FD Mazda RX-7 – Rotary Engine Relationship


I actually can’t remember having any issues with this car. Yeah . . . when was the last time you heard someone using a Mazda RX-7 say that? Or better yet, someone with a rotary motor? It isn’t any secret that the rotary engine has its share of problems. Conceptually, automotive enthusiasts’ relationships with their cars aren’t everything dissimilar to their relationships with folks. Also well aware that issues and problems may arise, while you go into them hoping for the very best. The important part is your perspective and mindset, as those see how you deal. You’ll surrender and proceed if your devotion doesn’t run deep enough. If that love is deep enough, the both of you will stand the test of energy, but, conversely.or otherwise not), the attractions started with appearances. I first saw an FD back in the early ’90s after they first came out. I loved the look but like most people inside their late teenage years, it was only a dream to actually own one among my own. Seeing the car provided the fuel somewhere deep within him, but riding in it lit the fire. The thing was that the ride didn’t happen for years. After high school, Philip went to college and graduated, providing him with the financial means to just go purchase a car of his. This proved timely since it wasn’t till after he graduated from college that he or she had the ability to actually ride in one. My first ride was in a somewhat modified FD, and at that point I fell in love with the sound and feel of your car, he says. The noise of the rotary engine and feel of the chassis, in addition to the inarguably smooth and timeless lines from the FD chassis, solidified Philip’s determination to possess his own. About one to two years after that, I purchased my first ’93 base black RX-7, he says. And so it began.

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When it comes to FDs, there really is only one tuner in the world that stands out, and that is RE-Amemiya, Philip says. They have produced some amazing FDs in the past, and i also consider them to be pioneers of rotary tuning. Additionally, FEED’s designs and products resonate with Philip. Therefore, it really is no surprise that he or she opted to use these companies’ products to produce the striking and menacing RX-7 the thing is before you. When FEED first came out using the Type 2R bumper, I liked it because it modernized the car, he says. I loved the subtly smoother lines of the front fenders and rear flares. The mix of those FEED aero pieces in addition to the RE-Amemiya Pro Carbon rear diffuser, and vented GT and hood wing supply the shapes and lines, with the dark shade of paint and Diamond Black Volk RE30s completing the menacing appearance of this Mazda RX-7. To power this dark beauty, Philip utilized a BNR Stage 3 turbo coupled to an HKS intake by having an A’pexi intercooler to keep air temps down. Exhaust gases travel through a Racing Beat downpipe and exit from the dual-tipped RE-Amemiya exhaust. An Adaptronic ECU, with tuning being done by Philip himself, handles rotary engine management. In fact, everything down to the colour change was completedThe physical attraction made him a fan, but it was actually the community who contributed greatly to his sticking around. To all of you who have ever dated an attractive woman, met her friends, and realized that they were annoying enough to help you become head another direction, raise the hands. OK, you guys know what I’m talking about. But this wasn’t the case for Philip. Philip says, I got into the cars as a result of community. I knew nothing about rotary vehicles when I bought my first FC back in 1998 and even less about my FD back 1999. It was local FD owners who helped me learn and lend a helping hand during my first FD build. The camaraderie and positivity in this community had such an effect on Philip that this inspired him to collaborate with fellow rotorhead David Jerome and yes it guy Kevin Henderson and start RotaryCarClub.com. And to bring the community closer, I started a rotary event called ‘Deals Gap Rotary Rally (DGRR)’, that will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Philip says. Pretty cool, don’t you feel? Well, it doesn’t stop there. The rotary engine is still unknown to many support and people for them is minimal in comparison to piston engine cars. My goal is always to make these cars seen to the new generation of show and individuals them how a 20-year-old car can keep up with new 100K plus cars on the road and track.

1993 mazda RX7 personal controlsthis specific FD Mazda RX-7 chassis for almost a decade, making it the longest he’s owned an FD chassis. That’s saying something given how many other chassis on the whole that he’s had. Philip has owned an ’88 RX-7 convertible, three different ’93 RX-7’s (a base, Touring, and R1 model), a ’94 FD, a ’72 RX-2 coupe, a ’73 RX-3 coupe, a ’91 Eunos Cosmo three-rotor, an ’85 RX-7 GLS-SE, an ’04 RX-8, and even an ’06 MX-5. So, this type of car with his fantastic relationship along with it is different than all the others, though it is very clear that his fascination with the rotary runs deep. This car taught me the way to continue to fall in love with a car-even after several years and several times when I thought I was done, Philip says. I’ve learned how to change the look of the vehicle every year so I can fall in love with it time and time again again. My goal is to continue my love for this car.

So, there you have it. The following is an enthusiast whose relationship with his car sounds like a love which is deep and ever-evolving, keeping it fresh and new. It sounds like Philip has finally found his one true love and therefore he has only eyes for this particular one car. I’m also building a ’94 Mazda RX-7 and a ’91 Eunos Cosmo, Philip says. Oh well . . . I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a few on the side to keep you busy.

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