The Honda Fit and Mazda2 has been competing with each other in the subcompact market but reports are coming out lately that these two Japanese cars are likely to compete on the race track as well. The speculations started after both Honda and Mazda introduced a low-cost B-spec Showroom stock race series at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Florida which are designed to target the budget conscious racers.
According to Marc Sours, General Manager of Honda Performance Development, “The B-Spec category provides a relatively low-cost means for the prospective racer to enter the sport.” He further stated, “These are inexpensive, great handling cars that should provide both excellent competition and help grow the sport at the entry level.”
On the part of Mazda, John Doonan, Manager of Motosports Development at Mazdaspeed said, “Road racing remains a highly popular activity but affordability is a huge challenge. The easy way to race the Mazda2 would have been to create a spec class, but we feel cooperation and multi-manufacturer competition can grow the sport for everyone.”
The rules and guidelines for the new B-spec racing will be ruled out within sixty days. For the meantime an independent third party was tasked to provide the specifications to interested tracks and to check and approve the cars to be used for the competition. The B-Spec class will only be a grassroots series both Honda and Mazda have no plans yet to turn it into a professional series. But who knows if it becomes successful they might consider the prospect of going pro.