We’ve been meaning to start to venture out a little more and capture some of the other classes on race days, upon a conversation with FullBOOST’s Paul Broomy (who also runs the Broomy’s Garage Channel) he made a cracking suggestion to hook up with Matt Esplan and get his FD RX7 on camera. Well that’s exactly what we set out to do and we are kicking ourselves for not doing this sooner, better late than never though right!?
What an unreal car up close, the attention to detail inside and out is incredible – with the majority of the work carried out by Matt himself. The car has all the right bits in all the right places and the factory Mazda CX-7 Black Cherry Mica paint looks superb in the sun.
The RX7 was on a mission laying down PB’s right up until it lunched second gear in fairly unassuming fashion, but the damage resulted in the weekend’s racing coming to a close.
We are super keen to jump back onboard with Matt and the crew once the RX7 is ready to roll and grab some more footage, we definitely want to be there when he breaks into that 7 second zone for the first time!
Massive thanks to Matt, the crew and his family for letting us cover the car and to Broomy for hand picking this one – if he’s lucky he might score a regular gig on the channel selecting feature cars… (Only if he starts to comment on the videos though) 😀
Build specs below:
1997 MAZDA FD RX7
Engine -13B Rotary, S6 Plates, S4 Housings and Rotors,
RX8 Eshaft and Gears, CND’d and Balanced by Xtreme Rotaries
Port – Semi PP/Bridge
Seals – I-Rotary Apex Seal, Mazda Side Seals/Springs, Atkins Solid Corners
Turbo – Precision 8284mm
Fuel – Methanol
Fuel System – Ron’s 1.5 Mechanical Pump, 12x 1600cc Injectors
Gearbox – GForce 2000 Clutchless Trans, McLeod Drag Mag Clutch,
Browell Steel Bellhousing
Driveline – 3.5” Moly Driveshaft, Mark Williams Yoke
Diff – Moly Sheet Metal Housing, Mark Williams Center, Light Weight Spool,
5.1 Pro Gears, Strange Full Floaters, Mark Williams 40 Spline Gun Drilled Axles
Chassis – Moly Back Halved Car by Pete Cleary (Pro Racing Chassis)
Wheels and Tires – Rear Weld V Series 15×15 Double Bead Locks, 31×13 Slicks
– Front Weld V Series Spindle Mount
Suspension – Rear Strange Ultra Double Adjustable Shocks
– Front Strange Ultra Spindle Mount Struts
ECU – MicroTech LT16C, Racepak Data Logger, ams2000 Boost Controller
Power Figure – 800hp+ (30psi)
Weight – 2370lbs
Personal Best ET – 8.15@ 167mph with a 1.18 60ft
Built and Tuned by Matt Esplan
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