Protege5 Pace Car

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When MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development needed a new pace car to represent them for Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, they turned to the expertise of AWR.

AWR developed and installed a full suspension kit for this Mazda Protege' 5.

AWR started with the trunk package kit they currently build for the Mazda Protege's that are winning in Showroom Stock C racing.

AWR enhanced their already excellent kit by building new, reinforced front strut housings - a modification not allowed in SSC.

This kit includes AWR's custom coil over kit using Eibach ERS 2-1/4" race springs with Bilstein shocks, AWR's own design rear sway bar, Toyo Proxes T1-S Ultra-High Performance 215/35-18" tires, OZ F1 Racing 8"x18" wheels with 40mm offset (will be switching to 7.5"x17"), Hawk brake pads, and a custom roll bar, also by AWR. The coil-over suspension kit is available for purchase through MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, under part number 0000-04-3301-KT for about $1450.00.

Thunderworks in Santee, CA, provided the strobe lights.

Joe Jordan at The Wheel Store in Oceanside, CA, installed the wheels and tires and provided the alignment after all components were installed.

The pace car finally got all it's graphics. It was hard getting ahold of it for a photo shoot, it's been so busy.

After a couple years duty as a pace car at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the pace car is returning to AWR.

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