Mazda3 hill-climb car hides a high-horsepower rotary secret

Through the trees, you hear it coming. It sounds like bees, and they’re angry. And there are thousands of them. Don’t worry, though, because it’s not a horde of angry honeymakers intent on rebuilding their armies. Instead, it’s an angry race car and it’s here to dominate the surrounding hills. This one is a highly modified Mazda3 and it doesn’t do a very good job of hiding its secret weapon.

Under the hood of this slammed-to-the-ground Mazda3 hatchback sits a two-rotor Wankel rotary engine that is breathing through a pair of turbochargers. The setup is good for 630 horsepower and somewhere around 370 pound-feet of torque. That is a mega dosage of power for a vehicle weighing in at just under 2,100 pounds.

This is a hill-climb monster, of course, which means it wears crazy aero bits. Also, it’s no longer a front-wheel-drive economy car as it’s been converted to rear-wheel drive, and the stock gearbox has been swapped out for a 6-speed sequential unit.

It sounds amazing. It looks excellent. It devours tarmac. You should be happy it’s not that swarm of killer bees seeking revenge. Instead a man named Yann Heche and his wild Mazda3. 

Check Also

Prepare to drool: wide-body Kia Stinger to debut at SEMA

In just a few weeks the covers will come off what looks like it might be the toughest Kia Stinger on the planet. Kia has confirmed the car for the 2017 SEMA show which starts October 31. Courtesy of the folks at West Coast Customs, the Kia fastback sedan is about to don some irresistibly wide haunches. Adding to the toughness will be lowered suspension...

Alonso to stay at McLaren after signing “long-term” contract

McLaren on Thursday confirmed it extended its contract with star driver Fernando Alonso. McLaren only said Alonso would contest the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship with the team, but in an interview the Spaniard said he's there for the long haul. "We never discuss the contract clauses and we are not going to do it now, but it's a long-term...