For the past few years, it’s seemed that we’d never again see a rotary-powered sports car, not from Mazda, not from anyone. I hadn’t even seen one in Pirelli World Challenge at the local St Petersburg city course since the 2012 Honda Grand Prix. The days of that wonderful banshee wail and accompanying stinky yet aromatic exhaust, it seemed, were over. But then, at the Tokyo Motor Show on Tuesday, Mazda unveiled this, the RX-VISION Rotary concept. (more…)
Re-shared from Evo on YouTube.
Feeling groggy this Monday? Well, push play and get ready to enjoy the chill up your back, as the sound of the rotary buzz and brap flows from your speakers. In this new video, Evo reviews the RX-7 racecar which won the Spa 24 Hours in 1981.
Re-shared from /DRIVE
The debate seems as old as time, that being whether it is better to build up the light yet sometimes maintenance-intensive rotary engine, or to swap it out for the cheap, reliable and more fuel efficient V8 power from a Corvette or Mustang. In this video, Matt Farah compares the sweet singing buzzy turbo rotary with one which has undergone the popular GM LS V8 swap. (more…)
Old Japanese cars carving the canyons? Sign me up. I’m so stoked for the Touge California and I wasn’t even there. However, my buddy Blake Z. Rong was there for this new road rally and has a new article about the event today on Jalopnik. Check out the article after the jump, where he examines the origin of Touge California and features some of the cars that showed up for the event. (more…)
Re-shared from MotoIQ,
Text after the jump by M-P Spierer,
Photography by Jeff Naeyaert
If you’ve never heard of MotoIQ, you should re-evaluate your life choices… or maybe you were just born a little too late to know of the late great Sport Compact Car. You can still catch some of that old SCC magic over at MotoIQ and here they put the 787B under their “nerd’s eye view.” (more…)
Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf
Despite a coating of dust and only having one mirror, which was held on by rubber bands, Roadster made it out to the first show of the year this past Memorial Day weekend at Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi. I finally got to meet some of the local Miata owners in the local club known as Tampa Bay Miatas. Out front we had eight Miatas lined up of all three generations, and surprisingly without planning it, each one was a different color.
One of my favorite local speed shops, S&R Performance, merged with Vortex Motorsport recently and on Saturday night my wife and I attended the massive grand opening of their new shop, VSR Motorsports. (more…)