Who remembers the Mazda MX-3? No? How about the Precida in some markets? The four seater coupe had a fairly short run but was a pretty unique little car.
Perhaps its largest claim to fame was the fact that it has one of the smallest V6 motors in a production car. The little 6 cylinder that could was just 1.8L in size. Tiny.
Though the car was quite advanced for the 90s (they had a wild rear suspension set up that mimicked four-wheel steering) they were never extremely popular.
Combine that with that fact that Mazdas rusted really bad through to about 2010 and very few remain today. In the nearly ten years I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen two I can easily recall.
So, given the car’s are about as rare as hen’s teeth you can imagine my surprise when someone tagged me in a photo of the one above.
An Ontario plated MX3 that doesn’t have one foot in the grave is rare enough, but something about this one looked a little eyebrow raising.
A little digging revealed that this MX-3 was unlike any other on the planet. The owner @tyburgrisflyy has installed a turbo KLDE motor mid ship, resulting in a tiny rear wheel drive monster.
An ongoing project the car performs fairly well considering what it is.
In its current form –which isn’t final– it ran a 11.94 at over 100 MPH. Not bad at all for the Mazda that time forgot.
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11.94 ???? I didnt get to explan the weekend. Basically long story short. I did test and tune friday and did one pass and my clutch was completely un functional with grinding and slippage. I brought a floor jack to the track thankfully and i was able tl pull the transmission off the frames of the car and find or fix the problem. Turned out to be the clutch for was. Not pushing strait and fell off the ball/ track it pivots on. It took me about 2 hours with not enough tools to do the job but i got it done and did 11.9 the pass right fter i dropped the trans.?? then was fairly deep into the 12 second bracket racing ? was an awesome weekened ? @j_whitelawxo
However to quote the late Billy mays “But wait, there’s more”; the owner @suicidemx3 is also planning to put another turbo KLDE in the front of this car. The goal at the end of a winter of thrashing is twin engine all wheel drive car.
Clearly Ty has a passion for the unique.
He’s also got an eye for MX-3s as the white car isn’t his only one. I’m truly impressed he has two on the road, especially one that appears to be winter driven. is far from his only one.
Hopefully I get a chance to check up on this twine engine project next year. After all Guelph isn’t all that far.