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The body lines of the third-generation Mazda RX-7, which was sold from 1992-2002 and is the FD in chassis-speak, have often been referred to as sexy and timeless. When Ben Abutin found his 1993 FD RX-7 in 2006, however, it was far from inviting. The 13B rotary-motivated sports car had a blown motor, burnt wiring harness, damaged passenger side fender, and the ignition keyhole was missing.

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The body lines of the third-generation Mazda RX-7, which was sold from 1992-2002 and is the FD in chassis-speak, have often been referred to as sexy and timeless. When Ben Abutin found his 1993 FD RX-7 in 2006, however, it was far from inviting. The 13B rotary-motivated sports car had a blown motor, burnt wiring harness, damaged passenger side fender, and the ignition keyhole was missing.

The body lines of the third-generation Mazda RX-7, which was sold from 1992-2002 and is the FD in chassis-speak, have often been referred to as sexy and timeless. When Ben Abutin found his 1993 FD RX-7 in 2006, however, it was far from inviting. The 13B rotary-motivated sports car had a blown motor, burnt wiring harness, damaged passenger side fender, and the ignition keyhole was missing.

Abutin is a lover of the third-gen., precisely for its mix of seduction and muscularity, so he didn’t give a second thought to picking up the neglected coupe. “I think the FD-3S is one of the best looking Japanese cars ever made,” he offers. “[Even though] the car is 15 years old, I still don’t get tired of looking at it.”

The Mazda clearly needed some TLC, and Abutin had a complete makeover lined up for the car, thanks greatly to his club mates in High End Performance. The renowned show car team that inhabits the entire western corner of the U.S. had an elaborate strategy mapped out that would live up to High End’s lofty, show-stopping standards.

First, the crew wanted to enhance the RX-7’s racy looks and make it genuinely unique. They sought a body kit that was Japanese Domestic Market and could widen the vehicles natural body curves, but also had to be fairly uncommon. The flared-out Kazama kit currently on the sports car was their first choice, masterfully blended into the existing bodywork in BASF candy apple red-over-silver by famous auto design and body specialist PJ Bonicaio.

The blown Wankel engine was replaced, and the new one built for performance with help from Aerodyne Industries, which swapped in a Japanese-spec version of the 13B and set up the custom turbo system. The RX-7 was further prepared to giddy-up-and-go with a V-mount intercooler and radiator setup, custom racing fuel cell – complete with fuel pump and surge tank – and Power Enterprise stage-2 clutch and Cusco limited-slip differential upgrades. Many of the other modifications, including the complement of parts from Japanese tuner RE Amemiya, were hand picked by Abutin when he flew to the island nation a few years ago.

The JDM theme was a deliberate choice, but came with one caveat; parts took forever to get. The project already called for some rather exclusive hardware, and to have much of it travel across the Pacific sometimes slowed the build’s progress to a crawl.

Some $30,000 later, the FD RX-7 is shipshape and wowing them on the tuner show car circuit. But it’s not a trailer queen, far from it; the sports car is still driven to each of its appearances. And now Abutin is preparing to take the third-gen. to its next phase: time attack. With the help of Aerodyne, the Mazda will be transformed into a competition machine for the timed trials. We’re certain Abutin’s RX-7 will be successful – and look hot doing it.

Abutin thanks:
Aerodyne Industries
Falken
Eneos
Seibon
BASF
Bride
SSR
Tanabe
Mackin Industries

MODIFICATION SUMMARY
Ben Abutin's 1993 Mazda RX-7
Japanese-spec rebuilt and polished 13B motor
Custom single turbo setup
A’PEXi Power FC w/Commander
NOS nitrous oxide system
Tanabe exhaust
Random Technologies high-flow catalytic converter
(2) ARC oil coolers
V-mount intercooler/radiator setup
Carbing radiator shroud
RE Amemiya fluid reservoir
Custom racing fuel cell w/fuel pump and surge tank
R-Magic ground wire kit
RE Amemiya engine torque damper
Tein hood damper
RE Amemiya short shifter
Power Enterprise stage-2 clutch
Cusco limited-slip differential
SUSPENSION
Zeal Super Function coilover suspension
Tanabe front and rear chrome-moly anti-sway bars
TCS rear camber arm
Cusco rear rod
Carbing under brace
Tanabe front strut tower brace
Nagisa shock tower plate
Kirk Racing 4-pt. roll cage, polished and chromed
BRAKES
Project Mu Race Spec front Big Brake Kit
Project Mu rear Big Brake Kit
WHEELS
Chrome finish SSR Professor MS1, Front: 19x9.5, Rear: 19x10.5
Project Kics Neo-Chrome lug nuts
TIRES
Falken F452, Front: 275/30 19, Rear: 285/35 19
EXTERIOR
Kazama widebody kit
Voltex carbon-fiber GT rear wing
RE Amemiya rear carbon-fiber diffuser
Custom red carbon-Kevlar hood
Top Secret aluminum hood pins
Ganador side mirrors
AutoExe wipers
Custom carbon-fiber headlight housing
CATZ headlights
JDM taillights
JDM bumper lights
Custom BASF candy red over silver paint
INTERIOR
Bride Stadia Maziora w/Andromeda Backing
Bride seat bracket and slider
Takata driver’s harness
Custom red carbon-Kevlar door panels
Nardi Orido Style steering wheel
Splash short hub and quick release
Project Mu pedals
Custom gauge cluster setup
Defi gauges
SARD Stack gauge
RE Amemiya shift knob
Nardi shift boot
Nardi handbrake boot and cover
Custom carbon-fiber style center console
Nakamichi IN-DV7 in-dash multimedia system
Focal speakers
Custom subwoofer enclosure
10” monitor
Xbox video game console
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