You Have To See The Hoonicorn Take on This Wicked 4-Rotor, AWD Mazda RX-7
Ken Block’s Hoonicorn is on a mission to conquer the world. The drag racing world, that is.
You’re probably familiar with the Hoonicorn vs The World series running on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel. If you’re not, then this video might as well serve as a pretty neat crash course, because the Hoonicorn is racing a car that it inspired.
We Demand That This Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept Comes To Life
Although Mazda and motorsports is an affair that burned the brightest in the early ’90s (1991, to be more precise), the digital world of gaming tends to disapprove. In case you need some further convincing, check out the RX-Vision GT3 ready to scorch the tracks in PS4’s Gran Turismo Sport.
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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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.