The RX7-SP was an official product of Mazda
There is a 12 hour production car race in Australia; in 1992/1993/1994
it was at the Bathurst track about 300km from Sydney, in 1995
it took place at the Eastern Creek race track in Sydney's outer
western suburbs, I believe there has been no race since 1995.
This race was open ONLY to cars which are available for purchase at an official
dealer of the manufacturer with a few allowable modifications such as
free choice of brake pads, shock absorbers, exhaust and mandatory safety
equipment such as roll cage, fire suppression etc.
In 1992/1993/1994, Mazda won with a mostly stock RX7 against exotic cars like Porsches, BMWs
etc. This made the competition furious and
they announced special versions would be imported (such as BMW's M3-R,
Porsche's 911 RS CS etc) to combat this threat to their image.
To counter this in February 1995 Mazda announced a limited
run of RX7s, to be known as the SP.
These cars were imported from Japan as standard Australian specification
cars, then locally modified under the direction of Mazda racing chief Allan
Horsely, and top technical man Daniel Deckers at Mazda's Kingsgrove, Sydney workshop. From start of project to final prototype out the door
only took the team 3 months.
To qualify for production car racing, 25 RX7-SPs were sold to the public,
however after winning again in 1995, another 10 were produced.
Here are the results of the endurance races, note the
1992/1993/1994 were all basically stock RX7s, The RX7-SP was used in 1995.
1992 RX7 (BP Silver/Blue) at Bathurst 12 Hour race
1993 RX7 (BP Silver/Green) at Bathurst 12 Hour race
1994 RX7 (BP Silver/Green) at Bathurst 12 Hour race
1995 RX7-SP (MMM White, Number 7, pictured above) at Eastern Creek 12 Hour
The RX7-SP has over 60 modifications to a standard RX7:
RX7, RX7SP, RX7SP (race) quick facts
176 kW @6500
294 Nm @5000
(unknown - estimate 460 Nm)
(unknown - estimate 1190 kg)
(unknown - estimate 265 km/h)
(unknown - estimate 5.8 sec
(unknown - estimate 13.5 sec)
Important, the estimates in the Race RX7-SP column are
pure speculation by me:
Torque by 240kW/176kW * 294Nm = 460Nm
Weight by subtracting estimated 25kg for Airbag/Air conditioner
Top speed by simple linear extrapolation of known engine power and top speeds
Acceleration figures by extrapolating Standard RX7 and RX7-SP power-weight
ratios vs performance figures.
List of modifications to convert standard RX7 to road going RX7-SP:
* Front Nose cone, with much larger air intake. Made from
* Rear Spoiler, higher mounted than standard, allowing higher cornering
speeds (up to 5 km/h faster). Made from Carbon Fibre.
* Bonnet, made from Aluminium with extra cooling slots
* Carbon Fibre engine intake ducts, air filter pod and air piping.
* 110 litre carbon fibre fuel tank
* Stainless steel fuel tank heat shield (from the exhaust)
* High flow exhaust (from the turbo), probably stainless steel construction.
* Larger diameter and thicker brake disks.
* Larger 4 spot brake callipers with "endless" brake pads
* Recaro SP-A seats (2.5 kg each)
* Differential ratio changed to 4.3 (4.1 is standard)
* Power windows/mirrors/sunroof, Cruise control, CD, ABS, Airbag all retained
from standard RX7 (A/C optional)
* "3 times more efficient" intercooler
* Stock turbos (except different seals are used).
* Standard boost (I think the road version of the SP is standard boost.
Race may have higher boost)
* 17 inch wheels (with Kangaroo centre caps), 235/35 front, 225/40 rear
Further modifications to Race only RX7-SP:
* Fast fuelling system (110 litres in 20 seconds)
* Perspex shield separates driver from hatch area/fuel tank
* 100 octane unleaded fuel used, chilled to 5c with dry ice (helps engine
run slightly cooler & more power)
* No A/C or airbag
Getting SP parts
Good News! ALL RX7-SP parts are available for order at
any Australian Mazda dealer.
Bad News! These parts are VERY expensive.
As an example, I asked for the prices of the BODY parts alone.
(Before you ask, the intercooler and carbon fibre air intake pod are also
RX7-SP Price List (Body Parts)
TOTAL: AUS$ 24179.63 (=about US$ 19,000)
Mazda was planning an RX7-SP2 (a second version of the SP series). I
understand that a prototype was made by fitting various parts to a new RX7,
however as the production car racing series was disbanded I believe that the
parts were removed and the car was sold as a normal RX7.
In any case I have heard various reports that most of the parts used in the
SP series such as the intercooler and body panels were merely sourced from other
aftermarket suppliers, notably in Japan there is an extensive industry that
creates modified RX7s with performance levels far above the SP. I guess the main
interesting point is that the SP was an 'official Mazda product'.
In mid 2000 this same team made a prototype MX5/Miata with a turbo kit
producing in the region of 150kW (vs the standard engine's 106kW), it is rumoured
to have been given a stamp of approval from both Mazda Japan and Mazda Australia
and is supposed to be going into production, however as yet (March 2001) this
has not eventuated.
videos shown at the top of this page were sold by Mazda Australia to celebrate their win.
* 'Back to Back' is TV coverage about the win of the RX7 in 1992/1993
at the Bathurst 12hour race.
* 'The Duel' is TV coverage about the win of the RX7 in 1995 and 1992/1993/1994.
I got my copies sent to me by ringing their customer help line. You may be able
to contact Mazda Australia and via their website and ask for a copy of the
videos. While they are nice to watch, there is virtually ZERO
technical information.. So you'd probably find out more reading a magazine. Also, if you are from outside Australia remember that our video system
is PAL. A PAL tape will NOT work in most NTSC or SECAM video machines (although
many recent machines are multi system).
Finally, the "Targa Tasmania" series of videos has several
RX7-SPs getting a real good thrashing
I'm currently trying to find out how to get these.. Stay tuned..
(Before you ask, I'm very sorry, but I can't help you
get any of this material. I don't have the time or resources)
Further reading and acknowledgements:
* Fast Fours and Rotaries Magazine, Volume 8 Number 8, Nov/Dec 1995
* "Motor" magazine June 1995 (Article about the RX7-SP)
* "Motor" magazine January 1993 (Article about the standard Australian
Other relevant reading at Craig's Rotary Page (Please go via the INDEX
* Books page (FF&R / Motor back issues).
Other relevant sites on the Internet (Please go via the LINKS
* There are a few sites that have scanned in the complete articles about the
RX7-SP from Motor and FF&R.
* Mazda Australia has a very brief paragraph and drawing of the RX7-SP in their
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