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SpeedSource RX-8 GT - Road America Race Report
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 10:58pm

June 27, 2011 - The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 made its debut at Road America Raceway in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for Round 7 of the Rolex Championship. The event ran as a shortened sprint format race with a duration of just two-hours. The truncated race length would mean strategy and teamwork would play integral roles. For the SpeedSource and their duo of Mazda RX-8s, it was business as usual. The #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 scored a 7th place finish after a hard-fought race and the #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 rounded out the Top 10.

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Mazda 787B at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 10:47pm

June 28, 2011 - The rotary-powered Mazda 787B has returned to Goodwood to mark the 20th anniversary of its famous victory in the gruelling 1991 24-Hours of Le Mans.

Mazda is still the only Japanese car manufacturer to win Le Mans.

The 787B is joined by the giant-killing MX-5 GT racecar, iconic 1967 Cosmo Sport and Banzai Magazine's jaw-dropping MX-5 concept.

Visitors to this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed will be in for a unique treat when the Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B takes to the hill, filling the West Sussex venue with one of motorsport's most evocative and distinctive soundtracks.

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SpeedSource RX-8 GT - Two Weekend Race Report
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 12:12am

SpeedSource Scores Podium at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen took place last Saturday at Watkins Glen International raceway. With the green flag set to wave just a few days after the Memorial Day Classic, teams had little time to prepare their cars for the six hour endurance. SpeedSource rolled into the paddock ready to put on a strong showing. The #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 reclaimed a podium spot with a solid 3rd place finish with the #70 Castrol Edge Mazda RX-8 finishing in 10th.

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Rotary Super Cars (RSC) releases updated design of 4-Rotor Super Car
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:42am

It seems that intense criticism and scrutiny that the original Raptor GT was just a photoshopped Ferrari 599XX, prompted Rotary Supers Cars (RSC) to annouce plans to both rename and restyle their upcoming 4-Rotor Eco-friendly supercar.

The wankel super car now uses the Predator GT moniker. The updated Predator GT design takes on more likeness to contemporary Lamborghini's then the previous Ferrari influence.

The engine and powertrain layout, however, are not changed, with four-rotor engine being featured, with the top model producing a claimed 1,200 PS (883 kW / 1184 hp). The enngine will be coupled to an eight-speed sequential transmission, that should launch the 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) vehicle from 0-100 km/h in under three (3) seconds.

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Mazda 787B 1991 Winning Car Returns to Le Mans After 20 Years
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Friday, May 20, 2011 - 7:11am

HIROSHIMA, Japan—2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Mazda's victory in the world's most demanding endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1991, Mazda became the first and only Japanese car manufacturer to win the race. In celebration of this anniversary, and at the invitation of the event organizers, the Automobile Club de L'Ouest (ACO), Mazda will demonstrate the winning Mazda 787B on the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France on Saturday, June 11, 2011, before the 24-hour race begins.

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Smith Power Shows Off 12 Rotor Motor
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Friday, March 4, 2011 - 10:47pm

Smith Power recently showed off the company's new R12 Rotary Motor. 3 x 4 rotor chambers in a unique configuration. It is claimed the 960 cubic inch, (That's 15.7 Liters, or 15,731 cc's) is capable of 2400 HP turbocharged or 1440 HP without boost. It measures Length: 30", Width: 31", Height: 24" and weights 830 lbs. Designed for power boats, Brad Smith has been working on the project for a while. Their website can be found at Smith-Power.com.

Click through to see them show off the new engine at the 2011 Miami Boat Show.

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Mazda Motorsport Australia scores double podium @ Targa Wrest Point
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:07pm

January 31, 2011 (Hobart, Australia) - Mazda Motorsport today recorded a successful end to its Targa Wrest Point campaign with a class win and an outright second position for the Mazda RX-8 SP in Hobart.

The final day didn’t start off as planned with the Mazda3 MPS of Reeves and Vandenberg suffering a temporary electrical setback on the first of today’s stages dropping them from the overnight lead to seventh in the Showroom category.

This setback only encouraged Reeves to push harder and the Mazda3 MPS didn’t miss a beat for the rest of the day as it was fastest on every remaining stage on its way to securing the Showroom title over a minute ahead of the Astra SRi Turbo of De Britt and Percy.

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Mazda Rotary Reliability Yields Four Top-Ten Finishes at Daytona Rolex 24
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 9:08pm

-- First Podium Finish For Patrick Dempsey-Led Mazda RX-8 Team --

January 30, 2011 (Daytona, Fla.)
– With new rules and new tires for 2011, Mazda’s teams at the 2011 running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona knew that their best opportunity was to be as perfect as possible – perfect reliability, perfect pit stops, and perfect luck. Alas, the race turned rough for the majority of the 30 GT-class cars that took the green flag on Saturday afternoon. Fate caused the majority of cars, of all brands, to have at least one trip behind pit-wall. The win would be decided by a combination of speed and the ability to deal with adversity.

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16X Delayed, But NOT Canceled
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 12:39am

SOURCE: www.autoweek.com

Development of the next-generation rotary engine from Mazda Motor Corp., first unveiled three years ago, is making slow progress despite missing emissions targets.

A top Mazda powertrain executive said today that the 1.6-liter rotary engine, called the 16X, is about 30 percent more fuel-efficient than the current rotary engine used in the RX-8 sporty car.

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Chery Automobiles China working on Wankel Engines
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 6:57pm

SOURCE: www.chinacartimes.com

According to media reports Chery is planning to work on a series of Wankel engines for its next generation of new energy vehicles. The Wankel engine is based on a rotary system, rather than the up and down motion of pistons, to generate power for the drive shaft and ultimately the driving wheels. The company most famous for utilizing the Wankel engine is Mazda, who put the design into full use within the RX8 sports car, it appears that Chery are ready to take the Wankel engine to the new energy era.

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