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MAZDA RX-7

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The Mazda RX-7 is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable sports cars to have come from the land of the rising sun, making it a JDM icon that has left a mark in motorsport and car culture across the globe.

In the early ‘70s, Mazda released the RX-3 which served as a proof of concept for the Wankel rotary engine, a shift from the traditional, four-stroke piston engine. Although the RX-3 wasn’t particularly sporty on paper, the properties of the rotary engine made for quite a driving experience – laying the foundations for the RX-7.

Rotary engines are known for performing incredibly well at high RPMs, and their supreme power-to-weight ratio meant that the optimal engine placement resulted in near-perfect weight distribution and low center of gravity – leading to extremely precise handling. 

For many, the third-generation (FD) RX-7 is the one that comes to mind when talking about RX-7s and Ash’s FD3S is a stunner, a result of years of experience, passion, and meticulous upgrades.

A TRIBUTE

 

Modifying cars can have immense sentimental value, a form of expression and a way to preserve a legacy. For Ash, the “rotary bug bit [him] early” as he started off with an RX-3 and an S2 RX-7 that he and his family worked on for several years. In fact, the YES12A license plate on Ash’s FD is a tribute to his parents.

Ash was drawn to the FD3S for its ultimate rotary powerhouse and timeless design – the RX-7 truly holds its own to this very day with its sleek curves and menacing stance.

This car also embodies the essence of a car enthusiast because, for Ash, it was always about building a car that would go on to inspire other builds and foster a sense of community amongst like-minded enthusiasts.

With this in mind, the build process began and Ash set to work on taking a JDM classic to new heights.

“I LOVE WORKING ON MY CAR IN MY HUMBLE GARAGE. IT’S MY SANCTUARY WHERE I CAN TINKER AWAY.”

Spotlight

HITTING HARD

 

The styling of this RX-7 is “hard-hitting” and instantly establishes its dominance on the road – all of which was made possible by a set of RE Amemiya parts such as the GT2 wing, Carbon AD front lip, Carbon Pro rear diffuser with vortex generators, and more.

As a seasoned expert, Ash strictly prioritised maintaining reliability when it came to performance upgrades – selecting parts from “proven and trusted” brands were essential for the finished product. The result? A sweet, twin-turbo rotary engine producing an astounding 302KW / 404HP at the wheels.

All of this herculean power meets the road on a set of Advan GT18s supported by the Ohlins DFV Coilovers.

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Notations and Thanks

LESSONS FOR THE ROAD

 

When asked about challenges faced during the build, Ash attributed his relatively smooth journey to two things.

Firstly, being thorough with research for parts is a must and opting for proven parts can definitely help with streamlining the process.

Ash also believes that it comes back to “being realistic with your goals when modifying your car” –  a valuable lesson that many may have to learn the hard way.

These two, seemingly simple, strategies have clearly worked for Ash and is a good reminder for all enthusiasts out there.

NEW HORIZONS

 

Although Ash is content with his RX-7, he is always tinkering away and open to moulding his car to be the best that it can be. Performance-wise, he is more than satisfied and doesn’t want to sacrifice driving experience or reliability.

Aesthetically, a widebody kit may be on the horizon but we will have to wait and see for that to happen.

All in all, Ash’s FD3S perfectly sums up car culture – a means of self-expression that enables others to get started on their own journey and producing some bonkers works of engineering in the process.

This incredible build was made possible with the help of Marcus Read, Andrew from Billtech, Kace from JDM Tours, friends and family, and his wife for her continual support.

“I CHOSE THE FD3S AS IT IS THE ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION ROTARY THAT MAZDA HAS PRODUCED. THE STYLING IS TIMELESS.”

Specifications

MODIFICATION LIST

 

With Ash’s streamlined modification process coming down to research and use of quality and proven parts, his parts list is one that’s highly sought after.

Check out what’s been fitted in the sections below.

ENGINE

  • Engine Type: 13B REW 1300cc
  • Engine Built By: Deckspeed Racing
  • Housings: New
  • Rotors: Side clearance
  • Seals: Strengthened 2mm 3 piece OEM spec
  • Porting: Mild port
  • Eccentric Shaft: Balanced
  • Sump: OEM inclusive of stainless steel sump brace
  • New OEM seal kit used when engine was rebuilt
  • Engine mounts: Mazdaspeed
  • Alternator: Extreme high efficiency 130amp 
  • Fuel Pump: Walbro 460
  • Injectors: 550cc Primary 1200cc Secondary
  • Throttle Body: FEED/Fujita engineering 4mm larger
  • Turbo: SP twin-turbo covers, larger turbine and compressor wheels with .85 actuators 
  • Intercooler: PWR SMIC 18 row dual-core with carbon intake
  • Radiator: Alloy 42mm PWR (2015 new radiator hoses installed)
  • Oil Coolers: OEM Twin with factory option oil cooler ducts
  • Exhaust System:  Stainless SMB 3 ½ dump pipe, SMB mid-pipe and HKS Silent power muffler 
  • Ignition System: R Magic AV Ignitor, coils and leads 
  • Engine Management: APexi Power FC
  • Boost Control: APexi Power FC with 3 bar map sensor 
  • BOV: HKS SSQ VI  
  • Intake: AutoExe carbon air box with polished alloy turbo intakes 
  • Greddy intake elbow and polished intercooler circuit/pathway 
  • FEED/Fujita engineering carbon intake manifold cover 
  • RE Amemiya alloy AST 
  • Argon burnt titanium bonnet stand 
  • R Magic rotary oil cap 
  • Stainless steel reusable oil filter, 
  • Aluminium countershaft, power steering, water pump and alternator pulley 
  • Polished Knightsports engine brace
  • Super Now power steering and brake fluid covers  
  • Mazdaspeed 75 degree thermostat
  • Power: 302rwkw at 19psi
  • Fuel Type: Pump 98

WHEELS / SUSPENSION

  • Advan GT18 machining black (F)18 x 9 +25 (R) 18 x 9.5 +29
  • Coilovers: Ohlins DFV 
  • Sway Bar: Cusco sway bars front and rear 
  • Mazdaspeed front and rear strut braces  
  • 12 point KTS underbody bracing, KTS radiator brace bar

EXTERIOR

  • Deleted aerial/rear wiper/washer jet, rolled guards front and rear 
  • RE Amemiya carbon AD9 bonnet
  • RE Amemiya carbon vents
  • RE Amemiya carbon pro rear diffuser with vortex generators
  • RE Amemiya sleek HID headlights
  • RE Amemiya carbon AD front lip
  • RE Amemiya super carbon mirrors
  • RE Amemiya carbon tail light cover
  • RE Amemiya carbon GT2 high mount wing
  • RE Amemiya tow hook
  • Autoexe carbon side skirts
  • Carbon door handle covers
  • Carbon canards

INTERIOR

  • Seats (Front): Recaro Spirit R Kevlar fixed back with adjustable tilts rails
  • Dash: Mazdaspeed 300km/10000RPM blue cluster
  • Gauges: Power FC EL hand controller and R Magic holder
  • Steering Wheel: Nardi leather deep corn
  • Mazdaspeed dash, centre console and door surrounds (Bathurst R Type R)
  • Mazdaspeed gear knob (Bathurst R Type R)
  • Mazdaspeed handbrake lever (Bathurst R Type R) 
  • Mazdaspeed rear view mirror cover
  • Factory option alloy accelerator pedal and foot rest/coin holder/knee pad/parcel shelf/boot mat/spare wheel cover.
  • Defi Gauges (oil temp/pressure and water temp temp) in RE Amemiya carbon dash mount
  • RE Amemiya carbon scuff plates
  • RE Amemiya horn button
  • Carbon fibre hand gaurds
  • Carbon door handle and mirror covers
  • Spirit R hand brake and gear lever gaiters
  • Super Now A pillar brace 
  • RE Amemiya floor mats
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