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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion - 787B 24 hour Le Mans 20th Victory Anniversary
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:09am

David Meditz, Rotarynews contributor and Rotorhead extraordinaire shared his experience with us at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where Mazda was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its victory at the 24 Heures du Mans. Enjoy the read!

August 19-21 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosted the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The featured marque this year was Jaguar, but Mazda upstaged them again. Twenty years ago Mazda assaulted the senses and establishment taking the overall victory at LeMans with the 4 rotor 787B. This story has been told many times but who finished second, that would be Jaguar. On this weekend Mazda again took to the track with their famed 787B. Finishing up its US tour the 787B gave us the rare glimpse of rotary greatness. If this was only about the 787B shrilly screaming around Mazda Raceway it would be enough to excite most rotary fanatics but it isn’t.

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Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R Coming to Japan in November 2011 - Rotary Engine Development to Continue!
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:29pm

Mazda has not completely stopped production of the RX-8. There will be one last model, available in Japan only, and only 1000 units will be made. Also, has confirmed that, while punched in the face twice by the 2008 Global Recession and 2011 Tōhoku Quake and Tsunami, Rotary Engine R&D is continuing under the SKYACTIV program. Mazda's goal is to deliver great engineering, high mileage, and good performance... But there are some serious delays from when the 16x program first began. Read on for the full press release from Mazda about the SPIRIT R.

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R, a special edition version of its four-door, four-seat rotary engine sports car. The RX-8 SPIRIT R will go on sale from November 24, 2011 at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan. Mazda RX-8 production will end in June 2012 and SPIRIT R will be the final special edition model. Mazda expects to sell 1,000 units.

The RX-8 SPIRIT R is based on the RX-8 Type RS (with six-speed manual transmission) and Type E (with six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission). It is named after the final limited edition Mazda RX-7, and this pedigree is reflected in stylish features that include exclusive seat design and colored alloy wheels. Additionally, Mazda's curtain and front side SRS airbag system, which is available as a factory-installed option on the base models, will be offered as standard equipment. Following the launch, the Mazda RX-8 lineup will consist of the SPIRIT R and the Type G (with six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission) model grades only.

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SpeedSource RX-8 GT Scores Second Place at Mid Ohio
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:09pm

September 17, 2011 - Saturday’s race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course marked the season-finale of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series calendar. With several teams entering the race in championship contention, SpeedSource knew that it would be an all-out effort. In a hard-fought race, the #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 finished fifth to claim the 3rd place spot in the 2011 Rolex Series championship. Capping off the season, the #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 finished in 2nd place at Mid-Ohio to take their fourth podium finish of the year.

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The Change CRAFTER Services Mazda RX8 wins and set lap records @ Canadian GT1 Time Attack
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, September 12, 2011 - 7:46pm


The Change CRAFTER Services Mazda RX8 outperformed the competition at last weekend’s ASN Canada FIA Time-Attack (solo I) National Championships, setting new lap records with its Ancaster-based entry.

Driven by Scott Murfin and headed up by owner Gary Wood, the team broke the GT1 lap record on the Mosport road course with a 1:36.868 posting, and then bettered that record with a 1:35.168, taking the Canadian GT1 Time Attack Championship.

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Rotary Supercars Promises to be Fastest Production Car on the Road
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 10:01pm


Claimed top speed of 450+ km/h (279 mph)

Rotary Supercars has announced one of their upcoming models will be offered with an eight-rotor rotary engine that develops 2,840 PS (2089 kW / 2801 hp) and 2,580 lb-ft (3,494 Nm) of torque.

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SpeedSource RX-8 GT Closes on Grand-Am Title Lead
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 5:23am

August 22, 2011 - The 11th race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule took teams north of the border to historic Montreal, Quebec. Welcomed by diehard race fans and gorgeous weather, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve played host to another action-packed GRAND-AM thriller. Montreal-native Sylvain Tremblay and his SpeedSource teammate Jonathan Bomarito captured a strong second place finish in their #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 while Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal piloted the #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 to tenth place.

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Mazda RX-8 / Rotary Engine Production Canceled
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:37pm

08/22/2011 - As RN.COM has been predicting, Mazda has now officially canceled production of the RX-8 and RENESIS Rotary engine. It seems there still may be a future for the Rotary, but not anytime in the near future. It will take the passion and commitment of all RE enthusiast to keep the Rotary flame burning at Mazda. So if you haven't already done so, please leave your input for Mazda at our SAVE THE ROTARY CAMPAIGN

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Watkins Glen Sees SpeedSource RX-8 GT Score Valuable Points In Title Bid
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:17am

Round 10 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series joined the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule for a race-filled Saturday at the Watkins Glen International 2.45 mile short-course. In the first part of a two-weekend sprint format race, the SpeedSource team claimed a strong 4th place finish with the #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8. Rounding out the top ten was the #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 team car.

Opening driver, and team owner, Sylvain Tremblay started the #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 from the third grid position. The 2-hour sprint format race placed extra emphasis on an error-free showing, an area where the SpeedSource crew excels. An early yellow provided an opportunity for the #70 Mazda RX-8 to pit for a splash of fuel. Tremblay took advantage of the added Sunoco race fuel and extended his opening stint past the halfway mark of the race; this extension of range would prove to be critical in the race’s outcome. Co-driver Jonathan Bomarito took over with 52 minutes remaining and continued the charge to the race lead.

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Mazda to End Rotary Engine Production
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, August 8, 2011 - 7:43pm

Over the last few days the rumor mill has been rife on the future of the Rotary Engine at Mazda. Through our contacts and several credible sources, we feel this maybe the end of the RE, at least for a few years! Tell us what you think.

Here is one of the more interesting stories on the net:


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Mazda & SpeedSource GT RX-8s Tearing up the Podiums! - 2 Weekend Race Report
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:14pm

New Jersey Sees SpeedSource Lead a Mazda Sweep of the Podium

The heat wave that has swept the East coast had no intention of letting up for Round 9 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. SpeedSource arrived at New Jersey Motorsports Park looking to carry their mid-season momentum and, as defending race winners, the pressure was on for crew and drivers. Even with a mid-afternoon start time, the blistering weather could do little to stop the charge of the #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 driven by Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito as the duo would claim the top podium spot in New Jersey for the second straight year. The #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 team car of Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal would finish sixth.

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