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Jim Mederer, Racing Beat's co-founder and chief engineer, offers the following insight to Racing Beat's philosophy on suspension spring development:
"Springs are very much a mater of opinion, we adjust ride height and spring rate based more than any other thing on our personal opinion. We won't 'slam', or excessively lower a car strictly for appearance sake. First the car will hit the bump rubbers far too often and that makes the car unpredictable in its handling, also it offers a jarring ride and it is very harsh on suspension components causing them to potentially fail. We therefore make relatively small changes in ride height, usually less than 1". We adjust that based in part on what we perceive the best way of adjusting for good handling. Our primary goal in lowering the car is handling, and from our point a view, improved appearance is a side benefit. We don't lower the car for appearance, and then take what comes in handling. We are very cautious to not excessively lower the car such that it will cause perceived problems either in safety or unreasonable changes in ride comfort."
Finished with a brilliant Racing Beat Red powder-coat paint, these springs for the Mazda 3 application will offer the motoring enthusiast years of handling performance.
Note: All lowering figures are approximate. Actual lowering height may vary slightly from vehicle to vehicle and can be affected by differing OEM equipment packages and the installation of optional equipment.