I’ve been watching plenty of rallycross videos, since catching notice of Subaru’s Launch Control series on Youtube. However what I recently found, I thought was worth sharing. Although you’d think that AWD would rule the Rallycross arena, the 2wd class has some exciting battles too.
Enter this RX-8. It isn’t the car that I would think of when selecting a 2WD rallycross car, but this one has got the business all over it!
As I write this, I’m sitting in a truck on the road to San Diego to compete in the 2013 SCCA Pacific Southwest National Tour autocross event in San Diego. You may recall that in my last post, I mentioned some nervousness about jumping into the deep end of competition. To ease my nerves, and get familiar with Sean Green’s new Miata, I entered last weekend’s Western Washington Sports Car Council autocross.
The Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup, or “REPu”, was one of the more interesting vehicles Mazda made in the 1970s. Before the surge in fuel prices caused by the OPEC shenanigans of 1973, Mazda was offering the fun but inefficient rotary engine in just about every car it sold. The REPu was the most utilitarian rotary powered option.
After listening to Bret’s Liger video that he posted earlier today, I read the tag at the bottom of his post. – ‘I wish my car made these sounds’
It started to get me thinking about what sounds I wished my car made. Then it hit me. 13J rotor + 9000rpm = Sounds I wish my car made.
Think you can “+1” this one, Bret? 😉 (Please do! Pretty, please!)
I had some shots taken of the Miata over the last weekend, and a few more of them have finished processing! The Impreza is driven by my friend Ben, who super loves Subarus.
I promise to bring you some more action shots of the Roadster soon. I just have to work the time into my schedule. I’m planning some autocrosses and a lapping day in October, so we’ll see how the story goes.
Hey there guys,
Several of you have been asking about the cars the writers of the StartingGrid use to get around. I decided to start first and do a short feature on my own daily driver, a 1993 first-generation Mazda Miata.
I love this car. I call it the “Roadster”, partly as homage to the Eunos Roadster, and partly because how she makes me feel when I’m driving her. Driving the Roadster is a real tactile experience, and as a driver that’s something that I require out of the machines that I own.
I was doing some surfing of the intertron, and I stumbled onto a video of a tuned Mazda Roadster doing battle with a R34 Skyline at (insert Japanese track name here). From what I could find out via Google translator, the Roadster is generating about 290bhp, and is doing the business!
I haven’t found any pictures of the car yet, but check out how it holds off the Skyline. Also, the noise! (+10 points of Mazda goodness). I love crazy tuned Roadsters like this one.