https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY229W0UP98
THE-LOWDOWN Feature Car – HLK20B

A Story of Persistence and Patience

 

Good things always take time, but the end result is always worth it.

The story of this RX-7 is one of perseverance, culminating from a desire to build not only a unique car, but a capable car that could hold its own on the street, at the track and at car shows.

Owner, Axe, is no stranger to the modified scene, previously owning a number of modified cars and bikes. It’s therefore no suprise that on his FD, nothing has been left untouched.

Step into the world of Axe and his 900HP Rocket Bunny kitted 20B Madza RX-7.

Builds Of This Calibre Are Bound To Come With Struggles

 

As Axe would quickly figure out, dropping a 20B engine into the bay of an FD is no easy task. Given that the motor sticks out of bonnet by about 15cm, a custom subframe had to be commissioned to fit the 20B.

After importing a subframe from Canada, Axe fitted a power steering rack to the front with modified steering arms.

With 900HP at the rear wheels, a triple plate clutch was needed to handle the power, so Axe opted for a Carbonetic clutch; for smooth street use. An OS Giken billet 5 gear set was also imported and built by Gearbox Masters.

THE FD WAS BUILT OVER A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS WITH PARTS SOURCED FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

60
MONTH BUILD TIME
900
HP AT REAR WHEELS
8
PIECE WIDE BODY KIT
Owner Spotlight

“I always wanted to build an RX-7 with a 20B 3 Rotor”

 

A self-confessed rotary fan, Axe admits that this isn’t the first FD RX-7 that he has owned. His first one was purchased in 2003 and from then the desire for a 20B 3 rotor grew.

After parting ways with his first FD, in 2014 Axe purchased the one you see before you, and it’s been a work in progress ever since.

Only a handful of 20B Rocket Bunny RX-7’s exist worldwide and to make his mark, Axe finished his one off in a vibrant Metallic Green; homage to an earlier motorbike he had owned – a Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R.

WATCH THE FEATURE VIDEO:

HLK20B IN 4K

This content has been made possible by Sparesbox, an online hub for automotive parts that’s run by car modifiers, for car modifiers. Browse their selection of over 240,000 products online.

Owner Notations and Thanks

Parts and Pieces

 

After sorting out the gearbox, Axe moved onto stopping force. The whole brake line was overhauled from scratch to be hidden including the ABS system, which is now neatly tucked away under the dash.

The analogue cluster was switched out for a Microtech 7″ digital dash which works in sync with the Microtech LT16C ECU.

Alcantara adorns the interior and the custom boot, which also includes two huge subwoofers with a carbon fibre surround.

Inside the engine bay, every hole was smoothed and filled; and every wire possible was tucked.

Overall, rare parts were found and sourced online from across the globe including Russia, Thailand, USA and Japan.

20B 3 Rotor Engine
94mm Comp CT6X Billet Turbo
SSR Professor SP1 Wheels Nitto Invo Tyres
Rocket Bunny Widebody Kit
Car Shop Glow LED Tail Lights and Carbon Ducktail
Sansai Works Carbon Diffuser

Future and Accolades

 

Looking into the future, a billet engine featuring Billet Boss parts with a Gato Performance billet intake is on the cards to make this the ultimate 20B RX-7.

The rear will also be upgraded to a Ford 8.8″ IRS system with billet shafts and extra bracing to make this FD unbreakable.

Many hands made this build possible and the owner Axe would like to thank everyone involved in the build.

This includes HPRE Motorsports, Kairouz Kustoms, Westside Mufflers, AEA Auto Apholstery, Gearbox Masters, Earls Australia, RB Racing Rotors UK and Airride Suppliers Australia.

AN EXTENDED LOOK:

KAWASAKI GREEN MAZDA RX-7

Specifications

MODIFICATION LIST

 

Want to know more about the parts fitted onto this FD? Check out the full list in the sections below.

POWER

GEARBOX / DIFF

  • OS Giken billet 5 spEd gear set including billet shaft
  • Carbonetic triple plate carbon clutch
  • Cusco 2 way diff centre with Spirit R 4:3:1 ratio

WHEELS / SUSPENSION

  • SSR Professor SP1 Wheels anodised in Shadow Chrome
  • Front Wheels 20 x 9.5
  • Rear Wheels 20 x 11
  • Nitto Invo Tyres
  • Front Tyres 255/30/20
  • Rear Tyres 305/25/20

EXTERIOR

  • Rocket Bunny widebody kit
  • RE Amemiya AD9 carbon bonnet
  • Hot Water Labs HID headlights
  • Ganador Mirrors
  • Sansai Works Carbon diffuser
  • Car Shop Glow LED tail lights
  • Car Shop Glow Carbon ducktail
  • Smoked rear reflectors
  • Painted and flow coated in Kawasaki Green

INTERIOR

  • Microtech 7″ digital screen
  • Full carbon dash with Alcantara and green stitching
  • Mazdaspeed Protege Carbon gear knob
  • Mazdaspeed Carbon handbrake lever
  • RE Amemiya Carbon gauge pod
  • RE Amemiya Carbon door sills
  • Carbon door trims
  • Nardi Deep Corn Carbon steering wheel
  • Takata seat belts
  • BRIDE GIAS II Carbon seats in alcantara with green stitching
Shop and Support T-LD

Banner Sticker

$25.00Add to cart

Vert Tee

$49.00Select options

Reflective Jacket

$199.00Select options