RX-8 vs. 500 HP BMW M5 at VIR. Mazda RX-8 wins.
Second session on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Finally let me pass after 1-3/4 laps. Both the BMW driver and I are advanced, high-performance driving instructors. PASSING WAS ONLY ALLOWED WITH A POINT-BY FROM THE LEADING DRIVER. The RX-8 is completely stock except for a B&B muffler and Hawk HP Plus pads on the front. It does not have traction control or stability control. Tires are original stock street Potenzas. No doubt the M5 is stock too, and this has more to do with weight than horsepower. Camera is a Creative Labs Vado cheapcorder stuck to the windshield with a suction cup cellphone holder. Video was recorded upside-down due to the mount, and was transcoded to rotate it. Quality suffered.
Pan Speed 450HP 3-rotor RX-8
The all-new Pan Speed RX-8 being parked in the Daikoku Futo warehouse. The car will be driven at the 2012 WTAC in Eastern Creek by ex-Super GT driver and BestMotoring & Hot Version presenter Naoki Hattori. The car develops 450 HP and weighs just over 1,100 kg.