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Rotary Buzz: Re-amemiya#8217;s 20b Europa

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on from Amemiya-san announcement year that the NA-7 be his final RX-7 based I’m sure I wasn’t the only one what on earth he would up with for this year’s It’s become almost a for RE-Amemiya to create some of crazy car for TAS, and for 2013 doesn’t even begin to what everyone’s favorite sporting, rotary-master brought to the

The fact that the car wasn’t a Mazda no doubt raised a few with the more … fans out there, but hey with preferring to concentrate on clean engines right now, we can take our hats off to Amemiya-san for something different. And amazingly it a Toyota 86! To find out more, a few after the show, we headed to the shop in Tokyo.

Mike be bringing you a little tour of small workshop, the place all of Amemiya’s demo cars and cars have been

But it was this tiny little car we were all there to see, a hybrid interpretation of the Lotus

…sculpted and built in the way only would know how.

you would be forgiven to confuse the end with an FD Super GReddy running 911 headlights, there is no that rump is pure Amemiya-san built upon the rear styling by giving defined fenders, round cut arches rather than the shaped original items…

…as as a redesigned engine cover. The car was put to celebrate RE-Amemiya’s 35th and has got nothing to do with Ama-san’s Europa project from the ; they are two different cars.

The similarities is that they are rotary powered, except the old project ran a 13B…

…this boasts a 20B engine swap.

like the NA-7 from year, the Europa takes the aspirated route, because put, with a curb of just over 700 kg there really a need for big power or The 20B provides the sort of linear delivery a lightweight car like would benefit from…

off with that unmistakable sound. The most incredible about the Europa is that it was all put in just over a month. went to work on the chassis reinforcing the tubular frame, moving onto making the fit just right.

The compact dimensions of the 20B meant there was plenty of space to fit it as far as possible within the Europa’s but the biggest hurdle was finding gearbox to use. After of discussion and research Ama-san and his decided to go with a 5-speed transmission from a BG Subaru This ‘box was the perfect as they could use the front output to drive the wheels and cap off the of the housing where, on a Legacy, is transferred towards the rear What Ama-san had to do was fabricate an plate of the right thickness to up the transmission correctly…

…as well as a subframe at the rear to hold it all in Above you can also see where the has been closed off. a custom transaxle driveline!

One of the concerns on any rotary engine is especially on naturally aspirated This is because the intake are located directly on top of the exhaust requiring serious heat to alleviate heat soak the intake manifold as much as Aside from thick baffling, Ama-san threw on amounts of gold heat

…as well as making sure the exhaust was wrapped all the way from the

…to the main silencer, which has been covered in that gold stuff.

A secondary silencer has even been because apparently a naturally 20B is quite loud! RE-Amemiya about 300 HP from the engine, but the car hasn’t even been yet it’s just a guesstimate at the

The suspension was completely redone the stock Lotus arms by custom sway bars…

a set of adjustable Quantum dampers.

The is something very special, an bay that you find yourself in its smallest detail.

Cooling is care of by a modern aluminium boasting a nice and thick as well as two extractor fans. how quickly it was all put together, the attention to is quite impressive, as you can see by the wet carbon above that hides the and other ancillaries.

With all the mechanical things care of, Ama-san was left the body, an area of the car that he shapes, moulds and paints While Lotus fanatics out will cringe to see their car modified in such a way, is no denying that the front end works rather well. As pointed out, the 911 lights up sitting in an almost cross-eyed sort of  resembling the front end of a Aero 8!

Like all RE-Amemiya the Europa rides on a set of Enkei gold RPF1s in 8Jx17″…

with a nice and sticky set of Neova AD08s, 215/40R17 and rear.

Easily seen the spokes are the AP Racing front a vintage set of 4-pots that in the day used to be quite popular in racing. They are mated to Endless discs and performance from the same brand. The end is stabilized with a set of RX-7 and Endless rotors.

I found it interesting how Ama-san to successfully integrate modern day cues like side and an integrated front splitter the Europa’s classic shape. A bespoke creation.

The modern is carried over into the which has very little in with the original car.

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In I think it was only the door that had been left

Along with a custom dashboard the rest of the interior has kept very simple and with an obvious racing starting with the tiny steering wheel…

…and the dash display.

Seeing is almost no visibility through the rear window, a small LCD screen was added onto the part of the dash, at the flick of a engaging…

…the rear camera to give a better of what’s happening behind.

The carpeted cockpit is a very place to be in, provided you can actually Even if you do mange to wiggle inside…

…you will have to clear the narrow buckets.

Only JDM-sized body need apply.

So there you it. Ama-san stuck to his word and up with a very unique to celebrate his 35-years as one of the most figures in the rotary world. I hope RE-Amemiya complete car and take it to some track as I’m sure I’m not the only one that to see this Europa in action!

. 20B custom swap, custom mounts, KN cone air filter, one off exhaust headers, one off titanium system with twin RE-Amemiya ECU

Driveline:  BG Subaru 5-speed transmission, custom mounts subframe, upgraded

Suspension Brakes: Adjustable Quantum RE-Amemiya custom sway AP Racing 4-pot calipers, rear calipers, Endless pads all round

Wheels Enkei RPF1 8Jx17″, Advan Neova AD08

Exterior:  RE-Amemiya one off body, 911 conversion IPF LED taillights

Interior: Low Max RE-Amemiya bucket seats, steering wheel, custom dashboard, LCD dash/data logger, LCD for rear view camera

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