RR of the Day: 1988 Mazda RX-7 Turbo

The FC chassis RX-7 has always been a vehicle on our automotive "want list" and although it was never as hardcore as the third gen. model that came afterwards, it's always been a competent performer.

This particular example is under the care of udubrx7, and is one of the 10th anniversary models produced in 1988. A full list of the modifications can be found after the jump, but a few highlights include a fully rebuilt and street-ported motor, complete with a BNR turbo setup, front-mount intercooler, a revised ECU tuned by Rtek, and a three-inch catback exhaust. The front bumper was replaced with a Series-5 unit from the '89-91 MY and although the stock rollers remain, they're wrapped in Kumho 712s.

It's a clean example of one of the more iconic rotary-powered machines from Mazda and udubrx7 is in good company, along with a handful of dedicated enthusiasts.

As a reminder, next week we'll be looking for the best quarter-mile performers to feature in our RR of the Day. If you've got a drag car, we want to see it, so follow the directions after the jump to learn how to submit your ride to our Flickr pool.

From the owner:

This is my '88 10th Anniversary Rx7. I have had the engine fully rebuilt and street ported. It sports a BNR Stage 1 Hybrid turbo setup pushing 13psi through the custom FMIC. I have removed all of the emissions equipment (including the air pump), along with the A/C and power steering pumps as well. The A/C condensing unit was also removed, along with all of its piping. I've also relocated the battery to the trunk on the passengers side. Weight savings of ~60 lbs in just the engine bay! The stock wastegate setup (ground out to 30mm) is controlled by a Greddy profec B II boost controller. Fuel is delivered by 4 x 720cc low impedence injectors supplied by a walbro 255 fuel pump. The injectors are controlled by the Rtek v1.8 ECU upgrade which also eliminates the fuel cut and retards timing above 9psi of boost. I'm running a 2.5" downpipe straight through a hollow 3" midpipe to a corksport power series single exit 3" cat-back. The front bumper has since been upgraded to a series 5 (89-91) bumper with a fiber reinforced plastic diffuser. The drivers seat has been replaced by a cloth ractive fully adjustable bucket. Steering wheel and shift knob have been replaced by momo products, and E-brake boot leather and shifter leather are brand new. Stereo has been upgraded to JL speakers along with an alpine head unit. G-tech performance meter says 0-60 in 4.9 sec and 60-0 braking in 165 ft (on my old tires). The car now rides on stock white rims wrapped in kumho 712 series tires, 215 on the front 225 on the rear. Brakes consist of stock discs running Hawk pads.

How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a
Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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