With over 27 years of experience building fast Mazda’s, Osaka-based tuning company Fujita Engineering Evolutional Development (or FEED, for short) has established itself as one of Japan’s leading tuners of all things rotary. The outfit built a time-attack RX-7 that can run Tsukuba in the 58-second range despite having “only” 460 horsepower. It takes a McLaren F1 – once the world’s fastest production car – 1 minute, 4.6 seconds to run the same course.
But we’re not here to talk about that time attack car. Instead, we’re here to focus on the red third-generation RX-7 you see here. FEED’s U.S. distributor, Performance Partners International, brought the car to the 2008 SEMA Show, the annual aftermarket trade event in Las Vegas, to so that it could introduce FEED’s style of tuning to the American market. This Mazda doesn’t put down huge dyno numbers or have a supercar-shaming lap time, but it’s still a ride that demands attention. This FD is FEED’s idea of what the ultimate RX-7 should be, and it has a lot more going for it besides a pretty face.
Like its motor, for instance. Remember that 460-hp time attack car we mentioned in the opening? It’s powered by what’s called the FEED Nurburgring-spec motor, and FEED built another one just for this car. To give the stock 13B-REW some extra punch, the stock twin turbos and plumbing were tossed in favor of the FEED GT3540 turbine kit’s bigger HKS turbo and hard pipes. A larger and more efficient FEED intercooler chills the charged air while a FEED three-layer radiator handles engine temperature management duties. Exhaust gasses pass through a twin catalyzer before escaping to the air via a FEED SONIC AS-W exhaust. But it’s not all FEED-engineered parts enhancing engine performance; the lightweight battery, Power FC and EVC V come courtesy of HKS.
Since this RX-7 is just a street car, FEED decided that only minor drivetrain modifications were necessary. Helping this car’s 460 horsepower find its way to the ground is an Exedy twin carbon clutch and a FEED two-way LSD.
This RX-7 rolls on 19-inch Yokohama ADVAN RZs, 9-inches wide up front and 10-inches wide in the rear. These wheels are wrapped in similarly branded Yokohama ADVAN tires. Upping the car’s cornering abilities is FEED’s 30-way adjustable Pro-F05 coil-over suspension kit. While in Japan, this car stops via a set of 17-inch brake rotors – with a four-piston caliper up front. As this car only needed to roll on and off a transport truck to make it to SEMA, FEED shipped the car to the U.S. with just the stock Mazda brake kit.
Again, as this RX-7 is a street car, it needs to be comfortable enough to drive on a daily basis, and therefore it retains its full interior. The only parts you’ll see inside that didn’t come from the Mazda factory are its set of re-upholstered Recaro seats, GReddy gauges and FEED steering wheel and shift knob.
As good as the aforementioned stuff is, chances are the only modification you really care about is this RX-7’s aero kit. It’s called the AFFLUX Version V (that’s V as in “Victory”, not the Roman numeral for “five”), and it consists of a new front and rear fascia, wider front and rear fenders, front and rear lights and side steps. FEED invested a lot of money in making this kit look good and fit well, and it can be yours for just a hair under $19K. But there’s more to this FD’s body than just that aero kit: this car also has FEED/AFFLUX’s rear spoiler and carbon-fiber door handles. The hood and rear hatch are also made from dry carbon fiber.
With its combination of a time attack-proven powerplant and exotic looks, this FEED RX-7 is the perfect combination of show and go. And with FEED always looking to improve its cars, we can only expect to see FEED improve upon this car while going bigger and better with its next project.
460 hp, 55 kg/m (397 lb-ft) torque
FEED GT540 turbine kit
FEED intercooler kit
FEED 3-layer radiator
SONIC AS-W exhaust
HKS Power FC
HKS EVC V
Exedy twin carbon clutch
FEED 2-way LSD
Stock Mazda brakes (US)
Yokohama ADVAN tires; 255/35-19 front, 275/30-19 rear
Includes full cowling, carbon hood, front fenders, side step, rear fender, rear cowling, headlights, taillights, rear spoiler, carbon scuff plate, dry carbon rear hatch
FEED steering wheel
FEED shift knob