Formula Drift Japan is this weekend at nowhere else but the legendary Ebisu circuit. That means Mad Mike is there, and that means that we get to bask in the sights and sounds of a four-rotor Mazda RX-7 doing backwards entries and shredding eardrums.
Have you ever had a moment with a car? Just a brief couple of minutes in which you fell positively, uncontrollably head over heals for an automobile? I did one night in Hong Kong a while back, and now I can’t stop thinking about first-generation Mazda RX-7s.
Normally, people hate on engine-swapped Mazda RX-7s, as changing out the stock rotary engine makes the car too normal, too simple. This guy went the opposite direction, with a homebrew turbocharged and supercharged Toyota 1JZ straight six.
Every so often people ask me what I plan on doing to my car, and it’s hard to formulate an answer.
Nothing is a crueler feeling than seeing your car engineless, forlorn. No wait, there is a crueler feeling: having all of your coworkers torment you about it.
If you frequent this lovely car blog, you’ve probably been reading a lot about the Mazda RX-7 lately. But, this time, let’s just sit back and admire one for a bit.
“Project Ahura” is the world’s first all-wheel-drive four-rotor FD Mazda RX-7, and it’s exactly as insane as you’d expect it to be. It was built from a car that YouTuber Rob Dahm had since he was a teenager, and he’s here with a tour of everything under the hood that makes it work.
The 1990s Nissan R33 Skyline in this video has a 3.0 liter RB30DET, an engine that was never sold from the factory, an aftermarket-only hybrid of a high-displacement block with a twin-cam turbo head. It is one of the coolest straight sixes of the modern era, and it is still utterly silenced by the scream of a…
I don’t know if you know this, but despite his existing horde of barely-running Jeeps, our man David Tracy is dreaming of first-gen RX-7 ownership. I’ve been subtly trying to push him over the edge and buy one. Care to join me in this?
The first-generations of the Mazda RX-7 and Honda Civic are among the most important cars in Japanese automotive history. But when you buy a $1,500 beat-to-hell, 30+ year-old example of each of those cars, other adjectives start to surface.
Last night, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai abruptly shut down any notion that his company was currently working on a sports car larger than the existing Miata. This may in fact be the last word on the subject. Surprised? You should not be.
The turbocharged, rotary-powered FD Mazda RX-7 is one of the most legendary Japanese cars ever, but even with modifications, it was never really the hypercar-slayer that its owners dreamed it to be—until now. Here’s everything you need to know about what could be the most powerful and unique Mazda RX-7 ever made.
Normally people swap out the rotary engines in their Mazda RX-7s because they want something more simple. A nice chassis, a beautiful design, no more worrying about apex seals. This guy did just that, except the opposite, because he did swap in a conventional piston engine, but he supercharged and turbocharged it.
It took me and a friend of mine five days to get a motor out and back into my ‘70s Volkswagen. These guys swapped out and re-assembled a turbo V8 in less than a day at the track.
If you’re an automotive masochist who wants a car that’s more, ahem, challenging to work on, but fun to drive regardless, the 1980s gave you two excellent and popular choices: the Porsche 944 and the Mazda RX-7. Which one should occupy your jackstands? MotorWeek had the answer.
You might be able to find one of these things rotting away in your neighbor’s barn, but that doesn’t mean that the original Mazda RX-7 isn’t a true, glorious, flawed masterpiece the likes of which the car world rarely sees.
Should this be the next Mazda RX-7? Yes, based on its size alone, it really should be. But we’ll have to wait until the Tokyo Motor Show next month to learn what exactly Mazda has in mind this time.
There aren’t many Mazda RX-7 rally cars out there, let alone rally-winning RX-7s. Here’s one doing some much-deserved celebratory donuts.