VIDEO: The latest Hot Version pits the Nissan GT-R against the Mazda Rotary

Speaking of rivalries, the Nissan GT-R and Mazda rotary have one that stretches back some 45 years. It was Hiroshima’s pistonless wonder that kept the Hakosuka GT-R from capturing its much sought-after 50th touring car win. While Nissan did eventually get that 50th win, Mazda’s block still left a bitter taste in proto-Godzilla’s mouth. The latest Hot Version video — yes, they are making new episodes! — reignites that struggle with a GT-R versus rotary redux in their latest trailer.

Unfortunately, it seems that even the most popular automotive show in Japan was unable to find a proper matchup with the Hako. Instead, they’ve sourced one of Hitoshi Kato’s Familia Rotary R100 coupes, an incredible vintage race replica in its own right, but not the Savanna RX-3 that so cruelly snatched victory from the Skyline GT-R’s jaws. Someone, please build a proper RX-3!

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5 Responses to VIDEO: The latest Hot Version pits the Nissan GT-R against the Mazda Rotary

  1. Gene says:

    I had both a 79 and 87 Mazda RX7. Very fast ,but failed a lot of emission tests. Now I have a 21 year Miata which is not as fast, but a lot of fun

  2. j_tso says:

    There was this Skyline vs RX-3 exhibit a while back:
    I don’t know if it’s the same one, but Tsuchiya drove an RX-3 that looked like it in another rotary themed Hot Version video.

    This RE-Amemiya FD vs MCR R34 is my favorite Touge Challenge video because it shows the advantage of lightweight balance vs high power.

  3. Michael says:

    Hey guys, not be THAT kind-of person, but this is actually the trailer/preview for Hot Version Vol.147………

    Yes, Hot Version is an off-shoot of Best Motoring, but it has been a continuing, stand alone series for years & years (decades).

    Mainly hosted by Keiichi Tsuchiya, N.O.B., & Manabu Orido. Always containg tuned cars (old, new & in-between), with appearances by legendary Japanese tuning houses (HKS, Mines, Top Secret, FEED, RE Amemiya, MCR, Scoot, Spoon etc etc).

    The Touge Battles are brilliant!!!! Regular track battles in Tsukuba too.

    Yes, all in Japanese only, but who cares if you can’t understand every word. You learn usual phases & get the general drift (no pun intended!).

    I buy regularly (they come out approx. bi-monthly) from Amazon Japan. Please see below links if interested;

    I guess too, this is only good if you are a “dinosaur” & want to buy DVDs like me. Just looking at my in-house ones (a lot of older ones & VHS tapes I have are in garage storage) I’ve got Vol.121 forward ’til current.

    Worth a look on ALL levels, to any Japanese car lover!

  4. Colin Brown says:

    I have a both a 1990 #209 NISMO GT-R and a 1992 Single Bee*R built Turbo 20B FD RX-7 that I bouggtvfrom a collector in Tokyo..I also have a 94 U.S. Spec Pearl Yellow FD RX-7 with tons of Alcantera everywhere ..My dad bou5ght it new because it is a. EXTREMELY rare model

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