Track Battle RX-8 vs 370Z
I had a fun little battle with a 370Z at Pacific Raceways. He had me the whole track except through turns 8 and 9. I believe he was stock running Bridgestone Potenza REO50. I am stock running Yokohama Advan Neova AD08. He said he just didn't have the traction through those two turns.
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.
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.
Mazda RX-8 Vs. 420 HP Audi R8 at VIR Grand East.
Chasing an Audi R8 around Viriginia International Raceway during the MazdaDrivers event on June 14, 2009. Able to catch him a bit in the twisties, but just can't keep up with the power. Mistake letting the BMW by, as they hesitated to pass and cost me all my momentum. Stinkin' Bimmers always ruin my fun. ;-)
My car is an otherwise stock 2005 RX-8 with Koni shocks, BFG R1 tires, Hawk HP+ front pads, and B&B muffler. Camera is a Creative Labs Vado HD.