2015
04.24

Feel like your SkyActiv-powered Mazda is lacking a bit of throttle response and driver feedback?

We hear you, that’s why we’re introducing the all new CorkSport Race Rear Motor Mount for 2014+ Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, as well as 2013+ Mazda CX-5.

CorkSport Mazda 3 Rear Motor Mount

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.

CorkSport Mazda 6 Rear Motor Mount

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.

CorkSport Mazda CX-5 Rear Motor Mount

Now you might be thinking: “How does a motor mount improve throttle response and driver feedback?” 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’s 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.

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” – Newton’s 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’s 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…etc.

CorkSport Mazda 3 Rear Motor Mount

For just $129.99 you can’t go wrong. Improve your vehicle’s performance with the CorkSport Race RMM, and pair it up with the CorkSport Short Shift Plate and Shifter Bushings for the ultimate performance package!

-Barett, CS Engineering

Barett Strecker-01

2015
04.22

Who wants a small, practical, cheap, gas efficient car?

Everyone, right?

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.

CorkSport-2016-Mazda-2-Hatchback-City-Car-MPG-

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’s 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.

Cheers,

Spencer ABOUT_BLOG_Spencer

Sources:

https://www.cars.com/articles/why-scion-picked-mazda-to-build-the-ia-1420680343797/

http://jalopnik.com/the-scion-ia-a-cheap-catfish-faced-sedan-that-may-jus-1694912877

2015
04.09

Who said engine bays don’t need to be customized?

Introducing the CorkSport Core Support Cover for 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3! This new radiator panel can clean up your engine bay, and make it pop, with just a 30-minute installation.

New Mazdaspeed 3 Radiator Panel

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.

Designing the Mazdaspeed 3 Radiator Panel

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.

-Derrick, CS

2015
04.03

Last weekend I experienced my first track day ever, and quite frankly it was awesome. I didn’t 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—also know as “BFN.” Now, that’s 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’s 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.

Oregon Raceway Map

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’t 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.

A Little Advice

My first suggestion: Get off your high horse and go to an event that provides you with an instructor. I’ll 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.

Autocross Race Track Instructor

Next suggestion: Don’t be afraid to go off track, but do be cautious of it. ORP is very forgiving for noobs, as there wasn’t 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’m guilty of this as well. I went completely off track once in turn 16, and I still drove my car home.

Motorcross Off Track

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.

Fun at the Autocross Track

All right, one more suggestion: Have fun! That’s why we do this, right? Don’t get frustrated with your driving or your car’s 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’ll never forget.

Autocross Racing with CorkSport

Race Cars on the Track

Track Day Outcomes

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’s 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’s 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.

Barett Strecker-01

2015
03.30

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:

2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3 Adjustable Short Shifter

One more shot of the short shifterYou 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.

Mazdaspeed Boost Control Solenoid

 

Reasons to Buy the EBCS

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.

2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6 Upper Control Arms

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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—then adjust back to your ideal degree for city driving. These pair nicely with our front strut bar for the Mazdaspeed 6.

Leather Shift Knob for Mazdas

Side View of Mazda Shift Knob

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.

2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6 Rear Brake Pads

New Mazdaspeed 6 Rear Brake Pads

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—and some new front pads while you’re at it!

2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Hood Scoop

Increase Mazdaspeed 3 Cold Air Intake

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.

2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3 Steering Wheel

Increase your Mazdaspeed's handling and style with this new leather steering wheel.

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.

2015
03.27

Dear Car Guy,

Hey. It’s been a bit. I hope this finds you fast and happy.

I was thinking about all the products you’ve purchased over time. From the SRI and hood scoop, to the fuel pump internals and Injector Seals, you’ve made your ‘baby’ look awesome, drive well, and perform at her very best. We all know that the few decals you’ve 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?

Seriously though, we have t-shirts, a couple of which you may have already, and hats, and a license plate frame.

I just really wonder what else do you want. We’ve had joking requests for female undergarments (we’re still looking into that one…) 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?

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/551128073120166042/

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/551128073120166042/

Or do you want belt buckles with CS on the front, like some motocross rodeo guy?

Source: http://www.coolbuckles.com/widogdafubar.html

Source: http://www.coolbuckles.com/widogdafubar.html

We’ve sent out some extra swag items over the years, as a thank you to our great customers. A few coozies here and there:

CorkSport Beer Coozies

Source: Our great customers

 

And a couple ice scrapers for those of you who have had it rough this past winter…. Oh wait, it’s still going… (Sore subject?)

Overall, I’d love to hear from you about what it is you want in terms of SWAG options. Tell us in the comments, or right here.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon about them. Stay safe, stay happy, and stay fast.

Cheers, Kim

Kim Russell-01

2015
03.25

Looking to add a little style to the interior of your Genjuan? Or maybe you’re searching for another performance product to give you the edge? What if I told you I could give you both of those with one performance product?

Introducing the new CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel for 2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3!

Increase your Mazdaspeed's handling and style with this new leather steering wheel.

No stitching required! The CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel was designed to be a direct OEM replacement. It works flawlessly with the OEM steering column, covers, button panels, and airbag for a stress-free 30 minute installation. Check out the images below: On the left shows exactly what you would receive in the package. On the right is a fully assembled steering wheel with all the OEM components.

Installing Mazdaspeed 3 Steering Wheel

Now I have to admit, when this product idea (Big thanks to Brett Ross!) came across my desk, I was a bit skeptical. I’m not one to spend money on aesthetics on my Mazdaspeed 3. So we got a prototype manufactured, and I installed it in my car to begin the R & D process. Within minutes, I was sold—and not just by how good it looked in my 09’ MS3, but by how much more connected I felt with the car.

Mazdaspeed 3 Steering Wheel for Better Driving Experience

While driving I saw the value in a performance steering wheel—things like the hand wrapped and stitched leather that has a slight texture and plush feel to it. The perforated leather in the high use areas is a great addition so your hands won’t get clammy on spirited drives. The wheel diameter is the same, but the thickness of the wheel has been increased, which is much more comfortable for long drives and canyon carving. The flat bottom gives it a more aggressive feel and actually makes it easier to get in and out of the car since I’m 6’ 2” tall. All that said, probably the most exciting feature of the CorkSport Performance Steering Wheel are the aggressive thumb grooves. These help you lock your hands in place, giving you more confidence in the twisty roads and while fighting the lovely torque steer.

Why You Need a New Mazdaspeed 3 Steering Wheel

Trust me when I say, you need to try the CorkSport Performance Mazdaspeed 3 Steering Wheel. You will be pleasantly surprised.

-Barett, CS Engineering.

2015
03.20

Have you heard about FSAE? You Haven’t? Well, grab a beer and take a seat. We have quite the journey ahead of us.

The Basics

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is an international collegiate design competition held among colleges and their associated student groups. The project is to design and build an open-wheel race car (within the specified rules) to compete in both dynamic and static events.

The dynamic events include:

  • A 300ft drag race
  • Left/right skid pad
  • Single pass autocross track
  • A closed loop autocross track run for 20 minutes, which is also scored on fuel economy.

The static events include:

  • An engineering design event
  • A cost analysis event
  • A marketing presentation.

The goal of the project is to simulate a new startup company that designs and builds track day cars that are affordable for the average guy. All right. That’s the background. Now, I hope you enjoy my personal FSAE journey.

FSAE Sample Race Car Design

First Encounters with FSAE

For me, it all started in September of 2011. I had just transferred to Portland State University (PSU) to begin my upper division classes in Mechanical Engineering. The classes were difficult, and I didn’t know anyone at Portland State. One day, I came across the PSU Viking Motorsport Formula SAE student group. I was instantly hooked, getting whatever information I could from the couple of members I met. Before I knew it I was in the student group’s lab, tinkering with the car and asking way too many questions. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time, and I’ll admit: I’m glad I didn’t because I don’t know if I would have stuck it out any other way.

I attended a second meeting with enthusiasm, which landed me managing the cooling system for the next race car. A mixture of stress and excitement overwhelmed me.

Building an FSAE Race Car

You only have a year with FSAE, which means we had to work quickly. Within a few weeks the 2012 race car was beginning to take shape.

FSAE Race Car Frame

Remember: This wasn’t built from a kit. From concept to 3D computer model to the immense amount of fabrication, we did it all. Not to mention the 12-21 credits of engineering classes, and on top of it all some of us were working an hourly job—myself included. Sounds crazy, huh? You have no idea unless you’ve done it.

With a goal to have an operational race car by mid-February there were at least eight members spending 60-80 hours per week building the race car. There were many late nights—actually, “early mornings” are a better way to put it—that ended like this:

Working Late on an FSAE Car

But with every tough time there was a moment like this to remind us to have fun:

FSAE Fun Engineering

The Fruit of Our Labor

By March, only a couple weeks behind schedule, we had an operational race car, and we were feeling pretty awesome (to have an operational race car by then was impressive in this competition) and ready to start testing and tuning. With so much time spent in the machine shop and lab, we were all very excited to get some fresh air at the test track. Who wouldn’t be excited with a view like this?

FSAE Race Test Track

Our testing and tuning consisted of every aspect of vehicle dynamics. Tire pressure, camber, caster, anti-squat, anti-lift, toe, spring rate, and damping rate adjustment—not to mention the live engine tuning via wireless connection. Testing and tuning days were an absolute blast, but they were packed full of problems and solutions, because that’s the reality of a race car. On top of our private testing and tuning, we would also participate in local SCCA autocross events, because it was more testing and great driver training. These events were usually a bit more relaxed if there weren’t any issues.

The FSAE Competition

Let’s fast forward a few months to the actual competition held in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The most important step was getting through tech inspection. Tech inspection, or commonly called “scrutineering”, involved four stations, each testing a different aspect of the car. First, the car is thoroughly inspected by officials to verify all the rules had been followed. Second, accelerate for a set distant then apply the brakes at full force. All four tires must lock up and the race car cannot rotate out of control. Third, rev the engine to a set RPM for 3 seconds without overshooting the 110dB threshold. Fourth, the epic tilt table. The car and driver are tilted to over 60 degrees to check for leaks and to simulate a 2.5G cornering force. Sound nerve-wracking? It can be, but this is also pretty fun:

FSAE Testing

To our surprise, we were the third team to get through tech inspection. That may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but you need to understand that some teams never even get through tech inspection at all. The tests are exhaustive, especially for college students who just built a racing vehicle from scratch. With the tech sticker on our race car we were off to prepare for the next few days of static and dynamic events.

The next morning came, and the first event on our schedule was the design presentation. This was my biggest worry of the whole competition. Four very well educated and known motorsports engineers drill you for an entire hour with questions about your design and your decisions to get to that design. It was like standing in front of the firing squad.

Formal FSAE Design Presentation

All-in-all we did pretty well for being more of a hands-on focused team. The important thing was the most difficult event was behind us. Next were the other two static events, but I didn’t present in these, so we will just move forward to the dynamic events.

Like any good race car it was having issues that we couldn’t for the life of us diagnose. After limping the race car through the drag race and skid pad events, we narrowed the issues down to the fuel pressure regulator and a potential tuning issue. After completely re-designing the fuel system from an in-tank setup to an external setup we had the car running much better. There was still a mysterious tuning issue, but with only minutes to spare we pushed (all race cars had to be pushed to the events according to the rules) the race car to the autocross event in an attempt at least score some points.

Pushing an FSAE Race Car

The race car was difficult to drive as the throttle response was poor to say the least, but I managed to finish 25th of 90. I later found out that this was the highest score for the autocross event in PSU’s history.

Check out the Autocross event here. (Skip to 3:15.)

Last but not least was the endurance event. This event is worth 40% of the total competition points and is by far the most demanding dynamic event. On average, only 60% of the teams that start the event finish. The most common issues are engine overheating or failure to restart after the driver change, but sometimes you have an unusual issue much like the one we had to overcome. I was the first driver for the endurance event, so I was forced to improvise. The bracket that stops the accelerator pedal broke on my first lap, which resulted in the accelerator pedal being stuck wide open. I couldn’t get my foot around the pedal to pull it loose, and quitting wasn’t an option. With no other choice, I drove the next ten laps throttling through the corners with the clutch, leaving the throttle wide open. As you can see in the video, things got a little out of control for a bit, but I managed to finish my ten laps without blowing up the car.

The FSAE Endurance Challenge

We changed drivers and proceeded to complete the endurance event with a broken chain tensioner at lap 18. Through all those issues we finished 14th in the endurance event.

Check out the Endurance event here.

With all the points tallied up, we finished 16th place of 90 teams at FSAE Lincoln. This was and still is the highest placing in PSU’s history. None of this would have been possible without the support of my fellow teammates and our extremely supportive adviser, Evan Waymire. Of course we learned a ton about engineering, but also, and maybe most importantly, that life is not about the issues you face, but about the ways you solve them.

Barett Strecker-01

2015
03.18

Look good and drive better with the latest version of our 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Hood Scoop!

CorkSport Carbon HoodScoop Installed

Would you look at that beauty?

The CorkSport Hood Scoop has a mirror-like finish, giving your Mazdaspeed 3 a clean, styled look that’s as practical as it is fresh. With a 52% larger opening than the OEM hood scoop, you’ll increase the cold air inflow to your top mount intercooler. Boost air temperatures will drop, which means more power to the engine. You’re going to turn heads, and feel a difference in performance.

Increase Mazdaspeed 3 Cold Air Intake

We engineered this to an exact fit, meaning, if you follow the instructions, installation shouldn’t take you more than half an hour. Oh, and the fiberglass is overlaid with real carbon fiber cloth and sealed with UV-resistant, epoxy resin—so it won’t lose its shine anytime soon.

UV-resistant carbon fiber hood scoop for the Mazdaspeed 3

Convinced yet? Yeah, we thought so. Check out the 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Hood Scoop product listing page for a few more nitty-gritty details, and order yours today!

2015
03.13

Look good while you drive good (and do other stuff good too) with our new #CorkSport hashtag t-shirt.

Standing in style with the new #CorkSport t-shirt

#CorkSport says a lot in one word: That you care about quality; that you’re passionate about Mazdas; and that power and speed are some of the most important things in life—or at least driving. So why not tell the world you’re a Mazda head with this shirt?

Available in white:

White CorkSport Shirt

….and black:

Black CorkSport T-shirt

…so you can look good before or after Labor Day.

Now, onto the nitty-gritty:

  • CorkSport Service & Support: The advantage of the CorkSport hashtag shirt is that it comes in two colors and multiple sizes. Choices, guys.
  • OEM Fitment: The shirts are a 60/40 cotton/poly mix.
  • Track-Tested: We have personally worn these shirts at the track, and they hold up great to working conditions and make you look good..
  • Dusting: There is no dusting under heavy performance with these shirt.
  • All-Weather Performance: If it is raining or snowing and you are wearing just this shirt you will get wet. Sorry folks it cannot do everything. Your hair will get wet too.
  • Hashtag Obligation: Using the CorkSport hashtag will not improve the comfort level of this shirt, but you should use it anyway.

Any other questions? All right, now go get yours.