After countless hours designing, testing, and adjusting, we released our drop-in turbo for the Mazdaspeed, and we’re very proud of it‚ÄĒand thrilled about¬†the responses we’ve already received from our beta testers. (See the first reviews on the¬†listing.)
Obviously, with a product this big, we wanted to inform our CorkSport customers as much as possible about the advantages of our turbo vs. the OEM and competitors, and how much power buyers could expect to gain.
Barett wrote a huge white paper on the turbocharger, detailing all of this. From the benefit of a drop-in (no new¬†coolant lines, oil lines, or a intake system are required to install and operate it) to the details of a turbocharger’s anatomy, you can read all about what makes our turbo stand apart.
Our goal was to create a performance-driven turbocharger that wouldn’t break your bank or require a mechanical engineering degree to install. We’re happy to say we succeeded, but see for yourself.
Thank you for over two years of being awesome customers and making my job incredible! If you haven’t heard yet, I’ll be leaving CorkSport on May 19th to pursue my next dream, which is exciting, and sad. After more than two years of being at CorkSport I have learned so much and worked with thousands of incredible customers!
With that said, I wanted to leave you all with a giant thanks, and some things I have learned:
1:¬†Mazda¬†has the most Zoom-Zoom
During my time here, I got to work on, drive, and chat about everything from Mazda 323 GTXs to 2018 Mazdaspeed 3s! Throughout the years of different cars, models, and generations, what I’ve learned is that Mazda really does know how to make some of the MOST FUN cars available. Not only do they make some of the best cars to drive, but they do it at a reasonable price and with incredible reliability (typically….. I’m looking at you timing chain…..). Whether you want cheap cornering (Miata MX-5), high-power (Mazdaspeed 3/6), rally car fun (323 GTX), continual 9000rpm buzzing (RX7/RX8), or need a family hauler that handles better than most sedans (Mazda 5/CX-5), Mazda had/has an option for you. Plus, with their latest generations you can get some of the most refined, practical, fuel efficient, and best handling cars around!
2: CorkSport has the best coworkers
A lot of¬†people I talk to seem to just gripe and whine about their coworkers. Not me, I feel lucky to have hung out every day with awesome coworkers who love cars, love Mazda, and are genuinely cool people. “Business” trips with coworkers meant that not only was I flying to hang out with dozens of awesome customers, watch Mazda drag races, track days, and car shows, but also that I got to share some great beers with my coworkers in the airport and laugh during car rides. On top of these perks, I know that my coworkers would (and have) spot me cash for lunch on a regular basis, watch each other’s dogs when we were on vacation, borrow each other’s cars just for the heck of it, and throw regular Christmas, summer, Soup Cook-Off, and just regular hang out parties.
3: CorkSport has the best perks
I got to drive a Mazdaspeed, I got to work on engines, I got to talk to other car nuts, and I got paid to do it! On top of that I had great job benefits (retirement + medical and stuff) and a CEO and environment that cared about pushing me toward personal growth. CorkSport has an awesome work environment. Every month we have personal development meetings as a whole company where we would discuss things like Success Magazine articles, share self-help books (7 Habits of Highly Effective People), or participate in team-building exercises. We even had personal life coaches for awhile! As if that wasn’t enough, we often had “OPTO FUN” breaks. These could be anything from surprise ice cream breaks for everyone, to foosball tournaments, RC Car Racing, or games of Charades in the middle of the day….. that we got paid for! Talk about FUN!
4:¬†CorkSport has the Best Customers
Everyday at CorkSport I was privileged¬†to deal with dozens of car enthusiasts. From¬†picking up the phone and talking to someone about their brand new Mazdaspeed 3, to writing 50 emails back and forth to the same customer about their entire process, to turning wrenches with customers at install days, I got to help, hang out with, and chat with the car guys that shared the same thing as me…. a love of their Mazda. Over the course of two years I answered over 20,000 emails from you guys, spent over a month straight on the phone (close to 950¬†cumulative hours), and broken several knuckles while wrenching with you. I consider that all great, but even better, I was able¬†to attend¬†several Mazda Meets and meet hundreds of you face to face, go-kart with you, drag race with you, drink with you, eat with you, and mostly, share our love of cars with you.
So thanks! Thanks for being the best damned customers in the whole world!
We love¬†driving Mazdas, but taking and sharing awesome shots of Mazdaspeeds, Miatas, and every other Mazda¬†is the next best thing.
One of the best parts of our job is seeing so many sick rides from our customers, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite Instagram accounts. Are we missing any? If you want to be featured in the future, or in our Instagram Pic of the Day, tag us and use the #CorkSport hashtag.
We’ve seen¬†rumors about¬†the next Mazdaspeed float around for the past two years on a consistent basis. The only thing more consistently seen is the question of when it will arrive.
Recent reports have stated that the 2015 Frankfurt Auto show (which takes place in September) is going to have the concept of the all-new Mazdaspeed 3.
If so, this could be our first glimpse at the next generation of our favorite turbo Mazda! I wouldn’t hold your breath for too much info, though. Whether a new MS3 will debut or not, this will probably just be a concept car for eye candy. I would expect details on the car to be at least another year out.
In the meantime, we still believe the rumors that the next generation Mazdaspeed 3 should be soon.¬†Stats like 300hp, AWD, hatchback, and a price tag of about $30,000-$35,000 get thrown around a lot. Mazda¬†will probably use the 2.5L SkyActiv engine, which could be fantastic since that would mean placing a turbo on a current 2.5L SkyActiv would not only be possible, but hopefully relatively simple.
Let’s all hope for the best, and maybe we will see a concept and more info in September!
Manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum and anodized, the CorkSport Race RMM is strong, durable, and lightweight. What truly sets the CorkSport Race RMM apart from the competition goes to the¬†70a polyurethane. This RMM does not use polyurethane inserts that can loosen up and degrade. The 70a polyurethane is poured directly into the mount for a permanent bond with the aluminum body and bushing collar.
More than a handful of prototypes have been tested to ensure that the product arriving at your door is the very best it can be. We tested different durometer polyurethane from 60a to 80a (as well as different bushing sizes) to find the maximum improvement of throttle response and driver feedback without excessive noise, vibration, and harshness. Check out one of the prototypes below.
Now you might be thinking: ‚ÄúHow does a motor mount improve throttle response and driver feedback?‚ÄĚ In FWD vehicles it is typical for the engine to be oriented in a transverse layout. This means the engine is parallel to the axle centerline, whereas in a longitudinal layout (typical of V8‚Äôs and RWD vehicles) the engine is perpendicular to the axle centerline. Anyway, the engine/transmission applies a rotational force (torque) to the drive shafts, in turn rotating the wheels/tires forward.
‚ÄúFor every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Newton‚Äôs third law of motion.
The amount of torque applied to the wheels is equal and opposite to what is applied to the engine itself, but what keeps the engine from just rotating? Enter the engine mounts. Unfortunately, the OEM engine mounts are very soft, so the engine is able to move and rotate substantially while driving. This makes for a very plush ride inside the cab, but sacrifices throttle response, driver feedback, and really the general driving experience. Replacing the RMM drastically reduces the amount of rotation the engine is allowed which in turn forces more of the engine‚Äôs torque to the tires sooner instead of just rotating the engine in the engine bay. This holds true for any action that affects the engine: throttle inputs, up-shifting, down-shifting‚Ä¶etc.
Who wants a small, practical, cheap, gas efficient¬†car?
If that’s really true we will point you towards the new Mazda 2 that should be available in the USA in just a short amount of time. We think it’s a great-looking car that will be fun to drive and easy on the gas budget.
The problem with the Mazda 2, though, is that people¬†seem to love sedans in the USA. Why? I’m not sure. The practicality of a hatchback seem to far outweigh any benefit (Maybe looks? Maybe?) of the sedan. Hatches have more storage room, more headroom, more trunk space, and get the same exact gas mileage usually. Nonetheless, we have proven again and again that we prefer sedans in America, so what do you do?
The answer is simple: Buy a Scion.
Buy a Scion? Really? Why would a Mazda performance parts company tell me to buy a Scion!?
Easy: The new Scion iA is actually just a Mazda 2 that is a sedan version and re-badged as a Scion.¬†According to jalopnik.com, “This iA is actually more Mazda than Toyota, based on Mazda‚Äôs SkyActiv platform and sharing a lot of its guts with the new Mazda 2.”
It sure looks like a small Mazda 3, and the fact that it will be badged Scion is a good thing! Not only does this mean that you can essentially buy a Mazda 2 Sedan that Mazda won’t be offering in the US officially, but it has two other aspects that we really like.
One, a partnership between Toyota/Scion and Mazda means that hopefully the iA can use all the same parts we develop for the Mazda 2. This means we should reach a new audience that wouldn’t typically be aware of our parts.
Two, a partnership between Toyota/Scion and Mazda means that Mazda should be selling more cars, even if it is under the name Scion and through a partnership. This means extra revenue and thus, more money to put toward cars like the next Mazdaspeed or Rotary. Mazda has always been a smaller player in the automotive world and so a partnership to get more people in a “Mazda” (even if they are buying it as a Scion) will benefit the brand overall and bring more money to them. This is a win-win we believe!
So keep an eye out! This could be one of the next big sellers, and you can be “in-the-know” that Mazda will be selling a Sedan Mazda 2 badged Scion.
Guaranteed to be a perfect fit, this radiator panel¬†was designed using a 3D coordinate measuring arm and CAD modeling software. The 3D arm is used to gather the exact measurements of the vehicle and then inputs those measurements directly into our CAD modeling software. From there, we designed a prototype and began the iterative test and fit process.
Each piece is CNC laser cut from a 5052 aluminum sheet and powder-coated with a durable textured finish. This finish is resistant to scratching, chipping, color fade, and has a satin look to it, which can make your whole engine bay as stunning as the rest of your Mazdaspeed 3.
And did we mention the best part? It only takes a few minutes to install, adding an extra level of detail that every Mazda head deserves. Our radiator panel is currently available in ruby red and charcoal black, and it’s only $89.99, so order¬†yours today, here.
Last weekend I experienced my first track day ever, and quite frankly it was awesome. I didn‚Äôt really know what to expect because I only knew¬†autocross and track in the context of a Formula SAE race car. In short: Ripping around a track at 100mph is far more exciting than ripping around a cone at 35mph.
Oregon Raceway Park (ORP) is located in Grass Valley, OR in the rolling hills just south of the gorge‚ÄĒalso know as ‚ÄúBFN.‚ÄĚ Now, that‚Äôs not intended to be a negative, just an observation. The location of the track is open and beautiful, which you’ll see in the following images. It‚Äôs a bit of a drive, but oh: So worth it.
OK, back to the track. The image below is the terrain track map with the descriptions of each straightaway, turn, and associated components of a fully functional road race course. 16 turns make up this beautiful 2.3 mile loop that has as many elevation changes as a roller coaster.
At the Track
So what was my first track day experience like?
First, let me provided some background information. My car is a 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 with CorkSport¬†springs/struts, RSB, and a handful of goodies under the hood. That’s all great, but most important to a race car are¬†brakes and tires, and mine are lackluster to say the least. OEM calipers and rotors with some old P ZERO¬†NERO All Seasons are not the best combination for a track day, but that wasn‚Äôt going to stop me.
The track day was put on by ORP and Team Continental. The instructors were top notch, and the officials made the event a complete success. The actual event was a High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) with 4 levels ranging from beginner to licensed racing driver, each racing in separate sessions.
My first suggestion: Get off your high horse and go to an event that provides you with an instructor. I‚Äôll admit, I signed up for the intermediate level HPDE because I thought I had enough experience from autocrossing. Fortunately, the officials running the event kicked me down to the beginner level, which requires an instructor. Mine, Brian, ended up being¬†a wealth of knowledge. He knew the ORP track extremely well, and as a bonus, he had a Ford Focus RS, so he understood the FWD issues I would be facing.
Next suggestion: Don‚Äôt be afraid to go off track, but do be cautious of it. ORP is¬†very forgiving for noobs, as there wasn‚Äôt anything to hit off track;¬†but¬†plenty of tracks out there¬†are not at all forgiving. Below, you can see one of the Nator OR guys, Vincent Pham, doing a little off road adventure after coming into a corner too hot. He got his MS3 stopped, then waited for a clearing in traffic and continued on. No harm, no foul. I‚Äôm guilty of this as well. I went completely off track once in turn 16, and I still drove my car home.
My last piece of advice: Go with your buddies! There is nothing more rewarding than passing your buddy in the straightaway and him giving you the one finger salute. Below is a handful of the Nator OR members, and one of the track officials.
All right, one more suggestion: Have fun! That‚Äôs why we do this, right? Don‚Äôt get frustrated with your driving or your car‚Äôs performance, because then you stop having fun. My car was probably one of the more powerful Speeds there, but I had by far the worst tires and most faded brakes holding me back. I decided to focus on my lines and being smooth instead of going for the best lap time I could. My results: Best lap of 2:07 and a day I‚Äôll never forget.
I highly recommend you participate in a track day, even if you’re only a smidgeon interested. There are two possible outcomes from participating in a track day:
First, you have a good time, but decide one track day in your life was enough. There‚Äôs nothing wrong with that, because your daily driving will be improved from just a few hours on the track. Pushing your car on the track lets you find you and your car‚Äôs limits, so you’ll be better at assessing and controlling an emergency situation on a public road.
Second, and most likely, you become hooked just like me. You begin scheduling family events around track days, going through tires and brakes like they grow on trees, and calculating your fuel mileage in smiles per gallon. Do yourself a favor as a car enthusiast and participate in the next local track day. I promise you will love it!
Oh! And check out the video below I made from my last session at ORP.
With April just around the corner, we’re a quarter of the way through 2015, and it’s already been a great year for new Mazda parts. Things will only¬†get more exciting when we release our turbocharger (soon, soon: good things take time), but we’re really happy with the inventory we’ve added in the past three months:
You don’t need to feel stuck with the OEM anymore. Our double-adjustable short shifter for the 2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3 allows you to personalize throw distance and shift knob height (up to 2 1/4″ in height reduction!). See the video, full specs, and design with the link above. You know you need this.
Your Blow-Off Valve can’t do all the work. That’s why we developed the Mazdaspeed Electronic Boost Control Solenoid for ya:¬†An EBCS that uses the latest solenoid technology to build boost faster and minimize boost spikes and creep. To feel the difference in horsepower for yourself, just click on that link to buy yours today.
The next suspension mod for your 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6 is here.¬†Our adjustable front camber arms help you balance your tires and grip as you perfect your cornering performance on the track‚ÄĒthen adjust back to your ideal degree for city driving. These pair nicely with our front strut bar for the Mazdaspeed 6.
Want some style to go with that new short shifter? We’ve got you covered.¬†Our embroidered and hand-stitched leather shift knob weighs 320 grams, improving gear-changing smoothness and making you feel more connected to the transition. Whatever Mazda you drive, you need this knob.
Get ready to brake in a whole new way.¬†These Mazdaspeed 6 rear brake pads use our proprietary semi-metallic and ceramic formula to improve your braking power and handling. With a smooth feel, low dust, and less brake fade¬†than the usual standard, you need these‚ÄĒand some new front pads while you’re at it!
Increase your performance and step up your look with our latest hood scoop for the 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3.¬†With a 52% larger opening than the OEM hood scoop and a mirror-like finish, you’re going to turn heads while increasing the cold air inflow to your top mount intercooler.
Last (er, most recently) but not least:¬†Our hand wrapped and stitched leather steering wheel for the Gen 1 Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 3! As our engineer Barett wrote in a recent post, if you’ve been on the fence about performance¬†steering wheels, this is going to blow you over. But act fast. There’s a limited availability of these beauties.
Hey. It‚Äôs been a bit. I hope this finds you fast and happy.
I was thinking about all the products you‚Äôve purchased over time. From the SRI and hood scoop, to the fuel pump internals and Injector Seals, you‚Äôve made your ‚Äėbaby‚Äô look awesome, drive well, and perform at her very best. We all know that the few decals you‚Äôve put on have added at least 17whp as well.
I was curious, though: What do you have for yourself? Your Mazda¬†looks awesome with decals and cosmetic parts that make her sheen at all times, but what do you have?
A lanyard? Does that even count as swag¬†for you, or is that also for her?
I just really wonder what else do you want. We‚Äôve had joking requests for female undergarments (we‚Äôre still looking into that one‚Ä¶) but¬†what kind of Mazda and CorkSport swag would you love to own?
Do you want sweatshirts with sweet logos or imprints of a speed3?