Mazda3 TCR Race Program: Not Gonna Happen

On October 1, 2019, Mazda promised to launch a TCR program at this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend. The Mazda3 TCR, the release stated, would feature the brand’s “Kodo – Soul of Motion design language.” Even though TCR is a world-wide race program, this effort would be designed and built in the U.S. 

And as the results show, that didn’t exactly materialize. No Mazda3 took the green flag at Daytona’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race. Then we heard that the program would make its debut for 2021.

On August 11, 2020, we received confirmation via Emily Taylor, Mazda USA’s Director, Communications & Experiential Marketing, that the Mazda3 TCR program isn’t going to happen at all:

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.”

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RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/11/20 5:31 p.m.

Well, that's a bummer.

CyberEric
CyberEric Dork
8/11/20 5:34 p.m.

That’s a bummer. That car was gorgeous.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) UberDork
8/11/20 6:10 p.m.

I understand the reasoning, and don't blame Mazda for their decision. Won't try and pretend that I'm not disappointed, though.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
8/11/20 6:17 p.m.

Saw that car in person at the LA Auto Show last year. Absolutely beautiful. It's a shame that it won't ever make a racing grid outside of Gran Turismo (guessing they might throw it in the upcoming release). 

christinaylam (Forum Supporter)
christinaylam (Forum Supporter) New Reader
8/11/20 7:00 p.m.

Would have loved to see Mazda throw in a TCR contender. Some road bumps along the way and now COVID is the nail in the coffin. If anybody tracks their Mazda3, this would be cool inspiration to build it towards. 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/12/20 7:02 a.m.
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) said:

I understand the reasoning, and don't blame Mazda for their decision. Won't try and pretend that I'm not disappointed, though.

Couldn't have said it better.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/12/20 11:46 a.m.

Totally a bummer. 

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
8/12/20 12:01 p.m.
christinaylam (Forum Supporter) said:

Would have loved to see Mazda throw in a TCR contender. Some road bumps along the way and now COVID is the nail in the coffin. If anybody tracks their Mazda3, this would be cool inspiration to build it towards. 

Fenders and bumpers would be a tough tackle but would look rad with something other than the TCR wing. 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
8/12/20 12:49 p.m.

That is sad.

 

Can we ask the artist behind that render how the wing was supposed to mount to the rear glass?

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
8/12/20 2:10 p.m.
tuna55 said:

That is sad.

 

Can we ask the artist behind that render how the wing was supposed to mount to the rear glass?

it was actually built in real life as well.

looks like the mounts are sticking through the rear window and the wing has to be removed to open the hatch
 

 

 

boxedfox (Forum Supporter)
boxedfox (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/12/20 3:50 p.m.

Damn. It was the best looking TCR car by far.

j_tso
j_tso Reader
8/13/20 12:36 a.m.

It'd be nice if they could sell the one they already built to a team, but it's not worth it to homologate a one-off.

I think the class uses the same transmission, and the Mazda was going to race with a VW engine used in the Audi RS3 TCR.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
8/13/20 8:17 a.m.
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) said:
tuna55 said:

That is sad.

 

Can we ask the artist behind that render how the wing was supposed to mount to the rear glass?

it was actually built in real life as well.

looks like the mounts are sticking through the rear window and the wing has to be removed to open the hatch
 

 

 

Wow cool.

 

I really think it looks great. I just assumed it was a render. Now I want one.

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