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A Day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the RX-8
Submitted by SuperUser on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 6:17pm

We had a quick second to upload 296 images from out day at Laguna Seca, and the Monterey area, with the RX-8. These images are raw, right off the card from the digital camera. We will have a full writeup and driving impressions of the RX-8 as soon as we absorb all we did today (full speed laps at MRLS, autocross, and an hour drive down California's Highway 1.) Know this however, this car has impressed two hard core rotorheads. This is a rotary sports car, while not a replacement for the raw FD3S RX-7, it is a refined, well tuned, predictable car, that it it's soul is a rotary.



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subject:
laguna photoes
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Enjoyed your 296 photoes especially the ones showing the body structure and rigid interiorof the rx8. Keep up the great job .
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subject:
Great pics
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
You definitely get an A+ for all the hard work you do. We all really appreciate it. Thanks...
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
So hope to see the article soon!
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subject:
MRLS day 1
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I enjoyed the pictures. Was surprised to see the RX-01. A few questions. Is a white car present at this event? If so, is it going to be offered or was is just a pre-production thing? Can you get some closeups of the shifter / dash and maybe one of the seats? Do they have any with the auto there? From the tires they all appear to be the 6speeds! ;-)
I'm not so convinced I want red now but regardless the wait is going to be long - even if it's almost over after a year of watiing. Hope I can make it to Detroit this w/e to see them in person. Can you get more pictures of the different colors in good light? I realize the emphasis is listening to presentations and of course driving so I'll defer to seat-of-the-pants or even statistical driving impressions. Thanks again guys. I'm falling asleep it's so late here but had to browse the pics before bed!
Daniel
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subject:
Green at MRLS?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Do they have any models painted in the green color?
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subject:
Designer
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
What is this you take all kinds of great pictures of the 8 and then give us a little written blurb. Your just teasing us. JK but can't wait for your written review hopefully soon. Thanks you guys for all the info you have supplied us of late.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Thanks so much for ALL of the visuals, especially those of the suspension. They clearly show the details of what many of us have already signed up to buy, and I'm now even more enthusiastic about getting my hands on it.

On the flip side, I am very dissapointed with the colors that Mazda has chosen to offer. Both the red and yellow seem to be very muted; not the screamers we have seen in the magazines. Would you say that your pictures reflect true colors of the production US models? If so, I've got to strongly consider changing from yellow to blue or silver!
BK
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subject:
Old Rotaries
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Where did the pictures of the old Cosmos and RX-01 come from. Has Mazda built a museum at Laguna Seca or where they just brought in for the RX-8s launch?
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subject:
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Great pics! Can't wait for the review!

I don't know if you got any info from Mazda about this, but my main concern is the seals used on the Renesis. Has the durability/lifetime of these seals increased? Was the rotor housing still nitrited, or was a different, longer lasting techniqe used?

Thanks.
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subject:
mod at rx8forum.com
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
thanks again dan for making me feel jealous of you! jk. can't wait to hear more. question; what did the rest of the banners say in the tent? also was there a silver car there or just titanium it is hard to tell in one pic thanks again. and thanks to bern for keeping us updated.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Ok, so make with the full report.
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subject:
mazda finance
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Does anibody know if mazda is going to release the rx8 with a competitive in house finance package.Ibelieve both wrx and the sti are going to be offered very competitively as also the nissan 350z maybe we should be asking mazda for a good finance package instead off concentrating on colours etc .EMAIL MAZDA HEAD OFFICE AND GET SOME ACTION HAPPENING. PS .EAGERLY WAITING FOR FURTHER ON ROAD TEST .
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subject:
silver/ titanium
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Hi zoom - if you look at the left picture on the 20th or 21st row of pictures that Dan's posted with the full article about - you'll clearly see a titanium grey on the left, and the 3rd car I believe to the right of that is the silver. He also has several close ups of the silver; and other full car shots of the grey on the side of the road apparently taken during their Highway 1 drive.
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subject:
Mr
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Well done guys, great work. But the biggest question of all for me is the internal size. I am a little larger that the average at 193cm (6'4") and around 140Kg (300lb) but have always wanted a nimble sports car and not a humongous "muscle car". Is this car for me? Cheers.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
About the durability -
I heard a rumor that the target engine life for the Renesis is 150k miles, as opposed to the ~65k target for the RX-7. Interesting, though I don't know if it's true or not.
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subject:
colors
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I have to agree with you on this one. I'm not sure if it is because of the picture quality or not but I thought that the yellow model would be more brilliant.
BTW- What is up with different front fenders on the silver one near the top?
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
THANKS for all the updates and pictures that you guys have provided appreciate it.

also i got some infp on the 8 that is should
zooooooooooOOom to 0-60 in 5.9

On carsdirect it tells you any car out 0-60 with the most powerful engine and manual transmission
350 Z is 0-60 in 5.9 with manual transmission
seems like rx-8 is better since you get power same as 350z but a rotary ( which is better ) and 4 seats and BiG trunk.
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subject:
mazdaspeed RX-8
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Even more pics of the mazdaspeed RX-8!
http://www.mazdaspeedrx8.freeservers.com/about.html
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subject:
Herratage
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
There were different modules Mazda took the press through: Engine, Syspension/Driving dynamics, Safety, and the Autocross and Hot Laps on the raceway. There was also a herratage module that the media could go in at their leasure.

This was to supposed to be much bigger, with each generation RX-7, REPU's RX-2, 3, 4, 5's all being shown, but the budget was cut at the last minute.

It was good to see the RX-01 out and about again. When I got into it, however, it smelled very musty, like it has been stored in a damp garage for a few years.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
why is it taking so long for the article
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subject:
freeeken toooo looong
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
HI why is it taking so long for the report does head office MAZDA have to give the thumms up.or are you guys having along coffe break.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Yes, please hook us up with some info. It's been almost a week since you were at the track... I've been sitting here refreshing your page every 5 mins since last Thursday :)
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Saw a truck load of RX-8s heading south on the 101 freeway in Santa Barbara today (Tuesday, Jan 21st). I guess they were heading back to Mazda after the Laguna Seca testing session.
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subject:
Yellow Car
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Ok, the color in the pictures isn't that great, so I will ask the help of those who have seen the car.

Does the yellow at Laguna Seca look the same as the yellow in the prototype/promo materials?
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