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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I did ask him why he didn't just transplant in a SB V8 and he said he wanted to keep it "all Mazda", but with all those bolt-ons and mods, doesn't that kill the "all Mazda" argument anyway?

Still, that crazy amount of boost was pretty fun, I have to admit.


Something about the powerplant seems to be the sticking point in the minds of Marque Loyalists. Probably why we never saw RX7 Scarabs(Billy I can feel you googling that as I type:)) and what not. Funny though. You can change every other thing from tranny to suspension but the motor is somehow sacred.

Still the Mazda 6 might have been the way to go. Wonder what the actual weight difference is?

 

I remember back in the 80's the Porsche guys were borrowing crosses from the Klan and looking for the guy who Dropped a Rat into a 911 chassis. Lucas Kinsler injection and all.

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The motor is the heart and soul of a car.  Sometimes, it's why you buy the car.  Why else would anyone buy a RX7?

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Careful now - the RX-7 *is* sacred, it was the car that single-handedly saved the 1980s from causing the extinction of the affordable 2-seat sports car. Without the RX-7, the Nissan Z would probably have eventually weighed the same as a Lincoln Towncar. The RX-7 was what the Porsche 924 should have been but never was.

Yes, Mazda ended-up ruining the RX-7 just like Nissan ruined the Z-car, but at least for a brief decade or so, we had good sports cars we could actually own instead of just posters of ones we couldn't own...

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Careful now - the RX-7 *is* sacred, it was the car that single-handedly saved the 1980s from causing the extinction of the affordable 2-seat sports car. Without the RX-7, the Nissan Z would probably have eventually weighed the same as a Lincoln Towncar. The RX-7 was what the Porsche 924 should have been but never was.

Yes, Mazda ended-up ruining the RX-7 just like Nissan ruined the Z-car, but at least for a brief decade or so, we had good sports cars we could actually own instead of just posters of ones we couldn't own...

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Yours was obviously not the 79 version with the GLC brakes:)

 

Actually you are dead on. I am afraid that in order to see the likes of a 240Z or RX7 re appear to give a new generation a look at the bare bones sport car, we will have to start looking to Korea.

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Well, I had the much improved 1980 version with electronic ignition - but the 1980 still had the cheesy rear drum brakes...
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Thread Starter 
the new MX-5 will weigh the same as the NA, very impressive
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Here's the most important question on the Miata: Is it now OK for a hetero guy to be seen driving one?
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Here's the most important question on the Miata: Is it now OK for a hetero guy to be seen driving one?


HA!

 

No:ph34r:

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I think that was fixed when they dropped the "Miata" name.
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Now that's a car :

 

 

It's a very nice channel by the way. They might not have the technical literacy of, say, an EVO, but they have a really nice way of presenting the cars in an advantageous way, to let you know how they make one feels rather than simply how they drive.

 

Cool stuff.

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Well as all the Mazdoids are out, what better than a 12 rotor wankel to strap on to your favourite vehicle.

 

http://www.12rotor.com/

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You looked at that page, and all you saw was a 12 rotor Wankel? blink.gif Please turn-in your bro card...


- Warning, the following is a Non-Sequitur -

For some reason, I find this video oddly mesmerizing...
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Yeah well. A boat fiend friend of mine put me on to it so the Bikini's are just part of the whole exercise thing.

He actually has a better page marked but cannot get it to me.

Damn thing was listing around 380 hp at 3k or something with over 700 lbs ft torque . The torque numbers throughout the range were unbelievable..

Oh yeah, there were more bikini's too.:)

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I did like this line:
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Turbo-charged 50 lbs boost (race fuel 116 octane) 5400 hp Drag race version at 11,000 rpm

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BTW, did you also see this rotary?
http://www.enginelabs.com/news/military-may-adapt-unique-liquidpiston-rotary-engine-on-jp-8-fuel/

Very cool, I really like the 3 chamber/rotor design.
Edited by billybob_jcv - Today at 4:44 pm
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That is one slick little motor. Running on bug spray I wonder what the fuel efficiency is. Must be pretty high if they are considering it for Genny useage.

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