Out of all of the JDM supercars of the early- to mid-‘90s, for some reason the third-generation Mazda RX-7 seems to still have a certain presence, look, and feel that make it just as cool and desirable today as it was 20 years ago. In our opinion, its styling doesn’t look quite as dated as, say, the MkIV Supra or R33 Skyline, and its twin-turbocharged 13B-REW rotary make it something of a special breed compared to the likes of the Supra and Skyline’s inline-six turbo.
There were around 70,000 FD RX-7s sold worldwide, but the very best examples still seem to come from the very place in which they were born – Japan. You undoubtedly caught some of our favorites in our ‘90s JDM Supercars of Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 gallery, but we’re going to highlight four of our favorites right here:
1. The Auto Rescue RX-7 has been a regular at time attack events over the last few years. The project includes partners such as Scoot and RE-Amemiya, which have come together to make it one competitive track car that still retains its native 13B-REW. Some new updates include Quantum Racing suspension, Exedy clutch, Brembo brakes, Advan Racing TCIII wheels, and RE’s GT widebody kit. We can’t ignore the addition of some massive carbon fiber aero like the front splitter, rear wing, and rear diffuser. This car definitely wins the “biggest wing” award!
2. Panspeed has been a name used in time attack for nearly a decade, having set records at Tsukuba and more with their demo FD3S. This particular FD features their widebody kit, plus its 13B has received upgrades from the likes of HKS and Blitz to make it a real screamer on the track.
3. Here’s a complete build from FEED (Fujita Engineering). Everything from the engine, drivetrain, chassis, and bodywork uses parts developed by FEED. Its 13B-REW has been upgraded to 620hp and its exterior wears FEED’s Afflux GT3 widebody kit. The wheels are 18x12-inch Advan RS-Ds.
4. This is quite possibly one of the oldest FDs still being used for shows today. Osamu Hagiwara, designer of Advan Wheels, owns it and every few years you’ll see this car resurface out of nowhere. We featured the FD in ’03 when it wore a C-West body kit and a PAL Sport rear wing and diffuser. Four years ago it reemerged at the ’13 Tokyo Auto Salon, however this year we think it looks best with minimal stickers and Advan RS-DF wheels. Perhaps we’ll see it again in 2021?