February 7, 2012
An RX8 owner has managed to install a 7″ Android tabled in the OEM navigation case of the RX8. The Table is a Enspert Indentity E201 ( with Samsung Hummingbird’s embedded PowerVR SGX540) . You can run on it any android app, like : Torque, Sygic navigation. Torque is an android app that connects to the OBDII interface of the car, making possible performance and technical readouts such as : 0-60 accelerations, fuel level, G acceelerations, intake temperature, istant and average mpg etc.
December 9, 2011
Mazda has been developing a whole new set of technology improvements under the name of SkyActive, due the increased efficiency and friendliness to the environment of the new developed parts.
One of this parts, is the new 6 speed automatic transmission, that seems to have all the benefits:
- shift times fast as a manual Mx-5 tranny
- 7% increased fuel consumption and obviously less CO2 in the air
- smoothness in city drive
- lightweight design
The video below explains the new SkyActive technology and how this transmission is made of both a automatic torque converter and manual clutch. Probably it will be available for the next RX-8/RX-9 model to come in around 2013.
November 22, 2011
Short race from the lights between the RX8 and the 3 liters BMW E46.
October 25, 2011
Mazda has presented a new concept car called TAKERI, and it seems to be the next concept CAR behind the future Mazda 6. This also reveals Mazda’s current trend in emotional design and probably the next RX-8 (or 9) will have a similiar design lines like the future 6.
Like the new Mazda CX-5 SUV (which was shown in Frankfurt this year but will make its Japanese debut at the Show), the TAKERI is based of Mazda’s new “KODO - Soul of Motion” design language - meaning that we’ll likely see styling elements of the TAKERI appear in production models down the track.
The appearance of Mazda’s first regenerative braking system is notable because this car isn’t a hybrid - it runs on a diesel engine. Like conventional hybrid systems, kinetic energy is captured and stored during braking, but in this case, rather than being fed back to an electric motor, the energy is stored in a capacitor and used to power the vehicle’s electric equipment. This reduces engine load and results in excellent fuel economy according to Mazda.
October 10, 2011
Mazda has chosen to commemorate the departure of the company’s RX-8 with one last special edition in Japan. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit R is set to arrive at Japanese dealerships next month and will offer 1,000 lucky buyers a host of aesthetic upgrades over the base vehicle. The package starts with an RX-8 RS and adds in exclusive badging, unique head- and taillights with black bezels and red brake calipers outside. Indoors, the cabin wears special Spirit R bucket seats hewn by the people at Recaro as well as piano black transmission tunnel trim.
Models equipped with an automatic transmission will enjoy black leather seats with red contrasting stitching. Mazda says that the RX-8 Spirit R will also feature a sport-tuned suspension and larger brakes, as well as 18-inch gun metallic wheels. A total of three exterior color options will be available, including Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. Hit the jump for the press release.
September 29, 2011
This DIY shows how to replace the license lights.
For this operation you require these 2 tools:
- new 194 bulbs standard or LED
- Flat Head Screw Driver
This mode takes only 5 minutes to do. You need to take your flat head screw driver and position is on the end of the lens as shown in picture 1. You then need to pry it off gently. It should pop right out and make sure you catch it because it has a tendency to fly down. The bulb is then visible and you will want to put it out and replace it with you new bulb.
You can choose this type of lights (not LED): http://autolumination.com/194.htm scroll down the page until you see on the right side of the page 194 (Super White) Xeon. It’s about $1.50 each.
You can also use this type of lights to replace all the interior lights of your mazda RX-8.
You could also use a 3D setup like here:
Enjoy your new rear license LED’s.
Information from rx8club.com
September 12, 2011
Mazda RX-8 with stock 232 HP engine. Modifications are slightly better Progress springs, Koni shocks, gutted catalytic converter, B&B muffler, Hawk Brake HP+ front pads, Hawk HPS rear pads, and Hoosier R6 tires on stock rims
September 2, 2011
City and night scenes of a mazda R3 2011 model
August 18, 2011
Mazda RX8 fitted with large exhaust tips : ExoticSpeed SSR1 RX8 exhaust header with greddy SP2 catback
August 4, 2011
Video showing how’s to drive the RX8 in NORWAY on the Trollstigen pass.
Trollstigen meaning Troll stair (Troll is Giant Greek legend) is a road across the mountains in Rauma, Norway, part of National Road connecting Åndalsnes in Rauma and Valldal in Norddal. This area is often visited by tourists because It consists of short lines snaked sharply path. Although recent years have widened, the vehicle exceeding 12.4 feet wide is prohibited to cross the street .On top of this road there is wide parking space. From the parking area we can walk for 10 minutes to a balcony for enjoying the scenery and the road also Stigfossen waterfall that 320 meters high.