If you have been following the GE3KSPD Facebook or Instagram pages, you have probably noticed by now that I am around many, many Mazdas. However, one practical Mazda holds a very special place in my heart. The Mazda RX-7, FD. When the FD came out, it was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for every year the car was sold in the states. Fast forward 20 years, and the FD is still one of the most beautiful cars around. Its simple and smooth lines have aged just right, and the classic looks appeal to all of us car enthusiasts.
Where do I start with Don’s sexy RX-7 FD? I think it is one of the simplest yet most beautiful RX-7's I’ve ever laid eyes on. Don decided to focus on performance and handling modifications, keeping the exterior appearance mostly stock.
Looking at the car, the first things you notice are the Enkei RPF1s. They are 18x9.5 wrapped with a sticky 255 35 Michelin Pilot Sports rubber on all four corners.
Don converted his RX-7 to a single TO4E 60trim ball bearing turbo with a T4, 1.0 A/R turbine. That setup is good for 422RWHP, 354TQ at 17psi on pump!
The interior is also kept nice and simple. The Recaro Carbon Kevlar bucket seats are elegant and the MOMO Race steering wheel is a tasteful touch.
Here is the list of the modifications:
TO4E 60trim ball bearing turbo with a T4, 1.0 A/R turbine
3.5" DP, 3.5" resonated MP>Trust 3" titanium catback
A combination of Polydyne coatings, Inconel heat shields and DEI titanium wrap from the exhaust manifold to the catback.
Apexi Power FC standalone EMS
ACT street clutch and 9.5lb flywheel
High dyno of 422RWHP, 354TQ at 17psi on pump
JDM 4.3 ring and pinion
Mazdaspeed bushings, motor and diff mounts
Full corner weight and custom alignment, 2600 lbs with 1/2 tank of gas.
Stance XR Monotube Coilovers with 10KG/8KG Swift springs.
Swift sway bars
Enkei RPF1s, 18X 9.5 +45 with Michelin Pilot Sports 255-35-18 F+R
KVR performance 2-piece brake rotors with Hawk HPS pads and stainless lines
Mazdaspeed short shifter and MOMO Race steering wheel
Recaro Carbon Kevlar bucket seats from the JDM type RZ