In my early 20’s, I REALLY wanted to buy an RX-7. Of the Japanese sports cars of that era (Toyota Supra, Nissan 300Z, Mitsubishi 3000GT, etc), this was the one that really spoke to me, with its gorgeous styling and such. And surprisingly, you could pick up a used FD for super cheap at the time (now, not so much). Why?
Because the rotary engine in the FDs was a ticking time bomb, and nobody wanted to deal with that. Many people started doing LS swaps, and that was actually a great option. Had I been smart, I would have picked up a blown up 93-94 RX-7 for $7-8K at the time and done an LS swap myself. But these days, nostalgia has kicked RX-7 prices into the stratosphere, and they’re stupid expensive. 🙁
Interestingly enough, Kevin Jensen decided to take a different route with his 1993 Mazda RX-7, doing a Tesla swap… in his backyard! It might not sound like much (literally, it’s dead quiet), but as you can see in the video above, it takes off like a bat out of hell!
While it probably would have been cheaper to do an LS swap, this is still crazy cool, and I’m sure he turns more than a few heads when he pops open the hood at his local Cars & Coffee. You can check out his entire build on Instagram @tsla_rx7.