This Mid-engined, Rotary-powered Racer Is a Delightful Oddity

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This Mid-engined, Rotary-powered Racer Is a Delightful Oddity

The name of the Diasio D962R implies that it might be something like a scale replica of a Porsche 962. Unfortunately, it looks more like a Jaguar XJR-14 shot through a fisheye lens. While that is far from the car’s only drawback, it is the only drawback that is not itself a feature.

The Diasio D962R is a fiberglass track day car, and a particularly odd one at that. Where other small-scale fiberglass racers might go for motorcycle engines or Honda K-series power, the Diasio uses a mid-mounted, turbocharged Mazda rotary engine, the 2-rotor 13B-REW. Official numbers on cars produced in such low volume are elusive, but one Diasio customer reported back in 2013 that his car made 240 horsepower at the wheels.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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