Development of the Mazda3 TCR race car temporarily discontinued

Development of the Mazda3 TCR race car temporarily discontinued

August 15, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

According to representatives of the Japanese brand, all work on the creation of a racing version of the compact Mazda3, which will receive the TCR prefix, has been temporarily stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. The car was to take part in the Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona.

Before the turbocharged Mazda3 was introduced, the Hiroshima-based automaker in Japan planned to introduce a hotter version of the compact hatchback, the Mazda3 TCR. As the name suggests, this rendition of the model is designed to compete in racing championships around the world, starting with the Rolex 24 four-hour endurance race at Daytona.

But, as we know, this did not happen, and according to the most recent information, the racing version of the Mazda3 will not be implemented at all.

The news of this appeared at the disposal of the foreign edition Grassroots Motorsports, whose journalists were able to personally talk with the director of Mazda USA for communications and experimental marketing Emily Taylor.

Taylor said: “Given the recent global crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has decided to cancel the Mazda3 TCR vehicle development program. We thank all our fans and partners for their continued support of Mazda Motorsports.”

However, this news is quite understandable. The coronavirus pandemic has huge negative implications for the auto industry: automakers are redefining their lineups while abandoning the further development of some of their models.

However, at least in the US and other markets, there will be a version of the Mazda3 available, which is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that runs on 87 octane fuel and develops 227 horsepower (420 Nm). When using RON 93 gasoline, the engine can produce up to 250 hp. (434 Nm). Power is sent to all four wheels via an automatic transmission.

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5T goes to dealerships in the US by the end of this year. The novelty in the sedan body costs at least $ 29,900, and the hatchback will be slightly more expensive – $ 30,900

Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that there was data on prices for the Mazda3 2021 sedan with a turbo engine. The pricing data for the compact sedan / hatchback Mazda3 with a 2.5-liter turbo engine has surfaced. The start of sales of such a performance of a 2021 model year car is scheduled for the end of this year.