One Customer’s Journey to AWD Bliss

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Mazdaspeed3 AWD

With untold hours on the phone with AWR, and purchasing many components, this customer is performing their own MAZDASPEED3 AWD conversion..

“Well, it has finally begun. After months of research and phone calls to various sources i have decided to begin the task of the conversion. Tonight with the assistance of a friend we removed the engine and attempted to mate the new turbo and manifold to the engine. However after running into a few issues the manifold had to be returned to the manufacture for modification. We found the compressor housing to be too large as well as the hotside was contacting one of the runners. It has been a long day for us as well as a frustrating day. Stay tuned for more to follow tomorrow.”

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MAZDASPEED3 AWD Specs

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MAZDASPEED3 AWD
MAZDASPEED3 AWD

Now that the dust has settled on our MAZDASPEED3 AWD Project, we got around to sorting out the specs.

With all the modifications we did to the stock MAZDASPEED3 , we only gained approx 60 lbs. Amazing and still 400 lbs lighter than a MAZDASPEED6.


MazdaSpeed 3 MazdaSpeed 3 AWD MazdaSpeed 6
Lowered yes yes yes
Roll Bar yes yes yes
Aftermarket Wheels 245/40-18 Nitto NT01 225/45-18 Goodyear
All Wheel Drive No yes yes
BodyWork Carbon Hood / Rear Diffuser Carbon Hood / Rear Diffuser N/A
Weight Comparisons
Fuel In approx 6  gallons approx 3 Gallons approx 6 Gallons
Left Front Weight 1030 1038 1134
Right Front Weight 991 1005 1020
Left Rear Weight 592 621 698
Right Rear Weight 615 620 809
Total Weight 3228 3284 3661

Photos from MazFest 2009

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Enjoy a few photos from AWR’s presence at MazFest 2009 at the Auto Club Speedway, formerly California Speedway. Shown here are our Mazdaspeed3 AWD and the new test vehicle for the Super Spec Miata which is now supercharged instead of turbocharged.

ALL WHEEL DRIVE MAZDASPEED3 Rallye Car Concept

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DG Motorsports - AWR RACING AWD MAZDASPEED3
DG Motorsports - AWR RACING AWD MAZDASPEED3

DG MOTORSPORTS – AWR MAZDASPEED3

At first glance, the DG Motorsports AWD MAZDASPEED3 may look like the stereotypical SEMA show sport compact, but the truth lies hidden beneath. MAZDASPEED, DG Motorsports and AWR teamed up to build much more than the average tuner car.

David Green, owner and chief designer of DG Motorsports, felt that the awesome power potential of the MAZDASPEED3 could be seriously enhanced by all-wheel drive. Since David drives a MAZDASPEED6 every day, he knew the potential. With the genius of Tony Woodford at AWR, he transplanted the drive-train components from several Mazda platforms of the MAZDASPEED6 and CX-7 into the chassis of MAZDASPEED3. Continue reading “ALL WHEEL DRIVE MAZDASPEED3 Rallye Car Concept”