2011 Mazda 2 Touring: A Brother Tackles Thunderhill
December 05, 2010
No, this is not our 2011 Mazda 2 Touring long term test car with a covering of stickers. It is in fact a race-prepped Mazda 2, built to compete in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.
Mazda, Honda and other manufacturers are discussing a rules package for a proposed "B-spec" series for a range of subcompact cars that are known as b-segment cars within the industry.
In addition to Honda, which brought a race-prepped Honda Fit of their own to Thunderhill, the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Aveo, and Toyota Yaris are among others that could be eligible as early as the 2011 club-racing seasons in SCCA, NASA or both.
Prepartion costs are to be kept to a minimum, with unmodified factory engines paired with approved bolt-on suspension, tire, brake and exhaust mods. The above cars also have gutted interiors, which allows for proper welded-in roll cages, makes them look racier and, more importantly, improves performance by cutting out a couple of hundred pounds of weight.
What do you make of this? I think it's cool, but then I come from a background of racing small subcompacts similar to these. I can't get enough of this stuff.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,501 miles