The Mazdathree TCR race automotive has fallen sufferer to the coronavirus pandemic and won’t compete within the Touring Car Championship.
The Japanese automotive producer introduced the Mazdathree TCR program in October final yr with the intention of creating its race debut at this yr’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in January whereas additionally taking part within the broader 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The automotive’s on-track premiere was initially pushed again till 2021 however, sadly, the mission has now been killed off earlier than the automotive may ever make its on-track debut.
In an announcement issued to Grassroots Motorsports, Mazda USA’s director of communications and experiential advertising and marketing Emily Taylor confirmed the mission has been canned.
“Given the recent conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has elected to cancel the development program for the Mazda3 TCR car. We thank all our fans and partners for their continued support for Mazda Motorsports,” Taylor mentioned.
The Mazda3 TCR was to be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 350 hp and mated to a six-speed transmission with paddle shifters. It was co-developed with Long Road Racing who can also be chargeable for the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup automotive and was homologated to compete in any of the 36 TCR-sanctioned championships world wide.
While it’s a disgrace we gained’t see the brand new Mazdathree TCR hitting racetracks, the road-legal Mazdathree stays one of many most interesting hatchback/sedans at present on sale at its worth and, within the U.S., just lately landed in turbocharged form for $29,900. Powering the brand new flagship Mazdathree is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 hp and 320 lb-ft (433 Nm) of torque on premium gasoline that’s coupled to a six-speed automated transmission and all-wheel drive.