1993 Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo

Started on May 21 by Armitage

Ride Rating

13

1993 Touring, Track/AutoX Toy

I purchased this car from a local motivated seller in bone stock condition. It came with a recently rebuilt motor from Peter Farrell Supercars, two sets of wheels and a catback exhaust as part of the purchase price. I was in the market for a Miata at the time, but this came along locally and considering the amount of work recently performed for the asking price, I couldn't pass it up.

The setup has evolved by identifying weaknesses at track days and fixing them. The biggest issue with the stock configuration was inadequate cooling (water, oil and intake charge). The car has been set up to be more reliable at the track with greater cooling capacities while still running stock boost levels.

As of summer '09, the car has seen over 40 track days (still on original suspension, power levels, etc.) Towards the end of the season I noticed it starting to drink a small amount of coolant which translates to the beginning of a seal failure.

Over winter '09-'10 I replaced the motor with a slightly upgraded unit, all new coolant hoses, fuel components, clutch, pilot bearing, seals, etc. I still plan to run stock boost levels on the stock sequentials for now, but the new motor is built for a large single turbo.

My long-term plans are for continuing to improve my skills as a driver in HPDE events without relying heavily on performance upgrades and just enjoy the car the way it was meant to be used.

Suspension/Brakes:

  • 17" Forgeline LS wheels (17x8 front, 17x9.5 rear)
  • 255/40 front 245/40 rear Dunlop Z2 Tires
  • Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • Hawk DTC-60 Race Pads
  • Cusco Front Strut Tower Bar
  • Tokico Illumina Adjustable Shocks
  • Eibach Pro Kit Springs
  • Widefoot Front Swaybar Mounts
  • Tanabe Sway Bars
  • IRP Poly Motor Mounts
  • SuperPro Poly Bushings Front/Rear/Steering

Interior:

  • Autometer 2-Gauge A-Pillar Pod
  • Omori 3-Gauge DIN Panel
  • Stewart Warner 30-0-15 Boost Gauge
  • Stewart Warner Water Temp Gauge
  • Stewart Warner Oil Temp Gauge
  • Stewart Warner Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Stewart Warner Voltmeter
  • Grant Evolution GT Leather Steering Wheel
  • Sola Shifter
  • Stereo Delete
  • M2 Chromoly 4-Point Roll Bar
  • G-Force 6-Point Cam-Lock Harnesses
  • MemoryFab Kevlar/Aramid Racing Seats
  • Widefoot Racing Pedal Extender
  • VS Billet Rollbar Camera Mount

Engine/Powertrain:

  • Atkins Rotary Stage 2 Street Ported Motor w/3mm Apex Seals
  • Homemade 2.5" Aluminum Intake with Dual K&Ns
  • Fighters Intake Heat Shield
  • 3" Stainless/Mandrel Bent Downpipe
  • PFS Catback Exhaust
  • Koyo Aluminum Radiator
  • 12x18x3.25" Bar and Plate Intercooler
  • Homemade Aluminum I/C Duct
  • Slowboy Racing Manual Boost Controller
  • GReddy Throttlebody Elbow
  • GReddy Type S BOV
  • R1 Ducted Dual Oil Coolers
  • GReddy Water Pump Underdrive Pulley
  • FC Fan Thermoswitch
  • IRP Oil Pan Brace w/Stud Kit
  • Double Throttle Elimination
  • Pettit Racing AST

Engine Management:

  • APEXi PowerFC
  • FC Datalogit
  • APEXi Turbo Timer

Misc:

  • Silicone Vaccum Lines
  • Viton Check Valves
  • RE-Speed Oil Filter Housing Adaptor
  • RE-Speed Baffled Oil Filler Neck
  • GReddy Oil Catch Can
  • TurboJeff Battery Tray with Slim Battery
  • R1 Rear Wing
  • Hood Struts
  • Mazdaspeed Shifter Bushing
  • '99 Spec Plateless Bumper
  • '99 Spec Front Diffuser

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May 23, 2008 1:29 p.m.
bravenrace:
Very nice. I've always loved those cars.
May 23, 2008 6:38 p.m.
Javelin:
Nice FD! Love the well-detailed spec list. Good luck with the bodywork! I have an FB (check out the Reader's Rides, it's the Red GSL) and it needs the front re-done (looks like they slid it into a trailer hitch right at the headlight) so I'm in the same boat (as far as following the Saab articles). Keep us updated!
Jun 4, 2008 12:07 p.m.
Armitage:
Thanks guys! If anyone's interested here's some photos of the body damage and the current repair process, images sorted newest (page 1) to oldest (page 5): <a href="http://armitage.crinkle.net/gallery/album58?page=5">Click Me!</a>

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