So...I'm thinking about building up my dad's old 1st-gen RX-7 that I bought back and have in storage, and am trying to figure out how far to go with it. It's a GSL, which means it has a rear limited slip and discs on all wheels (vented, I think). It has a 12a engine (as opposed to a GSL-SE with a 13b). It doesn't run, although I haven't investigated at all to see what's wrong with it. I know the engine has pretty low mileage since a factory new replacement, although it has been sitting for years so it might be screwed regardless, and 12a parts are very, very tough to come by.
The intent would be to track it a few times per year, autocross it once or twice a year, and drive it around locally for fun a few times per month.
Option #1 would be to go totally nuts...swap in a ported to hell and back Renesis or 13b, stitch weld and brace the chassis, add stiff coilovers, aftermarket brakes, maybe even lexan windows, etc...not eligible for any particular class in any form of competition, but just a fun lightweight track day machine.
...but what I think I'd really like to do is Option #2, which is to find an autocross class where it would be fairly competitive. I'm not sure what that would be, though. I'm pretty sure that it would get annihilated in E-Stock by Mazdaspeed Miatas and supercharged MR2s!
It could run in Street Touring Roadster (STR), but it would be bringing a spork to a gunfight against S2000s, E36 M3s/M-Coupes/M-Roadsters, S2000s, 987 Boxster S, etc. Maybe it a lot of rotary engine porting is allowed in that class, it could even things out a little? An S2000 or 00-05 or whatever Boxster S would be a handful of an opponent even with double the stock power in the RX-7, though.
Street Touring Sport (STS) might be ok. It has Honda CRXs and a bunch of other slow stuff. Sounds pretty boring and pretty tightly limited. I'm not sure I'd even want to bother.
C-Street Prepared has CRX, E30 M3 (unlikely to encounter one, of course), NA/NB/NC Miatas, FR-S & BRZ, all 1st gen MR2s (included supercharged), plus MR-Spyder, as well as non-turbo FC RX7s. My gut feeling is that even with mods, this class would be an major uphill climb. In fact, I think it's basically the Miata Show.
Then there's F-Prepared, which might also be OK...you can go nuts, all the way to peripherally ported 13b or Renesis swaps. There are all sorts of handicapping measures and allowances, based on weight, displacement, suspension configuration, etc. However, this might require getting so deep into it that (a) it costs way more than what I'd envisioned for this, and (b) permanently (?) ruins the cars for anything than dedicated track/autocross use, which is not what I want. I'd just buy a racecar if that's what I wanted.
Porting: Intake and exhaust ports and manifold openings may be matched pro- vided no change is made more than one inch from the port/manifold interface. Material may be removed to facilitate port matching, but no material may be added.
That's allowed in Street Prepared, but that wouldn't allow significant rotary porting, right? Maybe if I could bridgeport, or maaaaybe aggressively street-port, I'd be competitive there, haha.
Equipment and/or specifications may be exchanged between different years and models of a vehicle if:
1. The item is standard on the year/model from which it was taken, and
2. The years/models are listed on the same line of Appendix A, Street Prepared Classes.
Does that to allow me to swap a 13b into my RX-7 GSL, since the GSL-SE model (of the same year, even) is 13b-engined?
and then Option #3 is fuck it, leave it in storage...another project for another day, maybe when it's in more suitable SCCA classification. There are regional classifications for Improved Touring that spec a Renesis swap, since 12a are hardly available nowadays. If that ever went national, for example, it would make the car eligible for Street Prepared in autocross.
[Edited on April 16, 2019 at 10:35 PM. Reason : ]
4/16/2019 10:34:35 PM
well if i just went nuts and built it to be fast, class allowances be damned, it would be a more usable version of my 7. It would be about the same power, prob 1000 lbs heavier, with less sophisticated suspension (but in the words of Colin Chapman, "any suspension will work if you don't let it", or something to that effect).
Even if I went with aftermarket seats and harnesses, it would certainly be more comfortable than the Kirkey buckets I had in the 7, which also pinched the harnesses against your neck. Even if it's a loud-as-shit rotary, at least the exhaust won't exit 3' from your left ear. It would have a place to put your left foot rather than jammed into a tiny pedal area. It would be enclosed, and have mirrors. It would have power assisted brakes.
4/17/2019 11:53:43 PM