During the latter half of the 19th century and the entire 20th century, cars were all about racing. During this time period, every car manufacturer in the world has dedicated their entire production line into designing and releasing cars that are capable of beating other cars on race tracks. Oftentimes, these car manufacturers raise the bar for professional racing since vehicles are continually improved as time goes by. Today, racing is not as popular but is still revered in several societies, most notably in European countries. Car manufacturers still provide their best efforts to create the best racing vehicle on the planet. In this article, we will talk about one of the latest vehicles to be released for the sport of racing, the Mazda Tudor 2014 Prototype.
The Mazda Tudor 2014 Prototype is a vehicle that Mazda built, specifically for the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. When released, this vehicle will be the only diesel-powered prototype vehicle in the race. Mazda chose to use diesel power for this vehicle because many major sporting events have been won by diesel-powered engines for several years now. Mazda is hoping to copy this effect by entering its diesel-powered prototype in the race.
The Mazda Tudor 2014 Prototype features a very powerful 2.2 litre 4 cylinder engine that has around 450 horsepower and is capable of producing 580 pound feet of torque and a whopping 5200 revolutions per minute. This engine uses Mazda’s very own SkyActiv engine system. The prototype has a 6 speed sequential transmission gearbox that uses paddle shifters. The brakes on this vehicle are made from carbon material although there is no sufficient information regarding calliper configuration or disc size. The vehicle uses 18 inch forged aluminium wheels from the Motegi brand while the rubber comes from the Continental brand. The body of the vehicle is patterned on the Lola LMP2 chassis and uses a carbon fibre material for reduced weight. The vehicle also has an aero package installed for extra aerodynamics and faster speeds. This combination of parts and components brings the top speed of this vehicle at around 190 miles per hour.
The official dimensions of the vehicle are measured at 182.4 inches for length, 78.3 inches for width, and 113.8 inches for wheelbase. The vehicle weighs a total of 1984 pounds without the driver and the fuel. 1984 pounds is actually relatively lightweight compared to other vehicles in the competition. The intake and exhaust manifold used on this vehicle are manufactured by SpeedSource Race Engineering while the Turbo and Wastegate are manufactured by Garrett Motorsports. Bosch Motorsport takes care of the fuel injectors and fuel rail while SpeedSource Race Engineering takes care of the oiling and cooling system.
Currently, Mazda has released only 4 names for this car’s drivers. The first set of drivers is comprised of Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long while the second set of drivers is made up of Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez. One more driver is required for each vehicle to form 2 teams with 3 drivers each. Mazda chose these drivers because they have had a long experience on racing tracks and have shown passion and dedication in working together to achieve victory.
Apparently the shortlist with the cars that can win this title has been revealed and finally we were able to know which are the best cars that can be seen in this competition.
When it comes to front runners we must mention Tesla Model S and Mercedes S-Class.
At the beginning the list contained 32 nominees and now it has been shortened up to only 7 cars. The cars that can win the competition, in alphabetical order, are:
1. BMW i3
2. Citroen C4 Picasso
3. Mazda 3
4. Mercedes Benz S Class
5. Peugeot 308
6. Skoda Octavia
7. Tesla Model S.
This list has been analysed by 58 judges from 22 different European countries and they are going to choose the winner as well, after testing the cars. The European Car of the Year is going to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show, on March 3.
The cars were analysed according to several criteria such as their aspect, performances, power and even fuel economy. Each of them had pros and cons, but all in all these are the best cars that were produced in Europe this year.
If you are curious to know more about each car then you can visit the official websites of the companies and you can even choose your favourite vehicle on forums. Unfortunately the only opinion that matters is the judges’ one and they are going to be extremely attentive in order to ensure that they have made the right choice.
If you own one of these cars then I am sure that you can’t wait to find out the results because not only that you are going to know for sure that you have made the right choice, but you will also feel a lot of pride while driving the vehicle of the year.
When the winner is going to be revealed we are going to offer you its name and even more details about its specification and special features. Until then all you have to do is wait and keep reading about this topic.
Over the years Japanese car makers have produced some pretty amazing sport cars. Ones of the most popular ones are definitely, Nissan Z, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, Subaru BRZ and even Scion FR-S. When it comes to supercars though, we have to admit that the Japanese market is pretty poor and that it is difficult to find something truly noticeable. But there have been some supercars that managed to impress us.
1. Nissan GT-R
It has a very affordable price compared to other Japanese supercars and it is a very impressive vehicle. At the beginning it appeared as a version of the Skyline Nissan and it was able to produce 480 horsepower. After that it was separated into its own model, in 2007 and it can now produce 545 horsepower which come from a 3.8 liter twin turbo V6 engine. It can easily reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and its top speed is somewhere around 190 mph.
2. Acura NSX
Acura is definitely an exotic car, but also a very powerful one. It has a rear drive layout, mid-engine and a special aspect that makes it really interesting. Even if it has a 3.0 liter V6 engine and it can produce 280 horsepower this does not mean that it is not a supercar. It was produced from 1990 to 2005 and according to recent news they plan on building a new hybrid NSX in the next few years.
3. Lexus LFA
This car has a 4.8 liter V10 engine and it is definitely easy to notice because of its aggressive styling. It costs $375.000 but it worth every cent. It is made of carbon fiber and it can produce up to 552 horsepower. In can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 202 mph. We can say that it is the fastest Japanese supercar. Apparently a roadster version may appear in the future years.
4. Nissan R390
This vehicle was designed by Nissan in order to compete at Le Mans in the late 1990s. Thanks to homologation requirements, Nissan built 2 cars, one of them residing in Nissan’s archives. The car has a 3.5 liter twin turbo V8 and it can produce 550 horsepower. Not to mention it goes from 0 to 60 in only 3.8 seconds and it can reach a 196 mph top speed. Isn’t it spectacular?
5. Mitsuoka Orochi
The only moment when this car was presented by someone, in public, was when James May drove it when Top Gear visited Japan. It first appeared in 2001 and it was produced until 2006. It comes with a 3.3 liter V6, can produce 230 horsepower and it has a five speed automatic. The car costs about 10 million yen and it is definitely an exotic one.
For those of you who haven’t had enough fun with the Wenkel engine, Mazda has some great news that you should know about. The Japanese automaker has confirmed that they are currently developing a new generation of their rotary engine.
Mazda has stopped making its Renesis rotary engine since June 2012 and a new report from Autocar suggests that further development will continue. Furthermore, one of the company’s engineers allegedly said to Autocar that he hopes rotary engine production will restart within the next five years, but for the moment nothing is certain.
There aren’t many details regarding Mazda’s new generation rotary engine, but sources inside the company said it will be available at first in a naturally-aspirated variant and later in a turbocharged version, that’s if testing goes as planned. Notably, when the Renesis engine was discontinued last year, Mazda’s PR department stated that the company is “zealously working on new models to house the next-generation rotary engine”. Maybe we’ll get to see a RX-8 successor after all…
Mazda is currently working on a next-gen Mazda 2-based small SUV that should arrive somewhere in 2014. The upcoming vehicle is set to rival the Nissan Juke and other cars in this segment and notably, it will feature the automaker’s SkyActive technology.
Under the bonnet, the CX-3 might end-up with two engines, a 1.3-liter gasoline turbo and a 1.6-liter diesel. Moreover, the Japanese automaker might offer the CX-3 exclusively with front-wheel drive for the sole purpose of 2WD crossovers being slightly more popular than AWD versions.
The upcoming vehicle could also feature a more practical seat layout that features the possibility of folding flat the rear seats electrically just by pressing a button. The Mazda CX-3 is expected to hit the market somewhere in 2014 but there’s no word on the price tag yet.
Note: Mazda Minagi Concept pictured.
Source: autoexpress.co.uk via WCF
Do you guys still remember the Mazda Rx-7? Well, it seems that the Japanese carmaker has plans to bring the legend back to life with a new version on the 99′ famous vehicle. The upcoming Mazda RX-7 has been confirmed for 2017 by the firm’s sports car chief and from the sounds of it, the ride might feature a naturally-aspirated rotary engine. (possibly the 16X that has yet to be installed on any production models).
This new 1.6-liter rotary engine generates around 300 HP – 224 kW and it has been unveiled by Mazda a few years ago. It will most likely be installed without a turbo since Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the program manager for the Mazda RX-7, is not a big fan of turbocharging. Also, the upcoming ride will “definitely be lighter” in comparison to the model that was discontinued in 2002. Not many are the details available for this project but Mr. Yamamoto did say that the new Mazda RX-7 will be a competitor for Toyota’s FT-86, Subaru’s BRZ and Scion’s FR-S.
For the RX-7 to reach this weight, Mazda’s engineers will most likely use aluminum for the body panels since carbon fiber would make it too expensive. The vehicle will most likely share the same platform as the next-gen MX-5, but will be heavier and larger, and with an extended wheelbase. Notably, the JDM version is expected to come with a small back seat while other variants are likely to be offered with only two seats.
Last month Mazda released some details about the upcoming Mazda 6 and now the Japanese automaker has plans to unveil a wagon version of the vehicle at the Paris Motor Show. The event will take place at the end of this month so all eyes will be on the beautiful nippon station wagon.
The new generation of the Mazda6 is scheduled to go on sale later this year in Europe and it will come with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel engine in Standard Power or High Power versions. The car can also be equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine that outputs 148 HP – 110 kW and 210 Nm, or the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with 189 HP – 141 kW and 256 Nm of torque.
The car will also feature the new i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system which will be offered for the 2.5-liter engine. Other improvements feature the MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear layout while the torsional rigidity has been improved, compared to the model it replaces, by up to 30 percent.
This has got to be one of the most beautiful station wagons I’ve seen lately and … Have I mentioned that I hate station wagons a lot? Thumbs up Mazda!
For me, the Mazda 6 has always been the kind of car you would scare your friends with ( your Volkswagen-driving friends, that is ). It has this leek, evil-like design, which is pretty much a fresh breath of air amongst the bulkier european brands. A few days ago, Mazda has quietly released the first images of the 2014 Mazda 6 and I have to say that the new design is certainly a “WOW”.
The company has declined giving any more details, but from what we can see, the car is heavily influenced by the Takeri concept. The design features a prominent grille, wide fenders and fierce-looking headlights and taillights. The car will feature a 2.0-litre “Skyactiv-G” 4-cylinder, that’s connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It will also feature the new i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system that has been said to improve power economy by up to 10%.
The Mazda6 will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and it will arrive in showrooms by early 2013.
According to Reuters, Fiat officials say they have no plans to partner-up with Mazda right now. Instead, the Italian automaker will focus its efforts on increasing its share of Chrysler to more than 60 percent. At the moment, Fiat owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler, and has made it clear so far that they would like to turn that figure into 100 percent.
Fiat and Mazda recently announced a plan to partner on the development of a new convertible sports car platform that will serve as the basis for both the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata and the new Alfa Romeo Spider. That partnership led analysts to speculate on a potential investment deal between Mazda and Chrysler but in the end, both companies have dismissed the notion.
Right now, Fiat has no interest in investing in Mazda but there’s nothing saying that once Chrysler is back and steady on it’s own two feet again, Fiat wouldn’t revisit the idea of a Japanese partner. The Alfa Spider was a beautiful concept though.
The Fiat Group and Mazda have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and production of a new roadster model for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo brands based on the rear-wheel drive architecture of the next MX-5. The Alfa Romeo’s successor to the Spider will be a global model and it will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan, with production set for the Italian model to begin in 2015. If everything goes as planned, the Alfa Romeo Spider will be available for the European markets and in North America too.
The last Alfa Romeo roadster with a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout, ( except the limited production 8C Competizione Spider and the RZ ) was the classic Spider built from 1966 to 1993.
The next two generations of the Spider (based on the GTV and the Brera coupes) had a front engine and front-wheel drive layout.
The final agreement is expected be signed in the second-half of 2012 and, the two automakers say, they have also agreed to discuss further opportunities for co-operation in Europe.