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The Beast From The Far East

22nd March 2018 — by Chris O'Mahoney

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PeopleReviews

The Beast From The Far East

22nd March 2018 — by Chris O'Mahoney

 

The Rx-7 has been iconic since the release of the first generation in 1978, but arguably the model that sticks in most of our minds is the FD, the third iteration of the rotary powered beauty. Featured in films such as F&F: Tokyo Drift, it has always been a perfect platform for car enthusiasts with huge potential.

 

Already on the hunt for a new project, when Sean saw this particular FD back in 2016 being imported by Japwest Mods, his petrolhead juices started flowing. Growing up with the likes of “Need For Speed”, modifying cars is pretty well ingrained within him; not to mention he’s also got a track ready Rx8 for when he feels like going sideways round corners.

As you’ve probably noticed his Rx-7 isn’t exactly standard. He is currently rocking a full Rocket Bunny kit giving it some serious presence. For this huge widebody to work there’s got to be some serious rubber under the arches; to the tune of some 14.5J Weds Kranze ERMs on the rear, with 10Js up front; both wrapped with Toyo R888 Semi Slicks. It isn’t just the insane -43 et offset on the rears, Sean has thought of everything, with stickers and wheel hardware, both colour matched in a stunning bronze that really catches the eye.

But this isn’t just an all show and no go Rx-7 Although never dynoed, at a guess Sean reckons it’s running around 300bhp through the Twin Turbo, streetported 13b engine, with that incredible noise to go along with it. Sean made it very clear though, there is a lot of room for more power gains, so seeing what he might do is definitely worth the wait. Alongside the meaty rubber on the wheels, the car is lowered on CST coilovers, helping Sean get the power down. oh’ and to give it that incredible stance!

Having spent 4 months and 2 shows organising this shoot, I’m sure you’ll agree, it was worth the wait. This isn’t the end of this Rx-7 (although it nearly parted ways) as Sean assures me. So keep your eyes peeled around the shows this season; it’ll definitely be worth the wait.

Chris O'Mahoney