You Have to Check Out This Mazda RX-10 Vision Longtail Supercar for Le Mans
Mazda is no stranger to Le Mans. In fact, the Japanese outlet tasted success at Le Mans on June 23, 1991, finished first in front of the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar, becoming the first Asian carmaker to win the famed 24-hour race.
Helping Mazda on its way to victory was the 787B rotary-powered race car drove by Johnny Herbert at an average speed of 127.62 mph. So there’s no wonder why so many car aficionados and Mazda fans have been wondering when and if will the carmaker make a comeback at Le Mans. While there’s no info on such plans, we wish Mazda would decide to return to France with a prototype that looks like this one.
This Is What the New Mazdaspeed3 Could Look Like, But Won’t
Mazda’s Motorsport arm has unveiled the Mazda3 TCR race car, a vehicle that knows one thing and one thing only: carve through the corners of any given track out there. The Mazda3 TCR is aimed at pumping new blood into the carmaker’s customer racing program, and we’ll see it geared up and ready to hit the track during the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, which is part of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona racing event that takes place next year, on January 26.
Jackie Stewart To Drive His Championship-Winning Matra At Silverstone Classic
It’s been 50 years since legendary Scottish driver Jackie Stewart bagged his first World Driver’s Title driving the Matra MS80 in his second season with the French government-backed outfit. This July, fans will be able to see the gorgeous blue silhouette of the MS80 running around the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the hands of the inimitable JYS, the man who went on to win the World Driver’s Championship two more times during his enduring partnership with Ken Tyrrell. Tyrell, however, eventually switched from being Matra’s Team Manager to being the constructor of his own Tyrrell cars.
You have seen them in films (chiefly, John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix from 1966), period videotapes, and images and I’m sure you still ask yourself, How were they ever allowed to race those things? Motorsport wasn’t always a safe place like it is today when, to be frank, only a freak accident can result in the death of a driver or a bystander, at least in automobile racing. Turn back the clock 50 years ago, and you’ll realize that there were casualties every other weekend and that some of Formula 1’s greatest talents from back in those days never got to grow grey hairs.
Out of the survivors, Jackie Stewart is one of the finest. Widely considered as Jim Clark’s protegee, Stewart rose from the shadow of Clark’s greatness after Jim tragically passed away in 1968 to win three F1 World Driver’s Titles, one Tasman Series title, and almost won the Indy 500 on his first attempt in 1966, among many other accolades. Since his retirement from Formula 1 in 1973, after a grim weekend for Tyrrell’s team, Stewart has remained very much active in motorsports acting as a pundit (if you’re older you may remember him being part of the team on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and NBC Sportsworld) on TV and, also, as a Team Boss in the ’90s for Stewart-Ford. However, arguably, his greatest achievement has been to increase the people’s awareness towards the importance of safety in motorsport during those deadly post-War decades. This stance made him an unpopular figure at the time despite his success as a driver but, nowadays, you can’t help but admit that he’s been instrumental in pushing motorsport, in general, to become safer and safer, a fight that’s still going on today.
Watch and Listen as this Insane Triple-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Demolishes a Hill Climb: Video
The third-generation FD Mazda RX-7 is unquestionably one of the greatest Japanese sports cars ever built. Not only is it an exceptionally pretty thing to look at, but thanks to its low weight, faultless chassis tuning, and compact dimensions, it’s epic to drive as well. And of course, you can’t forget to mention the RX-7’s wild rotary engine package either, which, properly tuned, sounds unlike anything else out there. The particular example featured in this video comes with all that and more, with as much as 520 horsepower produced from a triplet of triangles spinning up to an incredible 10,500 rpm.
1989 Mazda 767B
Mazda definitely lives up to the whole “zoom-zoom” branding thing its got going for it. With a variety of sports cars to its name, including the indispensable MX-5, plus a solid dose of fun instilled in just about every model it produces, this is the go-to manufacturer if you’re looking for an enjoyable experience behind the wheel. Per tradition, much of that driving engagement can be traced back to competition on the track, a place where Mazda boasts a long resume of experience and success. Looking over the list of Mazda’s accomplishments, one of the most impressive bullet points is an outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, something no other Japanese manufacturer can claim. Clinching that victory was the 787B, the culmination of years of trial and error. Featured here is the preceding 767B, one of the most important components to the development of Mazda’s Le Mans-winning 787. As an advanced prototype racer, the 767B was designed for competition in the IMSA-spec GTP class, where it saw a good deal of success.
Introduced in 1988 by Mazdaspeed, the Japanese manufacturer’s performance division, the 767B replaced the outgoing 757 prototype racer, another GTP-class 24 Hours of Le Mans competitor. Not only does this otherworldly speed wedge look the part of a top-notch competitor, but with an innovative four-rotor engine providing motivation, it was also one of the best-sounding race cars ever made. If you love triangle-shaped engines, this is one of the all-time superstars.
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2017 Mazda RT24-P
After a few seasons of racing gasoline-powered prototypes in North America, Mazda switched to a diesel engine based on the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D unit found in its production cars. That didn’t go very well, so the automaker returned to the 2.0-liter gasoline four-pot in 2016, when it continued with the same Lola chassis. With IMSA Prototype class rules revised for 2017, Mazda ditched the old Lola underpinnings in favor of a Riley chassis and redesigned the bodywork of its race car. With rules now more permissive as far as designs go, Mazda came up with a race car that uses many of the Kodo styling cues seen on the company’s production cars.
The new race car will compete in the new DPi class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The category replaces last year’s Prototype class and introduces revised regulations to the series. The new Riley chassis was designed and built by Multimatic, while the engine was carried over from last year’s race car. Mazda Motorsports will tackle the 2017 season with two vehicles. Car No. 55 will be driven by Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez, while car No. 77 will be piloted by Joel Miller and Tom Long. The season will commence in Daytona on January 28, while the final race will take place in Georgia on October 7.
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Mazda Brings Gorgeous Prototype Race Car to L.A.
Yesterday we saw Porsche unveil the 911 RSR as the only full-fledged race car at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Today, the event’s motorsport lineup expanded to include the Mazda RT24-P. Essentially a replacement for last year’s Mazda Prototype, the RT24-P was built to new IMSA regulations and will tackle the DPi class in 2017.
The RT24-P name stands for "Mazda’s Road to 24" program, but also signifies the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood. The 600-horsepower, turbocharged mill is the only carryover from last year’s model, while the new chassis is based on the Riley Mk. 30 LMP2 and was designed and built by Multimatic. But, the most spectacular feature of the new race car is the exterior design.
Unlike the outgoing race car, the RT24-P is heavily inspired by the company’s Kodo design, which is evident at the front. The nose is highlighted by the familiar five-point grille wearing the same "Mazda" logo as the production cars, while the muscular front fenders sport slender and slightly swept-back headlamps (in this case plastic covers), also very similar to the road-going models. The race car also received very aggressive wide side pods, and massive intakes under the butterfly-type doors.
Toward the rear, the RT24-P is similar to other prototypes, using a massive fin that stretches from the roof scoop all the way back toward the rear wing. The wing itself has massive, P-shaped struts that make direct contact with the rear diffuser at the bottom of the rear fenders. Not surprisingly, it is painted in a flashy red color based on the production color Soul Red.
“This is a huge moment for Mazda Motorsports and the entire Mazda family,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports North America. “To have a car which features Mazda design language at the top level of our motorsports program is meaningful for us as a brand. We believe we have the right team, the right drivers and the right chassis to win races and championships."
The new race car will compete under Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules in the Prototype class, the top level of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. After significant on-track testing at Daytona on December 13-14, it will make its racing debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January 2017. Mazda is one of three DPi manufacturers to be on the grid at Daytona, joining Nissan’s effort with Tequila Patron ESM, and the yet-unconfirmed Cadillac DPi program with Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing.
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Car for Sale: 2016 Global MX-5 Race Car
Every now and then you come across an amazing car for sell on Ebay. In this case, I may have just found one of the first, if not the first, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup cars that is being offered on the used market. The car you see above has only be raced on two weekends at Watkins Glen and Road America and is said to be (and looks like it is) in like new condition. And, not only is it ready to go in races like the Battery Tender MX-5 Global Cup Series, but also in SCCA T3, SCCA MXp, NASA, and others. The seller actually has two ND Global Cup cars for sale, with the one shown here being No. 97.
The car comes equipped with an Aim dash, Onboard fire suppression system, GEM ECU, completely sealed engine, transmission, and differential, a differential and transmission cooler, weight box, removable steering wheel, and more that the seller didn’t mention in his listing. On top of that, the car comes with a space transmission that is still in the crate and has the upgraded gear set, spare wheels, rotors, brake pads, and wheel hubs. The seller is asking $53,500 for each of the two cars, which really isn’t a bad deal considering the price on the global cup car reportedly just climbed to $59,000.
The MX-5 Global Cup car uses the same SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-banger found in the standard road-going Miata, but it’s obviously heavily modified by the factory to live up to the rigors of track use. In the road-going model, it produces 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Mazda has yet to release official power output of the Cup car, but word has it that it doesn’t put out much more than the road-going model. Power probably sits right around 170 horsepower at best. As of the time of this writing, there are just three days left on the listing and 11 people watching it. So, if you’re interested in getting into a Global Cup car that comes with extras, you might want to jump on it quickly.
Mazda Pays Tribute To 1991 Le Mans Win With 787B-inspired Livery
Mazda is celebrating its victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991 with two special liveries at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, round six of the 2016 IMSA SportsCar Championship, at Watkins Glen International on July 3. The No. 55 Mazda prototype will feature a vivid green and orange color scheme in honor of the 25th anniversary of Mazda victory at Le Mans, while the No. 70 car will carry a similar design, but in Soul Red, Silver and Machine Grey, the brand’s current corporate colors.
The only Japanese manufacturer to have won the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, Mazda achieved its big victory in 1991 with the rotary-powered 787B race car. The green-and-orange colored race car was motivated by a 2.6-liter, four-rotor Wankel engine and was driven to victory by Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler, and Bertrand Gachot. The winning car completed 362 laps and defeated factory efforts from Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Peugeot. Interestingly enough, the famous green-and-orange livery was inspired by Renown, a clothing company which made argyle socks, the team’s then-primary sponsor.
The tribute, No. 55 prototype will be driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, and Spencer Pigot. Both Nunez and Pigot weren’t even born when Mazda won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I may not have been born when they won Le Mans, but being an age where technology is key, there are a lot of videos on the internet of that car! I’ve been watching the 787B for years - even before I got picked up by Mazda. It’s one of those cars that really captures your eye - and the sound that rotary motor made! It’s going to be an honor to run that paint scheme," said Nunez.
Mazda has yet to win any races this season, but scored 150 points, enough for a third place in the manufacturers’ championship. In the teams’ standings, the No. 55 car is fifth, while the No. 70 car is seventh.
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is an impressive car from any standpoint. It is the best-selling roadster in the world, it’s the most produced roadster of all time and it is also the most road-raced car in the world. With the all-new, fourth-generation Miata arriving soon, Mazda has seen fit to grace the world with a new MX-5 Cup model. And I really mean grace the world. After years of being a U.S.-only, one-make race series, Mazda is opening up the MX-5 Cup races to Europe and Asia as well.
The new car builds on the decades of racing experience that Mazda has accumulated running its one-make racing series and puts it to use to create the best racer to ever wear the MX-5 badge. The car is fully race prepped with a roll-cage, stripped interior, new wheels, competition rubber and a full body kit. If you want one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get into real road racing, the Mazda MX-5 Cup car is your best bet.
Mazda just released the newest version of this machine at SEMA, and short of things like horsepower ratings, we have all the major details about this open-top racer. Just hop past the break to check it all out.
Updated 10/01/2015: Mazda announced prices for its new MX-5 Cup race car - Mazda Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race Miata. The car is priced at $53,000 and is now available for order at www.MazdaMotorsports.com. First deliveries are scheduled to begin later this year.
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a chic sports car in it standard configuration. But if you strip it down to its basic necessities, drop a modified engine under its hood, and slap on a race car’s worth of safety equipment, the MX-5 Miata can turn into rolling thunder on four (racing) wheels.
Full Spec Miata driver Danny Steyn and fellow Rossini Racing Engines racer Jonathan Goring showcased that in a video that shows the MX-5 Miata in the middle of a qualifying session at Daytona. The monstrous engine noise coming from that Miata is enthralling to the ears on its own. But it’s the cockpit-eye view of the qualifying session that really has me on the edge of my seat. It’s not often that you get to watch a race from this angle for an extended period of time.
Watching Steyn navigate around the track with his rivals all up in his space makes me feel like I’m inside the cabin with him. The sweeping turns feel real. The bumps hurt. And the sound of the wind just crashing into the car has me grabbing my chair. I’m all worked up just watching this video so I can’t even begin to imagine the feeling of being inside that Miata.
Among the most famous wins in motorsports history is Mazda’s 1991 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 1991 Mazda 787B racecar claimed the first, and still only win for a Japanese manufacturer at Le Mans, as well as the only win from a car with a rotary engine. But there was another car that paved the way for the 787B, another rotary-engined car that won a 24-hour endurance race a full decade before Mazda’s win at Le Mans, and that car is an RX-7 belonging to Tom Walkinshaw Racing.
In 1981, the RX-7 was still a pretty new car, having only just debuted in 1979. It wasn’t completely new to motorsports, and had even grabbed a class win at the 1979 24 Hours of Daytona, similar to the kind of success enjoyed by earlier Mazda rotary racing cars. But in 1980, Mazda and Tom Walkinshaw entered the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps. It wasn’t an impressive year for the RX-7s at Spa, but the lessons learned were put to good use, and in 1981, TWR grabbed an overall win at Spa, finally providing really solid evidence of the performance potential of the Wankel rotary engine.
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The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car was unveiled in November 2014, ushering in a new generation of beefed-up MX-5 racers that we’ll be seeing a whole lot of in the coming years. Most units of the MX-5 Cup, including the batch that will compete in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup, have been stocked with full racing gear. But at least one of them will serve a different purpose, specifically the MX-5 Cup Pace Car that will oversee racing competitions held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mazda Motorsports launched the MX-5 Cup Pace Car at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the weekend of August 15-16, 2015. With its unveiling, the MX-5 Cup Pace Car will follow in a long history of Mazda models that have patrolled the track at Laguna Seca. The Mazda6 has served in this capacity in the past, as has the RX-8, CX-5, and not surprisingly, the previous-generation MX-5.
The new MX-5 Cup now gets that honor, and to mark the occasion, Mazda fitted the plucky little racer with all the necessary digs of a bonafide pace car, including the standard roll cage, racing bucket seats and emergency lights.
Those interested to see the new MX-5 Cup Pace Car in action will get the opportunity when the 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing season kicks off on September 11-13, 2015 with the Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge finals.
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Valentino Rossi may be famous for his MotoGP career, but he’s also into racing vehicles that ride on four wheels. Not only did he test a Ferrari Formula One car in 2006, but he also raced in a number of official WRC events after learning the basics of driving a rally car from WRC legend Colin McRae. Even though he has yet to quit MotoGP to start a career in car racing, as he had announced some years ago, Rossi continues to showcase his driving skills in just about any car he can get his hands on. At the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Italian driver was given the chance to drive the 1991 Mazda 787B.
And not just any 787B (as if that would’ve been an issue), but the very same car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991, giving Mazda its only outright win at Circuit de la Sarthe. As Mel Brooks once said: "It’s good to be the King!"
Rossi drove the 787B up the famous Goodwood hill and needed around 55 seconds from start to finish. That may be far off the festival’s all-time record, but it doesn’t really matter. What matters here is that two legends have been paired together for the delight of those who attended this year’s event. Equally important is that Rossi didn’t have any issues keeping the 787B on the tarmac, which can’t be said about the driver who crashed a 1989 Mazda 767B at the same event.