05th Apr2016

Mazda Patented A New Rotary Design

by Michael Chandler

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Yup, the engine eagerly awaited since whenever the FD went away is coming back.  Maybe.  Here are the details of the patent filing, but what does this mean?  Well, they did show off that RX-Vision concept, but that doesn’t mean anything.  Manufacturers build concepts all the time, and they file patents just to keep everyone’s hands off of something they’ve had their hands on for years.  Ford and Chevrolet renew or get new copyrights for popular nameplates that haven’t been attached to a vehicle in decades, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to see a new Chevelle or Bronco anytime soon.

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I love RX-7’s, and I don’t hate the RX-8, but I don’t think we’re going to see a rotary renaissance anytime soon.  Mazda is a small manufacturer, and they already have a sports car: the Miata.  Creating a new platform for a new rotary would cost a ton of money, and modifying something to swallow it would also carry a hefty bill.  It’s cool that they’ve done something with the spinny Dorito motor, even if it is turning it upside down.  I’d love for them to prove me wrong though.

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14th Mar2016

And An Old Rotary Shall Lead Them

by Michael Chandler

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There was a bit of a shake up in the Lightning run group.  The group used to be dominated by Spec Miatas and Z’s, but the Z’s were bumped up into the Thunder group.  Naturally, one would think that one of the many Miatas, or one of the older 911’s in the group, would take the top overall spot.  Alas, that was not the case.  In P1 overall was this sweet ass RX7, sporting an amaing Konica logo on the hood.  It sounded like an angry weed whacker, and led wire to wire.

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09th Mar2016

Happy Hump Day

by Michael Chandler

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