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Rotary Engine coming to Audi
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 10:41pm


Audi is looking at the rotary engine, fitting a Wankel powerplant to the A1 e-tron concept shown in Geneva in March. The one-disc rotary engine was co-developed with Austrian engineering house AVL. Car&Driver experienced its operation, and it’s smooth and quiet and avoids the shuddering on restart of a piston engine. Who wants to be disturbed as they’re humming and singing and smiling while depleting their electric-vehicle’s batteries? Not the Car&Driver folks. It’s certainly nice, but C&D next question was whether we could see a powerful rotary-engined Audi without all the electric-motor wizardry. Not a chance, says Ingolstadt. Pity.

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Mazda RX-8 SP Turbo to run Green E85 fuel at Targa Tasmania Rally
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 6:19pm

April 14th, 2010 - Mazda Australia will use ethanol blend fuel to power its turbo rotary Mazda RX-8 SP at the upcoming Targa Tasmania rally.

With event regulations now encouraging competitors to go green and consider alternate fuels, Mazda Motorsport has opted to run its turbo rotary rally car on the low-emitting E85 blend fuel.

Already used in V8 Supercars, Targa Tasmania is the second major motorsport event in Australia to introduce this renewable fuel with event organisers committed to delivering zero nett emissions by the 20th Anniversary event next year.

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SpeedSource Mazda RX-8s Score Third Consecutive Victory!
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, April 19, 2010 - 10:43pm

The SpeedSource team maintained their recent success by winning the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 schedule at Barber Motorsports Park. The pair of Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal earned their second win of the season in the #69 FXDD Mazda RX-8; now having won four of the last seven races. Grabbing the third podium spot, further adding to the team’s success, were Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito in the #70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8. Finishing out the Top 5 in GT was the third SpeedSource team car with Mazda ladder drivers Adam Christodoulou and John Edwards in the #68 MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Mazda RX-8.

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Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:31am

The SUZUKA GT 300km, Opening Round of the 2010 AUTOBACS SUPER GT, was run at the Suzuka Circuit (one lap 5.807 km) in Mie Pref. on March 21. Charging up through the pack from 10th position on the starting grid in the rough early going that saw several cars crash or run off the course, the HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R team of manager "Match" Kondo with drivers Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira and Hironobu Yasuda came through with an impressive come-from-behind victory.

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Rolex 24 GT Winners SpeedSource Lead Eight other Mazda RX-8 GTs in Grand Prix of Miami
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 4:59pm


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mazda will be looking for strength of numbers in Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami, when the Rolex 24 At Daytona winning No. 70 Castrol Syntec entry from SpeedSource is one of eight Mazda RX-8s entered in the GT class at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In addition to the No. 70 of Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito, South Florida-based SpeedSource has the No. 69 FXDD entry for Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal, and will debut the new No. 68 Nuclear Clean Air Energy Mazda RX-8 for 2009 Formula Atlantic champion John Edwards and Star Mazda champ Adam Christodoulou - both rookies in GRAND-AM.

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SpeedSource Scores Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Victory with #70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 10:15pm

The past weekend marked the start of the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series with the 48th running of the iconic Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. The 'twice-around-the-clock' race pushes drivers, crew and car to the extreme edge of endurance. For the SpeedSource team, the start of the season brought a refreshing change of scenery after having spent the offseason building a fleet of Mazda racecars for Grand-Am competition. A solid performance from the entire crew and strong running for the #70 Castrol Syntec SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 brought home Mazda's 23rd class win at the historic race as well as SpeedSource's 2nd win in three years.

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Rotary Roar Before the 24; New Cars Have Successful Daytona Test
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 5:46pm

The Rolex Sportscar Series returned to action this past weekend in Daytona Beach, FL for the annual Roar Before the 24. The three-day test at Daytona International Speedway offered many teams the first opportunity to run brand new cars in preparation for the Rolex24. For SpeedSource, it signaled the completion of an off-season surge that included the construction of three new Rolex Series RX8 GT cars and three new Mazdaspeed3 ST cars for the Continental Sportscar Challenge.

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Mazda Australia RX-8 SP turbo returning to Targa Tasmanina in 2010
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, December 21, 2009 - 2:48pm


Mazda Australia is eyeing off a podium finish at next year’s Targa Tasmania, with the Mazda RX-8 SP set to make its endurance rally return following what will be a further 12 months of development.

On its debut at this year’s Targa Tasmania, amid a field of powerful and expensive rally exotica, the turbocharged Mazda Motorsport RX-8 SP finished an impressive 10th outright at the hands of expert racing driver and 2008 Targa Champion Steve Glenney.

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Automotive News: 16x isn't ready
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, October 26, 2009 - 4:01pm

/Source:Automotive News/ The next-generation rotary engine from Mazda Motors isn't ready. The engine, unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo show under the code name 16X, was planned as the power plant for the next-generation RX-8 sports car to be launched in 2012.

Seita Kanai, head of Mazda research and development, said the engine does not meet the performance and fuel economy guidelines the automaker requires for a production model and it continues to work continues to cut the rotary's fuel consumption.

The code name refers to the increase in the current engine's displacement, from 1.3 liters to 1.6 liters.

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Tokyo Autoshow 2009 - Displays Scaled Way Back
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, September 28, 2009 - 10:53pm

The Tokyo Autoshow is a biannual (every other year) event that, in the past, has been the place where debuts such as the RX-7, and the RX-EVOLV occurred. This year, however, the autoshow is barely an international event, with all major non JDM car manufactures pulling out of the show. Even the Japanese domestic market manufactures have pulled back their plans, including Mazda. This will not be the year we see a new RX-7 concept, as confirmed by Mazda now. The displays at the 2009 Tokyo Autoshow will consist of a new piston engine line named "Sky" and a recycled concept small city car first debuted at the Paris Autoshow in 2008.

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