Archives: No Stone Unturned – K2 Racing RX8

There’s nothing quite like seeing a chassis pushed to it’s very limit.  Regardless of make, model and drive-train, watching a car get transformed into a full fledged circuit machine is one of my favorite pleasures in this medium.  It’s not something that happens often, and a lot of times (based on a plethora of factors) people end up settling; believe me when I tell you, I know all too well.  So when a shop takes the gloves off on a build, it’s something I get excited about.  In the case of this RX-8, K2 Racing takes Mazda’s last rendition of the Renesis to it’s peak, and maybe just a little bit further.

A few months ago I posted some shots of this car that Matt had taken at Tsukuba during a test run.  The old D1 machine has been reworked from top to bottom to maximize it’s potential to be a contender in the Japanese time attack ring.  From the high-power, ported, Borg-Warner/NOS powered rotary motor, to the newly rebuilt suspension and lightened chassis.  Anything that can be replaced with carbon, has been, in order to bring the somewhat hefty chassis weight down.  I’m looking forward to seeing this car back at TC2000 later in the year, and throughout the Winter to see what it’s capable of after getting dialed in.

IMG_3530

IMG_3355

IMG_3621

IMG_3598

IMG_3600

IMG_3382

IMG_3391

IMG_3479

IMG_3508

IMG_3489

IMG_3442

IMG_3407

IMG_3415

IMG_3437

IMG_3550

IMG_3427

IMG_3364

IMG_3370

IMG_3699

IMG_3669

IMG_3359

IMG_3395

IMG_3728

IMG_3452