Help! We Need to Make a Car Disappear

Today, we are going to party like it’s 1999. Why? Because race car.

We had high hopes for our Protege when we started this project. The plan was to build a sub 10s Mazda piston powered drag car.

This car started with around a 20s ¼ mile time. We didn’t expect too much from a 1.6L engine mated to an automatic transmission and we were not disappointed! Mazda didn’t have much going for power plants back then. The rotary engine was in its US hibernation and there was not a single turbo-charged Mazda engine from the factory available here.

We turned to the BP turbo engine. It never made its way stateside but the engines were readily available out of Japan. With the GT-R variation of that engine, 300 WHP was pretty easy to obtain and much more available with a proper build-up.

During our many trips down to the Woodburn dragstrip we battled broken pistons, clutches, axles, motor mounts, and transmissions.

What started as a 13s car after the motor swap evolved down to a quickest time of 11.6s before we ran out of time, money, and motivation for the project. It took a custom intake/exhaust manifold, Precision SC63 turbocharger, Microtech EFI, twin-plate clutch to get approx 500 hp.

Long story short, we have stripped out 1999 Protégé and removed the engine. Now it is just a shell with custom paint and roll cage sans powertrain. We are not sure what to do with it. It seems a waste to crush it.

Any ideas on what we should we do with this old racer?


16 Replies to “Help! We Need to Make a Car Disappear”

  1. Sell Raffle Tickets for some lucky person to win… duh… 🙂 let me know when you start selling them cause I want a chance to win this car.

  2. Give it to me so I can take it to the strip on weekends and power past some american V-8’s. Then at the end of the run tell them they just got smoked by a 300hp 4 cylinder. Priceless….

  3. NOOO don’t crush it! You could pimp out the inside and turn it to a bad ass show and go car! I mean hell it seems to be pretty fast as it is. Make that think look as sick as it runs!

  4. Btw have you guys tried shaving down the seconds with aerodynamics type of work and swapping out heavier panels with lighter carbon fiber stuff? I only ask because I don’t know much about this build.

  5. I have a bpt I’ve been building and its in a 323 hatch maybe I.could use that body and have a totally upgraded car … Jd504 = corksport fanboy 🙂

  6. Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car! Rally car!

  7. Give it to me and I will get her running 10’s or 9’s and be a happy race car again if it kills me.And with my best friend and the best engine builder ever Joe-Built we will and i mean WILL do it 🙂

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