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"Arguably the worlds BEST RX7"


Stats for RICESP:
Link to specifications and build < (real street car! NOT A MAD MAX fuel drum carrying, bank loan maxing,
can have 5 rebuilds in a year, wannabe trailer queen!) 

 

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==3

 

RICESP "The Don" SAME engine for 3 years! and 20,000km of real testing V's others who can't even survive a dyno session or a track day without needing to attempt a rebuild in their shed to save some money
from the local pusher (I mean "rape you hard" workshop!) :)
RICE RACING the master of the real street rotary, where there are no excuses ONLY WINNING! 
 
OLD video below showing performance on 20psi low boost setting!
 
See the VBOX testing page for results of 30psi boost settings 

Pump Petrol Professor CONTINUES to lead the way and show the world how to make true road going rotary power super car beaters!

Pictures

 

Movies of RICESP in action!

Rice SP FD3s RX7 Having fun at Wakefield Park (Not trying to go fast :) *Fastest twin turbo FD3S road car @ this race track*)

Mazda RX-7 SP
Limited edition, factory modified, FD RX-7.

Dates of manufacture: 1995 (only)


History
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.



Production Numbers
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.


Factory Specifications
Power
Power: 204kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 357Nm @ 4600rpm

Chassis
Kerb Weight: 1218kg
Wheel Base: 2425mm
Length: 4295mm
Width: 1750mm
Height: 1230mm
Track Front: 1460mm
Track Rear: 1460mm

Suspension
Front: Independant double wishbone with coil springs and anti-roll bar
Rear: Independant upper wishbone trailing link coil springs and anti-roll bar

Brakes
Front: 319mm Venitlated Disc
Rear: Ventilated Disc

Wheels
Front: 8" x 17" 235/45
Rear: 8.5" x 17" 255/40
BBS alloy rims

Miscellaneous
Diff ratio: 4.3:1
Redline: 7000rpm
Rev limit: 8000rpm
Fuel consumption: 13L/100km (city)

Standard Equipment
The RX-7 SP included most of the standard equipment of the base model RX-7:
- ABS
- Alarm
- 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

Optional Equipment
- Air conditioning
- Leather seats (from S6)

Factory Modifications
Engine Bay
Carbon fibre ram-air ducting to airbox
Carbon fibre airbox
Flywheel
Turbos (Hitachi)
Battery
Larger intercooler
Intercooler water spray (redirected from headlight washer)

Exterior
Vented aluminium bonnet (to lessen underbonnet temperatures)
Carbon fibre nose cone (larger intakes, splitter)
Carbon fibre rear wing (more downforce than S6)
17" BBS alloy rims

Other
Larger brake discs (Unbranded, but sourced from Brembo)
Complete 3" exhaust (downturned 4" tip)
4.3:1 Differential
Carbon fibre fuel tank (110 litre)
Rear wiper removed (not done on all cars)
Recaro kevlar seats

Badging
Window corner plates with kangaroo design
"SP" rear decal
Wheel centrecaps with kangaroo and wreath design
"Mazda Motorsport" badge on strut brace

Performance
The following figures are for a completely stock RX-7 SP on street tyres.

Tested by Motor Magazine, June 1995
0-100: 6.07s
400m: 13.98 @ 100.66mph


The cars are fitted from factory with a reprogrammed ECU


Modified Performance
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.


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