If there’s anything more fun than a (mostly) stock bodied car on a narrow tire running middle eights on a drag strip, I’d really like to know about it. From Drag Week to the various 8.50 quarter mile categories that exist for heavy cars on small tires around the country, it’s just awesome and the fun is 100% worldwide. The proof here is in the form of this really awesome little Mazda 323 stationeries wagon in Australia. The car has a rotary engine, a basically stock body, runs on a 235 radial tire, and goes into that magical 8.50 bracket with speed to spare. It’s really freaking cool.
The engine is a Mazda 13B with a Garrett GTX45 turbo that is forcing a not too shabby 35psi of boost through the engine. The car rides on second hand shocks up front and some leaf springs out back, it has a three speed automatic transmission, a full exhaust system, and 100% zero trick things on it no matter where you look. It is an interesting little car with a hard working, basic, no effs given drivetrain, the way God intend drag racing cars to be built.
If you are at home, lamenting the fact that everything is so expensive and there’s no way you could ever go as fast as you wanted, we think you are wrong. There are more ways to go fast today than ever and cars like this wagon are proof. BangShifty to the core, it’ll never win a car show but it’ll very rarely ever lose a heads up race to a “cooler” looking rig.
Props to this car and its owner. Totally awesome!