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    Mazda Australia releases RX-8 Motorsport Concept

    http://www.mazda.com.au/currentnews....cleZoneID=3225

    MAZDA MAKES EXTREME MOVE WITH RX-8 MOTORSPORT CONCEPT

    07-OCT-2004



    Mazda Australia today unveiled the first of its "extreme cars", a turbocharged RX-8 Motorsport Concept, at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

    The "extreme" RX-8, which was conceived by Mazda Australiaís motor sport manager Allan Horsley, is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled rotary engine that is expected to develop about 270 kilowatts of power and close to 350Nm of torque.

    The car also features 19-inch wheels and tyres, a high performance racing brake package, retuned suspension and Mazdaspeed body kit parts for a more aggressive look.

    Mazda Australiaís "extreme car" program was prompted by new managing director, Doug Dickson.

    "The idea of this program is to challenge our corporate imagination and in this case we have developed a faster, more aggressive, motor sport version of the RX-8", Dickson said.

    "This one-off concept further demonstrates the strength, integrity and ability of the production RX-8 because the fundamentals of this concept remain true to the standard car".

    Motor sport manager, Allan Horsley, said: "The RX-8 Motorsport Concept was a must do challenge for us and thanks to the engineering sophistication of the production car it all came together in just a few months.

    "We plan to give some of the motoring media with racing experience the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our labour at a track day drive event".

    Future Mazda "extreme car" projects will not necessarily focus on the companyís class-leading sports cars or on its award-winning passenger models.

    "The idea behind Ďextreme carsí is not just added acceleration and all that goes with that formula. An idea could involve any present Mazda model.

    We have, for example, discussed an extreme B Series, that would showcase its comfort, refinement and off-road ability", Dickson said.

    The RX-8 Motorsport Concept makes its intentions known with an aggressive looking Mazdaspeed nose with integrated spoiler and big air intake as well as a large and adjustable Mazdaspeed rear wing.

    Velocity Red mica metallic paint and attention grabbing white "GT stripes" run along the carís sides, while bonnet flutes further hint at the carís added performance and aid under bonnet cooling.

    Riding on striking white-painted, 19x8-inch alloy wheels, the concept features different tyre sizes front and rear. 235/35 tyres are used on the front wheels and larger 255/35 tyres on the rear, helping deliver the conceptís prodigious power and torque to the road. The production RX-8 boasts 18x8 alloy wheels and 225/45 tyres.

    A centre-mounted rotary-shaped brake lamp completes the strong visual statement made by the RX-8 Motorsport Concept.

    The carís revised suspension, which drops the ride height by 25mm, improves the standard carís class leading dynamics and adds to the conceptís visual impact.

    Suspension modifications focus on new specification, stiffer Eibach springs that help improve the already impressive grip offered by the RX-8ís multi-link front and rear suspension.

    The revised suspension settings, which help reduce body roll, further sharpen responses from the carís electric-driven rack and pinion steering.

    Promising considerably more power and torque than the standard car, the RX-8 Motorsport Concept features a Renesis rotary engine complete with

    a water cooled Garret turbocharger running 7.5lbs of boost pressure and a large air-to-air intercooler.

    These modifications and a re-programmed Power Control Module that maximises the engineís efficiency are expected to boost power by more than 52 per cent over the production RX-8.

    The engineís pulling power, or torque, receives a substantial boost over a wide rev band, with it peaking about 350Nm, an increase of almost 65 per cent over the road car.

    Using a relatively small and low-boost turbo ensures good throttle response and maintains the free-revving nature of the road carís normally aspirated rotary engine.

    The RX-8 Motorsport Conceptís compression ratio and redline are unaffected, allowing the turbo engine to race to 9000rpm.

    A larger, free-breathing exhaust system ensures maximum power gain while a new muffler also aids breathing and delivers a throatier, more purposeful exhaust note.

    Braking is by an Alcon six piston racing system that features 335mm vented and grooved discs. Similar systems are used in world rally, Japanese GT, V8 Supercar and NASCAR racing.

    Other mechanical upgrades include a smaller but more powerful battery, while a larger core radiator ensures the engine runs within its ideal temperature range under all conditions.

    The RX-8 Motorsport Concept shares Mazdaís new-look Australian International Motor Show stand with the Ibuki near future concept roadster, which was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. Mazda will also showcase its full range of new generation cars - the Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda6.

    The Australian International Motor Show at Darling Harbour, Sydney, opens its doors from October 7 to October 17.
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    Canīt wait for pics, sounds great!

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    i have a couple of pics i took.
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    sounds hot

    looks pretty good too. Damnit Mazda! When will we see the Mazda Speed RX8?
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    Ford GT, Aston Martin DB9, Nissan Skyline R-34 V-Spec II, 2004 SVT Cobra Mustang, VW Golf R32, TVR Cerbera 4.5, Ford Focus RS, Aston Martin Vanquish S

    Still waiting.....Shelby Cobra, Shelby GR1, 2006 Ford Lightning, Next generation SVT Mustang Cobra 2006? Mazda Speed RX8

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    Love the RX-8
    "Just a matter of time i suppose"

    "The elevator is broke, So why don't you test it out"

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    Quote Originally Posted by more-boost1555
    looks pretty good too. Damnit Mazda! When will we see the Mazda Speed RX8?
    thats a good point.....its not the first time either one of the local divisions have done something Japan/Europe/USA hasnt, just think of the Mazda MX-5 SP, made by Mazda Australia care of Tickford, but gave Mazda Japan the inspiration for the MX-5 SE. Ford even have been talking about a local turbo Focus since we couldnt get any of the RS models, they'll more than likely badge it as an FPV
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    I heard In america theres a Ford Focus with a V8 engine similiar to the BOSS engine, I thought, what a weapon that would be, considering the weight!
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    i want this mazda.

    there is a factory ford focus with a V8. its called "focus RS8"
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    This is a racing one, and i believe it was a 5.4 litre, can u give me a link about this RS8, i wanna see!!
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    www.ultimatecarpage.com

    its here search "car by brand" on the main page. then look @ ford, then find rs8
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    Ford Racing in the US have something in their catalogue for the Focus that is a RWD conversion with the 5L crate engine. At SEMA it was shown as the RS8
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    i like that that the torque for this thing is much lower in the RPM band. and 60kw more grunt, gotta be happy with that!
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    i think its closer to 100kw more, standard RX-8's have 177kw i think
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    Quote Originally Posted by fpv_gtho
    Ford Racing in the US have something in their catalogue for the Focus that is a RWD conversion with the 5L crate engine. At SEMA it was shown as the RS8
    Then that wouldve been the one i heard about

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    I couldve sworn when i first saw it, i thought it had like 540nm.....that mustve been the Mustang Cobra i was thinking of...

    Heres the direct link though for pics:http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/frame...hp&carnum=1796
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