The Mazda3 TCR race car was unveiled in October 2019
It featured a 350-horsepower engine
It was set to compete in the Rolex 24 Endurance Challenge last January
The Mazda3 TCR racing program has been terminated before it even got off the ground because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Unveiled last October, the Mazda3 TCR was a stunning race car set to compete in the Touring Car Championship, a 36-race series that takes place all over the world.
Now, Grassroots Motorsports is reporting that the Mazda3 TCR program has been cancelled.
“Given the recent conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has elected to cancel the development program for the Mazda3 TCR car. We thank all our fans and partners for their continued support for Mazda Motorsports”, Emily Taylor, Director, Communications and Experimental Marketing at Mazda USA told the publication.
The Mazda3 TCR was powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that developed 350 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. It also included a six-speed sequential gearbox, Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot tires, Bilstein shocks and optional Öhlins dampers.
Although disappointing, the Mazda3 TCR was always going to be restricted to the track. Consumers, however, can now opt for the new Mazda3 Turbo which features 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.