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Tough rotary love: Mazda RX-7 R2

Autoweek test editor Jonathan wanted a Mazda RX-7 the age of 10. He made his dream a reality years of careful preparation. by Chris Amos.

Before his car, Wong came up a list of parameters: it needed to be a Mazda RX-7 R2, and it had to be silver. 99 such cars were by Chris Amos.

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It was a cold and November morning in 2003 an Intercity Lines semi-truck up in front of my house in southeastern The bounty that was to be unloaded the 18-wheeler into the possession of a me was a 1994 Mazda RX- 7 R2.

Leading up to morning was my long obsession Mazda’s third-generation RX- 7, kick-started in when a Montego Blue model appeared a block from my childhood home. At 10 old, I was so captivated by its looks I rode my red Diamondback mountain past it on a daily basis and sure to catch a glimpse of it out the bus window each morning.

The following years were with RX- 7 knowledge-seeking through car picking the brain of my mechanical-engineer who gave me my first crash on the Wankel rotary engine and an Internet that was just to host car stuff. I was the seventh of the RX7Club.com message board, and the site boasts 167,543

During that time I about the car’s foibles, what needed to be done to its twin-turbocharged 13B rotary reliable and my dream RX- 7 on paper. First, it had to be a R2 model painted Silverstone Next it had to be a car that wasn’t to oblivion.

These requirements proved hurdles as Mazda only a total of 99 silver R2s into the

Finding the right car was just the as the subpar cooling system need to be addressed to keep the finicky engine from and possibly blowing. Of course, was a conservative list of desired modifications. After a few years of searching, I came in contact Shawn Fanning through the rotary community.

An RX- 7 fanatic, is best known for writing the file-sharing program Napster. He numerous RX-7s, one of which was a Silverstone metallic R2 that I come to buy in 2003.

The car was almost what I had in mind, being a example with a strong An M2 aluminum radiator was installed with some other such as an M2 medium intercooler, downpipe, high-flow fuel and a remapped ECU. On the suspension GAB eight-way adjustable shocks Eibach springs were on the car in of the already-stiff stock R2 components.

I made a couple of other such as replacing the giant dual N1 exhaust with a Racing Beat dual-tip and swapping staggered 18-inch for 17-inch SSR Competitions in an effort to my tire budget over the run.

That last proved wise, as I wore out a set of every year going to and open track days#8212;I going to wait 10 years for the car and not it hard.

Autocrosses are affordable but the car’s turbo lag makes it to tighter courses, while ideal on more open Weekend track-time is great, but I that I most often do sessions at GingerMan Raceway in Haven, Mich. during At the tail end of my college career, I a lot of classes to run my car at the track.

Today, my superiors know to that I’ll take a few off of work as Autoweek’s road editor once track arrives in the Midwest.

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But RX- 7 ownership always been easy and certainly more difficult owning a car with a conventional engine. When something wrong on a 19-year-old rotary-powered taking it to a local garage is out of the question. Not many people how to work on them, and if you don’t a specialist nearby, you’re on own.

Luckily, the online community is large, knowledgeable and to tap into when problems

As a Mazdaspeed Motorsports member, I can parts at a discounted price from Mazda. I keep costs reasonable by doing my own and I just accept that occasionally bust a knuckle in the tight engine bay.

My upkeep regimen is probably with oil changes after track day and new spark plugs, and fuel filters installed year. No drive begins the engine getting up to operating When I arrive at my destination, I let the cool for a minute before I the car off, which could be by installing a turbo timer.

And any good rotary owner, I a watchful eye on the water-temp gauge, and a spare quart of oil in my trunk at all

Is the car a pain? Yes, it is. But when running well on track or a late-night run on empty country it’s all worth it.

That along with a humming engine note, punch, tight chassis, responsive steering, and body that still hold up today make owning a RX- 7 special.

This article appeared in the Feb. 4, 2013 of Autoweek . To get Autoweek delivered to door biweekly, click .

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