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

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

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 on … » 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 is … » 4/29/08 12:20pm 4/29/08 12:20pm