One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the opportunity I've been given to meet so many different people around the globe while building so many various relationships. Ranging from all ages, just about every owner is different and has their own unique story and personality. Some turn out to be long-term relationships, others turn out to be one-time acquaintances I hope to never see again (sorry guys). The owner of this timeless RX-7 on the other hand, is one of those individuals I'm sure I'll keep in touch with for the rest of my life.
I originally met Eric Brimer about two years ago in Atlanta at a local car meet while scouting for possible feature cars during my previous freelance reign. Upon approaching Eric I quickly found out two things. First, was that his Montego Blue FD had already been featured in our sister publication Modified Magazine during its H.I.N. stages. And second, that he was actually currently serving time in a correctional facility for a real deal Willy Wonka operation catching up with him. How was he at a car meet if he was serving time, you ask? Well my fellow readers, there's this thing called "work release" and it's for inmates that have displayed good behavior—and you can bet your ass Eric was using his granted time to sneak off and attend the little powwow. A die-hard individual he is. And our edginess instantly clicked.
From that moment on Eric and I always kept in touch. I was always looking for an opportunity to shoot his car and he was always looking for a way to update it enough for it to be re-featured. Truthfully, there was a lot that needed to be done. The Sparco seats had surely aged, and though his old Volks were in immaculate condition, the wheels had been played for some time. Though we were consistently in communication, there was a lot of talk and not much going on for the first year or so of our relationship, but once Eric was finally released to a prohibitory state the ball started rolling and the games began.
One of the main re-building points of the project was to keep it as simple and elegant as possible. Even as much as I would try to convince Eric to absolutely slammer his FD for my own viewing pleasures, he would not budge. Believe it or not, this wild individual's 10-year-old baby has only 33k original miles on it. And he plans to keep it fresh to death (no pun intended). That means no hella stance that'll irreversibly ruin his fenders, no insane out of this world engine mods ensuring the rotary motor will always run strong and no unnecessary over the top body accents. Who could blame him? The FD is an iconic chassis. And since when has tastefully done ever been a problem?
With just about every aspect of the car being revamped within the past year from the wheels to the interior, the engine is really the only thing that has been left untouched since the first time around. With a GReddy T78 blower producing around 420 to the wheels, Eric still feels he has more than enough power to have fun without sliding back into prison. The hood was replaced with OEM carbon, the trunk lost its massive tail, and the shoes represent a timeless, refined style we can't deny.
Though I'm probably not allowed to elaborate on the insanity of Eric's personality and the depths of our shenanigans, the most interesting part of this build has to be the aspect of how such an out of control character can own such a righteous piece of history, and have the maturity to keep it that way. With that being said, there is no doubt in my mind we will see this car gracing our pages again in another 10 years. Keep your eyes and ears open folks, you never know who you'll meet out there.
Power 420whp, 346 lb-ft of torque
Engine 1.3L 13b street port single turbo rotary; GReddy T78 turbo and intercooler; 3mm apex seals; RC Engineering 750cc injectors; 1600cc secondary injectors, Aeromotive fuel pump and pressure regulator; Blitz BOV; Fluidyne radiator; A'PEXi dual N1 exhaust; Mahdavi Motorsports intercooler piping
Engine Management GReddy Profec boost controller; A'PEXi Power FC
Drivetrain ACT lightened flywheel and street clutch
Footwork & Chassis Tokico Illumina shocks; Eibach springs; Mazdaspeed rear sway bar
Wheels & Tires 18x9" (f), 18x10" (r) Enkei RFP1 Wheels; 245/40 R18 (f), 265/35 R18 (r) Nexen N3000 tires
Exterior Montego Blue paint; Mazdaspeed front bumper; Mazdatrix side skirts; OEM carbon-fiber hood and aero latches; RE Amemiya rear diffuser, projector lights and side mirrors
Interior Bride seats; GR steering wheel; Auto Meter Cobalt series 52mm boost, air/fuel gauge, water temp, fuel pressure and oil gauges
Thanks You Sam Mahdavi & Mahdavi Motorsports; Phil Sohn; Mr. Kramer; and my buddy Matthew Jones