VinnyV81 Posted February 13 Report Share Posted February 13 So I thought I would go ahead and start a build thread on our RX7 project. First, a little history about who we are and how we got here. We are a small team based in Birmingham, AL just minutes away from Barber Motorsports Park. A mutual friend of ours started the team back in 2018 with the purchase of a 1998 Acura Integra GSR. A few of you might remember the car from when we ran it in EC at Barber in 2018. Because that car was already "overprepared" for ChampCar, we eventually ran it in WRL with the B18 engine in GP2 and then later spent a metric ton of money doing a K swap and then racing it in WRL in the GP1 class at several events with mixed results. After several years of racing with cars that cost twice as much as ours did and fighting all of the usual FWD issues, we decided to part ways with that car last year and to start over. Of course, the easy button would of been to buy an existing race car and go racing! But, we aren't very smart so instead we decided to spend more money and build a car just for ChampCar. After carefully reviewing the rules and much discussion we decided to build my forgotten RX7. Everyone has an old RX7 tucked away in a barn, right? Well this particular car was a running driving 1987 RX7 base model with several mods done to it to make it a reliable, dependable track car. I purchased it back in 2009 for $300 and dragged it out of a ditch in the middle of the woods. Years later I would receive a call from a Texas Ranger that the car had been reported stolen in 1997. No worries though, because I had a title! Ha Anyway, so I fixed up the car and got it running and then spent a bunch of money and bought all of ISC Racing's suspension and coolers and did a few track days with it. Eventually I lost interest in it because of how slow it was in a straight line and did what any sane person would do and put it in a barn for 8 years! BTW, that's the best way to grow mold in a car. If you want to ruin a RX7, put it in a barn for 8 years and forget about it. Will ruin one every time. But, it's perfect for building into a race car. So that's what we (myself and my friend Wes Holland) have been doing since September of last year, slowly turning our RX7 into a C class ChampCar. But this car will not have a rotary engine. Instead, we've decided to do something more insane (most likely never before done) and install a M112 Mercedes V6 engine and transmission into the car. So I will fill everyone in with some updates to show where we are. Attached are pictures of our old car and pics of the RX7 when we dragged it out of my parents barn. 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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