Mazda 2 Extreme - Rally Ready (AU)  

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Australians bought over one million cars last year which is impressive considering there are only around twenty million people occupying its shores. Nevertheless, it is home to a truly unique motor industry that mass produces indigenous vehicles that are not seen in many parts of the world. But it is not just mass produced vehicles that attract the attention, the Australian car industry is not unfamiliar with producing bespoke custom designs as well.

Take this Mazda 2 that you see before you. Hiding behind four rather large Hella spotlights is a Mazda 2 with a difference. The car is the latest in a long line of customised Mazda models that have been given the “Extreme” make over by Mazda Motorsport Australia. This is the second Mazda 2 that has received a thorough customizing as back in 2005, an older model “2” was the benefactor of such treatment. This little Mazda clearly has a rallying theme behind its inspiration and the modifications run further than skin deep.

Mazda have said their goal is to increase the cars real world performance by 20%. This could mean a number of things and does not necessarily gift the little car a 20% power hike. Mazda have not quoted figures but they are currently working on the engine so we can expect some improvements over the standard cars 76kW and 137Nm outputs.

The suspension has been fully reworked by Murray Coote who is renowned for developing some of the best suspension systems fitted to modern rally cars. The suspension works through a set of 15 inch Compomotive alloys shod with Bridgestone Potenza tyres. The interior is “stage” ready and is equipped with a roll cage, full five point harnesses, fire extinguisher and the obligatory hydraulic handbrake. There is no sign yet if Mazda Australia will run the car competitively.

Other “Extreme” models include the 2004 RX-8 and the 2007 Mazda 3 MPS Extreme.

Press Release

Mazda at 2008 Melbourne Motor Show: Mazda's Baby Car Gets An Extreme Makeover
Mazda has today unveiled the fourth in its iconic series of extreme makeovers, a rally-ready Mazda2 Extreme, at the 2008 Melbourne Motor Show.
The Mazda2 Extreme was borne of a simple idea: Take one of Australia's most popular lightweight hatchbacks with a proven pedigree as the driver's choice, add a sizeable dose of adrenalin, pump it full of steroids and ... watch out.
The Mazda2 Extreme is the fourth in a stellar line of extreme Mazdas produced by Mazda Motorsport in Australia. It follows in the tyre tracks of the Mazda RX-8 (2004), the original Mazda2 Extreme (2005) and the Mazda3 MPS (2007).
The second-generation Mazda2 has been a runaway success for Mazda since its launch in September 2007, with more than 7,000 sales in just six full months. The Mazda2 Extreme builds on the unchallenged driver's car reputation of this popular five-door hatchback, taking it to a new level of exhilaration.
The engine is still under development however Mazda Motorsport's goal is to increase the car's real world performance by at least 20 percent. A three-inch sports exhaust helps airflow from the engine and will ensure the Mazda2 Extreme has the raucous soundtrack it deserves. The standard car's five-speed manual transmission is unchanged, and, like the production version it is based on, drive is delivered to the ground through the front wheels.
The car's suspension system has been redesigned by Australian suspension tuning expert, Murray Coote, renowned for his work on some of the world's leading rally and racing cars.
Coote configured a suspension package that tailors the Mazda2's competent on-road skills for the dirt-road intensity of rally competition. Sports-tuned springs and shock absorbers team with purpose-built 15-inch Bridgestone Potenza rally tyres and lightweight Compomotive Motorsport alloy wheels.
The Mazda2 Extreme stands out visually with a striking blue, white and yellow paint scheme that epitomises Mazda's Zoom-Zoom DNA. Black flared wheel arches give the car a more aggressive stance, while four-spot Hella rally lights ensure this is one machine that can see in the dark.
The Mazda2 Extreme's cabin has been prepared for battle; a full PCD roll cage has been installed and the standard Mazda2 front seats replaced with Italian Sabelt race seats each equipped with five-point safety harness. A Momo steering wheel, hydraulic handbrake, fire extinguisher and medical kit complete the internal makeover.
In its current form the Mazda2 Extreme retains its standard braking system. This includes antilock brakes with emergency brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The end result is a Mazda2 like no other; a Mazda2 Extreme ready to rally.
"This was a surprisingly challenging Extreme car to do," said Mazda Motorsport chief Allan Horsley. "Starting with such an agile car really put the pressure on when it came to improving its real-world abilities."
"I think the result was well worth the effort. This Mazda2 Extreme sits proudly alongside our other Extreme cars like the RX-8 and Mazda3 MPS."
Commenting on the Mazda2 Extreme, Mazda Australia's managing director Doug Dickson said: "Mazda Australia, under the direction of Allan Horsley, has an excellent reputation for pushing the envelope in the design and modification of cars."
"It seemed an obvious decision to unleash the Extreme beast lurking within our Mazda2 five-door hatchback. The Mazda2's popularity with Australian buyers is at an all-time high. This award-winning light car is selling far above our expectations because it looks good, it represents great value for money, and it's an enjoyable car to drive."

Type 1.5-litre Inline four-cylinder S-VT
Displacement cc 1,498cc
Max. Power kW Under development
(Standard: 76 @ 6000rpm)
Max. Torque Nm Under development
(Standard: 137 @ 4000rpm)

Type Three-inch sports
Type 5-speed manual
Front Murray Coote designed
Rear Murray Coote designed

Front Under development
Rear Under development

Type Electric power assisted
Wheels & Tyres
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza Rally 185/60R15 84Q
Wheels 15-inch Compomotive Motorsport alloys

Source: Mazda

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