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Mazda Delivers First Premacy Hydrogen Rotary Engined Hybrid
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 4:30pm

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today delivered the first Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid to Iwatani Corporation, an energy development company based in Japan. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is Mazda’s latest hydrogen rotary engine (RE) vehicle which uses hydrogen as a fuel and features a unique hybrid system. 

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Norton Motorcycles to Return to Isle of Man TT 2009 with NRV 588 Rotary Race Bike
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 5:04pm

Works Norton team returns to world famous TT races for the first time since 1993, demonstrating the new owners commitment to the brand's racing pedigree!

Norton Motorcycles will make its long awaited return to the legendary Isle of Man TT races in May 2009 after an absence of 16 years! In an historic deal, the brand was recently brought back to the UK after 15 years stateside by UK businessman, Stuart Garner.

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SpeedSource MazdaSpeed RX-8 Takes Home Victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 3:08pm

05/18/2009 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - The SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 endured a heat soaked California day to take the GT-Class win and regain valuable championship points in Round 4 of the Rolex Sports Car Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The team arrived on setup day with a determination to succeed while sporting the new 2009 RX-8 R3 edition front end. A clear crowd favorite, the SpeedSource Mazda sat near the top of early practice sessions foreshadowing what was to come race day.

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SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 Survives New Jersey Rain; Looks Forward to Mazda Raceway Event
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 4:35pm

05/06/2009 - The SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 arrived at New Jersey Motorsports Park looking to post a solid run. Early practice sessions proved that the team had a worthy entry to compete with the points leaders. The dawn of race day opened with a cold and wet weather forecast that would last to race end. In a rain soaked race that included over an hour under yellow flag conditions the SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 ended up in eleventh position.

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Mazda Tackles Targa Tasmania with RX-8 SP Turbo
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Friday, May 1, 2009 - 12:14am

04/29/2009 Tasmania - Mazda Australia has once again taken on the challenge of the grueling Targa Tasmania. This year they are tackling the event with a pair of Mazda MPS (MazdaSpeed3s in the USA) and a very special Mazda RX-8SP Turbo. Follow the daily action with videos, audio, and pictures, on the very cool official Mazda event website at:

Mazda in Targa 2009

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SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 Scores Podium at VIR
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:53pm

04/29/2009 - The SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 team looked to rebound from a somewhat uncharacteristic showing at the Rolex 24 and a podium finish at Virginia International Raceway is just what they needed. After qualifying on the pole the day before, Nick Ham continued where he left off to start the race. Ham and fellow Mazda driver Dane Cameron led the first ever all Mazda front row in Grand-Am competition to the green flag. Despite the 90+ degree temperatures Ham stayed cool and out of trouble and ran some very consistent and quick lap times. "Nick drove great this weekend" stated David Haskell, team Technical Director. "First with an awesome lap in qualifying and then with a very consistent and trouble free opening stint, when the car handles like it did at VIR it's so much easier to run fast consistent laps. I am so impressed with how the SpeedSource team has constantly worked on developing this car, it continues to improve every race" Ham added.

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Announcing SevenStockXII
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12:00pm

The SoCalRX Club is proud to announce that SevenStockXII will be back for another round on September 26, 2009! The SoCalRX Club, along with Mazda USA will again have our Grand O' BBQ this year! We are very excited for this opportunity to hold our Annual BBQ on the Mazda Corporate site for the 4th year in a row. Mazda has their hearts and dedication focused on the Rotary Enthusiasts, YOU! We see the pride and dedication in these Rotaries that show up at the event, everything from RX-2's to RX-8's.

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Mazda Builds First RX-8 Hydrogen RE for Norway
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Friday, April 24, 2009 - 10:23am

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that it has built the first Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle with Norwegian specifications, developed specifically for participation in HyNor, Norway’s national hydrogen project. The first unit will take part in ceremonies marking the official opening of HyNor’s hydrogen filling stations. The initial opening ceremony will be held in Oslo on May 11, 2009. The RX-8 Hydrogen RE will then undergo certification to meet local standards and will be used for maintenance staff training. Mazda plans to commence leasing of Norwegian specification RX-8 Hydrogen RE models in Norway in summer 2009.

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2009 Super GT – Round 1 @ Okayama International Circuit
Submitted by Streetrally on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 8:34pm

Finally, the 2009 racing season has begun! March 22nd marked the season opener for the 2009 Super GT series, and Rotarynews.com was sure to make the trip to cheer on the lone rotary entrant- the M7 MUTIARA MOTORS AMEMIYA SGC 7. Okayama International Circuit (formally known as TI Circuit Aida) is a course that has an interesting history. It actually hosted the 1994-95 Formula One Pacific Grand Prix events, and has been in the Super GT schedule since 1998, back when the series was still known as JGTC. Did the 7 fare as well in the race as it did in testing at this commemorated track? Find out after the jump.

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Super GT 2009 - START!
Submitted by Streetrally on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 7:03am


The 2009 Super GT season kicks off next week at Okayama International Circuit on March 22nd. As with any racing series there have been a few changes in the rules, regulations, and teams, and Team Amemiya Racing is no exception. Actually, make that Team M7 RE- Amemiya Racing. That’s right, the team has changed sponsors this year, and with the switch comes an altered exterior. The new look is a departure from the simpler styles of previous Amemiya machines but, this correspondent is rather partial to the bold styling of this year’s rotary machine.

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