Mazda RX-8 – Ford Wiki

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Mazda RX-8


Mazda has sold engine vehicles in the US since beginning with the R100, by RX-2, RX-3, RX-4, and finally three generations of the sports car. With the generation RX-7, Mazda nothing back and delivered a high performance sports car little compromise.

The lack of comfort and user-friendliness, coupled the high price tag and declining in sports cars and coupes at time, led to Mazda pulling the from most major except Japan. After Mazda suffered from a undistinguished product line in the US the MX-5 Miata.

As popular interest in import and performance cars resurged in the 90’s, thanks in part to popular cultural influences as the Sony PlayStation video Gran Turismo, Japanese waded back into the and sports car market in the US. In addition, endeavored to rejuvenate itself this time, partially financial and management assistance Ford, and successfully developed a new line of high quality with desirable styling and driving dynamics, beginning the Mazda6 and followed by the Mazda3, way for the arrival for Mazda’s next-generation sports car.

Development and Design

Mazda RX-8

Development of the can be traced to as far back as the 1995 RX-01 concept car, featured an early iteration of the engine. Naturally aspirated side exhaust ports, engine produced 220hp. As by Mazda’s financial state at the and the growing market interest in the RX-01 never saw further or production.

However, a skunkworks team within Mazda the development of the 13B-MSP alive MX-5 Miata chassis, catching the attention of management, at this time had come heavy influence from Development of the 13B-MSP advanced and led to the RENESIS moniker debuting with the RX-EVOLV concept car began to bear semblance to the RX-8 with the freestyle

Styling was developed via design in Mazda tradition among its studios in Japan, the US, and Europe. The obtained official approval management, and eventually the RX-8 car (design/engineering model) was produced and in 2001, closer resembling the version. A near-production reference RX-8 was shown shortly at the 2001 Tokyo Motor pending final approval for

Production RX-8 closely this vehicle save for trim details, and job 1 began in 2003 at Mazda’s Hiroshima in Japan.

The RX-8 was designed as a FMR four-seat Coupé . The car has a near Weight distribution . achieved by the engine behind the front and the fuel tank ahead of the axle. The front wheels classic independent Double suspension, while the rear are Multi-link suspension . Weight is through the use of materials such as (hood rear doors), and a fiber composite driveshaft on the gearbox car.

All this contribute to reduced mass (Moment of Inertia) to the engine. The rest of the body is save for the plastic front and bumpers. While not quite in the as the last RX-7 in terms of raw the RX-8 is considered its successor as rotary engine sports

Its layout and clever engineering endowed it with excellent dynamics which have much praise and numerous It has also proven popular in among car enthusiasts as well as equipment manufacturers and professional

A prominent feature of the RX-8 is a of rear-hinged freestyle doors to Suicide door ) in order to easier access to the rear The RX-8 has no Pillar (car) the front and rear doors, the leading edge of the rear acting as a virtual pillar to structural rigidity. Because of the design, the rear doors can be only when the front are open.

Although by no means expansive, the cabin had been meticulously to boast enough room to four adults, making it a 4-seater.

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