Re: car and driver goes balls out retarded
Someone probably thought the idea was interesting, and why not call the manufacture first. They did and Mazda supplied the parts. Mazda probably wouldn't have supplied the work from others. Also, these guys probably don't have time to research the best components, as they're not quite as fanatical or focused on 1 model (of 1 make) like a model-specific forum would be.
And, the point was not to make the most power from a boosted 2.3l, it was to take a Mazdaspeed3 drivetrain and stick it into a Mazda5. Essentially a factory hot-rod, just like they did when they swapped the SHO drivetrain into a Taurus wagon and even into a Windstar (remember the SHOstar?). The factory part is very appealing to people, maybe not younger enthusiasts, but those that grew up with engine swaps from within companies and keeping the sleeper look. Of course, that was before complex computers came into play.
The Mazda5 subframe hardpoints are very, very similiar to the Mazda3, I guess we'll see if there are any issues down the line. I'm sure it'll be the same as swapping the MS3 drivetrain and components into a MZ3. I don't think it will be that bad, definitely not worthy of being called idiotic or retarded. Where is your sense of spirit?
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