Car Catcher: Former World Challenge Mazda Protegé

By Jordan Rimpela
Sep 6, 2019 | Mazda, Car Catcher, Mazda Protegé

This 2002 Mazda Protegé was purchased new from Mazda as a body-in-white with one intention in mind: racing. The original builder spent more than $60,000 on the car. The Protegé made its SCCA SPEED World Challenge debut at the 2004 season opener at Sebring, but from what we can tell that would be its only pro race.

Some more information from the seller:

Everything installed in the car was new, first quality equipment and parts. The CAD-CAM design, chassis modifications, full roll cage, suspension and tuning bits, engine management systems, front air dam, etc. were all designed and constructed in collaboration with David DelGenio who is a well-regarded Mazda race car setup expert in the Northeast. He owns and operates a race shop named Driven Performance in Acworth, New Hampshire. This car features: 4 cylinder, 240 hp motor by Sunbelt performance engines with uprated oversized oil pan, Motec engine control unit & electronic instrumentation, Pi Research System 1 data acquisition and logging system, Pi C-Dash analog electronic instrumentation, Öhlins fully adjustable racing shocks with external reservoirs, kill switch, roll cage, etc. exceeding specified requirements for most racing series. Set of four Kosei K-1 super light forged aluminum wheels. The total weight is ~2150 lbs. The car is setup for sprint racing and does not have an alternator. It also does not have a fire system installed. 

If interested, this Mazda is for sale on our forums for $6000.

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Vigo MegaDork
9/6/19 5:48 p.m.

This car features: 4 cylinder, 240 hp motor

So the rpm, it's uhh... over 9000, you say? 

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