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Just like to inform fellow MPS/MS 6 enthusiasts here that Down Here in OZ, Mazda Australia has entered the MPS 6 in one of the gruelling rally event down here call TARGA TASMANIA. The event has been running for some 15 years and attracted lots of local professional rally driver with some big name and cars.

This is the website of the event:

http://www.targa.org.au/Targa/index.php

Up to today it is the fourth day and in its 3rd leg of the race, the MPS/MS has improved from the 65th place from the prologue to today's placing of 32. And seem like leading the production car catagory section of the race. The result can be seen from here. Each leg's result can be checked from the top of the open box.

http://www.justimagine.com.au/targa2006/le...sp?refresh=1561

Also Mazda Australia has been having an daily update from this race and it can be found here:

http://www.mazda.com.au/currentnews.asp?articleZoneID=5158

You can check on the Mazda Australia site for the report of the car in this race for the past few days.

Let's hope the car can finish this race in one piece as others have suffered during this gruelsome race :) There are five more days to go before the finish.

Hope you enjoy this little infos here
 

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Dang, thats awesome! It would be really cool for the mps to have a rally record to fall back on like mistu and subaru. That could also bring more aftermarket attention after people see how capable these cars really are!
 

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Just update some images for the Speed6 in action for the 4th day today.





And this one from day 2

 

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:D Awesome post! its cool to actually be able to see this car in action in a competition against the pros.
GO MPS! :yesnod:
 

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Update for the race for yesterday (29/4/06).

The MPS came unstucked whilst sitting at 29th position which was 3 place improvement on the previous day. But a fuel problem causing the car to finish 57th overall at the end of the day.

You may think, here you go this is that dreadful powerloss fuel related problem :( No, it's not :) It is rather due to the team who underestimated the amount of fuel required to finish the day and the car stalled with 5Km left for the finsih of the day. But fortunely the car managed to restart and finsihed with a lower finish.

Today ( Sunday ) is the last day and it is raining now as it is being forecasted. So hopefully this will make a better finish for today as this is what the team has been waiting for. They expect the MPS will perform better in wet rather than the dry condition for the last few days.

More details from here:

http://www.mazda.com.au/currentnews.asp?articleZoneID=5175
 

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http://www.mazda.com.au/currentnews.asp?articleZoneID=5185

great results - check it out.

The MOTOR Magazine Mazda6 MPS thrilled and surprised its Mazda team by finishing day five of Targa Tasmania 2006 in 40th position overall and first in its production car class.

In a remarkable recovery from its disappointing day four, the Mazda6 MPS excelled in wet and challenging conditions to beat other high performance vehicles including Mitsubishi Evolutions, Subaru WRXs and the Porsche GT3s.
 

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Actually the regulations were quite high....

After reading about this on RX8 club a few days ago I went and dug up the regulations of the "Production Car" class....

See the attachment...

I think the car was left very stock with some minor suspension modifications...
 

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According to what I am aware of and just did some research on the Targa website. There are two competition levels, with the MPS being in the " Standard Specification" or also noted as "Level 1" competion car. This is why on the result table the MPS is under class "9SSD" which is 9 = modern car category , SS = Standard Specification class, D= class D for the price the car being sold from 40,000 - 50.000 AUD.

The other level is called Level 2 or as Limited Modification class as most of the front runner's car are.

For the Standard specification class, the modification for the car is very limited with the suspension only limited to right height and some smaller bit within the suspension, so the whole setup wouldn't be far for the car we drive.

The level 2 cars are able to have more modification done on the car.

The Technical details for the level 1 and 2 car can be found here:

http://www.targa.org.au/Targa/downloads/Su...(Group%202).pdf

Also the more general infos in terms of competition regulations can be found here:

http://www.targa.org.au/Targa/downloads/Su...0-%20Modern.pdf
 

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Haha minor. You should see what they do to get camber and toe adjustment in the front. And you have to have that. The standard mps 6/6 only have a single suspension adjustment in the front, which is why all the teams using it have to "fiddle like crazy" to get adjustment.

There is always modifications occuring that aren't listed. Always!

All you have to do is look at the front camber, and you'll know instantly that they didn't just do springs and shocks... thats probably -1.5 if not -2. You max out around -0.8 on a slammed 6.
 

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Haha minor. You should see what they do to get camber and toe adjustment in the front. And you have to have that. The standard mps 6/6 only have a single suspension adjustment in the front, which is why all the teams using it have to "fiddle like crazy" to get adjustment.

There is always modifications occuring that aren't listed. Always!

All you have to do is look at the front camber, and you'll know instantly that they didn't just do springs and shocks... thats probably -1.5 if not -2. You max out around -0.8 on a slammed 6.
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Try getting from out behind that flat screen and CAD/CADAM/CATIA and go race..
The class has, just as NASCAR, SCCA Solo and OFF Road Rally(to name a few) restrictions, inspections BEFORE and AFTER to ensure the vehicles conform to and within the specs.
If there is any monkey business, just like in the SPEED Challenge, the team can be fined, the driver penelized points and the car banned from placing. Which is worse than an DNF.
Don't take away something that is slapping you in the face Let us do that :slap: LOL :nana:
 

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Hi crossbow. I am sorry I think I have to disagree with you over this issue mate.

I have enlarged the pic of the wheel of the MPS which was from one of the photo from a member of OZMAZDA who went to the Targa display event and took some snap of the MPS. And on the photo it clearly showed it doesn't have any negative camber at all. If anything it seems to be positive camber. But that may be just the angle of the shot. And I have included my own wheel for somparision with just slightly angle but very similar nevertheless.



Also with the pic that you showed the negative camber. It seems like it was more likely the steering angle of the whole wheel but not the negative camber that you are pointing out.



The photo from Ozmazda can be found here:

http://www.ozmazdaclub.com/forums/photogal...s.php?album=372

The photo was the 11/13 from the gallery.
 

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I watched a program on speed channel where they put a Mazdaspeed Miata into a competion. The rules were similar... only company produced parts were allowed. (stock if you will) they managed to make most of the cars suspention adjustable using Mazdaspeed "production parts". And still be within the rules.
 

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That's not a lot of camber you see. That's a little steering angle plus one whale of a suspension compression. Yikes. But hey, those guys are SEC racing. Go for it.
 
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