We’ve mentioned the Mazda run Pro Mazda and USF2000 open wheel racing series here before, and there has been a lot of pre-season shuffling we haven’t mentioned, with teams preparing for what should be one of the most competitive seasons yet. Mazda’s Road to Indianapolis, the race series that encompasses those open wheel classes, is set to kick off this week at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, with races starting Friday, February 21st, and going until the 23rd. [click to continue…]
Even though she didn’t win gold in Sochi this year, Gracie Gold is getting a consolation prize, she’s been asked to attend the pre-Indianapolis 500 festival as one of the opening celebrities. Gold may show up to the Indy 500 with a gold medal, as she’s scheduled to compete in the World Figure Skating Championship this coming month, a contest she has taken top billing in before. [click to continue…]
Mazda revealed a new concept this week after hinting that they may be showing something exciting at the Geneva Motor show this year. The car, which Mazda has called the Hazumi, is meant to show the future of the Automaker’s subcompact line of cars. Meant to be a sporty concept that keeps with its name (Hazumi is Japanese for “spring up” or “bound”), the automaker says the cars design is supposed to invoke ideas of wild animals prepared to leap. [click to continue…]
More racing news from Mazda this week, as the automakers competitive MX-5 Championship attracts another big name from a rival division. We saw Shea Racing make the transition earlier this week, this time it’s Tim Paul, who will be entering the MX-5 Championship starting this season. Paul, who made his name with the Screaming Monkey Racing team in the F2000 Championship, says he expects the new division to be “a fun challenge.” [click to continue…]
According to Kelley Blue Book, Mazda’s Zoom Zoom may outlast other automakers, at least in terms of long term value. Determined in part by reliability, in part by resale prices, and in part by desirability, Kelley Blue Book assigns values to used cars based on mileage, condition, and options, and the company has awarded Mazda top ranks. [click to continue…]
Mazda’s impressive accumulation of big name race teams has continued into this week, with Shea Holbrook’s racing team Shea Racing dropping their previous Honda racecar to adopt a Pro Mazda racecar, to compete in the Pro Mazda Championship later this year, as well as a number of other open class races. [click to continue…]
The Mazda RX-7 has always been something of a legend among sports car enthusiasts. Light weight, affordable, fast, and reliable, the car was a track junkies dream, and a gas-efficient daily driver to boot. When Mazda ended the line in 2002 to focus on the MX-5, the late models went the way of the classics almost immediately, skyrocketing in price due to desirability, and rarity. These days, it’s almost impossible to find any of the last iteration of RX-7s for sale, because owners don’t have anything to upgrade to even remotely in the same price range, and they know if they sell their beloved RX-7, they may never be able to get another, at least, until now. According to Mazda documents released last year, the automaker has plans to produce five completely new vehicles by 2016. The upcoming MX-5 is going to be one, and the second vehicle has been heavily rumored to be a new RX-7. [click to continue…]
While He may not actually be going to mars, Indiana native Dr. Ron Williams is getting the next best thing. Chosen by NASA for a Martian trip simulation, Dr. Williams says he is living out his childhood dream of making travel to Mars possible. [click to continue…]
Mazda’s best in class sporty hatchback has been taken back to the drawing board with the every day driver in mind. The sporty three door has always been a staple in the daily driver market, but Mazda says they want to step away from the focus on being an affordable sporty driver, and push towards a more balanced, sporty luxury car that fits the every-man’s every-day needs. The automaker has set its sights directly on the Audi, Mercedes, and BMW luxury market. [click to continue…]
Wouldn’t you want an affordable, rear wheel drive sports car built with the driving enthusiast in mind? What about a drop top on the lightest coupe in the market? That’s about half of the American dream right there. It’s never been a real mystery why the Miata, known as the MX-5 in the European and Asian markets, has been a rampant success in the sports car market. This year marks a quarter of a century of that success for Mazda, with no signs of slowing.
The Mazda Miata has come a very long way since its creation too. While staying true to their lightweight driver oriented sports car roots, the Miata went from a 116 horsepower engine good for a nine second 0-60 sprint, to a rumored 200 horsepower SKYACTIV diesel motor and a potential 0-60 closer to half the time of the original. Mazda is reportedly hoping to break 1 million Miatas sold this coming year, and the company has already gotten the Guinness Book of World Records verified all time record for the “Best-Selling Two-Seater Sports Car”. The 2015 Miata has been designed with more creature comforts, and Mazda says the styling has been created with a completely new, unannounced design language that should make the car more modern, with a focus on sleek angles and elegant curves, something we’ve seen the automaker begin to encompass into their Miata designs over the years, but never fully adopt. The best part about all of these rumors, is when they come to fruition, you’ll be able to come try themselves out yourself at Ray Skillman, because Mazda Dealers in Indianapolis could be getting the updated Miata as soon as the end of this year.