To a automotive purist, the concept of engine swapping seems kinda wrong and ...
To a automotive purist, the concept of engine swapping seems kinda wrong and pointless. However, even they would have to be amazed by the work put into this phenomenal 1986 Mazda RX7. The rotary engine is now gone, being replaced by the trusted LS power.
Comparing the power outputs of the two, it seemed like a no brainer. While the rotary engine was only good for about 130 horsepower, the bigger LS one sends around 400 to the wheels! Surprisingly, the weight remained pretty much unchanged, as this RX7 still sports a nearly ideal 50-50 distribution between front and rear axles. Additionally, the T56 gearbox was installed to complete the build.
With the curb weight of only 2,600 lbs, this beast simply flies down the road. When it comes to design, this RX7 leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s perfectly understandable, as it serves the purpose of a weekend racer just fine.
To find out more details about this terrific car, click on the video below and listen to Matt Farah as he takes it around narrow canyon roads!
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