Thursday, July 28, 2011

7's Day 2011 - Gunship McQueen


This RX8 from R-Magic represents the new breed of Japan's rotary tuning.


Putting aside R-Magic's lightening McQueen style bumper for a moment, with a best of 1:04 at Tsukuba with relatively low power and 3 rotor tuned versions out pacing the FD3s, there's no doubting the RX-8 chassis dynamics work. Revolution and Pan Speed are running sub 1 Minute.


R-magic have been focusing on tuning this car however as an affordable motor-sport option.


With minimal bolt on modifications and a bit of ecu and exhaust work, these car's can be made to be pretty quick. On shorter circuits they'll even be faster than much higher powered machines.


Older used Rx-8s are ridiculously cheap in Japan at the moment. While this car is a later model, the fundamentals remain. Reduce weight on a good chassis and even lower power doesn't mean slow.


Motorsport is expensive and more and more people are looking at ways to still have fun and not kill their budget. While not as cheap as say a MX5 roadster, they offer a little bit more all round ability and for larger drivers a little more comfort also. If anything breaks, It's almost cheaper at the moment to buy a whole new car and strip components. There's so many on the market.


The Rx8 has grown on us over the years, When you can can get them this low on a set of 18" VR G2 then all the better. I'm a sucker for the low contrast Gun and Black combo also.


That rear wing gives a battle ship feel. Not bad for a 4 door.


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6 comments:

  1. Mazda did a good job with the facelift rx8s.

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  2. you said its afordable
    it would be intresting to know what an engine like this coast compared to other sport cars ?

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  3. Relatively speaking, it's still a road car.

    Cheap fun is an MX5.

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