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Mazda TAKERI concept

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.

mazda takeri 1

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.

mazda takeri concept car 2011

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.

Last RX-8 model in production

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.

Source: autoblog.com

License plate LED lights

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

LED light swap for mazda rx8

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.

LED license plate for mazda rx8

You could also use a 3D setup like here:

Enjoy your new rear license LED’s.

Information from rx8club.com

RX-8 vs BMW E30 M3 on the track

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

RX8 R3: Night scens in HD

September 2, 2011

City and night scenes of a mazda R3 2011 model

Large exhaust tips

August 18, 2011

Mazda RX8 fitted with large exhaust tips : ExoticSpeed SSR1 RX8 exhaust header with greddy SP2 catback

RX8 on Trollstigen pass

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. mazda RX8 on Trollstigen pass 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.

7th place on youtube

June 29, 2011

From all top gear videos on youtube, the Mazda RX8 is on 7th place based on the number of views (4,276,695)

In front of the rx8 there is:

1. Ariel Atom
2. Bugatti Veyron vs typhoon plane
3. Bugatti Veyron vs F1
4. Bugatti Veryon top speed
5. Michael schumacher on top gear
6. BMW M3 vs C63 Amg vs Audi Rs4

Update on rotary engine in 2012

June 1, 2011

What’s going on in Mazda’s RX department? Rumors are flying of an RX-7 revival, an updated RX-8, and a new rotary engine, but the truth is likely to be a bit less exciting that the rumors would have you believe.

At the moment, the only real product is the RX-8, due for an update in 2011 as a 2012 model. While the car and its styling were fairly revolutionary when they hit the scene back in 2003, the new model and third generation of the car is likely to be far more evolutionary than revolutionary. Mazda’s own design boss, Ikuo Maeda, told AutoCar that while the car will feature Mazda’s newest design language and technology, it won’t be a radical change from the current formula. That means the front-engine, rear-drive, rotary-powered, four-seat sports car will likely stick around, though it’s not know what will become of the rear-opening clamshell doors.

Unfortunately, the next-gen RX-8′s big star likely won’t make it to the debut party. Mazda is hard at work at a next-generation rotary engine known as the 16X, so called for its larger 1.6L displacement compared to the RX-8′s 1.3L Renesis engine. The larger displacement lends itself to improved torque, a common complaint about the RX-8, but the rotary’s thirsty and dirty nature are making the engine a tough prospect in the days of fuel-efficiency and low emissions.

“The 16X demonstrated the possibility, but that performance is not good enough. We are doing R&D which will incorporate more new technology,” Mazda’s head of R&D, Seita Kanai, told Automotive News. “The 16X is more a profile of a rotary still in our concept stage. It needs more evolution.”

In addition to the extra displacement, that evolution is also expected to include direct injection, the first ever for a rotary engine. If it’s going to outgun the Renesis’ potent 232 hp, disappointing 159 lb-ft and even more troubling 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway on premium fuel, the 16X has to be a big step forward for rotary engines, and being the purveyor of all things rotary, we’re sure Mazda wants to get it absolutely right.

Some of you may have been disappointed in reading above that the next RX-8 will likely still be a four-seater, since making it one was a big departure from the original RX-7. Maeda has told AutoCar that he’d love to make a real RX-7 with just two seats and rotary power, but he has to get it past the management first. With the rotary’s aforementioned aversion to fuel-economy, torque, and emissions laws, though, it’ll be a tough sell. The fact that Mazda already has a two-seat sports car in the Miata and a rotary-powered sports car in the RX-8 makes a third sports car that essentially combines the other two a tough proposition, especially in these cash-strapped times.

Source : motortrend.com

RX-8 hydrogen hybrid

May 9, 2011

A video presentation of the hydrogen hybrid technology developed by Mazda for the RX8 model.

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