Mazda have just launched their most powerful production car ever. And it’s a crossover SUV. Because of course it is. Is anything not a going to be a crossover SUV these days?
Back in the ’90s things were far more varied, with a whole array of sports and GT cars available from mainstream brands. This was one of the most interesting; the rotary-engined Mazda RX-7.
Powered by a 1.3 litre twin-turbo twin-rotor wankel engine, the third generation RX-7 was produced from 1992 to 2002 during which, in TLCB’s home market at least, only a few hundred were sold. Sigh, perhaps we only deserve crossover SUVs…
Of course subsequent popularity meant thousands more RX-7s were ‘grey imported’ from Japan, and the car now enjoys a cult following with prices that go along with it, so the closest most of us will get to one now is in brick form.
Fortunately Flickr’s Fuku Saku has got us covered, with this glorious Speed Champions style third-gen. Mazda RX-7 for which building instructions are available so you can create it too. There’s more to see at Fuku’s photostream and you can take a look via the link above.
None of the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies are works of cinematic genius, and the third instalment ‘Tokyo Drift’ ranks below even the franchise average. However we do remember it was eminently watchable, mostly because of Nathalie Kelley, but also thanks to the ace Japanese machinery* used throughout the film.
This was our star car, the magnificent Mazda RX-7 VeilSide Fortune, as recreated here brilliantly in Technic form by ArtemyZotov of Eurobricks.
Built to full Technic Supercar specification, Artemy’s VeilSide RX-7 includes working steering, independent double wishbone suspension, a 4-speed sequential gearbox, and an incredible working recreation of the car’s twin-rotor wankel engine.
There are also opening doors, hood and trunk, working locks, plus a detailed interior and engine bay, and there’s much more to see at the Eurobricks forum, including a link to building instructions. Head sideways through the streets of Tokyo via the link above, and you can view a rundown of the features within Artemy’s stunning Mazda RX-7 VeilSide model in the video below.
OK, we’ll come right out with it. This incredible 1:8 scale Mazda RX-7 with RE:Amemiya bodykit isn’t strictly, entirely, 100% LEGO. But that’s only because LEGO don’t make all the parts in the right colours. Builder Gray Gear has therefore used a few clone brands to complete his creation, with the white wheel-arches and white pins not part of LEGO’s range. Switch them for orange and black respectively though, and Gray’s Mazda can be built with genuine LEGO parts.
However it seems almost appropriate that Gray Gear’s model uses a few non-genuine pieces as his RX-7 also features an RE:Amemiya bodykit, which isn’t exactly a Mazda factory option…
Underneath that wild exterior Gray has created a working two-rotor engine, replicating the unusual set-up of the real RX-7, which is hooked up to a functioning 6-speed gearbox. Working steering, all-wheel independent suspension, and opening doors and hood also feature, and you can see more of all of the above at the Eurobricks discussion forum where further images and a video displaying the model’s features can be found.
Gray is also considering making instructions available should you wish to create his RX-7 RE:Amemiya for yourself. You’ll have to build it in orange if you want to use purely official LEGO pieces, but we think it’ll look rather excellent if you do! Head to Eurobricks via the link above to take a look and pester Gray for those building steps…
This beautifully-constructed creation is the work of serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla and it is, as any fan of ’90s Japanese cars will know, Mazda’s legendary final-generation RX-7.
Powered by a Wankel rotary engine the RX-7 was just 1.3 litres in capacity, yet with twin turbo chargers the tiny unit made well over 250bhp. And this was back in the early 1990s too.
Production of the RX-7 ended in Japan in 2002 as Mazda geared up for the more usable RX-8 which followed it, and – fingers crossed – Mazda is readying the RX-8’s rotary-engined successor as we type. In the meantime you can check out this brilliant recreation of RX-8’s predecessor by visiting Senator Chinchilla’s photostream – click here to make the jump.
Mazda’s RX-8 is now a seriously cheap car. Problems with oil consumption, rotor tip wear and then, ultimately, engine death means that early examples are now worth about as much an average-size telly. It’s almost worth buying one and running it ’til it blows, then weighing it in for scrap and buying another. Although you’d have to make sure you had very good breakdown cover…
Oddly, Mazda’s predecessor to the RX-8 hasn’t seemed to suffer from the same valuation free-fall as its descendant. RX-7’s, buoyed by the modification scene, are still desirable cars, and probably even more so if they’re yellow. At least in the eyes of our Elves anyway.
This one is the work of previous Featured TFOL Alexander Paschoaletto, and he’s done a thoroughly brilliant job of recreating the Japanese icon from Danish plastic. There’s an extensive gallery of images available on MOCpages – click this link to make the jump.
After a telling-off from TLCB Staff for yesterday’s un-car-y focus, the Elves are working hard to make amends (and earn dinner). Today they’ve found no less than three creations, and they’re all cars! It may be a sign of the coming apocalypse, but lets enjoy it while it lasts.
No.1: One of the highest quality own-designed cars we’ve seen, Flickr’s Lego Builders ‘Vivace’ supercar is something whole office would happily be seen in. See the full gallery at the link above.
No. 2: Very much a real car – and a legendary one at that – Mazda’s brilliant rotary powered RX-7. Senator Chinchilla is the brains behind a superb replica that’s available to view now on Flickr.
No. 3: Last, but definitely not least, is this affront to decent handling and efficiency, _drdesignz_ awesome all-wheel-steered monster truck. What it lacks in economy and handling it more than makes up for in badassery, which is a word added to TLCB Dictionary just for this creation. See all the photos and the Doctor’s photostream via the link above.
All of today’s vehicles were found in the same group on Flickr, and were the last three models uploaded to the group gallery. Head Turnerz is the collective making it much too easy for the Elves, and you can join them on Flickr via the link. Enjoy your weekend, we’re off to the shops to stock up on Elf treats.
Today’s Japanese double features two of the best sports cars of the last decade, the brilliant Honda S2000 and Mazda RX-7. These cars are now stars of the tuning scene, and the builders of both today’s models have included popular real-world modifications to their Lego versions of the famous sports cars.
First up (above) is Aaden H‘s early S2000, suggested to us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page. Aaden has ‘stanced’ his model to replicate the common tuning trend that, er… thoroughly ruins the ride and handling. It looks cool though…
Second (below) is another yellow Japanese legend, and one we’ve actually featured here before. So what is Rhys’ Pieces’ RX-7 doing here again? Well, much like the owner of a real modified car, Rhys can’t resist tinkering with his pride an joy, and he’s added a crate-load of further modifications to his original creation. He was also one of the readers that suggested Aaden H’s S2000 above, so his own model featuring too is a bit of good karma!
You can check out each model on Flickr at the links above.
The Lego Car Blog Elves’ continual search to find the best LEGO vehicles on the internet has yielded some brilliant creations. But have you ever wondered how they choose what to bring back? Here are the guidelines they follow.
Rhys’ Pieces’ RX-7; Earning an Elf a meal token (plus a yellow Smartie)
This yellow rocket was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr. Rhys’ Pieces‘ Model Team Mazda RX-7 has been modded for much driftiness, with a wider track, full body kit, roll cage and a 20b engine under the hood. The full gallery can be found at the link above.