One thing we love about Mazda vehicles at El Dorado Mazda is the creativity they inspire in their drivers. Take, for example, the RingBanana, named after its color and its speedy endeavors around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The RingBanana is a car with a mission. The goal was to buy the cheapest running Miata available, put as little money into it as possible, and set some record laps with it at the legendary ‘Ring. The guys behind the project left it largely stock except for some Fulda performance tires, aftermarket springs, and a stripped interior.
In their original test, they got it around the circuit in just under 9 minutes and 22 seconds. After equipping a new set of Kumho V70A semi-slick, road-legal tires, they set a lap time of 8 minutes and 59.9 seconds. Oh, did we forget to mention? They don’t even know the car’s model year and it only has 90 horsepower. That’s right, 90 horsepower did the Nordschleife in under 9 minutes. Incredible!
Mazda has teamed up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation as sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Million Dollar Challenge, which aims to raise $1 million or more to help people with physical challenges live active lifestyles through sports and fitness.
The Challenge will kick off on Saturday, October 10, in San Francisco with more than 125 cyclists, including professional athletes, celebrities, and 15 athletes with physical challenges. Together, they’ll trek down the California coastline on a 620-mile journey over the course of a week. That makes us wish we were there instead of at El Dorado Mazda!
Each participant has pledged to raise $12,500 or more to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which the organization will use to fund grants for adaptive sports equipment, mentoring programs and sports clinics, and training and competition expenses.
Mazda also sponsored the event last year and helped raise $1.24 million. “The dedication of each cyclist to raise awareness and support for the organization is truly commendable, and we’re proud to be a part of the team,” said Tamara Mlynarczyk, Mazda Foundation program director.