The 26B Powered Mazda RX-7 Sounds Glorious

It’s hard to believe Mazda’s FD3S RX-7 is two decades old. Far few are design that have stood the test of time.​ The RX-7 we’re featuring here belongs to a young man in Japan who built the car from the ground up to be street driven and purely functional.


The RX-7 was never a feature packed model so removing weight typically comes down to removing the stereo, trimming excess wiring and installing light weight race seats. The receipt was followed to the T.

No details on this build were over looked. Carpeting may still reside but it is more or less spartan. Nothing to find here but the essentials. It’s the only way to keep weight under 1100 kgs.


Under the hood is where this RX-7 gets interesting. No, you won’t find an LS-1.

Instead you’ll find one of the few Scoot 26B quad rotor engines in existence and from our understanding is actually the only peripheral port 26B powered street car in Japan. Why are we making such a big deal over the rotary engine?


Simply put, this quad rotor 26B is essentially the same engine found in the legendary Mazda 787B.

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You know, this 787B. The Mazda race car found in every legitimate racing simulation ever developed.


We’re told the total weight of this Mazda RX-7 is just under 1100 kg. With 600 naturally aspirated horsepower that power to weight ratio isn’t too far off!


Of course I’m exaggerating a bit. Here, sit back and watch some more. Needless to say, crank the volume!

All photos and video are from Adam Zillin of 7Tune.com.