The masses may not view the Mazda2 as much of a sports car, but enthusiasts have learned otherwise: Its lightweight, able chassis has earned it a place in our world.
Yavuz Kiremit is one of those who have embraced the Mazda2. “I bought it new in 2013 to use as a daily driver, but it took over as my primary autocross car soon after that,” he explains. “I barely squeaked out an STF win in SCCA’s New England Region in 2014. I won the class again in 2015 and am on track to win it again this year.”
The SCCA Street Touring regs permit certain bolt-on chassis and engine modifications, and Yavuz has taken advantage of those allowances: “The most important mods include custom-sprung and -valved BC coil-overs, rear sway bar, Ultra Shield seats, TR C1M wheels, Bridgestone RE-71R tires, and a lightweight battery,” he says.
“I still daily-drive the car with the decals, Ultra Shields and RE-71Rs,” Yavuz adds.
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