Ground Zero RX-7: Gorilla in a tuxedo
Question: How to make a gorilla wear a tuxedo? Well, you will do what Tamer Kekhia and his children did at Ground Zero Motor Sport in Tigard, Oregon. They start with a small, light sports car, and are full of power, so that even the most nervous and stiff men will fall into the out-of-control school girlish giggles. Tamer himself is no stranger to speed, he started using some crazy street bikes to stimulate his adrenaline. Then he decided to sprint on four wheels and decided that the FD3S RX-7 platform was suitable for him. Brian Flander, a staff member of Zeroland, told me, “The trainer is fascinated by bicycles, so he wants a car that can run with a large-diameter bicycle.” He went on, “Even if this The car is very lightweight and designed for high-speed pulling. You know, from about 70 to anything. \"Yes, please!
Tamer and the team at Ground Zero started with the relatively stock twin-turbo 93 RX-7 and quickly got to work turning it into the monster you see here before you. They ditched the original twin-turbo 13b and started with a fresh 13b that got some porting work to accommodate some big horsepower. Brian and the guys then fabricated equal-length lower intake manifolds as well as the polished aluminum piping that connects the single Garret GT42R ball-bearing turbo. The big old Garret is cramming 36 lbs of boost through a Greddy intercooler that then screams the cooled compressed charge into the Wankle producing 676 hp and 466 pounds of torque at the wheels. In a car that weighs less than 3,000 pounds, that\’s just plain freaking brutal! The RX-7 uses a Greddy PRofec B boost controller to monitor the bad boy, as well as a Turbo Excesses blow-off valve to keep all of that boost in check. When you get that much boost blowing into an engine, you will need to ramp up fuel delivery as well so that the engine doesn’t go lean and self-destruct. To handle this task, the team contacted Precision Turbo for a pair of their 850 cc primary injectors, and while they were at it, picked up a set of four 1600 cc for the secondaries to really get the Gorilla to roar. All of that spent fuel and boost then howls it\’s way through a full four-inch exhaust.
To address the rest of the drive train, the team decided that a stock 5-speed tranny was up to the task of directing all that rage. They went with a single plate clutch from RX-7.com; Tamer reports that it has plenty of clamps to get all that power to the ground. They also taped RX-7.com to supply them with a little more adjustability in the form of a set of their adjustable control arms for the independent rear suspension. To maximize all of that adjustability, they went with HKS Hyperman coil overs on all four corners to get the car down on the ground where it belongs. Hotchkis then followed that up with a set of their sway bars to keep the car level when Tamer hammers the car through the twisties.
Knowing the car was going to make that much power and still be able to corner like it was on rails, Tamer knew he would need to put some serious rubber to the ground. To do this, the RX got some custom bling from I Forged, a set of Aeros from their Formula Series. He then went ahead and wrapped them with Pirelli P Zero rubber to plant the car in the corners.
To make the brute as pretty as it is fast, the team wanted to do something subtle, so they used one of Version Selects body kits for the RX-7. The team fitted the sides and front bumper in-house and then sent the whole car out to be painted in the stock black. The paint on the car looks like you could put your hand right through it, and it also shows off the laser straight body panels. The team says that the car is not quite done yet as they plan to add a carbon fiber diffuser later, probably by the time that you read this.
Tamer kept the interior simple and functional with an upgraded steering wheel and a Kenwood CD player to blast the tunes. To finish off the interior and keep Tamers butt planted, the guys got some seats from Recarro. The seats are also in black to match the rest of the beast.
Well, that's it, a gorilla in a tuxedo. Power, style and function are all contained in a beautiful package. The best part of this story is that the car is driven the way it should be driven, which is difficult. There is no trailer queen here; Tamer actually took the car out and tested it regularly. Cars built at this level are rare. So let this be a call to everyone in super bitch cars like Tamers. Go out and promote your work of art. Let others appreciate their beauty and fear their power. But please consider your own warning. If you see this beast when you go out on a parade one night, please don't poke the gorilla and try to race with it. He will probably break your arms and hit you with them.
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