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It was painful to type but true. So many try to excuse the RX-8's lack of power with it's superior track capabilities and unfortunately it's just not true. I am curious what some of the other 8 guys are running at VIR. I believe Eric Meyer was running 2:30's or so if I remember correctly in his race RX-8.
I was surprised that the R3 was 2 seconds a lap faster than the standard RX8.
__________________ Emissions and fuel economy haven't exactly been areas of strength for past rotary power plants, but absolutely no one with a soul has ever cared. - Autoweek
Rotary History:1982 RX7 GS, 1985 RX7 GSL-SE, 2004 RX8 Sport-Continuous Rotary Owner since 1985
Racing History:SCCA Solo II 1979-1986, Skip Barber Comp School 1983, SCCA Club Racing 1987-1993, 2004-2011 Track Days
Most of those other cars are overpowering their chassis. The RX8 is the only one underpowered for its chassis. With another 40-50 hp the 8 would be number 1 around that track. The thing is the 8 could handle 40-50 more hp easily. Many of the others can't really handle any more power.
2004, Winning Blue, 6sp man
Too bad they're locked into using MSRP to determine LL categories... a 2010 or 2011 R3 can be had for under $27K, given the likely continuation of the manufacturer-to-dealer incentives. For the cost of some of the other contenders in the same LL2 category, I'll take two, please.
Pro Audentius -- GO BOLDLY
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Past and future rotary enthusiast -- 2004 BB RX8 6MT Sport: 19 Feb 04 - 19 Dec 06... considering another RX-8 purchase
Nissan officials from Japan weren’t at all surprised. They matter-of-factly reported that the Z’s stock brake pads were designed primarily for low noise and low dust, and not for racetrack situations.
See, again this comes up..low noise and low dust, any wonder the Joe Public's who complain that their Mazda RX-8 or Miata/MX-5 has noisy and dusty brakes!....must be a fault with this car, it is a Lemon!, I (we) will downgrade our customer ownership experience surveys!..MORONS!.
What would they rather have, performance pads that last and stop or those that never will.