Mazda celebrates 50 years of challenging convention

  50 years ago, Mazda Motor Corporation began its legacy of doing what was said couldn’t be done. Mazda – then Toyo Kogyo Corporation – needed to create a unique technology that would differentiate it among a rapidly globalising Japanese automotive industry in order to stay independent. In 1961, Mazda licensed NSU Motorenwerke AG and Wankel GmbH’s rotary engine technology, sharing learnings with the German companies in hopes of making wider use of the engine. Once the prototype rotary engine arrived in Hiroshima, Japan, testing began. Unfortunately, within the first…

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Success story of Fred Astaire and his Rolls-Royce Phantom

Fred Astaire, a man of consummate style, the embodiment of elegance, habitue of Savile Row and Jermyn Street, had an enduring affection for Rolls-Royce. His first Rolls-Royce was a black 20bhp ‘baby’ Rolls, and in 1928 he moved on to a Hooper-bodied Rolls-Royce Phantom I. As Astaire gradually cemented his place in the Hollywood firmament, the Phantom also underwent a makeover. In those days it was perfectly usual to update a car, even a Rolls-Royce, to reflect the latest styles. And so, sometime in the mid-1930s, Inskip – a New York agent…

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Jenson Button to race NSX-GT at the 46th International Suzuka 1000km

  Team Mugen Director Nagataka Tezuka announced today that McLaren-Honda racing driver Jenson Button will join the team for a one-off race in the Super GT Series, GT500 class. Jenson will drive a Honda NSX-GT at the 46th International Suzuka 1000km, Round 6 of the Super GT series (27th August) at Suzuka Circuit, Japan.The announcement means Team Mugen will race with three drivers behind the wheel; regular drivers Hideki Muto and Daisuke Nakajima, and Jenson. The 2009 Formula One World Champion will take the opportunity to drive the Team Mugen NSX-GT for the first time at Suzuka Circuitduring two days of tyre testing on 6th to…

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DS Virgin Racing heads to Berlin for FIA Formula E Championship

  DS Virgin Racing heads to Berlin for the seventh and eighth rounds of the all-electric 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship next weekend, ready to maximise their points tally after a podium finish in Paris and fastest laps scored from recent races. The race in the German capital returns to the Tempelhof Airport for a double-header weekend on 10th to 11th June. The former airport was used as the location for the inaugural Berlin ePrix in 2015, and returns with a new fast-flowing 2.27km, 10-turn layout, which is sure to deliver great racing as the…

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