Bathurst bound Mazda 3 V8 breaks cover

The completed MARC Mazda 3

The completed MARC Mazda 3

Images of the MARC Mazda 3 V8 have emerged ahead of the car’s arrival at the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The first MARC V8 to wear the Mazda body undertook a brief shakedown at Norwell, Queensland, on Tuesday before being dispatched to Mount Panorama.

The team faced tight timelines to get the car ready for Bathurst after being forced into significant repairs on one of its Ford Focus V8s, which suffered damage at last month’s Dubai 24 Hours.

Final eligibility paperwork has also been processed by CAMS this week, which will allow the 3 sedan to join its two Focus brethren in the event’s Invitational class.

The Mazda 3 sedan body joins the Focus sedan on the Bathurst grid

The Mazda 3 sedan body joins the Focus sedan on the Bathurst grid

The car shares all but its bodywork with the Focus, utilising the base MARC endurance racing package that has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of bodies.

As previously reported, the Jake Camilleri/Keith Kassulke/Ivo Breukers driven Mazda entry will wear Darrell Lea Stix colours at Bathurst.

After the race the Mazda will remain based in Australia, where it is scheduled to be raced in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series by Camilleri.

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The Mazda being loaded for its ride to Bathurst

The Mazda being loaded for its ride to Bathurst

MARC V8: Technical overview

Chassis
CroMo4 construction, designed by Pace Innovations to accommodate C-segment bodyshapes.

Engine
Ford Coyote, 5.0 litre V8
MARC specified H-Beam conrods
Billet forged racing pistons
PACE Innovations billet dry sump
EFI system tuned with MoTeC M150
Electronic throttle control
Quad variable OH camshafts
Power: 500BHP @ 6800 RPM
Power to weight: 434 BHP / Tonne
Max RPM: 7000

Brakes
Front: 380 MM x 34 mm discs with 6 piston Brembo caliper
Rear: 355 mm x 32mm discs with 4 piston Brembo caliper
PMU Racing SAS Enduro Pads

Suspension
Front: Unequal length double A-arms adjustable anti-roll bar
Rear: Unequal length independent rear A-arms
4 way adjustable telescopic MCA damper operated via push-rod

Transmission
Albins 6 speed sequential transaxle
Adjustable limited slip differential and full throttle up shift

Data System
Motec C125 colour display and data logging system

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