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    M2 Incorporated M2-1001, M2-1002, M2-1028, M2-1006, M2-1008

    Here is a combination review of a few old articles I found about the M2 Cars, thought you guys would find it interesting.


    M2-INCORPORATED

    Quote Originally Posted by M2-INCORPORATED
    "Uncompromising standards and craftsmanship are our development theme."



    Founded in November 1991, M2, also known as "Mazda Too" was Mazda's new off-line planning, nichehouse, Research & Development company (back in the early 90's). The M2 Crew employees had noble intentions -- creating nichemobiles derived from Mazda's volume products. Although M2's basic mission involved focusing on the "soft" aspects of vehicle design in an attempt to create more specifically targeted niche variants, the changes to the off-line cars would go well beyond mere cosmetics.

    Heading the M2 operation was "Masakatsu Kato", original father of the Miata (Eunos Roadster) in Japan, as well as creator of several Mazda concept vehicles. Kato-san was assisted by Hirotaka Tachibana, development engineer responsible for the superb dynamics of the FC (second-generation RX-7) and the NA Roadster (Miata MX-5). M2-Corp was based out of Tokyo, M2 was a 100% owned subsidiary of Mazda and it was closed by Mazda in 1995, but not before creating some really sweet vehicles. Mazda kept a similar program going with Mazdaspeed, and then in the late 90's Mazdaspeed was absorbed to Mazda in the subsidiary company in Mazda Auto Tokyo.

    M2-1001 "Clubman" Roadster AKA the Cafe Racer (Dec-91) Limited 1/300
    M2-CORP released the M2-1001 Roadster in December 1991. It was a Limited Edition Roadster variant that was a short production run of only 300 units, in a special Blue/Black Mica Paint, with a sticker price of $26,000. Prospective buyers were required to show up in person at M2's Tokyo headquarters to "register" for a "chance" to place an order for this extremely limited Roadster.

    This upscale Eunos Roadster was M2's first "turn-key" race ready offering, here is a list of some of the goodies that made it so popular. In addition to the functional front airdam with integrated fog lamps, it came standard with extras like; vintage aero mirrors, 4-point rollbar, Vintage gauge cluster, Fixed Back Bucket Seats, Polished 3-Spoke Steering Wheel, stiffer suspension package with M2 Specific codes, Polished aluminum strut brace, upgraded exhaust by HKS, intake system, a 1.6L motor with new agressive pistons, radical camshaft, lightweight flywheel, LSD Cooling Intake, manual steering, manual windows, (A/C was optional) racing pedals, Centerless Console, with matching Shortened Radio Bezel, aluminum gas filler cap, a more agressive wheel & tire package (15x6 panasport rims) and a rear spoiler (which became standard for the R-Pkg). The performance changes made to the Roadster would bump the horsepower to 130hp @ 6500rpm, and 109ft/lb of torque @ 5500rpm. Once released it was so popular that people were paying up to $34,000 to get there hands on the M2-1001 Roadster!

    Actual Brochure Pics M2-1001 Clubman;








    Below is a used one that was up for sale in the United Kingdom, only 38K on the clock!


    M2-1001 For Sale UK8.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK1.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK2.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK3.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK4.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK5.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK6.jpgM2-1001 For Sale UK7.jpg


    And more specs here.
    http://www.aus-cartalk.com/tech/m21001.htm

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    M2-1002 "Vintage" Roadster (Nov-92) Limited 1/300

    M2-CORP released it's second Roadster in late 1992, with a sightly different front bumper, it had all the same goodies as the previous 1001 Roadster, but offered a more unique looking interior option, the Ivory Leather interior with wood accents like Brake handle and shifter. And was also limited to 300 units produced. This one did not do as well as the 1001, so Mazda Japan got stuck with some left over interiors. Which later were later installed in the Tokyo Limited, and only 40 of those made it to the streets of Japan.







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    M2-1028 "Street Competition" Roadster AKA Clubman-2 (FEB-94) Limited 1/300

    M2-CORP released it's third Roadster in early 1994, based on the original "Jinba Ittai" concept made by Toshihiko Hirai. This was the track ready Competition Roadster. (The USA got a simpler version known as the R-Package. ) Offered in Chaste White or Brilliant Black only, this Roadster used the new 1.8L powerplant with upgraded pistons, and camshafts, and other similar goodies as the previous 1001, & 1002. However this Roadster had an output of close to 140hp!! And included 14" Eunos Factory Rims with a unique gunmetal paint with polished lip. The only real changes were a new set of lightweight side mirrors, MOMO Steering Wheel, Centerless console, Racing seats, racing tow hook, a set of front & rear lower lip spoilers, (R-Package) and a newly designed "Duck-Tail" trunklid with integrated spoiler (the M2-1028 trunklid was made from aluminium and weighed only 7.7-lbs. very light weight from original lid 15.5-lbs. ). Similar design used on the NB's. Also came with a 6-point rollcage, but no soft-top (instead, you got a tarp that stretched over the cage). With optional FRP Hardtop with plexiglass rear window for more weight savings coming in at only 19-lbs.

    Here are some scans from my M2-1028 Brochure





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    M2 CORP 1001, 1002, & 1028 (NA owners, a must read)

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    M2 CORP 1001, 1002, & 1028 (NA owners, a must read)

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    dont you wish you lived in the uk now....

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...99nu?logcode=p

    M2-1001 38000 miles and all for 1000 about $1600!!! stupidly cheap you have to assume the dealer does not have a clue what he has.

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    M2-1003 "Junior" Roadster

    The model 1003 was a simplified and affordable version of the MX5 Roadster named the "Junior" Roadster. Similar to the Austin Healey Sprite of years past, it was put forward as a proposal to Mazda Headquarters Japan, but sadly never released as a production car. They only made 1 of these in a red mica with lots of red interior bits. The 1003 Roadster was later taken back to M2-Corp HQ and transformed into the M2-1008 Roadster Coupe.






    M2-1006 "CobraSter" V-6 Powered Concept Car

    By far the wildest Tachibana creation was the M2-1006 "CobraSter", as it was referred to by Mazda's insiders. This was the Mazda version of the infamous Shelby Cobra of the Sixties, fitted with the Mazda 929's Quad-Camshaft, 24-Valve V6 under the hood. The rear subframe was ditched and instead M2 Engineers used the rear subframe and suspension from the Mazda RX-7 for added strength. The front tires were 225/50-16's, and the tucked under the bulging rear fenders they used 245/45-16's tires.



    The intention was to produce a "limited" run of these mini terrors using the 2.5-liter version of the Mazda V-6, and the market reaction was very good, however since there was so many modifications to this car from the standard model Mazda decided to give up on any ideas of putting this car into production.

    There was only 2 of these cars ever produced by M2 Incorporated.


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    Here is another one that popped up on the Japanese Auctions. The photos are not high quality but cool to see these cars anyhow.

    Roadster M2-1001 ultra-rare #253 of 300 made!!

    M2-1001 on Yahoo2 zxh01766-img600x450-1335528387wuuxlk80072.jpgM2-1001 on Yahoo 3 zxh01766-img600x600-1335528388ews4cw80072.jpgM2-1001 on Yahoo zxh01766-img600x600-1335528388g0zpjp80072.jpg


    http://page8.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/h163844957

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    M2-1007 "Sedan" Roadster Concept Car

    The Model 1007 was a 4-door sedan version, , this was envisioned to capture the post-MX-5/Miata Market. There was only (1) full sized car produced, and another 1/5 scale version that was produced as a model for review by Mazda.




    M2-1008 "Coupe" Roadster Concept Car

    Another one-off project from the M2 design team was their version of "Coupe" derivative of the original theme. This model was designed with a more rigid body, and refined aerodynamics. The exterior of this car was a more radical design than the US-Based California "M-Coupe" which remain more true to the Miata principle. The 1008 had a more "Italianesque" design with its truncated cut-off rear section. There was one one of these produced as a "running" prototype model for presentation.





    There was also a US Version of the Coupe called the "M-Coupe" based on the NA Body, as well as a prototype made in Canada called the "F010 Coupe" based off an NA using a modified hatch from the Mazda, either RX-7 or MX-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatmiata View Post
    M2-1007 "Sedan" Roadster Concept Car

    The Model 1007 was a 4-door sedan version, , this was envisioned to capture the post-MX-5/Miata Market. There was only (1) full sized car produced, and another 1/5 scale version that was produced as a model for review by Mazda.
    Not sure, from the drawing I have, that this was really a "Roadster sedan". If anything, it had the same shape as a RX8.
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    Real world performance comparisons between the M2-1001, standard 1.6 and NA8s and NB8s.

    (0-400m) (0-100kph)

    1998 Roadster RS NB8 16.1, 8.7
    1998 Roadster S-Package NB6 16.9, 10.1
    1996 Roadster Series 2 NA8C 16.3, 8.9
    1993 Roadster Series 1 NA8C 16.5, 9.2
    1989 Roadster NA6CE 16.8, 9.8
    1992 Roadster NA6CE M2-1001 16.0, 8.6

    Source: http://mimizun.com/l...uto/1125881642/

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    bit more 1006 (what is with the llamas??)DS_5228-1.jpgp1006 cap.jpg

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    Because, llamas kick ass bro, just ask yellowyata!

    YellowYata Colombian Edition.jpg

    YellowYata = llama and rider as one!

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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! etikoner's Avatar
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    God, I love me some M2 stuff.

    If only it wasn't so expensive~! I freaking love those wheels

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