Mazda 323 GTX Familia & Heart of Diamonds & 125 « Performance Car

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Mazda 323

GTX Familia #8211; of Diamonds #8211; 125

July 2007 by

Great ideas are talked about yet never How many times have talked about flying being the next automotive step (preferably with gun attachments)? Yet we are still sitting in traffic in our gas guzzling automobiles, are sadly lacking any form of weaponry.

In a similar vein, since Mazda’s 323 Familia GT X its ferocious head in New Zealand’s hand car market, owners have been scratching noggins trying to figure out how to their hyperactive little on the road. You see, the trick to a GTX if you want a gear box as opposed to a of smashed metal sitting the car is to drive it very gently, it as though it was a precious Faberge Now, this is highly for the majority of us, who wish to be able to put our feet to the floor without sickening metal on metal as the driveline implodes upon like a good Star finale.

For many a year have been bandied yet few have been executed. The three options that often come up are: the stock gearbox internals something stronger, fitting a aftermarket dog-style box, or mating another manufacturer’s up to the Mazda engine. Looking over the last few years, it most people have up on the idea altogether and moved to more reliable cars other manufacturers.

I say most, because a … like Taumaranui’s Ian MacKay, are at it. When it came to his 1992 Ian favoured the idea of mating up manufacturer’s gearbox to the Mazda preferably of the very strong Evolution variety. After a few spent umming and

aahing the matter, Ian showed everyone he all talk and decided to get cracking on the But, soon enough, gearbox conversion was about to up into something a whole lot “A few mates and I were around the garage,” says “talking about modifying and all that sort of stuff to get the box fitting up with the Mazda when I thought to myself, why we just dump all the Mazda and replace it with Evo gear? all better stuff anyway more powerful and light ahead in terms of reliability”.

Ian says “all the Mazda he really means all of it. The stock DOHC 16V BPT turbo motor was out of the engine bay, along the gearbox, axles, diffs and

Before attacking the massive of converting Mazda to Mitsubishi, Ian the car to good friend and painter Matehaere. After hours prepping the little hatch and door locks, wipers and Ian and David began to layer on after coat of Mica paint, complete with a Green pearl. Also a lick of paint in the booth was a body kit from Foxton comprising a new front bar, skirts and rear bar.

A custom fibreglass Evo V-style was also created, perhaps to a hint of what would lie beneath.

Ian is not one for doing things on the and although he could have money by purchasing an early 4G63T motor like out of a Galant VR-4 or Lancer Evo I to Ian decided on a later model Evo V Sourcing himself a crashed example, Ian took the car to Herbert in Auckland, who set aboutexpertly shoehorning the four-cylinder motor and accompanying into the cramped engine “The job was completed with headaches and faultless workmanship; it was impressive stuff. From I took the car to ADL, who made up custom axles and a drive

Those chrome moly spin from a rear Evo III RS mechanical differential, as the Evo V item is controlled, making it useless for particular application. With the and driveline now in place, ready to thanks to the addition of an Exedy carbon/kevlar clutch, attention was to increasing the power of the shiny new donk, although the difference the old Mazda motor and the new 4G63 was substantial. For the meantime the motor its factory TD-05 turbocharger, it is now fed air by an HKS Power Flow filter and a of 3-inch intake piping.

A custom 600x300x76mm intercooler was up to ensure the charge of air heading the DOHC 16-valve head is cooled. Like the turbo, the and bottom end remain standar being. Let’s just say big plans ar in camp MacKay.

A of in-tank W pumps feed gas to a race regulator thr XRP braided lines, the reg then distributes the to a set of four 560cc injectors on the stock 4G63 fuel Regulating boost levels load is a Tial 38mm wastegate, mounted on a set of XS Power extractors.

The extractors dump a custom-built 3-inch exhaust which provides a healthy Evo that must go some way to those not in the know. To keep the at a good operating temperature stressful situations, Ian has installed a alloy radiator that in conjunction with a Ralliart sitting in a custom alloy Oil temperatures are kept under thanks to a 280x146x38mm oil cooler, using XRP braided lines.

it came time to tune awesome new setup, Ian took the car to Mark at Tricky Tune, who an impressive 253kW at the wheels to some fine tuning of the SMC computer. The Aussie-built unit is a little engine management and Ian often uses all of its features, anti-lag, launch control and shift.

Because he wanted to make use of this new-found power and Ian decided to remove the good old springs and replace the whole with D2 adjustable coil-overs and camber plates. These do a job of keeping the 17#215;7-inch Seneka rims firmly planted to the when combined with and rear strut braces and Nolathane bushes.

As you can probably Ian has gone the whole hog on his Mazda, and the are no exception. The stock front have been replaced a full Wilwood setup, Superlite 4-pot callipers, pads and 300mm vented sitting on custom alloy In the rear, the standard GT-X have been retained, they now clamp onto discs using a set of Mintex

Leaving no stone unturned, Ian has attacked the Mazda’s interior, it a show-quality look, and hetook his about it: “The car was off the road for a long time, so I wasn’t to get things like the interior he says.

Re-trimmed in an eggshell and bright red hue, the living of the Familia now sports a pair of supportive Racetech 4000W These are kept company by a steering wheel, Ralliart (another nod to the car’s Evo heart), and a of gauges from GReddy and Meter. As a point of difference, Ian has replaced the stock dash with a very cool Meter Pro Comp speedo and

In terms of sound gear, Ian has things relatively simple, for a Pioneer headunit, Infinity and a pair of Infinity 6-inch mounted into custom on the doors. Ian MacKay’s Mazda truly is one of those cars the closer you look, the cooler you it is. Spend a few minutes pouring these photos.

The amount of work and money that has into creating this machine is mindboggling.

This is the all GT-X owners have of. But this is no dream it’s a And pulling mid-11s on its first outing, it is a bloody quick one at


1992 FAMILIA 323 GT X

Mazda 323

Engine: Mitsubishi Evo V 4G63T DOHC 16V, HKS 3-inch intake piping, Evo V TD-05 turbo, XS Power manifold, Tial 38mm 600x300x76mm intercooler, twin Walbro 255lph pumps, Racing adjustable FRP, injectors, XRP braided fuel NGK plugs, 3-inch exhaust custom 3-inch exhaust, RPS custom alloy radiator, thermostat, custom alloy hous ing, 280x146x38mm oil XRP braided oil lines, Autronic SMC management system, de-loomed, catch can radiator overflow, power steering setup, in boot

Driveline: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V gearbox, Evo V transfer case, twin-plate carbon/kevlar clutch, Evo III RS limited slip differentials, driveshaft, custom CVs, axles

Suspension: D2 adjustable shocks/springs, D2 camber plates, front strut brace, rear strut brace, bushes

Brakes: Front Superlite 4-pot callipers, pads, 300mm vented rotors, custom alloy standard GT-X rear Mintex pads, cross-drilled stainless braided lines, valve

Wheels/Tyres: 17#215;7-inch Sport alloys, 205/40R17 NS2 tyres

Interior: Racetech seats, re-trimmed rear Momo Silverjet steering Ralliart gearknob, Ralliart GReddy boost gauge, Meter Phantom oil pressure/oil temp gauges, Auto Pro Comp Ultralight speedo, Meter Pro Comp tacho, switches for launch control, anti-lag, off-white and red interior

ICE: Pioneer DEH-7650 Infinity Reference 6-inch Infinity Reference 6#215;9-inch custom door pods

Foxton Plastics front Foxton Plastics side Foxton Plastics rear custom fibreglass Evo V bonnet, aerial, rear wiper, custom metallic Mica paint with Jade pearl




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