Mazda3 TCR unveiled for the 2020 season
Mazda Motorsport unveiled the brand new Mazda3 TCR racecar homologated to compete in any of the 36 TCR-sanctioned championships around the globe against the many other C-Segment models including the VW Golf GTI TCR, the Hyundai i30 N TCR, and the Honda Civic Type-R TCR.
Based on the production Mazda3, the TCR version is fitted with a wide body kit, created by Mazda Design America in Irvine, California. The menacing looks makes us dream of a road-legal version of the Japanese hot hatch, which could bring back the Mazdaspeed emblem.
At the front, the redesigned bumper is wider, with a prominent splitter and additional intakes, and the bonnet has a large scoop. The flared front and rear fenders with aerodynamic openings give the car an aggressive stance while covering the wider tracks and the 18″ Rays wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The rear end is dominated by the huge wing sitting on the windscreen, and the deep bumper with a centrally mounted single exhaust pipe.
Under the bonnet there is a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 350 hp (261 kW) of power and 490 Nm of torque, with a red-line to 7,000 rpm. All that power is transmitted to the front axle through a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifts. We do not have any information on the 0-100 km/h time, however according to Mazda, top speed is 241 km/h.
The Mazda3 TCR is developed with the help of Long Road Racing, the same company behind the Mazda MX-5 Cup. It features racing suspension with Bilstein dampers (optional Öhlins dampers) and brakes by Brembo.
The Japanese racecar which will be available for customer racing at $175,000, will make its debut at the 4-hour Endurance Challenge (part of the Rolex 24) at Daytona, on January 26, 2020. Until then, let’s admire the official pictures and dream of driving it on a track.