If you want to go racing at a national level, have a modest budget and prefer to buy new over used, your choices for an SCCA B-Spec series car just increased by two. At this week’s Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, FL, both Honda and Mazda stepped up to the plate with B-Spec race cars, which will be available through each company’s racing division. If your loyalties are with Honda, Honda Performance Development will sell you a B-Spec Fit; if you prefer Mazda, Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development will sell you a B-Spec Mazda 2. B-Spec cars already approved include the Chevy Aveo, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris.
Rules for the B-Spec series are expected to be published in the next 60 days, but the concept is simple enough: cars are matched to each other by performance and handling capabilities, in order to ensure a series that’s equally about driver skill and car preparation. As in international touring car competition, cars with a performance advantage will be required to carry additional weight to level the playing field, and each car will have to meet the same requirements for safety (roll cage, racing seat, fire suppression system, etc.). B-Spec cars are required to use a stock engine and chassis, but handling can be improved by upgrading suspension, tires and wheels.