Beyond The Checkered Flag - Racing Beat IMSA RX-7 GTO

The story of rotary-tuner Racing Beat's winning efforts at the 1983 24 Hours of Daytona.

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RENEW rx7 day 7/7/2013
RENEW's rx7 day held on the 7/7/2013 at wakefield park. The day was open to all mazda rotary vehicles, and was open to all types of motorsports,from drift to off street racing, circuit / time trials and show and shine. The day was cold but the action was hot, fun was had by all, a day filled with mazdas what more could you want? fastest time recorded on the day was ric shaw 1:04.7540 in th sp turbo rx8, and the fastest rx7 was ben cornett 1:04.8530 in a s8 fd rx7 with factory twin turbos. alot footage that missed out in this video, so plz dont get upset ....enjoy.http://youtu.be/CByMMVBJqvc





Bathurst 1984 Group C RX7's
Some clips of the Mazda RX7 Group C touring cars that battled it out in the 1984 James Hardie 1000





The Mazda RX-7 Replacement That Never Happened -The Mazda RX-01 Concept
Here's a fun look back at this old Top Gear Review by Andy Williams- He always got the best cars. Unveiled at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show the Mazda RX-01 was a proposal for the next generation Mazda RX-7 sports car. Power for the RX-01 came from a 220 horsepower, 1.3 litre Wankel rotary engine which was mounted up front. However due to the engines compact size Mazda's engineers were able to position the powerplant further back and lower than in a conventional front engined car. This location meant that the weight distribution was more balanced and the handling improved. The styling of the RX-01 carried over the same flowing, rounded curves found on the third generation RX-7. But the RX-01 incorporated some extra features such as slim LED headlights and an integrated front spoiler which helped increase downforce over the front axle while also helping to channel air into the engine. Despite outside appearances the interior of the Mazda RX-01 concept actually featured four seats, although the rear seats were practically useless. The seats and centre console were trimmed in black leather and contrasting red trim was used heavily throughout to enhance the sporting feel - although by todays standards it looks rather dated. In the end the Mazda RX-01 never went into production and the RX-7 was discontinued in 2002, the RX-01 did pave the way for the Mazda RX-Evolv concept which would eventually become the RX-8.





HPD Trackside -- Acura ARX-05 DPi Car Reveal in Monterey
The Acura ARX-05 [Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5], revealed in Monterey, CA this weekend, is the latest in a line of endurance prototypes to be fielded by the company dating back to 1991, just five years after the 1986 launch of the Acura brand. Based on the very successful ORECA 07 chassis, the new ARX-05 prototype features Acura-specific bodywork and utilizes the race-proven, production-based Acura AR35TT twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. The multi-year program will be administered by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America. “We had a very spirited competition with Team Penske during our previous ALMS Acura prototype programs, and we are looking forward to working with, instead of against, Team Penske as the ideal partner for our return to the prototype ranks,” said Art St. Cyr, HPD president. “We also had a great deal of success together in CART and IndyCar competition, and Team Penske’s overall record in all forms of racing is unrivaled in our sport.” The Acura ARX-05 will add to a rich legacy of Acura sports car racing campaigns and championships, including the 1991-93 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and driver championships; 50 IMSA and American Le Mans Series class or overall race victories [through Watkins Glen 2017]; and the 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes.




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