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1994 Mazda RX-7 - Island Runner

Todd Christensen assembled an FD3S that gives him everything he wants, nothing he doesn't, all while looking good.

Andrew Beckford
Jul 27, 2016
Photographer: TChun Media

Don't worry – despite the title, we’re not going to fill this article with a bunch of Pidgin phrases just because this particular car is from Hawaii. That would be totally lolo, bruddah! Shit ... messed up already. Anyway, we want to get into this gorgeous and incredibly tasteful third-gen (FD3S) Mazda RX-7. The FD3S is much like finding a rare Pokemon in PokemonGO: they aren't seen in the wild often and once spotted people will often walk across traffic to get a closer look. Todd Christensen’s '94 RX-7 is no exception.

Engine bay Photo 2/39   |   Engine Bay

What really makes Todd's FD a cut above most comes from his personal mission to achieve balance with this build. Todd started with the engine; he wants to have significant but reliable power that is usable. He achieved this by getting rid of the stock twin-turbo configuration and opting for a single turbo set up based around a BorgWarner S360 turbo. An IR Performance exhaust manifold feeds the turbine; exhaust is further managed by dual Tial MV-S wastegates. Once the gasses are used up they are sent out via a downpipe also from IR Performance and finally exit through an A'PEXi GT Spec exhaust with a titanium tip. Incoming air is kept cool by a combination of island breezes and a Pettit Racing intercooler. An Adaptronic ECU supplemented with an HKS Twin-Power ignition amplifier work together to mange air, fuel, and ignition.

SSR GT V01 wheels Photo 6/39   |   SSR GT V01 Wheels

With all said and done, the total engine package currently churns out 383HP at 13psi of boost. That power is put down with the help of an ACT Prolite flywheel and ACT clutch. However, dyno tuning is still ongoing. Todd's goal is to reach a sweet spot of 400HP at 18psi. His setup is actually capable of maxing out at 500HP, though as we mentioned before Todd is after the reliable power and wants to keep the rotary engine's response crisp.

Chargespeed side skirt front fender Photo 10/39   |   Chargespeed Side Skirt Front Fender

As you can see from the pictures, as much attention was spent on the outside of this RX-7 as under its hood. Fitted with a Chargespeed widebody kit, the RX-7 becomes more muscular but not in the annoying Instagram posting, whey protein, meal planning, hashtag #MadGainzBro! kind of way. Oh, and if that last bit offends you, please send your hate-tweets to @SuperStreet.

Nardi Classic steering wheel Photo 14/39   |   Nardi Classic Steering Wheel

Moving on, a set of black SSR GTV01 wheels fill out the now wider wheel wells, while a carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber rear hatch from Seibon add some nice contrast to the FD's metallic grey finish. Extra flavor comes from a set of JDM taillights out back under the carbon fiber wing. HotWater Labs headlights and LED signals complete the look.

APR rear wing Photo 18/39   |   APR Rear Wing

Inside, a Nardi steering wheel mated to a Works Bell hub and an NRG quick release can be found in front of one of the two Bride EXAS III seats. All the important info is displayed via Mazdaspeed gauge cluster, with boost, water temp, oil temp, and fuel pressure being read through additional gauges from Speedhut.

JDM taillight Photo 22/39   |   JDM Taillight

The truth is there is way more bits on this car than there is room to talk about them in this piece. However, the big takeaway here is that Todd definitely deserves props for building a car that gives him everything he wants, nothing he doesn't, all while looking good.

Tuning Menu
Owner: Todd Christensen
Engine: BorgWarner S360 single turbo, IR Performance manifold and downpipe, dual Tial MV-S wastegates, Pettit Racing intercooler, HKS Twin Power ignition amplifier, HKS SSQV blow off valve, AEM air filter, Injector Dynamics ID2000 secondary injectors, Full Function Engineering fuel rail, Fuelab fuel pressure regulator, Supra fuel pump, custom aluminum radiator, Greddy radiator cap, Greddy compression tube, JDM lower and upper intake manifolds, Alex Rodriguez Motorsports ABS delete with line lock, Banzai Racing pulleys, Tweak-It idler pulley, IR Performance hi-output alternator, Carbing radiator panel, A’PEXi GT Spec exhaust with titanium tip extension, Banzai Racing engine mounts
Drivetrain: ACT clutch, ACT Prolite flywheel, JDM transmission
Engine Management: Adaptronic ECU
Footwork & Chassis: Greddy front strut tower brace, RE Amemiya rear tower brace, Banzai Racing transmission crossmember, Banzai Racing differential brace
Brakes: SakeBomb Garage lines
Wheels: SSR GT V01 wheels
Exterior: Chargespeed widebody kit, HotWater Labs headlights, HotWater Labs LED signals, JDM taillights, Seibon carbon TS hood, Seibon carbon hatch, APR carbon GT3 mirrors, carbon spoiler
Interior: Nardi Classic steering wheel, Works Bell steering wheel hub, NRG steering wheel quick release, Bride EXAS III Seats, Takata Drift III harnesses, Widefoot Racing pedal extender, SakeBomb Garage passenger footrest, EVO-R carbon door panels, Mazdaspeed gauge cluster, FlyRX7 gauge pod, Speedhut boost, water temp, oil temp, and fuel pressure gauges, Innovate MTXL wideband with custom column mount, JDM armrest, RedlineGoods shift and parking brake boots, JL Audio speakers and sub, Pioneer head unit

Rear fender Photo 26/39   |   Rear Fender
Profile Chargespeed front left fender Photo 39/39   |   Profile Chargespeed Front Left Fender
By Andrew Beckford
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