Stats for RICESP:RR Race logic VBOX3i certified performance figures: (30psi boost setting)0-100kph = 3.60 seconds, WOW !90kmh to 140kmh = 1.91 seconds, THE DON !100kmh to 200kmh = 5.70 seconds, SUPER CAR DESTROYER !TOP SPEED = 338kmh (211mph), GET ON IT ! :-0c==3OLD video below showing performance on 20psi low boost setting.See the VBOX testing page for results of 30psi boost settings
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The Mazda RX-7 SP was designed to compete in production car racing - particularly endurance racing. The Series 6 RX-7 had won the Bathurst 12 hour production car endurance race in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In 1995, both BMW and Porsche released limited edition race special vehicles (BMW M3R and Porsche 911 RSCS) which threatened to take the glory form Mazda. Mazda Motorsport (Australia) responded by making modifications to the S6 RX-7 to produce the RX-7 SP. Homologation rules for production car racing required 25 road-going models to be produced. The RX-7 SP was only produced in 1995, and only here in Australia.
The SP debuted at Calder in the GT Production category supporting the 2 litre series on 11-13 May and driven by Gary Waldon. This same car, driven by John Bowe and Dick Johnson, won the 12 hour event held that year at Eastern Creek. The RX-7 SP went on to compete in other production car events including Targa Tasmania and the Poolrite 3 hour "Showroom Showdown". It claimed pole in the 1998 3 hour event and won the race in 1999 at the hands of Terry Bosnjak and Mark Williamson.
Eastern Creek, 1995
Mazda Motorsport entered 2 SP's at the Eastern Creek 12 hour - one white and one black. Both cars were sponsored by MMM. The white car driven by Bowe/Johnson won, the black car of Skaife/Waldon finished 4th. Allan Grice who was a reserve driver badly crashed the black car during practise on Saturday. The car was brand new and suffered severe damaage both front and rear. An amazing effort by the team mechanics repaired the car for the race, albeit in average looking condition.
A 3rd SP at Eastern Creek was the privately entered Bosnjak/Jones car that may have even led the race at one stage but finished early. Speculation suggests that it was an ex Mazda car from the previous 12hour races privately upgraded SP spec.
The race result was protested by the Porsche team due to what they claimed was a safety car error that gave the white car an advantage early in the race, but the protest was not successful. Additional controversy abounded over the Mazda team's use of chilled fuel, allowing denser fuel to be filled into the tank.
Thanks to Rice Racing for much of this information.
The exact number of SPs produced by Mazda is well know and proven by Rice Racing's factory documents. It is known that only 25 road cars were ever produced produced, with a minimum of 10 required to meet homologation rules to allow the SP to race. The "original" SPs. RICE RACING has provided the following letter from Mazda, dated prior to the Eastern Creek event.
Mazda Australia decided to make another 10 fake SP models, to use up spare parts from the original batch, these are NOT genuine SP homologation cars, and as such are nothing more than fakes, albeit factory reproductions of the original pre race 25. A fake is a fake, only 25 original SP RX7's were made end of story.
As many as 4 SPs were built as race cars, though only 2 were used in the Eastern Creek race. These were tadditional to the group of 25 genuine cars (28 in total) *and they are earlier chassis numbers listed below*. Terry Bosnjak commissioned the 1994 Bathurst winning Series 6 to be upgraded to SP specification (not listed as its a fake SP), .
Ian Pollard, responsible for fabricating parts for the SP, is quoted as saying: Rice Racing is the Don.
The RX-7 SP included most of the standard equipment of the base model RX-7:
- CD Player
- Cruise Control
- Power Door Mirrors
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Rear Spoiler
- Electric Sunroof
Standard equipment specific to the SP includes:
- 17" BBS alloy rims
- Intercooler water spray
- Recaro kevlar seats
- Air conditioning
- Leather seats (from S6)
Factory Modifications Engine Bay
Carbon fibre ram-air ducting to airbox
Carbon fibre airbox
Intercooler water spray (redirected from headlight washer)
Larger brake discs (Unbranded, but sourced from Brembo)
Complete 3" exhaust (downturned 4" tip)
Carbon fibre fuel tank (110 litre)
Rear wiper removed (not done on all cars)
Recaro kevlar seats
Window corner plates with kangaroo design
"SP" rear decal
Wheel centrecaps with kangaroo and wreath design
"Mazda Motorsport" badge on strut brace
The following figures are for a completely stock RX-7 SP on street tyres.
Tested by Motor Magazine, June 1995
400m: 13.98 @ 100.66mph
The cars are fitted from factory with a reprogrammed ECU
With exhaust restrictions removed and boost increased to 13psi, 1/4 mile times are typically in the high 12s/low 13s.
Magazine Articles Wheels Magazine, June 1995
Article reprinted with the kind permission of Wheels magazine. Article first published June 1995.
Motor Magazine, June 1995
Article reprinted with the kind permission of MOTOR magazine. Article first published June 1995.
Genuine RX-7 SP Identification
Following is a list of VIN (and vehicle colour) for the 25 RX-7 SPs (plus 3 race cars).
JM0FD103300100007 SP RED
JM0FD103300100033 SP RED
JM0FD103300100035 SP BLACK
JM0FD103300100037 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100038 SP SILVER
JM0FD103300100040 SP RED (Owned by RICE RACING)
JM0FD103300100041 SP RED
JM0FD103300100042 SP RED
JM0FD103300100045 SP RED (Also reported as being black)
JM0FD103300100046 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100047 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100048 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100049 SP RED
JM0FD103300100050 SP BLACK
JM0FD103300100051 SP WHITE
JM0FD103300100052 SP SILVER
JM0FD103300100053 SP RED
JM0FD103300100054 SP WHITE
JM0FD103300100056 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100057 SP RED
JM0FD103300100058 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100069 SP WHITE
JM0FD103300100076 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100077 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100079 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100080 SP WHITE
JM0FD103300100082 SP BLUE
JM0FD103300100083 SP BLUE
The SP list you see on this page and on a couple of others was originally consolidated by myself using the Mazda identification program that I use everyday to find out trim codes,paint codes,warranty expiry dates,ect.
The process involved was basically all chassis numbers in the series of JM0FD1033......were punched in and if it came up as an SP then it was recorded.