I remember the first time I heard a three-rotor RX-7 engine. I thought it was the greatest sound in the world. Then, I heard a four-rotor engine; first Mad Mike’s then the Legendary BMI Racing four-rotor and I knew that four-rotors was the tip top of the mechanically melodic mountain. However, on the horizon is an even higher plateau! Pulse Performance Race Engineering out of New Zealand (The shop that currently works on Mad Mikes cars) has successfully built a six-rotor Mazda-based engine! Yes, SIX! I am not sure if this has ever been done before, but as far as I know it is the first.
The crew recently released video of the engine coming to life and sure enough it starts and runs. Although you wont hear any redline-bouncing revs in the video, the fact that they could get something like that to start and run is amazing! Performance numbers have not been disclosed, nor has the time it took the team to build it or how they pulled it off. As to why, well if you need to ask why then I am going to have to ask you to leave this website and never come back! One does not need a reason to give birth to six-rotors of pure awesome!
Could we see ths engine under the hood of Mad Mike’s next car? I certainly hope so! For now, scroll down and watch the six-delta beast come to life.
We literally just got back from SevenStock 13 a few hours ago and here I am writing this post! The first thing I want to say is I had a great time! Mazda is one of the few OEMs that really has their fingers on the pulse of their enthusiasts. As always they brought out some legendary race cars from their “museum” and beyond that there were plenty of other awesome factory backed Mazdas on display, including the Rolex Series Champion Speed Source RX-8, the BMI Racing 4 Rotor RX-8, and the Full Tilt Poker/Burgenholtz RX-8. All of that awseomness isn’t even counting the fleets of fresh daily driven Mazdas on display brought by the enthusiasts. There were some fresh rotaries on display! Check out the full gallery on our Facebook Page.
Nicely shot and produced video featuring Calvin Wan at the last Hella Flush event up north. This video looks like it was shot by a huge massive crew but it was just a few talented guys with Canon 5D’s!
The 12th annual SevenStock was just one of the corners in a huge Mazda fan trifecta this weekend and the only Mazda event I can actually go to! Sorry man I’m not a big enough baller to go to Road America and Road Atlanta in the same weekend! SevenStock was pretty awesome though. There were tons of Rotary’s all over the place and I’m not just talking about the cars that were meant to have them. Anything you could shove a Rotary in was on display. There was also the flip side with a few LS1 powered RX-7s, those engine bays got a lot of attention. There was also another treat at the event but I’m saving that for its own post. In the meantime check out some pictures here and the rest on our Facebook page.
So after you’re done buying lots of goodies at Sparco’s Garage Sale you should drive a little ways down the street to check out the biggest Mazda meet ever!! The time has come for another Seven Stock event at Mazda’s HQ in Irvine, CA. Close to 1,000 cars tons of vendors and events and it is all FREE! I’m so there! Oh..and one more thing..Mr. Nakamura from Knight Sports will be on hand giving a special presentation! Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! Be theereeeee..
Here is a little touch of “old school” for you guys. Just because you’re rocking a pre-90′s ride doesn’t mean it can’t look fresh. For those who don’t know there is a company called Origin Lab and they specialize in aero designs for some of the classics like the FC3S RX-7. The kit you see above is from their “Stream” line but they have a few other variations that are worth checking out.
Do you have an RX-7, RX-8, or mighty Miata and looking for a suspension solution? Zeal collab’d with Mazda specialist Yoshimi Katayama to develop a suspension set up dubbed “Function Katayama SPL“ that is optimized for the aformentioned sports cars. Conciquently, you’ll have a set up that is optimized for multi-use: daily driving, track day, drift day, you’re covered.
Check it out. Heres some video I shot yesterday of the Formula D practice session. I’ll try to get some more video and pictures from tomorrow and have them up! I’m loving the way Hiro Sumida’s Lexus IS350 drift car looks!