The MAZDASPEED name traces its origin to an independent racing team in 1967 under the name "Mazda Sports Corner" by a Mazda employee, specializing in performance tuning at Mazda Auto Tokyo, Japan's largest Mazda dealer. Impressed by the performance potential of the Cosmo 110S, the team ambitiously set out to establish a Mazda presence at major motorsports events worldwide. This operation fielded entries in races around the world and had relative success with Wankel engine powered cars in the 1980s and as Mazda launched new models, Mazda Sports Corner raced them.
In 1983, Mazda Motor Corporation now providing company support relocated the racing team from Tokyo to the company's corporate headquarters in Hiroshima in order to help drive Mazda's factory racing ambitions, and it was here that the MAZDASPEED name was born.
Sights were turned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans where during the eighties Mazda saw some class wins, and then in 1991, the MAZDASPEED team succeeded in doing what no other Japanese auto maker before or since has been able to accomplish: finishing first overall win at the world's most prestigious endurance race.
The FIA outlawed rotary engines after the 1991 Le Mans race. This forced the MAZDASPEED team to shift its focus more on the business side of motorsports and started developing and building aftermarket parts and accessories . In 1999, Mazda Motor Corporation took full control of MAZDASPEED and has used its talents to supply racing parts and serve as an umbrella for all of Mazda's motor sports activities. Since 1999 MAZDASPEED has been Mazda’s in-house tuning and performance parts division.
MAZDASPEED Introductions (click here for details & pics) MX-5 Miata enthusiasts had been clamouring for Mazda to give their little sports car more power and typically Mazda took a very deliberate approach to producing a turbo powered sports car that would satisfy enthusiasts and still provide the reliability required to satisfy the manufacturer as well, all at a reasonable price.
The Mazda Roadster Turbo was officially introduced on December 24, 2003 in Japan as a limited production vehicle (only 350 units) available for sale starting in early February 2004.
The available colours were Velocity Red, Titanium Gray, Pure White, Sunlight Silver and Grace Green
After being briefly introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in 2003, the MAZDASPEED's first North American car show was presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2004 for availability in the spring of 2004. Thirty-three hundred units were to be built and sold through 310 Mazda dealers approved by MAZDASPEED on the continent.
The Australian introduction of the MX-5 SE (Note: The word speed could not be used within the name of a car for the model to be rated SE) was in March 2004 and was available in Velocity Red, Titanium Gray and Sunlight Silver.
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