1993 Mazda RX7 FD - Todd Budde
The 1993 Mazda RX7 FD is a sports car renowned for its sleek design and high-performance capabilities. It features a compact rotary engine, rear-wheel drive, and advanced handling characteristics, making it a favorite among car enthusiasts. The RX7 FD offers exceptional power, responsive handling, and a thrilling driving experience. Its unique styling and innovative technologies make it a standout in the sports car market.
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1993 Mazda RX7 FD
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“Building race cars isn’t a crime!” ~ Todd Budde
I am originally from Denver, Colorado transplanted to Texas 21 years ago. Currently in my 4th life career. I started in the Marines, worked in the sign business for many years where I learned sheet metal working, paint and fabrication and was even a neon tube bender for many years. I worked in Oil and Gas for another 10-plus years. About 18 months ago I took my side gig of building and fabricating full-time. Now I operate F3 Motorsports in LaVernia, Texas.
I have been into cars probably all 51 years I have been alive. Baby photos of me sitting in my dad's asphaut super modified. There has ALWAYS been something off the wall kicking around in my workshops.
I have always wanted to build a rotary-powered car. I had been to SEMA with a few of my builds and got bit by the Battle of The Builders competition. I knew I would have to build something COMPLETELY out there to get the attention. What better way to do that than an absolutely one-of-a-kind build? I'm always up for the big challenges and at the time this was one that tested every skill I had. My first car was a ‘69 MGB convertible. I have probably had 100+ cars to date with just about every single one of them getting a mild to wild transformation.
This car is hard not to notice. It has a very unique look to it and an even more unique sound. It is awesome to drive around and usually have someone following me to the destination to ask 101 questions. If it's at a show just a start and idle draws a crowd. My favorite part is to see someone come back around to look at it multiple times. They cannot get it all in one go around the car.
Something I always tell other builders is to be you, build it for you. As long as you're out there modding and putting something roadworthy together. Enjoy it!
If I'm asked what makes my car unique….Hmm.. 4 rotor. All Wheel Drive. Gated Shifter. Twin Turbo. hand-made steel wide body.
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- Billet Plated Peripheral ported 4 Rotor engine
- Custom Billet aluminum intake with 2 stages of ID2600 injectors
- Custom 5-stage dry sump system with billet oil pan and custom tank
- Rear mounted Graziano 6-speed manual transaxle from Lamborghini Gallardo
- Stage 5 rear CV Axles
- Custom aluminum torque tube with CarbonFiber Driveshaft
- Audi R8 Front diff with custom Stage 5 CV Axles and custom billet driveline support system
- Custom 321 Stainless Equal Length 4 to 1 to 2 exhaust manifold
- Twin Tial 60mm wastegates
- Twin Garrett G42-1200 turbos wrapped in PTP turbo blankets
- Haltech R5 ecu
- F3 Motorsport front drive system
- C7 Corvette Upper/Lower Control Arms and Spindles
- C7 Z06 bearing assemblies
- Custom Tractive fully active coil overs with DSC Sport suspension controller
- Wilwood Aero6 BBK for C7 Corvette 6 piston callipers with 15” rotors in the front and 4 piston callipers with 14.25” rotors in the rear
- Vossen/Works 19” wheels
- Toyo R888r 345/30/19 rears and 265/30/19s in the front
- Custom roll bar
- Carbon fiber door cards
- Door pulls
- Gauge cluster
- Heater panel cover and center console
- Factory carpets and dash
- AEM digital dash
- Gated shifter
The only thing you need to hear is that 4 rotor sound!
- Hand-formed steel wide body with Rx-3 nose swap
- 575 LED projector headlights
- Custom steel hood
- Carbon fiber side skirts and ducktail
- LED tail lights
- Carbon Fiber fender mount mirrors
@billetrotarystore in Australia built the motor (both times) all the rest of the work was done in the F3 Motorsports shop with myself doing 95% of the work.
I am building an AWD 1973 Mazda Repu truck that has twin Tesla Drive units and a custom carbon fiber and steel wide body kit, Aluminum chassis with C7 suspension, and Penske coilovers, all the onboard electronics are AEM.
A group I want to shout out that I am a part of is @theHotel7.
I have met SO many great people doing this. Even the haters on social media entertain me. I have made a group of Lifelong friends who are now providing me with a full-time job. I love to fabricate and this has allowed me to meet and interact with lots of great people.
I would love to own a Group C Lemans car from the mid to late 90s.
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