Sure, the 21st century is a great time—iPhone 6, 4K television, the infinite amount of information, the Scion FR-S...we have it good! However, it's argued that the '90s was the last great decade. The culture, the music, Michael Jordan, and most importantly, the cars at that time were and still are unrivaled. One of the most undisputed popular cars that came about was the third-generation Mazda RX-7 FD. The lightweight FD3S chassis quickly became a popular platform, whether it was with its original 13B rotary or mated with something as crazy as an RB26DET. Here's a look at our favorite Mazda RX-7 FD builds to grace our mags (click below subheads for link to full FD3S feature).
By day, the man who built this car saves lives as a surgeon. Japan as we know it is a society with high expectations. To avoid karoshi (death by overwork), Dr. Wada takes his FD out to Tsukuba to escape and calm his nerves. Dr. Wada is one of the few people who have been featured more than once in Super Street, but his blue Garage Kagotani 500hp track car has to be our favorite rendition.
More than likely, you've heard the name Super Autobacs. The store that started back in '74 was the equivalent to our Pep Boys—only it didn't suck. These guys were rocking widebody kits before most of you were born. Even though it's been close to a decade since this car was featured, the RE Amemiya RX-7 built by Autobacs still shits on many projects built today.
Purists, read no further. Everything about this build makes you want to scream extreme—a FEED front bumper, custom widebody and a controversial Nissan RB26 under the bonnet. The engine swap was a headache, but we're sure it was worth it when all 800 ponies come to life. Bravo, Karl!
This FD was built by Aoki-san from Garage Revolution. Everyone uses their home track as proving grounds. California has Laguna Seca, Germany has the Nurburgring; for this particular car, its home is Tsukuba in Japan. With all the radical modifications and a good driver behind the wheel, it clocked 56.094 seconds. Do you even Revolution?!
This RX-7 blurs the lines of being a street and a race car. While it's registered to be driven on public roads, it can also lap the Fuji Speedway in 1:49.617. Fukuoh can add more power to it and more extreme aero, but why ruin the balance of the car? He'd rather refine the suspension to push for faster times.