While not as crazy as this Nintendo Wii steering wheel in an MX-5, Gorgona Cars’ Mazda NM Concept was designed purely for the track. They took a first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata and then removed the windshield, covered the passenger side with a metal sheet, and sealed the bottom half of the doors.
Typically, auto enthusiasts prefer using Pontiac Fieros for their replica builds, but this one from Japan decided to transform a 1989 Mazda RX-7 into a strange Ferrari F40 knockoff. Power comes from a turbocharged 13B-T twin-rotor engine making 182 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, which enables it to hit 60 mph in 6.5-seconds. In other words, this knockoff won’t be fooling anyone on the road, even if they don’t know much about cars.
At first glance, this Mazda suitcase car from 1991 appears to be a normal Samsonite that you’d see at an airport or department store, but it’s actually powered by a 33.6cc, 1.7hp two-stroke engine. There’s also handlebars and 4″-6″ diameter tires sourced from a pocket bike wrapped around wheels that could be slotted to the outside of the case, while the front wheel pops through a removable hatch.
It’s not everyday that you come across a Nintendo Wii Wheel, much less one installed in a Mazda MX-5 Miata. Well, that’s exactly what Tyler Atkin decided to do…swap out his Mazda’s steering wheel for a video game controller. Aside from this mod, he has also replaced the gear shifter with the Wii nunchuck as well as swapping the floor mats for Wii Fit exercise mats.
It’s true, Mazda actually made a ‘suitcase car’ in 1991. This is essentially a fully-functional car built into a piece of luggage and designed specifically for the company’s ‘Fantasyard’ event, an inter-departmental contest to see which group of employees could come up with the most innovative and creative solution to producing a ‘moving machine’. During the early 1990s, Mazda had already successfully reinvented the roadster with the MX-5 Miata and won Le Mans with the rotary-powered 787B racer, so it was the perfect time to build a car into a suitcase. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional pictures and information.
Ken Block’s insane Hoonicorn is an all-wheel-drive drift machine powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 generating 1,400hp based on a 1965 Ford Mustang. The beast runs on methanol fuel, which helps the engine run quite a bit cooler than petrol. Rob Dahm’s four-rotor, all-wheel-drive Mazda RX-7 is definitely no slouch either. It has a tube frame chassis, a billet four-rotor engine generating 1,240hp, mated to a sequential transmission. Read more for the drag racing showdown and additional information.
The original Mazda RX-Vision made its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and made quite a splash. This front-wheel drive concept uses SkyActiv-R technology, which guarantees reliability and low fuel consumption by reducing the weight of the parts. Now, the automaker has teamed up with Polyphony Digital Inc. to create a GT3 Concept based on t he RX-Vision, which can be played in Gran Turismo Sport. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Reuben Bemrose, owner of R’s Garage in Wellington, New Zealand, acquired a Ferrari 456 GT, removed its V12 and replaced it with a Mazda-sourced 13B Wankel engine. He took it to a local car show where it won the Best Conversion award, but that also brought along some media attention, including Ferrari. Apparently, the Italian automaker wasn’t happy with what was done and sent a stern warning to Reuben. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
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Here’s a fascinating up-close look at a rare 1992 AZ-1, which is basically a mid-engined kei-class sports car, designed and manufactured by Mazda under its Autozam brand. Power comes from a Suzuki-sourced turbocharged 657cc engine, used by the Mazda Carol, producing 63 hp at 6500 rpm and 63 lb·ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
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The Mazda RX-8 is the true successor to the RX-7 and, like its predecessors in the RX range, is powered by a rotary Wankel engine. Unfortunately, it was discontinued as of the 2012 model year and removed from the European market in 2010 after the car failed to meet emissions standards. Mitsubishi Motors Japan designer Maximilian Schnider gives us his take on a possible RX-10 Vision Longtail hypercar.