Car Catcher: A Mazda RX-8 With Daytona Racing History

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From the factory, the Mazda RX-8 was powered by a twin-rotor Wankel engine that made either 191 or 238 horsepower, depending on the trim.

This 2008 Mazda RX-8 GT, however, is about as far away from a factory model as you can get. Originally built by Riley Technologies and SpeedSource to compete in the Grans-Am Racing Series–the predecessor to today’s IMSA–this tube-frame RX-8 is powered by a tri-rotor 20B Wankel engine.

Said to be accompanied by over $90,000 in spares, the Mazda is reported to have run at the Rolex 24 at Daytona five times from 2008 through 2013.

The seller notes that the RX-8 would “be an exceptional car for entry into many Historic Racing events, such as the HSR Daytona Historic 24 Race, or the HSR Sebring Classic 12 HR.”

Find this 2008 Mazda RX-8 GT, recently prepped by Racer's Edge Motorsports, for sale from Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars for $129,900.

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j_tso Reader
2/7/21 10:48 p.m.

I hope to see one at a historic event. It was surreal watching an "RX-8" overtake a 911 in the Grand Am Rolex series.

One of them is now owned and raced by Ingram Brothers Racing in Australia, they added a turbo to theirs.

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