June 24, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

From the racetrack to the road: Mazda continues to Not Stop Challenging itself

Mazda has always been known for serving up some of the sportiest vehicles in the automotive landscape. While they may combine svelte and sporty good looks with the practicality of everyday cars, folks who know what’s under the metal are aware that these cars possess something truly special–the DNA of true driver;s cars. 

But where does all this come from?

It is best seen in Mazda’s tireless pursuit to Not  Stop Challenging itself. This philosophy can be traced to as far back as 1978 when the Hiroshima-based carmaker began developing its rotary engine for motorsport. . Instead of the conventional pistons that produce combustion, this innovative design used a rotor to do the job. This essentially translated to fewer moving parts, higher RPMs, and higher horsepower.

The result was Mazda’s very first victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour race on June 23, 1991 with the Mazda 787B. This was truly a milestone as Mazda was the very first Japanese car manufacturer to ever win a title at the world’s most famous endurance race. Moreover, the victory was the culmination of roughly 13 years of development of Mazda’s innovative little rotary engine.

Fast-forward to 2022 and Mazda continues to take what it learned at Le Mans and put it in its road cars. The principles of simplicity, smoothness, compactness, and lightweight can be seen in offerings like the MX-5, which is the most raced roadster in the world throughout its more than 30-year history, all the way to its little Mazda2 subcompact sedan and hatchback.

All these, sung with cutting-edge technologies such as Skyactiv gasoline and diesel engines, Skyactiv transmissions, Jinba Ittai, and G-Vectoring Control all conspire to make Mazda vehicles some of the most enjoyable cars on the road. 

As the world moves forward, we can expect Mazda to Not Stop Challenging itself and push the boundaries even further.

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