In 1967, a grass-roots group of car enthusiasts formed MazdaSpeed to convert Mazdas into high-performance racing vehicles. Today, the Mazda Corporation owns the formerly independent group, but its devotion to raising the bar on Mazda performance carries on. Learn more about how MazdaSpeed makes Mazda vehicles perform better on the track and on the road.
From its earliest days, MazdaSpeed has lived and breathed grassroots racing. The group achieved its first success in the early 1980’s, when the 717, 727, and 737 models turned heads at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race in Le Mans, France. In 1991, MazdaSpeed’s 787B won the endurance race, making it the first and last Japanese team to ever do so.
The Mazda Corporation took over the group in 1999, remaking it into a performance and tuning division of the company. MazdaSpeed tuners continue to turn out powerful versions of Mazdas of the past and present. Today, both amateur and professional racers turn to MazdaSpeed to custom-tune Mazda vehicles to top levels of racing performance.
Production Model Designs
While MazdaSpeed continues to focus on racing, the group has also been involved in exciting performance enhancements to select Mazda vehicles. In 2003, MazdaSpeed unveiled its first consumer model, the MazdaSpeed Protégé. The designers added a turbocharger system and a fine-tuned suspension to the standard Protégé, making the compact a force to be reckoned with. The most recent MazdaSpeed creation is the new 2013 MazdaSpeed3. The vehicle is tricked out with a 263-horsepower engine and aggressive design, making it perhaps one of the meanest and leanest compacts on the road today.
To test out the powerful performance of a MazdaSpeed vehicle, head to Brown’s Alexandria Mazda. We proudly carry the new 2013 MazdaSpeed3, a powerful, thrill-seeker’s alternative to the standard Mazda3 sedan. To schedule your test drive, call us today at (888) 842-2790.