Flirting with the rev limiter at the top of 4th gear, a faint brush of brakes is required as we hurtle into the left-hand kink at the end of the long front straightaway. The optimum turn-in point isn’t entirely clear because our view of the exit curbing is blocked by the pavement itself as it rises and falls slightly between here and there.
And that’s just Turn One. Four or five other corners here at Thunderhill Raceway are similarly obscured by the track designer’s strategic exploitation of the gently rolling terrain found here in the foothills west of Willows, California.
Among the BMWs, Porsche 911s, Mazda Miatas, and assorted sports cars at the National Auto Sport Association’s eighth annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill, three econoboxes stood out like camels in a herd of racehorses: two Mazda 2s and a Honda Fit. Always up for a challenge, we accepted invitations to join the teams behind the Fit and one of the 2s. Continue reading “The 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the B-spec Mazda 2 and Honda Fit”
Check out the press the Mazda 2 Evil has been receiving. AWR built the custom roll cage for this concept car designed with a race series in mind?
The Mazda 2 Evil Track was inspired by the concept of the same name from last year’s Los Angeles auto show and features an aero body kit with side skirts, front and rear dams and a carbon fiber deck spoiler, plus H&R race suspension and coil-over kit, MagnaFlow exhaust system, Sparco seats and steering wheel, an AWR roll cage and 15-inch Hoosier racing tires.
Mazda North American Operations’ president and CEO, Jim O’Sullivan, confirmed today during a meeting of the company’s top dealers that the MAZDA2 subcompact, or B-Car classification, car will be sold in the U.S. beginning in late 2010. It was previously announced that the car also will be sold in Canada, beginning at about the same time.
“You’ve asked us for it for a while now, and we’ve been studying the market to make sure we can make a business case for it across North America,” O’Sullivan told the assembled dealers. “As consumers’ tastes and attitudes toward small vehicles have changed, we now believe strongly there is a place in our lineup for a car below our current least-expensive car, the MAZDA3. MAZDA2 will be true to everything that makes our cars stand apart from the competition: it will be stylish, fun-to-drive and a heck of a value. In short, it will be Zoom-Zoom.” Continue reading “MAZDA CONFIRMS THAT MAZDA2 SUBCOMPACT CAR WILL BE SOLD IN U.S. AND CANADA”