This summer will see the launch of one of the most exciting cars to go on sale in the UK, the Mazda RX-8, and with only 3,000 available and with a price tag starting at just £20,000 they are unlikely to remain in showrooms for long.
Powered by Mazda's unique rotary engine, the Mazda RX-8 is a powerful car with perfect 50/50 weight distribution offering outstanding handling characteristics at a fraction of the cost of other 'supercars'.
As with all cars that have high power and superb handling it is important that the owner knows how to get the best out of the Mazda RX-8, particularly with the unique power delivery of the RENESIS rotary engine.
With all high powered cars it is also important to ensure that the power and handling are exploited safely and with this in mind Mazda is offering each Mazda RX-8 customer a free day's performance driver training from rally and vehicle preparation specialists Prodrive. The day will teach Mazda RX-8 owners how to get the most fun and enjoyment out of their new car while driving safely.
Based at their vehicle testing ground in Warwickshire, Prodrive will take Mazda RX-8 customers through an intensive one-day performance driving course which will include track driving, taking the customer through the car's limits and demonstrating how to fully exploit the power and handling. There will then be a road driving element which will not be about teaching how to drive but about positioning on the road for safety, safe use of power available and safe overtaking techniques.
If a customer cannot travel to Prodrive's Warwickshire facility then the Prodrive instructor will travel to the customer's home and carry out more extensive road driving training.
The day will also cover the care and maintenance of a rotary engine that a customer can carry out to ensure their car is always in tip-top mechanical condition.