• Aug 24, 2007
Click the image above for more pics of our rubbish racer.

"So you're really going to do this, huh?" We've lost count as to how many times we've heard that line over the course of the last two months. After covering the event live this past July, we came away from the 24 Hours of LeMons with dreams of surviving the crap-car enduro the next time it came around, and now it's official. We've been accepted, we've got a car and now, the unfortunate task of getting ready for the event begins.

We've secured a 1988 Mazda FC RX-7 for the "race", and by all outward appearances, it looks like a perfect contender. Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, plenty of space between the bumper and the engine to fit a V-mounted radiator when the inevitable front-end collisions occur – it's all there, well kind of. We still have to install a radiator, fit a new rear end, rip out the interior, make a cage and install all the required safety equipment. Oh, and the brakes aren't working. But that's all little stuff easily solved during the endless late nights we plan on putting into the build. And naturally, we'll be covering it all between now and the weekend of October 20 and 21.

Our friends at Modacar are helping with the build and are supplying us with a few hot shoes in the form of Casey Horner, Jay Juane, Brad Wood and Ken Falconitin, not to mention yours truly.

In the meantime, watch this space for ongoing updates, and although we've already got a temporary team name, we're open to your suggestions. Because just like everything else with LeMons, it's all about constant improvisation.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh just looked at the pictures, looks like someone already fitted an S5 manifold onto you S4, you have a VDI dynamic chamber! Focus on the exhaust then.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ha, this should be the funnest endeavor ever.

      best of luck, hope that thing survives. it's an iconic car by my standards.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is That A Lotus Parked Next To The Rx7? Just Curious
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is. Specifically, it's the Forced Fed turbo Elise, with what I think is the shop's "340" package.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ehh temperamental high mileage rotary motor ehh I don't think it will last that long. All the room under the hood is a big plus though so if you add enough cooling too it plus use synthetics that will help. Not sure if it will be enough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Team name: LeMons Pubis
      • 7 Years Ago
      You need two extra dummy switches on the dash, one labeled "auto pilot" and one "auto blog".
      • 7 Years Ago
      May there be enough parts left running, to say you won. Good luck on this esteemed endevour.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome, good luck and make that car look nice :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The biggest things about high-mileage RX7's is that the rotor tips leak making for hard starts (pull the fuel injection fuse so you can crank it without soaking the plugs and be ready to take the plugs out so you can clear the excess fuel...) and lots of oil burning.

      Also, if it has ABS brakes, the pump probably leaks like a sieve. You can replace it with a bunch of brake plumbing as a new one costs $3k, if it's still available.

      Finally, get some calipers from a Turbo II or a GTU. They weight much less than the stock cast iron ones...

      Chris.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, that's going to be awesome. I look at that engine department and see all the lightness that can be added there. Axe the AC, PS, and air/smog pump. A double pulley will be needed to keep enough enough tension on the water pump at high revs if you do this though. If it truly is a S4 motor then exhaust back pressure is used to power the VDI valving system. This could get tricky to make work if you open up the exhaust. The intake looks like it is a S5, and in that case, the air/smog pump generates the needed pressure, so if you remove the air/smog pump, you need another source of pressurized air. The pump is pretty heavy and a waste of revs and hp, so working around it could be worth it. You might want to put in plug in place of the eccentric shaft oil bypass valve to make sure you have oil flow to the rotors at all time. The plug is real cheap, and not too hard to get to if you have a 3/4" drive impact wrench and the radiator out. Oh yeah, keep an eye on your oil cooler lines, lose one of those and the engine is done.

      Good luck,
      Brett
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good luck to Autoblog on this ridiculous endeavor.

      Honestly, if the opportunity arose, I'd enter the 24 Hours of LeMons in a heartbeat (being on the other side of the country, and not having the few grand it would take to even show up sorta puts me out of the running). Still, this is one of the cooler motorsport events out there, even if only because no one's managed to screw it up with corporate crap yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Team Autoflog

      Autoblog Apricots (because ur nuts to enter in this haha).

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