Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7

The Rx7 is in my opinion one of the best looking, all-around well-performing cars to ever come out of Japan. I loved them from the first time I saw one. Initial D was also a huge inspiration and motivation for what I wanted the car to become. One day I knew it would be yellow with aggressive aero.

Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7
Chris Johnston - 1993 Mazda Rx7

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Chris Johnston

1993 Mazda Rx7

Instagram: @attack_fd3s

Photographer: @hunterseyephotography 

Hello, I’m Chris. Born and raised in Richmond Virginia I’m an automotive refinish technician for a local collision shop and do custom work from time to time as well. As a kid, I spent the majority of my free time designing cars for games like Need for speed underground, midnight club, Forza, Gran Turismo etc. it has always been my passion and dream to build custom cars for people and myself. 

I’ve been into cars since I can remember, as a young boy I would go to classic car shows and import car shows and drag races with my dad. We bonded a lot over cars often. The first time I saw an rx7 in person as a kid I fell in love with its sleek timeless design. I told myself I’d get one one day. Turns out that day came sooner than expected as I found one for a great deal right before my 16th birthday and begged my dad to front the money for me and I’d work to pay him back. To my surprise, he agreed and I had a base model automatic Montego blue fd for my first car at 16. Unbelievable. I’m very fortunate and thankful for my awesome father for the start of my rotary journey. 

The Rx7 is in my opinion one of the best looking, all-around well-performing cars to ever come out of Japan. I loved them from the first time I saw one. Initial D was also a huge inspiration and motivation for what I wanted the car to become. One day I knew it would be yellow with aggressive aero. It took me some time to complete this dream as the responsibilities of life took priority for some years along with some difficult times. Nonetheless, I never had it in me to give up on this car despite quite a bit of bad luck as well. The rotary engine is temperamental and high maintenance but the uniqueness and sound make me not want to stray away.  

I have a real issue with not being able to leave things as they are. I always have a vision of builds and styles influenced by other cars I see online or in person. I’ve always been pretty creative I’d like to think and I see cars as a canvas for self-expression and to showcase one’s style. Along with heavy influences from initial d and options magazine and other Japanese automotive media outlets. I really fell in love with the grassroots time attack scene in Japan when I discovered the Narita Dogfight blogs.

Such amazing coverage and even more amazing cars just lured me in and lever let me go. I absolutely love the style and dedication of the time attack guys and had to build one of my own to represent and show respect to that Japanese style here in America. I wanted to bring that time attack style to my build but also keep in touch with the initial d influence as well. I also wanted to keep it periodically correct to that 90s era styling. 

It never really feels real. It’s been decades of dreaming of building and owning a car like this. I really love seeing the kid's reaction to the car as I remember being a youngin having those same reactions when I saw a cool car. I hope it inspires them and adults alike to dream big and never give up on that dream. It’s also such a blast to drive the rotary sound and how well the fd platform handles just makes it a true driving enthusiast's car. There’s not another car id wish to have over the fd. 

I think my car is unique because you don’t see too many Japanese style time attack builds in the states. The car has a lot of attention to detail in the small things which to me is important in a build. It’s easy to settle for good and not achieve greatness. Rx7s are pretty uncommon in general but a fully modified one that is bold and aggressive is really a rare sight to see. 

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Spec List

  • E85 521 whp / 435 ft tq
  • 93 424 whp / 377 ft tq

MOTOR:

  • Brand new 13b REW built by eccentric motorsports  
  • Half-bridge port 
  • Lightened Balanced and clearance rotors and e shaft  by chips motorsports 
  • Stud and dowel kit 
  • Goopy solid apex seals 
  • Oem corner seals  
  • Borg Warner efr 8374 ewg turbo 
  • Eccentric motorsports  stainless and billet manifold 
  • Twin turbosmart wastegates  
  • Custom fender exit wastegate dumps 
  • Eccentric motorsports v mount with pwr core 
  • Custom eccentric motorsports  throttle body elbow 
  • Eccentric motorsports radiator with pwr core
  • Custom ducting by eccentric motorsports  
  • Davis Craig electric water pump  
  • Projay water pump delete 
  • Eccentric Motorsports  alternator bracket 
  • Spal electric fans 
  • Custom ast 
  • Eccentric motorsports catch can 
  • Custom oil filler neck
  • Jp3 throttle cable 
  • CJM billet fuel rails 
  • Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator  
  • Injector dynamics 1000/2000 injectors 
  • Custom fuel hardlines by eccentric motorsports 
  • Aftermarket industries sp800 billet surge tank 
  • 2 Walbro 525 pumps
  • 1 Walbro 450 high flow pump 
  • -8 Ss fuel lines for underbody 
  • Sakebomb ignition coils 
  • Setrab twin 19-row oil coolers 
  • Eccentric motorsports oil pan 
  • Eccentric motorsports downpipe 
  • Eccentric Motorsports full titanium exhaust 
  • Titanium intercooler piping 
  • Turboguard filter 
  • Haltech 1500 elite ECU 
  • Haltech engine harness 
  • Aem meth injection 
  • Irp alternator 

DRIVETRAIN:

  • Exedy twin disk clutch 
  • Exedy lightweight flywheel 
  • Custom transmission brace 
  • Mazdaspeed short shifter 
  • Racebread shifter 
  • Kaaz 1.5 way differential
  • Rx8 4.44 final drive 
  • Eccentric motorsports differential brace  
  • Super now differential bushings 

SUSPENSION/BRAKES:

  • Fortune Auto dreadnought pro 2-way coilovers with 18kg swift springs 
  • Super now polyurethane adjustable bushings 
  • Racing beat sway bars
  • Super now bullet sway bar mount brackets
  • J auto sway bar end links 
  • All new OEM wheel bearings and boots and ball joints 
  • J Auto pillow balls 
  • Mazdaspeed titanium strut bar 
  • Project mu 4 pot front big brake kit 
  • Project Mu rear rotors 
  • Mazda spirit r rear brake calliper brackets 
  • Custom abs delete hardlines and full chassis hardline kit by eccentric motorsports 
  • 929 master cylinder upgrade 
  • Eccentric motorsports booster delete 

WHEELS/TIRES

  • Volk ce28n bronze 18x10.5 18j front and rear 
  • Volk ce28n club racer II diamond dark gunmetal 18x10.5 22j/15j track spares 
  • Toyo R888r 275 35 18 front and rear
  • Project kicks lug nuts 
  • Ichiba extended studs 
  • H&R 15mm spacers 

EXTERIOR: 

  • Re Amemiya first gen n1 bumper 
  • Re Amemiya dual carbon canard 
  • Re Amemiya carbon under sweep 
  • Klaus composites dry carbon chassis mount splitter 
  • Custom splitter mounts by eccentric motorsports 
  • Professional awesome racing splitter support rods 
  • Re Amemiya sleek headlight kit 
  • Re Amemiya headlight intake duct 
  • Re Amemiya ad9 hood 
  • Re Amemiya carbon hood gurneys 
  • Ready go next carbon hood vents 
  • Modified r magic n1 widebody kit 
  • R magic carbon side steps 
  • R magic air deflector 
  • R magic rear canard 
  • Seibon carbon doors 
  • Seibon carbon hatch 
  • Fal Lexan rear window 
  • Marshpowerhouse carbon roof 
  • Esprit  gt wing 
  • Esprit gurney flap 
  • Car shop glow carbon end plates 
  • Custom wing stands by eccentric motorsports 
  • Eccentric motorsports chassis mount wing stand mount brackets 
  • Carshop glow carbon diffuser 
  • Re Amemiya carbon diffuser vortex generators 
  • Re Amemiya centre dividers 
  • Re Amemiya carbon tail light cover 
  • Craft square carbon mirrors 
  • All new OEM mouldings 
  • Bubble tech Lexan door windows
  • Sponsor stickers by fancy logic design 
  • Narita dogfight custom banner 
  • Re Amemiya front tow hook 
  • Bubble tech rear tow hook 
  • Eccentric Motorsports side step guard for wastegates 
  • Custom cut OEM rear bumper 
  • Aero catch hood pins 
  • Evo r carbon door handle covers 
  • Garage alpha carbon cowl panel 
  • Paint and bodywork was done at drp Collision using ppg evirobase basecoat and ppg dc2021 clear coat 
  • Led tail light modz tail lights 

INTERIOR :

  • Bubble tech aluminium race dash 
  • Bubble tech aluminium v2.0 race door panels 
  • Bride Zeta 3 seats 
  • Takata 6 point harnesses  
  • Haltech dash display 
  • Bubble tech switch panel 
  • 10 point roll cage by 945 garage 
  • Fire suppression system 
  • Garage alpha aluminium widened gas pedal 
  • Bubble tech heel plates 
  • Ronin Speedworks seat rails 
  • Custom chassis wiring by eccentric motorsports 
  • Sparco steering wheel 
  • Narita dogfight steering wheel ( spare / show ) 
  • Sparco quick release 
  • Sparco hub 
  • Sparco hub spacer 
  • Garage alpha titanium e brake handle 
  • Feed shift knob
  • Garage alpha titanium shift knob 
  • Racebread shift knob 
  • Eccentric Motorsports light switch panel 
  • Eccentric Motorsports boost controller

I did a majority of the paint and body myself with help from a few friends. Shoutout to Kevin, Jon and Trey for help on the bodywork. For motor work and custom fab work I wanted to support a few friend's small businesses, Shout out to eccentric motorsports, 945 garages, and fortune auto for all the help you guys provided 

Future Plans

I’m sure I’ll find things to upgrade over time. Like a full fuel cell, dull dry carbon doors and hatch to replace the season stuff I have now and a dry carbon dash and who knows what else. For now, I just want to enjoy driving the car on the road and of course on the track!

Advice

The rx7 platform is a true enthusiast car. Do your research and be ready to spend some money. Stay on top of maintenance and reliability mods. Don’t sacrifice quality with these cars as they are so temperamental at times.  

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It has brought me a community of like-minded people to share ideas with. Life long friends have been made and memories that will remain for as long as I live. I do think the car scene has made a change for the worse in recent years but hopefully, it can evolve itself into something even greater than it was in the good ole days.  

Dream Car

Realistic dream cars Mazda Rx7 fd, street mod style 69 Camaro ss, Unrealistic dream car McLaren f1 lm 

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