happened during the Father’s Day weekend, which saw Mazda family and friends gathering at the iconic Road America to watch the race. The BFGoodrich Tires-sponsored Mazda MX-5 Cup saw Foley starting at the 10th position, taking the lead on the 12th lap, and finally winning the race. According to Foley, after starting at the 10th position, he patiently worked his way forward. He made the passes cautiously and smartly. The race was very much of a drifting game. It was the team’s (Mazda Motorsports/Atlanta Motorsports Group) first experience of drafting in the new car, with many cars. For Foley, this has been the second win of the season.

The 30-minutes of intense race action did not disappoint anybody. The race has been exciting for the racers, as well as for the audience.

Nathanial Sparks (No. 8 OOTSK/Sick Sideways Performance) came in the second position. After Mark Drennan (No. 50 TFB Performance/WindingRoadRacing.com) and John Dean II(No. 16 Sick Sideways Racing/Mazda Motorsports) were eliminated, Foley only had to deal with Sparks.

The race also saw Tim Barber (No. 22) setting the fastest lap (2.38.133, a new track record)). He finished 5th.

The 2016 season of MX-5 Cup features the 4th generation MX-5 Miata. Also, for the first time in the history of the Cup, Mazda has commissioned complete turnkey race cars, to be fair to all drivers. A $200,000 scholarship is what is waiting for the MX-5 Cup champion.

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IIHS Safety Award 2016 goes to the CX-3

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently awarded its Top Safety award to Mazda’s 2016 CX-3. The CX-3 was subjected to a number of collision and rollover tests. The compact crossover scored ‘Good’ in all the 5 body-structure categories. One of the crash test, the small overlap, is responsible for almost 25% of traffic fatalities in the country. Scoring a ‘Good’ in that as well practically sealed the award for the CX-3.

Standard safety features provided by CX-3 include head-up display and DRLs, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive front lighting system, a rearview camera, front side and side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes. The available Grand Touring i-ActivSense package includes rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, lane departure warning, high beam control system, radar cruise control from Mazda, and smart city brake support.

All the CX-3s are fitted with Mazda’s infotainment system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display. The CX-3 is equipped with a 2.0L SkyActiv-G engine. It is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has the capacity to deliver 146 horsepower, and a torque of 146 pound-feet.

The CX-3 is very maneuverable. It offers a very pleasurable drive. The fuel-economy of the crossover is also impressive. Add the safety parameters, and it makes this compact crossover a desirable vehicle.

The IIHS is a US non-profit organization that is funded by the auto insurers. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the main aim of the organization is to reduce the number of automobile crashes.

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What you Need to Know about Spec Miata-II

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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As discussed in part I, the Spec Miata was a rage on the motor racing tracks, back when it was introduced in the year 2000.The car was a part of the spec series that was created after making a few specific modifications in the Mazda Miata. The club-racing car, Spec Miata dominated the entry level class of automobiles for the amateur racers.

As per the former chairman of the SCC Club Racing Board Bob Dowie, the spec Miata was invented by David delGenio and Shannon McMAsters. Shannon recalls, that way back in 1997, he was involved with the production of Spec RX-7 Class of Mazda. However, the car wasn’t doing so well in the market since it was about ten years old by then. At the same time, there were numerous Showroom Stock Miatas that were ageing too. He then decided to build four Spec Racer Miatas, and introduce them in the SCCA class as a demo. As expected, the Spec Miata dominated the scene at the SCCA Showroom Stock racing, by beating all the others.

After its huge success at the SCCA race, the Spec became a hot cake that every racer wanted to take home. Around 800 spec Miata modification kits were sold even before the spec was given a thumbs-up by the SCCA to compete in a national championship.

The SCCA was highly instrumental in the success of the Spec Miata and its growing popularity among the racers of that time. And with a strong backing by the Japanese automobile giant Mazda, the spec Miata’s popularity reached unprecedented levels.

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What you Need to Know About Spec Miata – I

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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Spec Miata is a club-racing class of car which is used in motor racing events held by National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC).With the rising operational costs of such races, the Spec Miata was initially launched as a cheaper variant that was built around affordable modifications to the Mazda Miata MX5.

The Spec Miata was first introduced to the racing tracks by the NorCal Region of the NASA, back in February 2000.The entry of this low cost Spec Miata marked the beginning of racing competitions of entry level, low cost, stock automobiles. The growing popularity of the Spec Miata has made it the most sought after car in the club racing class in the entire country. The Mazda Miata dominates the racing competitions to such an extent that nearly 16% of all the entry level automobiles on the tracks are the Spec Miata.

As the name suggests, the Spec Miata is a “specified’ class of automobiles that follow very stringent rules of modification. The automobiles are designed in such a way that all of them are exactly identical and keep all the drivers at par. The spec Miata’s popularity could be attributed to the fact that it is easy on maintenance, is readily available in pre-owned variants and the market is full of its low cost parts.

The introduction of the Spec Miata in the racing world marked the birth a new breed of automobiles that has been growing ever since.

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RX8 Long Term Review

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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One of the longest running models of the RX segment, The Mazda RX8 production span lasted seven years from 2004 to 2011. There were only slight modifications made in each of the successive generation of the RX8. The RX8 is renowned for its powerful rotary engine that is one-of-its-kind. The rotary motor is easier to handle in terms of maintenance, due to lesser number of moving parts as compared to the traditional piston engine. In addition to this, the compact size of the rotary engine, helps maintain a front rear weight balance of the car that leads to a more stable handling.

The RX8 is powered by a 1.3 liter rotary engine with a six speed manual transmission that pushes out a 232 horsepower. Although, with its simple rotary engine, the RX8 is not able to produce the powerful acceleration as per the standards of other sports cars, it is extremely useful for everyday driving.

As per the EPA gas mileage estimation of RX8, it can do a 16mpg city and a 22mpg highway which is ideally quite similar to the fuel economy of pickup trucks. In terms of handling, the rear wheel drive RX8, features a stable and sturdy structure that ensures a smoother and more sure-footed ride.

In a nutshell, the overall driving experience of this car of the yesteryears is enormously satisfying. Even with a few downsides in terms of mileage and fuel economy, the car’s sporty attitude makes it a quirky option for motor racing lovers.

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Updates from the Mazda Raceway- II

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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Early in the race, the 2-car Platinum Masters, Ray Shahi, and Larry Schnur split from each other. Ray Shahi managed to keep his Porsche (No. 65) ahead of Schnur’s car. Shahi said that they got a good start even with all the commotions up front. He kept his nose clean throughout the race and won. He knew that it was important to take care of the car under those conditions. He did and brought it home. Shahi congratulated the TruSpeed team for doing an awesome job.

The Silver class for the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport car race has been a rough affair. It saw a number of challenges, including Sean McAlister, the championship contender, dropping out early due to incidents. No. 94 BR Racing Porsche developed braking concerns early on the race, however, was able to manage the 3rd victory of the season.

The Silver Masters class victory was claimed by Mike Sullivan in dramatic style. He almost lost control while exiting Turn 5, but then managed to take the control back, and drove his Pacific Porsche (No. 83) to victory. Competition Motorsports teammate and Championship leader Steve Goldman was forced to exit the race when his car developed a mechanical issue. Teammate Chris Vivolo claimed the second place, and TRG’s Greg Mitzcik, the 3rd position.

Sunday afternoon will see Race 8 of the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA kicking off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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Updates from the Mazda Raceway- I

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Race 7 of the 2016 Pirelli GT3 Cup USA Trophy saw Dino Crescentini claiming overall victory. The changing weather conditions posed a real challenge for the racers. The day began as cloudy and cool. It was only during the 50-minute race that the sun came out and warmed the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track considerably for the racers. The earlier part of the race saw several of the championship contenders dropping out.

The race saw Crescentini taking the green flag from the pole position. Throughout the race, he managed to keep his No. 34 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car ahead of the other race cars. He was chased vehemently by Competition Motorsports’ David Calvert-Jones, but never got an opportunity to catch up with him or get ahead of him. However, he managed to finish ahead of championship leader Robert Todd’s No. 52 (BR Racing team), who came in the 3rd position.

After the race, Crescentini said that he is really happy for the team, which included his son and his friends. The whole race has been challenging. All through the race, he managed to keep his cool, and that strategy worked.

The victory was claimed in the Platinum Class by Phil Fogg Jr. He started on the class pole and managed to keep his TruSpeed Autosport Porsche (No. 05) ahead. Tom Haacker’s TruSpeed Porsche took the second place. The third place was claimed by Jim Walsh’s BR Racing Porsche.

Fogg Jr, after the victory, said that the race has been pretty unique to him. It was last year October that he last drove a car. During the race, he just focused on driving smooth and clean. The car evolved pretty quickly to match the weather conditions. He said that there is no need to make any future changes to the car since it is a perfect car in every way.

Read further about the Race 7 in ‘Updates from the Mazda Raceway- II’.

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The Miata is Perfectly Balanced, Here’s Proof

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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Mazda vehicles are prime examples of good engineering. The MX-5 Miata is no exception. It is a perfectly balanced vehicle, thanks to Mazda staying true to the principle, ‘good engineering obeys the laws of physics’. MX-5 Miata’s reduced weight provides for a near-perfect 50/50 balance. Mazda used an extremely sensitive balance to test the vehicle. On the aluminum balance beam, the MX-5 Miata, along with its driver, remained perfectly balanced. The MX-5 weighs about 2,332 pounds.

The 4th generation MX-5 Miata, with all its safety, technological, and modern convenience features, still remains slim and nimble. It is a good reminder that the multi-generational models do not have to bloat. Many of the multi-generational vehicles in the market are bigger.

Throughout the history of MX-5, weight has contributed to the thrilling experience that the vehicle provides for the driver. Instead of using the conventional materials, Mazda has used aluminum to construct the bonnet, front fenders, rear and front bumpers, and the boot. This helps to keep the vehicle lighter and agile. The implementation of SkyActiv technology in the 4th generation MX-5 is also a major factor in reducing the overall weight of the car. The technology provides for improved fuel efficiency as well.

A 50/50 weight balance provides the driver with a smooth drive. Driving a vehicle that is well balanced is pure joy. The performance that the vehicle provides, and the knowledge that the vehicle is very safe to ride, helps to increase the confidence of the driver.

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Modifying the Handling in a Mazda 6

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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The Mazda 6 in itself is a good car. By performing some tuning modifications, its performance can be further enhanced. Mazda 6’s handling can be improved by uprating the braking system through suspension modifications, lowering and weight reduction.

A strut brace is a metal/aluminum/carbon fiber bar that connects the suspension pillars together. Strut braces help to reduce body flexing. This allows for better cornering. The strut braces have to be precision-made. Most of them can be fine-tuned after fitting. A strut brace helps the car to maintain the originally calculated angles in the suspension geometry, no matter now heavy the load is. It also helps to get a better response from the chassis. A strut brace can be easily installed, all you need is an Allen key, a torque wrench, and a socket. Make sure the strut braces fit the struts, and that they will not touch or interfere with the engine or any other elements nearby.

Replacing the wheels can help to improve the Mazda 6’s handling. The lower the wheel weight, the more it will respond while changing direction. This means better handling when turning corners, slowing up or accelerating. Hence, it is better to keep the wheels of the Mazda 6 as light as possible, and not very high. Smaller wheels are lighter and help to increase the acceleration. However, they are not much for looks.

Making the Mazda 6 lighter will help to improve handling and performance. Lighter cars are quicker, and they are much better to handle. Removing the spare wheels can help to reduce weight. Racing seats are much lighter than regular seats. Replacing the glass windows with perspex helps to save weight. Body panels in aluminum, GRP fiberglass or carbon fiber helps to reduce the weight as well. Installing a roll cage will help to remove many metal parts from the car. Alloy wheels can help to reduce the overall weight of the car.

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Modifying the Engine of Mazda 6

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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The Mazda 6 is one of, if not the most exciting and sporty midsize sedan on the market today that doesn’t come from a luxury oriented brand. However, available only with a 4-cylinder powertrain, drivers frequently gripe that the Mazda 6 is in need of more power. However, with only a few simple modifications, the Mazda 6 can easily exceed your performance expectations. We review some of these modifications below:

A simple modification that can be performed on a 2.0 engine is to get the head polished, ported, and gas flowed. Install a fast road cam matched to a few bigger valves. This in itself will give you a rev-happy Mazda 6.

Engine modification stages on the Mazda 6 can be divided into 3:

  • Stage 1 – Lighter flywheel, exhaust, remap, and panel air filter
  • Stage 2 – Fuel injector and fuel pump upgrades, polished and ported head, and fast road cam
  • Stage 3 – Competition cam, internal engine upgrades (valves/head/pistons), forced induction, and engine balancing

A sports exhaust made with good-quality stainless steel, with a sports catalyst, helps to free up the torque of the engine. Replacing the paper air filter with an induction kit with a cold air feed or a sports panel filter will help to increase torque band.

You may also consider forced induction with a supercharger. It is comparatively easier to add than a turbo. Lowering the compression ratio or using water injection (for the purpose of avoiding any issues with the detonation) will help to yield better results.

As far as the NASP engines are concerned, just remapping will not contribute to much power gain, however, when combined with other modifications, it can totally result in enhanced acceleration, and the release of maximum power for the rest of the modifications.

Adding a larger capacity turbo provides for increased power gains. Twincharging (addition of turbo and supercharger) is very popular nowadays. Improving the airflow through the engine results in a power gain. Larger injectors and performance fuel pumps are useful modifications.

Some of the other major engine upgrades include cryo treating, reboring, and balancing.

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