The Formula Mazda is an open wheel race car which is adaptable to both oval tracks and road courses. It is a “spec” formula car, meaning that under the sanctioning body of SCCA and the FM class, all cars are virtually the same. The motor is sealed by Daryl Drummond Enterprises, the official engine builder, and all parts must be as provided by the Formula Mazda manufacturer, Moses Smith Racing. Minor adjustments can be made by driver and crew to the ride heights, toes, cambers, casters, wing angles, gear ratios, and tire pressure, in order to accommodate the vast variety of tracks and conditions that exist. This allows competitors to race on a level playing ground, and when the checkered flag drops, the best driver is revealed, at least for that day.
- CHASSIS :: Steel Tube Frame
- ENGINE :: Mazda 13B Rotary Engine
- HORSEPOWER :: 190 HP
- TRANSAXLE :: Racing Five-speed plus reverse
- RPM LIMIT :: 6800
- WHEELBASE :: 95 inches
- DRY WEIGHT :: 1140 lbs.
- MIN. WEIGHT :: 1350 lbs. with driver
- BRAKES :: Cockpit adjustable bias, ‘spec’ calipers, steel discs.
- FEATURES :: Double Adjustable shocks, sway bars, brake bias, and wing angles
At the amateur or club racing level, it is eligible for Regional and National championship competition in the Sports Car Club of America’s Formula Mazda Class. Regionally there are 9 divisions offering racing opportunities for Formula Mazda of which Formula Mazda was the 3rd largest National Class in SCCA Southwest Division in 2011 (out of 29 classes). In National competition, drivers can qualify to race for a National Championship at year’s end entitled the SCCA National Runoff’s. For 2015 the National Runoff’s will be held at Daytona International Speedway in September. In a typical season, Formula Mazda’s will appear in over 150 pro or amateur sanctioned races in North America.
Plenty of Seat Time
At a typical regional event you will have 4 practice sessions per test day followed by a Qualifying Session and Race on both Saturday and Sunday. This results in a lot of laps for those wanting to perfect their skills in a Formula car or are new to the sport and wanting to develop a career in open wheel racing.
If you’re not interested in racing right away or want to get plenty of seat time, Texas Autosports is the place to drive, located at Motorsport Ranch. Motorsport Ranch is a Sports Car Country Club. It has a 1.7 mile road course and a 1.3 mile road course which can be combined into a 3.1 mile road course. It is located 20 minutes South of Dallas-Fort Worth on Highway 377. It is open most weekends to members for driving their race cars, go karts, motorcycles, or sports cars in a controlled, safe, environment at high speeds. For membership info, go to their website at www.motorsportranch.com Or give Texas Autosports a call to try it out USA 817-512-4752.
The chassis is a strong, proven design with well-mannered handling characteristics. Its predictable feedback makes it an easy car to drive, inspiring confidence for novices and pros alike. Double wishbone and rocker arm suspension members are attached to the chassis with shear plates. This ensures relatively quick and easy damage repairs, often accomplished in the pits between track sessions.
It is no secret that the key to the Formula Mazda’s affordability is the low maintenance powerplant. The legendary Mazda 13B rotary not only produces an effortless 190hp, but does so with bullet-proof reliability. It’s not unusual for the sealed and rev-limited motors to remain in cars for over three seasons without a rebuild. This level of reliability and longevity is unheard of in the race car world.
Aerodynamic and Tyre Package
The aerodynamics of the Formula Mazda are perfect for those transitioning to Open-wheel racing from other forms of motorsport or are completely new to racing. The Front wing is 23” wide and Rear wing 46″ wide with adjustable flaps enabling average speeds per lap of over 100mph and top speeds on the oval tracks of over 165mph. FM races with either Goodyear 255’s on 13” BBS rims or Hoosier Tyres, both of which create enough grip to feel the aero package. It is important for all Formula drivers to learn how to use the aerodynamics of the car. Combine this with high speed tracks such as Road America, you will definitely learn how to drive an aerodynamic car as the Formula Mazda will pull 2 “G”’s in the corners, and 0-60 in under 4 seconds.
Formula Mazda requires a 6 point safety harness and 2015 FIA approved helmet. Hans devices are mandatory as well as fire proof under-clothing and standard arm restraints.
FM is perfect for…
Formula Mazda (FM) is perfect for those moving from karting or other forms of motorsport to open-wheel racing; or those new to racing as it gives you the complete experience of aero; speed; safety and all out fun while you run lots and lots of laps at incredible tracks such as Road Atlanta; Road America; Daytona (2015 calendar). If you ever wanted to know whether you could drive an open-wheel Formula car, this is the one to test drive as it has it all for those just wanting to give it a go.