No Pistons, No AWD: Mazda RX-7 Rally Car

The first-gen Mazda RX-7 has competed in many forms of motorsport, from IMSA enduros to drag racing to touring car challenges. Here it is on dirt, with gratuitous helicopter tracking shots.  Video after the jump.

Hat tip to Andrew P.

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5 Responses to No Pistons, No AWD: Mazda RX-7 Rally Car

  1. Gareth said:

    Back in the day, Mazda had a works team competing in WRC, which was (and still is) the world’s most prestigious rally championship. The RX-7 fought with the mighty group B Peugeot 205 T16s and Audi Quattros. Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi also participated, with the 240RS, Celica Twin Cam Turbo and Starion respectively. It’s amazing to see how versatile the RX-7 was – you couldn’t do that with a modern day sportscar. Or could you? :-)

  2. J.Ramirez (zetozeto99) said:

    That’s awesome!

  3. rob said:

    why do they think that we’d prefer to hear the sound of some ghey song over the sound of the rotor?

  4. GEN2TWINCAM said:

    In 1984 & 1985 Mazda actually competed in Group B with the RX7.

    It was the most powerful normally-aspirated 2wd car competing. Using a 13B it produced 300 bhp. It was probably the least complex car in Group B, which was evident in its reliability.

    The 7′s best WRC placing (for manufacturers) was in 1985 when it managed 10th with 22 points. Not bad considering the wild rides that were out there in Group B at the time! Mazda then turned its attention to the 323 which it ran in Group A with 4wd.

    Apparently, Rod Millen developed a 4wd version – any info on that?

  5. boyee said:

    this is so cool