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Don't Try This At Home: Fire Breathing 500hp Mazda RX-7 Poses For Epic Photoshoot

Former JDM FD3S time attack competitor finds a new home in Spain.

Sam Du
Oct 21, 2020
Photographer: Alex Stroker

They say, "a picture is worth a thousand words" and this photo set of a 1997 Mazda RX-7 certainly lives up to the 'ol adage and more. Alex Stroker, better known as @strokerphoto on Instagram, is one of the best up-and-coming photographers from Europe that I've met in the last couple of years and he's certainly a certifiable magician when it comes to retouching images. I mean, just take a long look at these gorgeous captures which take place in a rather boring industrial/business parking lot; however, Alex has brought them to life using his uncanny talents behind the camera and computer.

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As for the FD3S, well, it's an ex-time attack car from Top Fuel Racing Japan that's found a new home in Madrid, Spain. The new owner goes by "Panda" and he's kept the car true to its roots by retaining the 500hp street-ported and turbocharged 13B-REW two rotor built by Top Fuel. It also has a high-quality laundry list of parts that still make it a beast at any proper road course, for example, the race-spec Aragosta coilovers, SARD sway bars, Brembo brakes and functional carbon aero.

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Top Fuel Racing retired this RX-7 several years ago and they can be rest assured that it's in good hands with all its original ingredients intact and the rotary well-maintained. Perhaps they didn't figure it would receive so much attention on social media and become a bona fide JDM posterchild. For that, they have Alex Stroker to thank.

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By Sam Du
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Don't Try This At Home: Fire Breathing 500hp Mazda RX-7 Poses For Epic Photoshoot
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Car: 1997 Mazda RX-7 Type R
Owner: Panda
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Instagram: @croqueta_indignada2
Power: 500hp
Engine 1.3-liter 13B-REW two-rotor engine built by Top Fuel Racing including street port, three-piece apex seals, ignition wires, lightweight pulleys, intake, front pipe, intercooling piping, coolant air-separator system, exhaust, V-mount intercooler, oil pick-up; TRUST TD-07-25G turbo, external wastegate, manifold, dual oil coolers; Koyo radiator; GReddy oil breather tank; dual fuel pumps; SARD adjustable fuel pressure regulator
Drivetrain: OS Giken five-speed close ratio gearbox, clutch, lightweight flywheel; ATS limited-slip differential and 4.7 final drive; RSP gearbox sump
Engine Management: A'PEXi Power FC with Commander hand controller
Footwork & Chassis: Aragosta coilovers; SARD front and rear sway bars
Brakes: Brembo F50 calipers and two-piece rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18-inch Enkei RPF1 wheels; 275/35R18 Dunlop Direzza tires
Exterior: Mazdaspeed GTC front bumper; Top Fuel Racing carbon fiber front diffuser, canards, fender panels, side skirts, rear wing; RE Amemiya front fenders, hood, light conversion, rear diffuser, vortex generators; R Magic rear fenders; HPI Lexan rear windows; Ganador carbon fiber mirrors; FRP hatch; Spirit R Titanium Grey Metallic paint
Interior: Top Fuel Racing welded-in rollcage; Bride bucket seats; Personal steering wheel; custom carbon dash and center console; HKS EVC 5 boost controller and Circuit Attack Counter; Defi gauges; carbon fiber gauge holder; battery relocated behind passenger seat

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