This is a Mazda RX-8 with a three-quarter drag chassis, and a three-rotor Wankel engine equipped with three turbochargers. It is a silly car, and it does silly things. For instance, it shoots many flames.
[Even geese love the Brumos Porsche. Here they are enjoying a puddle with a good view of the 2011 Grand-Am Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. Photo credit: Brian Cleary/Getty Images]
Hey. That's my car. Bet you didn't know it had a rotary engine. ROTARY ENGINE. TRIANGLES.
Since today we learned the sad, sad fact that rotary engine inventor Felix Wankel was a Nazi extremist, let's close the day by saying something nice about the rotary, shall we? Take it away, MotorWeek!
It's kind of tragic that the Mazda RX-8 and Honda S2000, two of the very best Japanese performance cars of the last decade, are no longer in production and never produced any heirs to their legacy. So how would the Scion FR-S measure up if it went toe-to-toe with with Honda's roadster and Mazda's last rotary?
This Grand-Am season had its final race last weekend and while some people came first, we all lost. The tube-framed, flame-spitting, rotary powered Mazda RX-8s are dead. RIP.
As we watched this tuned Mazda RX-8 lift-off-oversteer into a forest we couldn't help but think to ourselves "damn, that GoPro is strong."
The Mazda RX-8 of Dempsey Racing has a moment during the 24 Hours of Daytona. While team namesake Patrick Dempsey (SPOILER) scored a third-place GT finish, the #41 car finished 10th in the class. Photo:AP
Two decades before they would consider selling wagonesque sedans to the general public, Porsche took a 928 and added a bulbous rear as a gift for the 75th birthday of company founder Ferry Porsche. It was called the Study H50.
The racing FXDD Mazdaspeed RX-8's an attractive race car, but floor reporter Corbin Coodwin couldn't help but notice that, like the Tin Man, it's missing a heart.
I’ve turned 30 today. My wife and her mother got me a set of bespoke cufflinks in the shape of Wankel engine rotors. Life is officially awesome.
If you absolutely must buy a new car in this hour of thanks, then we suggest you choose one of these ten. Happy turkey!
Anyone can put a computer in a car and, using remote controls, nearly anyone can control a car's electronics from a safe distance. Controlling a car remotely using an iPhone and installing a computer that can run without the addition of a new battery is something entirely different.
Combining an alternative fuel with an alternative engine design, this hydrogen-powered rotary-engined Mazda RX-8 has hit the Norwegian roads, one of 30 of the RX-8s for use in Norway as commercial leases. The hydrogen RX-8s are part of a program directed towards making hydrogen-powered vehicles mainstream in the…
Why you should buy this car:
You've been complaining that no one makes interestingly different cars anymore, and now you have a chance to own one. You like the idea of an engine that not only can but must spin above six grand to be entertaining or useful. You think all doors should be suicide doors. You've never…
The 2008 Mazda RX-8 shows all sorts of pleasing shapes amidst all of that strong idiosyncrasy. It's good clean fun to look at the profile of the front fenders rising slightly above the curve of the hood while you're driving. Molded-in Wankelry on the hood flows nicely into subtle twin speed bumps…