2015
07.29

Who doesn’t love an awesome shot of a Mazdaspeed, rolling through lush green highways? How about a whole stockpile of those shots, new angles and stances every week?

A lot of us drive beautiful Mazdas, but only a few of us have the photographic gift (or photographer friends) to showcase them as they deserve. For the rest of us, we can just enjoy the sights on Instagram, which has tons and tons of Mazda accounts we love.

We showcase owners and their pics every day with a #CorkSport Pic of the Day, so be sure to use that hashtag on your best shots. Sometimes, though, we need to point you toward a whole account, like these 5 Mazda owners you should be following on Instagram.

1. Gabriel Manzanera

He swaps out his wheels sometimes to keep things fresh. But really, Gabriel’s ride always looks fresh:

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@gabriel_manzanera

2. Marty Gro

Does it cleaner than this? Bonus: Marty takes some great pics of his dog too.

@Marty_Gro

@Marty_Gro

3. Nick Pereira

If you’re ever in the mood for just a glimpse of a Mazda, Nick finds the best angles of his Mazda 3, showcasing just how good every part of the car looks. (Don’t worry: He takes some killer full body pics too.)

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4. Kyle Cross

You’ll see more than just Mazdas on Kyle’s professional photography account, but we don’t mind when every shot looks so damn great.

@kylecrossphotography

@kylecrossphotography

5. Charles Villeneuve

Hailing from Canada, Charles is serious about mods—and takes some seriously great shots of his 2010 Mazdaspeed 3.

@drtyspd10

@drtyspd10

Who else, guys? Give us a follow at @CorkSport and direct us to some other great Mazda owners on Instagram.

 

Cheers,

CorkSport

2015
07.28

As some of you may know already, CorkSport HQ made the move to a much larger and more functional building in January 2014. I think we can all agree that moving sucks and basically consumes your life for at least the month before and after the actual move. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s a hundred times worse when you are trying to move a business while still “keeping the doors open”. In the chaos of moving and getting the new location setup just right it’s easy to forget about the little yet important activities. So what better way to get back in the groove than a BBQ and Dyno Day to support the local community!

July 18th was the big day with 15 cars scheduled to get on the dyno, and another 35-45 cars planning to show up to watch the numbers! With everything set up and the burgers and dogs grilling away, people started to roll in by 12:30pm. The first car got on the dyno and the show began.

Dyno Testing Day

First, a bit about our dyno; it’s nicknamed “The Heartbreaker,” and oh so many hearts has it broken. The Tq/Hp curves look good, but it just reads low numbers. For example, a stock Mazdaspeed3 puts down a sad 190whp. Anyway, amongst the 15 Speed3s that planned to hit the dyno the mods varied from nearly stock to big turbo builds with lots of meth. There were quite a few Speeds in the 200-250whp range with a nice assortment of bolt-ons, a couple cars running a BNR or CS turbo in the 295-320whp range and then there is Justin England: a local out of Washington rocking a built block, GTX3071r at 34psi and tons of meth. He put down a very respectable 400wHp/365wTq on the heartbreaker dyno.

More Mazda Dyno Testing

Just to give you another reference point, we threw a 07’ Corvette on the dyno that also has high flow cylinder heads, intake & exhaust manifold, performance camshaft, and full exhaust system. He put down a mere 420wHp/380wTq…yup. Anyways, enough about our depressing dyno!

Along with the constant roar of WOT pulls there was plenty of food and drinks and even a raffle thanks to a handful of sponsors: Tuned by Nishan, Justin at Freektune, Damond Motorsports, James Barone Racing, and CorkSport.

Check out the images below!

Mazda BBQ 1

Hot Pink Mazda Miata

Yes, that’s a pink Miata with a V8 that’s a daily driver drift car…it’s basically badass.

Dyno Testing a Mazda

Mazda BBQ 2

Mazda BBQ 3

All-in-all it was great day! We had a blast, put down some numbers, and stuffed our bellies. What more can you ask for?! Big thanks to all the NATOR OR members and CS employees that made this day possible and to the sponsors that donated items for the raffle! This is what makes the Mazda community so great!

 

Cheers,

Kim

2015
07.24

Last month, when The Smoking Tire featured our turbocharger in a beta tester’s Mazdaspeed 6, we loved watching how the car handled switchbacks as much as we loved hearing the turbo purr every few seconds.

It got us thinking, What are the best West Coast road trips to take a Mazdaspeed?

That isn’t the most objective of questions, but all the same we wanted to share a list of some of the spots we found—as well as why we love them. Tell us what you think, and what we missed.

California’s Pacific Coast Highway

California's Pacific Coast Highway from Flickr

Did we have a choice to list anything else first? These 123 miles of highway may be the most iconic in the whole country, much less the West Coast. If you like curves and the thrill of driving right up against a cliff face, you can’t do much better than taking your Mazdaspeed here. It should take about 5 hours at a leisurely pace, but you can probably cut that down to 3.5, right?

The Oregon Painted Hills

Oregon Painted Hills from Flickr

Called one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon make for a breathtaking destination. They also offer some great vistas and stops along the way. There are rivers, fossil fields, and plenty of little towns to stop and grab a bite, as well as Mount Hood National Forest if you’re coming from the West, which always makes for gorgeous driving.

The Olympic Peninsula of Washington

The Olympic Peninsula in Washington from Flickr

There’s still no road that traverses the interior of the Olympic mountains, but that’s okay: Just driving on the loop around them on highway 101 gives you a thousand beautiful views. Most people only ever see one angle of the Olympics, from Seattle, so take a road trip in your Mazdaspeed to gain an experience few people ever do.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park from Flickr

No, we didn’t forget about our friends up north. This drive should be on every nature lover’s bucket list, though you may not be able to cross it off till you retire or earn a long sabbatical if you plan to take your own Mazdaspeed. The whole route, Anchorage to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, takes you along Alaska 1 (Glenn Highway), Alaska 10 (Edgerton Highway), and McCarthy Road, which of course doesn’t include the trek up through Canada. While we’d love to see some #CorkSport shots on this drive, be careful about driving your baby all the way. Once you get to Wrangell-St. Elias, you face a 59-mile gravel road to reach the heart of the park.

Have fun, wherever you choose to drive.

Cheers,

Corksport

2015
07.10

With the new 2016 MX-5 due to arrive into our hands around the 21st of July, this brings up the question we’d like to ask our supporters: What new Miata parts would you like to see made?

New 2016 MX-5It is a little early to ask this question, since we don’t have the 2016 MX-5 in our garage yet, but it does give our engineers a head start to think about what you value and want—beyond what we already have planned.

The short answer: Big things.

The long answer: The short list of products, below.

  • Intake/Airbox Kit Exhaust System
  • Lowering/Sport Springs
  • Upgraded Sway Bars
  • Short Shifter

Also, we’ve received a few ideas in the past, including a seat lowering kit. In other words, we’d move the seat even lower in the chassis for tall people/helmet clearance on the top. Also, a tuner.

Really, we’re open to anything, so exercise your mind and we’ll see what we can do!

 

Cheers,

Derrick

2015
07.09

One of the perks of our job is having the chance to see so many sleek Mazdas.

Every day we receive shots of customers’ cars, to say nothing about the 23k photos hashtagged #CorkSport on Instagram, or all the Mazdas the CorkSport team owns. Of course, the shots taken by professional photographers really catch our eye, especially if they’re of a new Mazda, or at least a Mazda that’s kept its new car shine.

Whether we drive on the track or highway, that’s always the goal, right? To maintain the same sheen our sedans and hatchbacks had when we drove them off the lot? It’s not a perfect art, detailing your Mazda, but if you want that new car shine, try some of these tips.

Wash it weekly

Photo Cred: @jaxonporter23

Photo Cred: @jaxonporter23

Oxidation is mostly responsible for that faded look older cars have. It usually doesn’t become visible in the first 12-18 months, but that’s when you need to begin washing regularly—ideally weekly—so it never does, or at least remains minimal. If you don’t have time every week, try quick detailing.

Remove contaminants

Photo Cred: @rylancushing

Photo Cred: @rylancushing

The longer you let dead bugs and bird sh*t sit on your Mazda, the harder they’ll be to remove. Every time you drive, you pick up debris, and tar, oil, and air pollutants will gradually lodge themselves in your paint. Especially when you notice these, but preferably every week, clean them off, either with a microfiber detailing cloth or shampooed mitt. A clay lubricant can also come in handy. Just be sure to clean these off even as your removing the gunk, and don’t rub too hard or you’ll leave scratch marks.

Polish and glaze the scratches

Photo Cred: @larrisongervacio

Photo Cred: @larrisongervacio

The first scratch or scuff always hurts, even if you know it’s unavoidable. When the small scuffs and swirl marks happen, use a polishing towel to smooth out the surface. Glazes are paint treatments that can also fill these in, which will restore the paint’s gloss. A polished Mazda is gonna look—and feel—great.

Use protection

Photo Cred: @dirtybmxer

Photo Cred: @dirtybmxer

New scratches and scuffs are harder to come by if you use a protective sealant once you finish polishing. A synthetic, acrylic resin and sealant glaze will keep your paint safer, so you won’t have to glaze and polish as often. Once this is done, add the shine with some good wax, which can bring out depth and more color from your paint.

We asked the CorkSport community what products you guys use, and we never heard anything bad about Collinite, Poorboy’s, or Chemical Guys. Are there any others we should try?

We care about our Mazda performance and what goes on under the hood, but how it looks over the hood has gotta be worth some gains too.

 

Cheers,

CorkSport

2015
07.02

We’ve got something your Mazdaspeed engine bay has been needing for a long time: Our new exhaust manifold heat shield—or as some folks like to call it: The Pimp Shield.

The CorkSport Mazdaspeed Manifold Exhaust Heat Shield

A new heat shield, you ask? Isn’t that just aesthetic?

Sure, you could stick with the OEM shield, but ours is manufactured from 5052 aluminum and ceramic coated, made to be durable and guaranteed to clean up the look of your engine bay.

Your current OEM shield sticks out like a ratty POS. Pop your hood and imagine this instead. The difference is clear:

The Mazdaspeed Manifold Exhaust Heat Shield installed

Our Mazdaspeed exhaust manifold head shield was CAD designed specifically for the MZR DISI engine, so it’ll fit over the stock manifold like a glove. Whether you drive a 2007–2013 Mazdaspeed 3 or a 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6, you need to order this for your bay today.

See more specs and photos and order here.

 

Cheers,

CorkSport

 

2015
06.30

Guys, we want your feedback on a project we’ve been working on for the past year.

We’ve shown glimpses of our Mazdaspeed manifold from time to time, including the one below when we had it installed on Barett’s Mazdaspeed 3, which popped up on our Facebook page—on April Fool’s—while it was being tested.

Mazdaspeed Intake Manifold

This manifold is designed to be a bolt-in. It’ll work with the stock throttle body, stock intercooler, stock you-name-it. This means if you’ve upgraded to a front mount intercooler, it’ll also work as it keeps the OEM throttle body location.

We’ve been through a few iterations of the manifold, and below is a picture of the latest version. We’ve changed several things in the design from the last test version, including individual ports for the runners to install meth injection.

CorkSport Mazdaspeed Intake Manifold

In our testing, we’ve found spool to be 200 rpm sooner with the manifold installed. This has been shown on a 1st gen Mazdaspeed 3 equipped with the CorkSport turbocharger and a 2nd gen Mazdaspeed 3 with a GT35r installed.

We also had a peak increase in power of 17 horsepower at the wheels on the 1st gen Mazdaspeed 3 in back to back testing with the manifold.

So. This is where you the Mazdaspeed owner comes into play. We want to know: Would you buy this if we made it? The price for the intake manifold would be $725. Tell us your thoughts, and if you are interested, shoot us an email so we can keep you updated.

 

Cheers,

CorkSport

2015
06.26

We can’t wait for our new Mazda MX-5. Every time more rumors surface about the next Mazdaspeed, all of us at CorkSport can hardly contain our excitement. Still: We appreciate nostalgia, and for all the performance updates that Mazda has made over the years, it’s still fun to reminisce on their past accomplishments.

For a small player in the industry, Mazda has released some incredible cars over the years. Some have evolved into the models we mod out today; some disappeared like dinosaurs. They’re gone, but not quite forgotten, at least not by true Mazda heads. These are six of our favorite Mazda models from the past.

1. The Mazda Mazdago

First vehicle manufactured by Mazda

Mazda Philippines

Is it a motorcycle? Or an ATV? Or a truck? Technically, the Mazdago was the first “autorickshaw,” but we remember it more as the first vehicle manufactured by Mazda.

2. The Mazda Savanna RX-3

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city-data

Long live the rotary, right? We can’t wait for the new one, whenever that will be, but we love any shot from the rotary family. Given the Savanna’s huge success in the 70s, it won’t ever be forgotten, but it’s sadly rare to see one of these morsels on the road today.

3. The Mazda Titan

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goo-net

Not to be confused with the Nissan truck, this commercial behemoth actually lives up to its name. The boxy Mazda Titan is still around, and still not the prettiest truck on the road.

4. The Mazda Bongo

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cartype

Technically, these sometimes trucks, sometimes vans remain in production—at least for a little while longer. It’s the photos of the first models, though, like the first gen pictured above, that catch our eye. The Mazda Bongo has never been a sleek van, but that’s OK when their main job is to be functional.

5. The Mazda REPU

Flickr

Flickr

This was not a popular truck. Known for guzzling gas, its appearance right before the 1970s gas crisis might have sealed its fate. The Mazda REPU was a lot faster than its competition, though, and we kind of love that it had a rotary engine.

6. The Mazda MX-3

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cargurus

The Mazda MX-3 died out the same year CorkSport was born, and we remember it for the performance modifications. The MX-3 was basically made for Mazda performance enhancement. If you see one on the road today, chances are someone’s been under the hood, installing a lot of upgrades.

Did we miss any? (Rhetorical question, people. Mazda has made a lot of cars.)

 

Cheers,

CorkSport

2015
06.23

We have gotten some great response back from our customers who have the SkyActiv Mazda 3, 6, and CX-5s over the past few years with product suggestions and questions about power, technology, and more.

We're going to take apart and upgrade a brand new Mazda 3 with a SkyActiv manual transmission.

We decided to have an in-house example of Mazda’s current sport model of the Mazda 3, a 2015 2.5 liter SkyActiv manual transmission. As everyone’s favorite television series host has put it in the past: There is no better way to test the breed than motorsports. So that is exactly what we are going to do with this brand new Mazda 3. Strip the interior, outfit it with CorkSport parts, install some safety gear, and go racing.

Want some new Mazda 3 parts? We'll be selling off just about everything.

Yes. We are really going to take apart a perfectly good car to race on the track with a bunch of other people who suffer from the same mental disorder. We will be posting regular updates on the car as we proceed through the build, which will include time on our dyno and results on the races.

This also means there will be a garage sale on brand new parts from this car, interior, wheels, etc. It has every option so if you want something shoot us an email.

Stay tuned for updates.

-Derrick

2015
06.20

Make your engine bay pop with our 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Aluminum Pulley Set!

Mazdaspeed Corksport Pulley Set

This sleek blue pulley set will catch your eye every time you pop the hood of your Mazdaspeed, giving your bay a nice personal touch of 6061-T6 aluminum and anodized CorkSport blue.

Installed Mazdaspeed aluminum pulley set

They come preinstalled with new OEM replacement bearings for quick installation—and they weigh 15% less than the OEM steel pulleys, so you’ll drop some weight when you add this mod. Oh yeah, and they’re precision CNC machined too, so they’ll look and perform great for years on the track and the road.

To learn more and buy your new Mazdaspeed 3 pulley set today, visit the product page, and watch the video below.

Pssst: 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6 owners, you can rejoice too. These blue beauties will fit your Mazda as well.

Cheers,

CorkSport