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post #3526 of 7179
I don't think any of the P-Zero line were known for tread life - especially not when you put them on very light cars with gobs or hp and torque! tongue.gif
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-MAZDA-COSMO-EUNOS-RX7-20B-3-ROTOR-ENGINE-TWIN-TURBO-WIRE-ECU-RX-7-FD3S-FC3S-/121128883647

That's not unreasonable, but there's one in Chattanooga for $5k, sans tranny, that even comes with a warranty. We can probably get it for ~$4500.

 

I stand corrected then. It's quite reasonably priced.

 

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Incidentally, the first set of tires on mine are toast (Pirelli P-Zero Corsas), mostly from driving with the TC off, redface.gif so we ordered some Michelin Super Sports to replace them. They should have similar grip, if not better, but with substantially better tread life.

 

I heard from my friend's mechanic that Pirelli P-Zeros have problems in high climate regions mainly that its performance and tread life is greatly reduced in hot weather countries like Jakarta. Is that true?

BTW, my friend's mechanic owns a garage and he tunes and preps racing cars, he has a lot of experience. Once, there was a bright green Ford Focus RS arriving at his shop and he told me that he personally tuned that car for 500HP at the front wheels. Also, in his garage sits a car that every collector will be envious about. I can't tell what it is because it's the only one in the whole country and the owner of that car doesn't want to sell it.

post #3528 of 7179
Thread Starter 
http://jalopnik.com/571536282

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Woman And Husband Die In Horrific Parking Accident In China

The simple act of parking a car went horribly awry in China last week, resulting in an accident that killed the driver and her husband and left their 6-year-old daughter orphaned, according to news reports. P

The Qianjiang Evening News, as recounted by the Global Post, reported that a 41-year-old driver who had recently obtained her license was practicing backing up her Lexus RX270 in an underground garage in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province on June 18. P

As her husband directed her from behind, she accidentally backed up too far and pinned him against the garage wall, the newspaper reported. Things got worse after that — when she heard his screams, she accelerated to try and go forward, but did not realize she was still in reverse and backed up further, killing him instantly. P

While doing that, the woman had her head out her window. When she backed up, she got her head stuck between the car and a wall beside the parking space. She later died at a hospital of her injuries, the newspaper reported.P

The worst part? The couple's 6-year-old daughter was in the car at the time, and she witnessed the entire thing. P

Unfathomably horrible. There are no words for this.

I'm just... how in the? What was? There really are no words. blink.gif
post #3529 of 7179

That's the strangest thing I've heard all week, and likely to be the saddest as well. confused_face.gifblink.gif

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http://jalopnik.com/571536282
I'm just... how in the? What was? There really are no words. blink.gif

 

OK, that sounded like a Final Destination script or something. blink.gif

 

I will refrain myself from using stereotypes such as "women can't drive" and/or "Asians can't drive" (I'm Asian BTW and I CAN drive) but that surely is a case of idiotic decisions. First of all, why did her husband stood behind the car? And who in their right mind would stick his/her head out when there are clearly two big walls on that parking space. I feel more sorry for their 6 year old daughter than her parents.

And the Lexus RX270 comes with parking sensors as standard right?

 

So what I learned from this story: If one day I have a wife, I will teach her how to drive a manual first.

post #3531 of 7179
OK - so a few questions & observations come to mind:

1) Why in gawd's name would a new driver be practicing in a spot where you could hit not one, but *two* walls?
2) Clearly, the husband couldn't drive either - or he would have coached her to NEVER stick your head out the window to look behind you.
3) Before learning how to park, it is probably a good idea to first learn the difference between the gas and the brake pedals.
4) This is cruel, but I really wish these people had been doing this practice BEFORE having a child - then it would have simply been an example of Evolution In Action - it is unfortunate that the genes from these two continue to be in the human gene pool.
post #3532 of 7179
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Yes, it's very chilling. I suppose I'm confused because; one, the car does have parking sensors and they're quite effective (my Cayenne uses an almost identical system and it works well), and two, the Lexus also has a rear camera, which automatically engages on the center display when you go into reverse, eliminating the need for a person to stick their head out the window. I'm absolutely baffled by the sequence of events, a tremendous amount of stupid must have gone off at the same time for this tragedy to occur. My heart goes out to the kid for being a witness to it all.




We went ahead and bought the Mazda 20B-REW rotary and a 996 Carrera 2 transaxle for the Delorean. It's more than the other options, but it's practically a direct replacement. After talking with my guys I think that's where we're going, also we'll grab the 996 suspension components too, since it's a salvage, for this or future projects. If you're going to do it, might as well go all out. Smiley Says Yes emoticon - smiley-says-yes-emoticon.gif
Edited by Magick Man - 6/25/13 at 12:14pm
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Yes, it's very chilling. I suppose I'm confused because; one, the car does have parking sensors and they're quite effective (my Cayenne uses an almost identical system and it works well), and two, the Lexus also has a rear camera, which automatically engages on the center display when you go into reverse, eliminating the need for a person to stick their head out the window. I'm absolutely baffled by the sequence of events, a tremendous amount of stupid must have gone off at the same time for this tragedy to occur. My heart goes out to the kid for being a witness to it all.




We went ahead and bought the Mazda 20B-REW rotary and a 996 Carrera 2 transaxle for the Delorean. It's more than the other options, but it's practically a direct replacement. After talking with my guys I think that's where we're going, also we'll grab the 996 suspension components too, since it's a salvage, for this or future projects. If you're going to do it, might as well go all out. Smiley Says Yes emoticon - smiley-says-yes-emoticon.gif


I still half believe that parking story to be a fabrication. It is just unfathomable.

 

That 20B solution might actually make the D a decent little touring car. I will be interested to hear your driving impressions.

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We went ahead and bought the Mazda 20B-REW rotary and a 996 Carrera 2 transaxle for the Delorean. It's more than the other options, but it's practically a direct replacement. After talking with my guys I think that's where we're going, also we'll grab the 996 suspension components too, since it's a salvage, for this or future projects. If you're going to do it, might as well go all out. Smiley Says Yes emoticon - smiley-says-yes-emoticon.gif

 

I'm most intrigued to hear how this car will turn out. I've heard that the naturally aspirated rotaries need to be kept up in the rev band because they don't have much in the way of low end torque, but a twin turbo setup may well do wonders for it.

post #3535 of 7179
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I'm most intrigued to hear how this car will turn out. I've heard that the naturally aspirated rotaries need to be kept up in the rev band because they don't have much in the way of low end torque, but a twin turbo setup may well do wonders for it.

The good news is that a rotary *likes* to be revved high - my stock 12A motor would quite happily bang the 7K rev limit, and I know the tuners regularly had them hitting 10 or 11K.
post #3536 of 7179
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The good news is that a rotary *likes* to be revved high - my stock 12A motor would quite happily bang the 7K rev limit, and I know the tuners regularly had them hitting 10 or 11K.


The Racing Beat guys used to run em up to 12K which was impressive(and you do not ever want to hear one sans exhuast!).

 

Impressive until I stuck my head in the AAR garage and found Gurney has those 4cyl twincam Toyotas turning 14Keek.gif

post #3537 of 7179
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

We went ahead and bought the Mazda 20B-REW rotary and a 996 Carrera 2 transaxle for the Delorean. It's more than the other options, but it's practically a direct replacement. After talking with my guys I think that's where we're going, also we'll grab the 996 suspension components too, since it's a salvage, for this or future projects. If you're going to do it, might as well go all out. Smiley Says Yes emoticon - smiley-says-yes-emoticon.gif

 

YES!!!!

And bridgeport it for more "BRAP BRAP" Rotary goodness action! biggrin.gif

post #3538 of 7179
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The Racing Beat guys used to run em up to 12K which was impressive(and you do not ever want to hear one sans exhuast!).

Impressive until I stuck my head in the AAR garage and found Gurney has those 4cyl twincam Toyotas turning 14K:eek:

Speaking of Racing Beat (had not heard that name in a while!)
http://www.racingbeat.com/RX7-1975-1985/Complete-Race-Engines/Engine.html
post #3539 of 7179
I found an odd connection for you...

The Delorean Motor Company was born after John Delorean purchased the Thiokol Snowcat company. This was a subdivision of the same Thiokol company that made the solid rocket boosters for the Space Shuttle. Long before John Delorean, a Thiokol Snowcat Spryte was used to create one of the most famous vehicles to ever travel across the galaxy: The "Chariot" from Lost In Space! MagicK - I'm all a-tingle for you - your DMC-12 came from the SAME factory as the Chariot!!!



http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/01/the-chariot-from-lost-in-space.html
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LOST IN TEXAS                                     not quite as bad as lost in space.

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