Mazda Cosmo at the core of Motorsports heritage

Mazdaspeed is well known as the one the most successful and prolific factory-backed racing shops. Their claim that there are more Mazdas on track each weekend than any other make is pretty easy to validate. Spend time at any track or autocross course across the country and you'll see more Miatas than anywhere… » 1/10/14 3:03pm 1/10/14 3:03pm

The rotary engine explained by '60s edu-mation

Wankel's Rotary engine found little following in Europe after the demise of NSU, but Mazda embraced the technology like RX-8 owners embrace 2-for-1 Castrol deals. Here's a 1960's educational animation from Mazda explaining why the rotary engine is an advancement on that old piston-powered buggy your grandma drives. » 3/28/11 4:30pm 3/28/11 4:30pm

PCH, Rear-Drive Japanese Luxury Edition: Q45 or 929?

Approximately two-thirds of you would rather reign in Hell with a '69 Citroën than with a '66 Renault R8 Gordini, according to yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll (we can assume that those who would serve in Heaven with a brand-new Lexus didn't vote). That's great, but what if you want to feel like a Yakuza soldier… » 10/25/07 5:30pm 10/25/07 5:30pm

Mazda Celebrates 40 Rotary-Powered Years... In Japan

Hard to believe, but it's been forty years since Mazda started selling vehicles with rotary engines. Their marketers aren't trumpeting their pride over that milestone in the US of A, probably because the '67 models weren't sold here, but it's a different story in Japan. You can get a special 40th Anniversary Edition… » 8/17/07 4:30pm 8/17/07 4:30pm

Project Car Hell: Mazda Cosmo or Three Honda 600s?

It really wasn't fair putting a British car up against a GM A-body in yesterday's Project Car Hell matchup, because the ready availability of A-body parts gives you too many escape hatches from Hell. In any case, the Esprit blasted the Olds by winning with a Nixon-versus-McGovern-esque landslide. Today we're going to… » 8/10/07 5:30pm 8/10/07 5:30pm