Mazda Raceway

Round by lap I watched as this FD3S RX-7 tore up the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It glided elegantly through the vertices and cut the famous corkscrew, taking something of my heart with it as the power was reapplied. A distinct rumble on downshifting and an absolute roar as speed increased; Even from a distance, you could tell that it was a well sorted machine.

After the long day at Laguna Seca, I asked the owner, Drew, to put aside his masterpiece for closer inspection. The sun went over the Pacific Ocean right on the other side of the hills surrounding the track, so we had to move fast.

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The best thing about this RX-7 This is something that many, if not most, of your average everyday race cars miss: the interplay of function and form in one balanced style. Nothing is exaggerated, and nothing is undercut. Of the more than 100 cars on the OnGrid track day, that would be the one I would most like to bring home.

I sat down for an interview to get an idea of ​​where Drew came from and why he made the decisions he made on this build.

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His Mazda is certainly a car that looks and feels at home on the racetrack, but on the road and at shows it's still an eye-catcher. The attention to detail contributes to the incremental aesthetics (male) and the outstanding performance.

Inside and Out

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External, items such as the '99 UK-spec bumper lights and Shine Burnout front bumper, side skirts, and rear diffuser make this one outstanding. Apart from the (very) big Voltex Type 7 rear wing, it's a conservative set-up that enhances all of those wonderful swooping & # 39; s body lines we love without being bothersome.

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As far as the interior is concerned, it's the same story: very well thought out and complete, this car does not just seem to be an all-rounder, it really is Drew has been driving this thing for almost two years before settling down for a dedicated daily driver.

So, the build list is long and includes parts like Kevlar-shelled B Drive Gias seats, a Works Bell Tilt Hub, and a hefty subwoofer that's well hidden.


Of course, Drew's plans never got in the way of the car and the right security items were for a peace of min d at the track. In addition, a Miracle Crossbar has been added to stiffen the chassis.

Like the Aero Setup, a legitimate brake, wheel, a The tire's setup is required to scrape off the seconds on each road course. Drew did not hesitate in this section, opting for a square setup in which 18 Γ— 10 inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37RT wheels were wrapped in sticky Toyo R1R rubber.

To stop the forward motion, the RX-7 now benefits from an AP Large Brake System with stainless steel brake lines all around.

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It is quite obvious that a tremendous amount of work has been done here. You can not always do everything yourself, and a building like this needs good friends. Drew was anxious to point out those who had lent him a hand over the years.

Together, they took this car from a rough, old Mazda and turned it into a mighty wake weapon. Not only that, all the kinks have been ironed out to create a car that is a workable and reliable daily driver.

There is no replacement …

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And that's exactly what Drew has given him, this must be one of my favorite V8 swaps, the factory's Corvette color combination matches the red accents around the car, and the engine compartment is full of functional details, which have been made to look just fine.

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Coupled with a beefy T56 gearbox, with which the driver interacts via an MGW shifter, the feel of this car behind the wheel is unreal. The Chevrolet V8, which supports long strokes of Spoolin Performance with a long tube and a custom exhaust from Veloximo, has become one of the preferred aspects of Drew.


Surprisingly, his other favorite thing about the car has just been preserved and driven by car, be it with the wife, with the winding mountain passes or on the racetrack to the grocery store, that is completely and thoroughly built through and through.


Although it was almost completely dark at this time, I could not stop taking photos of the car perched on the hill above Laguna Seca.

One of the best cars ever built, Drew has improved its FD3S in almost every way. The result is simply irresistible.

Trevor Yale Ryan
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