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Wouter Melissen 02-02-2012 08:55 AM

Spectacular 600 bhp Mazda RX-7 GTO, new McLaren and Geneva-bound Suzuki ...
 
With the RX-7, Mazda was a dominant force in IMSA's GTU class throughout the 1980s. In a quest for outright success, the Japanese company funded a move to the bigger GTO class at the start of the 1990 season. Although still loosely based on production models, the GTO cars were effectively purpose-built racers. To design their new GTO racer, Mazda hired Lee Dykstra of Group 44 Jaguar fame. The result was the Mazda RX-7 GTO, which boasted a spaceframe chassis and a four-rotor engine. Developed for Le Mans, this compact and lightweight unit produced in excess of 600 bhp. Following a second place debut at the 1990 Daytona 24 Hours, the new Mazda quickly caught on with the competition, scoring the RX-7's 100th IMSA win before the end of the year. With a season development under its belt, the RX-7 GTO really came on song in 1991 when the team secured both the driver's and constructor's titles. In recent years the championship winning car was completely restored to full running order. At last year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda brought it out and actually raced it. This allowed us to capture every angle of this spectacular machine.
Yesterday McLaren pulled the wraps off the all new MP4-27 for the 2012 Formula 1 season. Just like its predecessor, it is powered by Mercedes' V8 and will be driven by former world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Subtle rule changes resulted in significant changes to the aero-package, including the removal of the easily recognisable L-shaped radiator inlets used on the MP4-26. The MP4-27 will make its public debut at the first official test, which is due to be held at Jerez next week.
At next month's Geneva, Suzuki will reveal the highly efficient G70 Concept. The compact machine is both very light and has a low drag figure. As a result the emissions are reduced to just 70g/km.

Enjoy the links:

[url="http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/4981/Mazda-RX-7-GTO.html"]1990 Mazda RX-7 GTO - Images, Specifications and Information[/url]

[url="http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/5089/McLaren-MP4-27-Mercedes.html"]2012 McLaren MP4-27 Mercedes - Images, Specifications and Information[/url]

[url="http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/5090/Suzuki-G70-Concept.html"]2012 Suzuki G70 Concept - Images, Specifications and Information[/url]

jcp123 02-02-2012 10:21 AM

I shouldn't like that Suzuki. The logical side of my brain knows it's ugly. But for some reason I do like it :confused:

kingofthering 02-02-2012 12:42 PM

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNQfXdp-2oI"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNQfXdp-2oI[/ame]

RE: the RX-7. Too bad there are no engine noises in this commercial. Does it sound anything at all like the Grand-Am spec RX-8s?

Matra et Alpine 02-02-2012 01:17 PM

The GRand-Am RX-8s are 3 rotor, this was 4, so a bit less howl and brap-brap-brap :(

kingofthering 02-02-2012 09:11 PM

[quote=Matra et Alpine;980422]The GRand-Am RX-8s are 3 rotor, this was 4, so a bit less howl and brap-brap-brap :([/quote]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBrG706hoqo"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBrG706hoqo[/ame]

I see what you mean. Still a great noise.

Kitdy 02-03-2012 12:01 AM

I've heard a Trans-Am RX-8 started up 1 metre away from me and it sounded spectacular.

Cobrafan427 02-03-2012 11:10 AM

The Suzuki looks very French, like a Megane with a Citroen DS wheel skirt, kinda nifty. The front's kinda cool too


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