• Feb 16th 2007 at 10:07AM
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We sure do love us some FDs. Yes, the turbo rotary is a ticking time bomb, just waiting for the slightest hint of ping to send shards of that wonderful Wankel through the hood, and yes, the engine has to be rebuilt every 40-60k miles, but if you had to pick a vehicle from the 90s (hell, even today) to attack a road course or autocross, the RX-7 is it.

Thankfully, there are a few intelligent individuals that understand the volatility of the turbo'd RX-7 and they tend to keep the modifications to a minimum. One of these smart chaps is ebaine1, the owner of this red 1993 example.

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He stuffed a new 13B-TT into his FD about 6,000 miles back and began making a few choice additions to get the most of his RX. A new intake manifold, downpipe and catback exhaust takes care of the breathing duties, but with the extra flow, eblaine realized that some serious management of the AFR was in order. When he installed a new aluminum radiator, he opted to bypass the stock ECU and instead, rely on an Apex'I PowerFC, one of the best aftermarket 'puters available.

Mr. Blaine admits that RX-7s are a scarce commodity where he lives in Kansas and considering that he's only put about 1,000 miles on his whip since last April, it's a rare treat for his neighbors every time he takes it out of the garage.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This is one of the coolest cars of all time. The designers really had their priorities straight when they built the RX-7. Fast, light, good looking..it was even relatively cheap compared to the 300ZX turbos and Supras of the day. God i love these cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i have never owned a japanese sports car but if i did this would be the one they are so nice when you find a unmolested example
      • 8 Years Ago
      I worked with a guy who had one of these and knew what to do with it. Wow.

      There is a V8 powered RX-7 running around Indy. I've seen it several times light off from a stop...gonno It sounds like the Brickyard just hit town. Sweet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The R1 can pulled .99 G's on the skidpad on tires from '93...
      A lot of "sports cars" today are still in the high .80's.

      MHO - The best true sports car ever produced and second being the elise/exige
      • 8 Years Ago
      i agree with no. 5 thomas. the engines do not need to be rebuilt every 40-60k as long as they are maintained properly. a family member had a 93 rx-7 TT with 91,000 miles on it with zero problems. it was the most well balanced car i have ever driven. it is also proof that 255 HP is all you need in a well designed car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those who question comments about this engine's reliability and rebuild schedule, check the following link:


      (or http://www.autosportracetech.com/RX-7/vacuum.jpg if that doesn't work)

      This is the Gen 3 vacuum hose diagram. And as you can see, it's a mess. Don't forget to check your "double throttle" valve and hose routing.

      This was a great car, but sadly, the engine was designed before direct solenoid control became the norm. It's kind of like a Porsche with mechanical fuel injection. It's an astounding piece of engineering, but there are huge caveats to making it your own.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is one great car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm going to chime in and agree: Tese are beautiful cars and I wish that styling of this ilk was still around :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a fantastic car; the third-generation looked absolutely perfect.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a knowledgeable member of the rx7 community, I would like to point out that rotary engines (including the turbo engines) DO NOT need to be rebuild every 40-60k miles. I know very many people with turbocharged rx7s with over 100k miles on the engine with no interior engine problems (but lots of exterior engine problems!) A rotary will need to be rebuilt after 40-60k miles if you: run rediculous amounts of boost without a stud kit, don't build the engine properly; these are problem that also occur with piston engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I owned a 95 Rx-7 and it was an amazing vehicle. Loved the twin-turbo when each one kicked in . . . it was such a cool feeling.

      It had so much power for such a small vehicle, I almost killed myself several times.

      Wish I still owned it.

      • 8 Years Ago
      As a fellow FD owner in Kansas, I can attest to the fact that they are a rarity, and always, ALWAYS get
      'thumbs up' signs from everyone. The FD has a timeless design that is truly a work of art, and the car's performance is nothing short or phenomenal. As for reliability, I had 93,000 miles on mine before I rebuilt it. And while you CAN put an LS1 into the car, that certainly takes away the "heart" of the car, IMHO. Dedicated owners that have taken the time to truly understand the car are not intimidated by it, and have learned dozens of tricks to greatly increase the reliability while increasing performance.
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