Just this morning BMI Racing famous for building the only 4-rotor Mazda RX-8 announced that they have decided to end their program with Mazda and run a Ford Mustang equipped with a Ford Racing Coyote 5.0 engine and whipple supercharger in 2012. While this was a tough decision for them to make they decided that switching to a Ford chassis would be in the best interest for their team going forward. Part of their decision was based on the fact that Mazda officially ended production of the RX-8 last year and have yet to announce if and when a replacement is coming. Couple that with the fact that drifting seems to be heading down the path of the V8s anyway and a Ford Mustang seems like a much more promising prospect.
You might be wondering if you are going to see the new BMI Racing Ford Mustang at Formula Drift Long Beach in April. Well shortly after this news went public I paid a visit to the BMI Racing team to see their progress with the Mustang and find out more about their plans. BMI Racing’s own Sarah Burgess will drive the Mustang and confirmed that they will campaign the car in the XDC Series. According to Sarah based on where the team is at right now and their short term goals it “makes more sense” for them to run the XDC Series for now. Although that is not to say that Formula Drift is not in the future for them.
As for the RX-8, well you Mazda heads will be sad to hear that for the most part the famous rotary is in pieces. A few parts (like their bullet-proof NASCAR 4-speed transmission) have found new homes on the Mustang. While I am sad to see the demise of the world’s only 4-rotor RX-8 I am happy to see the team moving forward and wish them luck with their new track weapon in the XDC!
BMI Racing Switches to Ford, Drifts a Mustang in 2012
Torrance, CA. – Through much deliberation between Adam and Sarah Burgess and correspondence to a variety of their sponsors, BMI Racing has made the decision to retire the RX8 Turbo 4 Rotor and will no longer be racing with Mazda. In 2012, BMI Racing will have Sarah Burgess piloting a new Ford Mustang with the 5.0L Coyote Engine, and a 2.9L Whipple Supercharger.
While it was a tough choice to leave Mazda, BMI Racing feels that it has been the right decision at the right time. With the announcement from Mazda Japan to cut production of the RX8 and also feedback from many of our sponsors wanting to be involved with a current model domestic car, the switch to Ford was the right move.
BMI Racing would like to introduce their newest sponsors that have come on board including Ford Racing, Whipple Superchargers, Ignite Racing Fuels, SPEC Clutch, FordRacingParts123.com, Weld Racing, Wiseco Pistons, K1 Technologies, Ferrea Valves, Johnson High Tech Performance Oil Pumps, Aeromotive Fuel Pumps, ESS Eyewear, OS Giken, Apexi, KRC Power Steering, Diversified Machine Inc, and Torco Oils and also mention sponsors that have been with us from the start Fragola Performance Systems, FK Rods, Gunk.com, Odyssey Batteries, Racepak, Powermasters, and Davies Craig Electric Water Pumps
Sarah and Adam would like to thank the fans that have supported them with the Mazda – “if it wasn’t for the words of encouragement and support we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
BMI Racing would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Jordan, Manager, Alternative Marketing; Dean Case, Mazda Communications; Steve Sanders, Manager, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development; and John Doonan, Director of Motorsports; for their support and guidance while we have been a part of the Mazda family, Sven from NRS Rotorsports, and Jeff McCall from Rotary Power USA.
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