My Day at Road Atlanta.

As you may know. Last year I won the Jalopnik and Blipshift T-Shirt contest thanks to my "Smoking Permitted" design and the grand prize was a one day, High Performance, Skip Barber Racing School. I Registered for the course at Road Atlanta on March 18th, and hit the road! » 3/23/14 4:45pm 3/23/14 4:45pm

'The Near Track-Ready Mazda RX-8 R3 Roams The Streets'

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! » 8/13/13 5:32pm 8/13/13 5:32pm

Is A New Scion FR-S Better Than An Old Mazda RX-8 Or Honda S2000?

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? » 5/08/13 12:17pm 5/08/13 12:17pm

The Last Race Of Grand-Am’s Flame-Spitting Mazda RX-8s

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. » 10/04/12 5:30pm 10/04/12 5:30pm

How the Toyota Camry is killing our dreams

We received some bad news this week. Mazda's rotary engine died again, while the Toyota Camry just keeps on living. Here's why we should care about the rotary engine, and why no one reads magazines about toasters. » 8/24/11 2:30pm 8/24/11 2:30pm

Keep The Home Fires Burning

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 » 1/31/11 2:30pm 1/31/11 2:30pm

The Very First Porsche Wagon

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. » 12/23/10 2:30pm 12/23/10 2:30pm

This Racing Mazdaspeed RX-8's Missing A Heart

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. » 11/17/10 1:15pm 11/17/10 1:15pm

The Most Awesome Petrolhead Birthday Gift Ever

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. » 8/27/10 3:00pm 8/27/10 3:00pm

REPORT: Mazda To Axe RX-8

The slow-selling refreshed Mazda RX-8 is on its way out according to a source at Mazda HQ. Fortunately, a new Mazda RX-7 is rumored to be in the works. Wanks for the memories! [Motor Trend] » 5/05/10 12:30pm 5/05/10 12:30pm

REPORT: Mazda RX-7 Is The New RX-8

To combat the upcoming Toyota FT-86 and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Mazda's preparing a replacement for the slow-selling RX-8. Reports from Japan indicate the automaker's looking to revive the RX-7. Fast and the Furai? Sadly, not so much. » 12/28/09 9:00am 12/28/09 9:00am

iPhone-Controlled Mazda RX-8 Not As Cool As It Sounds

When Jon Oxer decided to hook up his Mazda RX-8 to his iPhone, he had a car poised to impress hot-librarian-type women. Instead, he developed something likely only to impress dudes in Linux penguin t-shirts. » 4/02/09 3:30pm 4/02/09 3:30pm

Green Wankel: Hydrogen-Powered Mazda RX-8 Hits Norway

Combining an alternative fuel with an alternative engine design, this hydrogen-powered rotary-engined Mazda RX-8 » 10/17/08 3:40pm 10/17/08 3:40pm 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…

2008 Mazda RX-8, Part Three

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… » 5/01/08 12:00pm 5/01/08 12:00pm

2008 Mazda RX-8, Part Two

Exterior Design:***
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… » 4/30/08 12:00pm 4/30/08 12:00pm

2008 Mazda RX-8, Part One

I'm going to go ahead and hazard a marketing-based guess that the good folks at Mazda want me to think of the 2008 Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Edition as the culmination of their design and engineering genius. Unfortunately, the first thing going through my mind was that the suicide-doored, rotary-engined little 2+2… » 4/29/08 12:20pm 4/29/08 12:20pm