SPECS
Horsepower
310 HP
Torque
360 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3281 LB
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2.3 L
Transmission Type
Manual
MPG (City/Highway)
21 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

Wheelwell: Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? A: I bought my Mazdaspeed3 on March 2 of 2015 after it caught my eye in the parking lot of a Mazda dealership in Calgary, Alberta. I already had a Mazdaspeed Protege, but was looking for something a little newer with more power, and definitely turbocharged. I don't know what it was but the car just absolutely stole my attention immediately. I love that the car is a 2013 model- the last Mazdaspeed model that Mazda has produced to this day, and it has every available option you can get, so I feel like it's a pretty rare car and it was practically new when I bought it, with only 32,000km (20,000miles) on it. I couldn't pass it up. Wheelwell: Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? A: I told myself when I got this car that I would keep it stock, but that only lasted about a week before I started researching all of the aftermarket support. I started with a short ram intake from JBR, and then a few days later purchased a COBB Accessport for tuning, which really opened things up from there. Since then I've added all sorts of components to every area of the car, You can find a full list of modifications in my photo section. The most recent mod I've done is a water/methanol injection system. I had done a lot of reading on them and I don't see them on many cars in my area. I thought it would be fun to give it a try, and with my newest tune utilizing the meth injection, heat seak is a thing of the past and the car is an absolute blast regardless of the temperature outside. Wheelwell: Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? A: The COBB Accessport. The ability to change and update maps to properly utilize my modifications is invaluable. You can spend thousands of dollars on all sorts of engine upgrades, but you need to be able to safely take full advantage of them, and the Accessport has allowed me to do that, at a very low cost. I couldn't imagine my car without it at this point. Wheelwell: How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? A: I did a lot of research through Mazdaspeed-specific forums. There are so many different builds with a mix of all different parts, so I read through what people liked and didn't like, and cross referenced with my own goals to come up with what I thought were the best products to suit my needs. As far as installation tips, again, do your research. Read forums, talk to friends, watch YouTube videos and learn the install long before you even pick up a wrench. High pressure fuel pump internals are a necessary upgrade for Mazdaspeed3's, and I had never done an install quite like it before, so I did as much research as I could before I even received the part. By the time I was completing the install for the first time, it felt like I had already done it 30 times because of the preparation through research I had done. Know your stuff and it'll make things so much easier. Wheelwell: What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? A: Sticking to an organized modification path. I wasn't randomly buying engine upgrades that didn't compliment one another. Mazdaspeed3's have great potential, but without supporting mods to reach certain power goals, you'll almost certainly be destined for "zoom zoom boom". So keeping in mind the restrictions of certain parts was a big part of making sure I didn't overdo it. Fuel pump internals are a good example. As I mentioned earlier, they're a necessary upgrade for Mazdaspeed3's, but they're expensive and I've unfortunately seen too many posts where a lot of people would rather have something like an exhaust system first and they neglect the fuel pump, or as another example they don't tune for their mods. You then start seeing posts from the same people asking for help on engine rebuilds. I made sure to avoid all of that, but it was a challenge at times. Wheelwell: What are you planning next? A: This year I'm focused on enjoying the car for the most part. I'm attending a few larger shows in my area and I'd like to head to the track again to see what I can improve with my driving, and to see what the car can do now with my meth/tune finally dialed in. Once the summer is over I'll likely be looking at more engine upgrades- my K04 is absolutely maxed out right now, so a bigger turbo is likely in the future. -------------

Discuss this build

[]Alfredo Velez

Amazing car bro

[]Erryn Godwin

Thanks man!

[]Randy Gross

Nice build!

[]Erryn Godwin

Thank you!

[]Jake Friedberg

Wow what an amazing build!!

[]Erryn Godwin

Thank you so much!

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