Introducing Project FC RX-7!


With the help of a few local members, I recently picked up the official track car for This black beauty is a 1990 Mazda RX-7 GTU. As you can see, the stock rotary is non-existent and the passenger fender is missing. This makes for the perfect starting point as I have no desire to build a rotary (no offense rotary guys). The car has a clean title and it appears to have never been in an accident. Most of the interior pieces are intact with the exception of the seats.

engine-bay-prep-1The key reasons why I chose the RX-7:

  • Inexpensive ($500-$1000 for a clean shell)
  • RWD
  • Replacement parts are relatively cheap ($25-$35 for used fenders)
  • Large engine bay and transmission tunnel allows for a wide variety of engine swaps (V8, 2JZ, SR20, etc.)
  • Excellent suspension geometry and weight distribution
  • Stock front and rear disc brakes/5 lug
  • Superior styling to other cars in its generation (In my opinion)

The first order of business is to make a list of all of the stock parts that need replacing (that I intend on keeping) and to begin sourcing an engine/transmission.

It’s still up in the air as to what I intend on swapping. Feel free to add your suggestion for a swap in the comments below!

Special thanks to Blake (boostedcrx), Kyle (Quicksilver_s14), and Matt (v8rx7guy) for their help with inspecting and transporting the car. Keep checking back as I intend on posting weekly updates on the progress of the build.


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Matt Haugness

Matt created in 2011 after noticing a lack of media websites dedicated exclusively to import cars. Although he's employed as an engineer and has no formal training in journalism, his skills continue to develop as the editor for the site. He enjoys writing feature car articles, technical build/project articles, and organizing events. Matt drives a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road, 2001 Honda S2000 and a 1990 V8-swapped Mazda RX-7.



  1. YAY!!!! I think I might have to actually make it up there when we have a “turn wrenches” night lol. Congrats Matt.

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