After 23 days of trekking over 12,500 kilometers on different roads and various conditions, a convoy of eight all-new Mazda3 cars participating in the ‘Mazda Route3 – Hiroshima to Frankfurt Challenger Tour 2013’ arrived in Moscow on August 31, 2013. The convoy is now just around 2,500 kilometers away from their final destination – Frankfurt, Germany.
Despite travelling such distance and encountering different road conditions, the eight Mazda3s remain reliable and robust. While crossing most of Russia, the all-new Mazda3s have managed to overcome issues like contaminated petrol, crumbling or unpaved roads as well as potholes that have resulted to punctured tires.
Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, remarked that there are two remarkable things he discovered along the grueling journey: first, how well the Mazda3 cars are performing under conditions that are worse than anyone expected, and second, how welcoming the people have been.
He remarked that “people smile and wave and sometimes even applaud” as the Mazda Route3 teams pass by their vicinities. The epic journey also includes a few short breaks between driving sessions like a stop at Russia’s largest power plant as well as driving a section of the Chuysky Tract that is considered as one of the oldest roads in the world.
Participants also had a break at Chany Lake and the Kungur Ice Caves. The Mazda3 Route teams also took a break at two of Russia’s most famous kremlins in Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. The team arrived in Moscow on the evening of August 31, 2013. While in Moscow, the Mazda Route3 teams took part in the Festival of Speed, even hogging the limelight at the motorsport event that was held at the Luzhniki sports complex. [source: Mazda]