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

This is what happens when you lose your brakes at 160 MPH

At yesterday's Rolex Grand Am event Gunter Schaldach experienced a scenario no driver is ever really prepared for—losing your brakes at 160 MPH. When Schaldach entered turn 1 at Road America he hit brakes on his Camaro GT.R and as the race driver put it "nothing happened". » 6/26/11 4:00pm 6/26/11 4:00pm

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

Mazda Shinari Concept: Beauty, Grace, Fantasy

The Mazda Shinari bowed in the folded-and-creased sheet-metal at today's Los Angeles Auto Show, showing off new "KODO" design language that should lead the way for future Mazda vehicles. We still sorta miss Nagare. » 11/17/10 9:00pm 11/17/10 9:00pm

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…

The Ten Most Gorgeous Japanese Cars Currently For Sale

They said it couldn't be done. They said compiling a list of ten gorgeous Japanese cars currently for sale was a fool's errand. What they didn't know was that in Japan the cars aren't designed to be as purposeful and uncharismatic as many of their American offerings. In fact, half of the cars on the list are not sold… » 8/25/08 2:00pm 8/25/08 2:00pm

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

Mazda Announces Beijing Motor Show Lineup Including Taiki Concept,…

Mazda has announced its duds for the Beijing Motor Show that will be taking place towards the latter half of April. To be unveiled at the show is the new revision of the Mazda6, which will be known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan. Also set to be shown off is the Taiki Concept, which looks like something even Batman… » 3/26/08 3:30pm 3/26/08 3:30pm

Mazda Furai Concept Running in Display Stand

You thought you had seen the last of the 2008 Mazda Furai concept didn't you? We certainly had enough coverage on the lusty concept that didn't make Popular Mechanics' Top 10 New Cars of Detroit list. What with the teaser photos, track video, live reveal shots, and super sneaky close ups - but no, we're not done yet.… » 1/18/08 3:00pm 1/18/08 3:00pm

Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Mazda RX8 Officially Unveiled

Not that it's a surprise to anybody, but the new RX-8 looks a lot like the preview shots we brought you earlier. Shown in a very Subaru shade of blue, the RX-8 is in fact destined for an update. Most of the changes happen in the nose with slightly revised headlights, a new grill treatment, the hood has a bigger rotary… » 1/14/08 3:37pm 1/14/08 3:37pm

Detroit Auto Show: Up Close and Personal with the 2008 Mazda Furai

We just can't get enough of the 2008 Mazda Furai concept. We brought you preview pics, video, and live floor shots. That's all well and good, but thanks to some overzealous designers, we now have pictures showing off the whole enchilada. Engine bay, interior, detailed close ups... we want it; we want it bad.

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