The Japanese tuning series Option Video has just posted an all-rotary episode. In it, host Daijiro Inada assembles a group of cars that showcase the progression of rotary engine-equipped Mazdas, starting with a Cosmo Sport. Accompanying him in what seems like an extremely fun day of driving other people’s cars is Isami Amemiya, founder of the famed RE-Amemiya tuning house.
They start off in a L10B Cosmo Sport, which seems to cruise down the expressway surprisingly well for a car built in 1968. The next significant rotary is an RX-3, but an RX-3 wagon, perhaps a weird choice until Inada gets behind the wheel for a burnout. Then comes a personal favorite, a Cosmo RX-5 kaido racer with Familia Coupé taillights and a No. 55 tribute to the Mazda 787B. That’s followed by a heavily modified SA22C with a naturally aspirated 13B putting out 240PS (236 hp) and a beautiful but gutted out Eunos Cosmo generating 400PS (395 hp). Finally, the pair drive off in the GReddy FD3S D1 drift car.
It’s the kind of stuff that was prevalent at the turn of the 21st century. Some of the styles may seem brutal on what are now considered classics, but the video is a snapshot of the era. Plus, who doesn’t love a good burying of the pedal in a modified rotary?