TOKYO, Japan – Japan’s Emperor Akihito announced he would be leaving the Chrysanthemum Throne due to the embarrassment the Mazda DPi program has caused him and the country.  “I thought Mazda would be able to bring our nation back to racing glory with the RT24-P,” said Akihito through a translator, “But it was not meant to be.  The engines, they are tawagoto!  But alas I cannot take it any longer, it is time for me to go.”

Akihito blames himself for going with AER as the engine supplier and was starting to question if a German company was the right choice to revive the program.  In the end the consistent DNFs were just too much to bear for the 85-year-old Emperor.