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My name is Samuel proud owner of a 2010 MazdaSpeed3 currently reside in Mexico City and the story begins in the month of June 2010 when the search began for a successor to my previous car, “Nissan Tiida Hatchback 2008” after many options me to value end up leaning on the car you never considered on my list among which “Mini Cooper S Chilli Hot 2010” & “Ford Focus ST / RS 2010.”
The car was just released here in Mexico and never took her importance as to be considered among one of my options until a friend told me about the car and said he considered it was a good option before buying a car is not lost absolutely nothing to go see him, heeding the other day I went to see him at the dealership and I immediately got on impact and then reviewing each of its components and equipment in general compared with other options in the list …
The next day I tried it and was driving when it was actually on board the car that filled all my expectations, coming from the test drive told the salesman who had seen a color very special in this car the famous “Blue Mica” and that’s how I chose the car that has given me endless satisfaction in every way.
Immediately started to look both performance parts and esthetic and thus began the development of self, as we all do not consider initially make many modifications but this is a vice infinity month left at the dealership and had the car with its “3” Protech Downpipe, “” Blow Off Valve Turbosmart “and” Cold Air Intake AEM, “being very satisfied with their performance did not plan to make more with the passage of time I start the car much more enjoyable and always with the feeling of wanting more and exterior modifications began with “Eibach Pro Kit Springs”, “VIS Racing Carbon Fiber Hood,” “Muteki SR48 Lug Nuts Purple”, “N> Fender Washers RG Purple” and so on.
In late March 2011 the idea of starting a business in an effort to deliver the best that exists in the market for our cars and this is how it is born “AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE” company specializing in automotive performance, and imports from abroad, here really is when it begins the most important transformation of the car as the car becomes a demo of the brand.
The car began to attend various automotive events in order to publicize and disseminate the brand, attended the “PAACE AUTOMECHANIKA MEXICO SEMA SHOW 2011” being the only car of the 150 that appeared in the “Pan American Automobile Magazine in its issue # 200 Anniversary “one of the most important journals in the world automotive industry in Mexico, then part of the Car Show Event “HOT WHEELS 2011 DRIFTING MEXICO” with special recognition for AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE “endorsed by Mattel Mexico thanks to the support provided, months after the car is used by “UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MEXICO” to be shown at the launch of the “Blu Ray FAST FIVE” in the offices of Universal Studios Mexico, months later, the car is used to form part of the image of “Meguiar`s Mexico” as part of its calendar 2012 and is now a proud winner and member of “Mazda Movement”.
Currently with low Km 10.100`s is a car that undoubtedly caught the eye of many, a car that hardly goes unnoticed that much love, effort, time and patience has been built.. future changes?? honestly do not know, that will decide the time …
Mi nombre es Samuel orgulloso poseedor de un Mazdaspeed3 2010 actualmente resido en la Ciudad de Mèxico y la historia comienza en el mes de Junio del 2010 cuando empezè la bùsqueda del sucesor de mi anterior auto “Nissan Tiida Hatchback 2008” después de valuar muchas opciones me terminè inclinando por el auto que jamàs considerè en mi lista entre los cuales destacaban “Mini Cooper S Hot Chilli 2010” & “Ford Focus ST/RS 2010” .
El auto apenas se había lanzado aquì en Mèxico y nunca le tomè la importancia como para considerarlo entre una de mis opciones hasta que un amigo me hablò acerca del auto y me dijo que lo considerara que era buena opciòn y antes de comprar un auto no perdìa absolutamente nada en ir a verlo , hacièndole caso al otro dìa fuì a verlo a la concesionaria e inmediatamente me impactò y posteriormente me subì revisando cada uno de sus componentes y equipamiento en general comparàndolo con las otras opciones de la lista …
Al dìa siguiente hice la prueba de manejo y fuè cuando en realidad estaba a bordo del auto que llenaba todas mis expectativas , llegando de la prueba de manejo le comento al vendedor que habìa visto un color muy especial en este auto el conocido “Blue Mica” y asì fuè como escogì el carro que me ha brindado un sin fin de satisfacciones en todos los sentidos .
Inmediatamente empezè a buscar piezas tanto de performance como estèticas y asì comenzè con el desarrollo del auto ; como todos inicialmente no consideramos hacerle tantas modificaciones pero esto es un vicio infinito ; al mes de salido de la concesionaria ya contaba el auto con su “ 3” Protech Downpipe” , “Turbosmart Blow Off Valve” y su “AEM Cold Air Intake” , estando muy conforme con su desempeño no planeaba hacerle màs , con el paso del tiempo empiezo a disfrutar mucho màs el auto y siempre con la sensación de querer màs y màs comenzè con las modificaciones exteriores “Eibach Pro Kit Springs” , “VIS Racing Carbon Fiber Hood” , “Muteki SR48 Purple Lug Nuts” , “ N>RG Purple Fender Washers” etc .
A finales del mes de Marzo del 2011 surge la idea de crear una empresa con el afàn de distribuir lo mejor que exista en el mercado para nuestros autos y asi es como nace “AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE” empresa especializada en el performance automotriz e importaciones del extranjero , aquì realmente es cuando empieza la transformación màs importante del auto ya que se convierte en el auto demo de la marca .
El auto comienza a asistir a diversos eventos automotrices con la finalidad de publicitar y difundir la marca , asistiò al “PAACE AUTOMECHANIKA SEMA SHOW MEXICO 2011” siendo el ùnico carro de los màs de 150 que apareciò en la “Revista Automòvil Panamericano en su ediciòn #200 de Aniversario” una de las revistas màs importantes del mundo Automotriz en Mèxico , posteriormente formò parte del Car Show del evento “HOT WHEELS DRIFTING MEXICO 2011” con un reconocimiento especial para “AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE” avalado por Mattel Mèxico como agradecimiento al apoyo brindado , meses después el auto es utilizado por los “UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MEXICO” para ser expuesto en el lanzamiento del “Blu Ray de FAST FIVE” en las oficinas de Universal Studios Mèxico , meses màs tarde el auto es utilizado para formar parte de la imagen de “Meguiar`s Mèxico” como parte de su calendario 2012 y ahora es un orgulloso ganador y miembro de “Mazda Movement” .
Actualmente con escasos 10,100 Km`s es un auto que indiscutiblemente atrapa la mirada de muchos , un auto que difícilmente pasa desapercibido que con mucho cariño , esfuerzo , tiempo y paciencia ha sido construido ; modificaciones futuras ¿? honestamente no las sè , eso lo decidirà el tiempo …
The Making of … 1 Year 6 Month`s Later – January 2012 .
– TurboSmart DUALPORT Blow Off Valve .
– AEM Cold Air Intake .
– Protech 3″ Downpipe .
– Ultimate Racing TI-Complete Turboback Exhaust 3″ .
– DENSO Iridium Spark Plugs ITV22.
– SURE Sidewinder Turbo Inlet Pipe .
– SURE TORQ R3 Engine Mount .
– STRI Auto-Manual Turbo Timer (Voltmeter , AF Ratio) .
WHEELS & SUSPENSION :
– Eibach Pro Kit Springs .
– Dunlop SP SPORT 2050 225/40/18 .
– ACE LM Wheels .
– Muteki SR48 Neo Chrome Lug Nuts .
– VIS RACING Carbon Fiber Hood .
– NEXTMOD-Front Lip Kit .
– NEXTMOD-Rear Lip Kit .
– Front Grill MAZDASPEED Badge .
– NR>G Purple Fender Washers .
– AP Carbon Fiber License Plate .
– Blue Al Valve Caps .
– Flat Black Mud Flaps .
– 3M Window Tint All Around 20% .
– NR>G Carbon Fiber Shift Knob .
– Takata Shoulder Pads .
– Mazdaspeed Badge .
– Sparco 4-Point SeatBelts .
– Sparco Bucket Seats .
– Sparco Strada Floor Mats .
– Sparco Mini Pads .
– Rear Bumper-Front Grill Colormatched .
– Xenon Fog Lights .
– SICKSPEED Oil Cap .
– ATE Blue DOT04 Brake Fluid .
– K&N Oil Filter .
– Red Line Synthetic Oil .
– JDM “Wakaba” .
– GO-PRO HD Camera .
Agradecimientos Especiales :
– AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE
– Pro S Graphics
– Mazda Team Mexico
Y principalmente a mis familiares y amigos .
SAMUEL DÌAZ .
This weeks FaceBook Group “Pic4Swag” winner is Andrew Nuse’s 2006 Mazda3 that really shows the passion in a D.I.Y. build. Congratulations Andrew and we can’t wait to see what 2012 brings to this beautiful Mazda!
My car was purchased in early summer of 2009, with not many intentions of having any serious modding done to it. I have always enjoyed the tuner scene, and I literally grew up around a race track. To rewind for a bit, my father was a co-owner and VP of Road Atlanta through the 90s, before that, he used to race just about everything. At one time our garage was filled with an old Ducati GP bike, three lotus race cars (dating all the way back to the 50s), a Ferrari Daytona (two actually, but one was a race car, the other a full street car), two sprint cars from the the 60s, and .. THE .. McLaren M30 (previously driven by Alain Prost), but that never saw our basement garage, I don’t think.
Forward in time, my car is.. my roots. Sort of. My father quit racing once my oldest sister was born back in the 80s. But growing up on Road Atlanta, being there almost every weekend it felt like, it was.. well it was literally where I grew up.
My car has been through a few odd phases. Exterior parts came first, and wheels and coilovers pretty much came last. It’s been a project, at an equal rate of my paychecks just about. Everything done to my car has been done with my own hands just about, only thing I didn’t get a hand in was installing the header, I was actually being pushed away from trying to help lol. There were absolutely no real directions in the beginning, and I still wasn’t very clear where I was going with this car until I found my wheels.
My wheels changed everything. I bought them from a drifter out in California, who didn’t really know what they were, and they were torn to bits. Curb rash around the entire lips of all 4 wheels, the paint on the centers was all chipping and was all the wrong color, wrong markings, everything. Once I started to work on them I attempted to research all that I could on them. That research brought me to the roots of where my car is today, and what Mazda is also. After contacting every Rays Engineering stores and even their headquarters, I finally came across what they were on a random website when trying to learn how to repair wheels, the website had the exact same wheels. Loandbehold, they are Rays Engineering GTPs from the 90s. They are the “non-mazdaspeed” version of the wheels, which, for those wondering, the Mazdaspeed version of the wheels are on the Mazda 787B. After spending weekend after weekend slaving on the wheels, and discovering what they were, there is no way I can move on to something else.
About halfway of the work into the wheels I purchased the roll bar, which was slightly used, and bought off another Mazda 3 owner who needed to go to a full cage and needed funding to run his 3 doing mountain climbs. And of course after the roll bar found its unlikely size inside of my car, began the full on strip.
My car weighs 300 pounds less than it did stock, is that many times louder, is driven almost every day to work and back home. People at shows freak out whenever I tell them it’s a daily car, but it is totally worth it when you hear a laugh and a big grin, and all of the thumbs up and smiles I get when people see the blue wheels.
The car has a long way to go, and this is just the beginning really. Within the next two years I expect it to be a race car on the streets appearance wise, have a fully built motor, can’t decide on boosting it still (I’m an NA guy I’m sorry, but man do I love it when boost kicks your butt), and find a way to lose a few more pounds.
Mod list.. or something like that:
Wheels & Suspension
MATSU Motorsports tower strut bar
BC Coilovers with Extreme Drop Package
Dominant Engineering Rear Camber Arms
Rays Engineering (2 pc.) GTP 17×8 / 9
Toyo Proxes 205/40 all around
TWM Short Throw shifter
SR*S Type HKS High Performance Exhaust
Takeda Short Ram Intake
NGK Laser Iridium plugs
Advanced Ignition Timing
CPe Rear Motor Mount
Hotchkis Full Sway bar Kit
Cordova Motorsports bored TB
Balance Shaft Delete
Custom Oil Baffle
Buddy Club Condenser Kit
Street Unit Passenger / Trans solid motor mounts
Debadged (2.3 & Batmanized M)
Type R stubby antenna
Red painted calipers
Bosch ICON wipers & wipers lowered
Rear wiper delete
Speedline Wide angle mirrors
Speedline side and rear clear reflectors
Side molding delete
Red taillight tint
RE Amemiya Speed 3 wing addon
DDM 6k HID
Front Wiper delete
CPE center gauge pod
White interior trim
RJS Racing 5 pt. Harness
Autpower Roll Bar
Aeroforce Twin Scangauges
INTERIOR DELETE. Minus the dash. (for now)
This Weeks “Pic4Swag” FaceBook contest winner is Kevin Ehm’s amazing Mazda3 that has really taken the fitment scene by storm. Congratulations Kevin!!!
Out in East Hampton, New York, the kind of rides you’re likely to find during the vacation seasons are ferrari’s and lamborghini’s. For the all-year-round locals, lifted trucks and Jeeps are the way to go. But for Kevin Ehm, he’s taken a liking to something very different but very simple: get as close to the earth as he possibly can. Kevin Ehm has gone a very long way since he started experimenting with his suspension in his 2006 Mazda3i sedan just a little over a year ago. And within that year, he’s gone through 3 different suspension setups and bought about 10 sets of wheels. Yes, 10.
A consequence of lowering the car as far as it can go is that mind-blowing amount of camber in the rear. There has been some controversy of that rear camber and while others are rooting him on, there are an army of people that aren’t too fond of it. What people don’t realize is that this Mazda is his travel car, he has never had any tire issues, and his front bumper has always been intact. You can’t really say that for a lot of people in this scene, now can you?
The Mazda is sitting low on CST Zero1’s. 18×9.5 +15 in the front and 18×9.5 -37 in the rear. If you’re wondering about the camber, it’s about -4 in the front and -12 in the rear, although he’s never actually gotten them precisely measured.
This car is definitely a car that will turn heads and break necks. It’s the car that makes people roll down their windows while driving and hit record on their phones. It’s the car that make people walk by it in the middle of the parking lot in awe (and it gets a little awkward when we’re sitting in it). Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a car that breaks boundaries and refuse to conformity. It’s the result of endless amount of time, effort, and money. And what true car enthusiast can’t respect that?
What makes a clean vehicle? One that has one outrageous wow-factor and the rest is kept simple and clean. Kevin’s subtle modification include custom-made springs and cartridges, intake, sr-s exhaust, advanced timing, grounded throttle body, s-model exterior work, and some interior work that include a quick release steering wheel and custom fabric panels and pillars.
If you’re scratching your head as to how Kevin was able to pull of this fitment with a base model sedan, then you’ll really be wondering next season. Plans are underway for an even more outrageous set up (and outrageous numbers). But never doubt that Kevin will not be able to pull it off, as every time he’s planned on a certain offset, it’s become reality. Never question Kevin when it comes to math and numbers.
Until next season.
– Jess Kang
(Feel free to use any of the photos in this Flickr site featuring his Mazda)
Check out this great MazdaMovement video by SpiralDust Films. It’s just the first of many great event videos to come!