FLAME THROWER!

NZ Performance Car - - Your Local Specialist -

Some­what of an out­law in his youth, Max Flower turned his back on the streets and their con­se­quent po­lice chases and built one hell of a wild car in which to hit the track. His 26B turbo FD RX-7 was built with drift­ing in mind but with a show fin­ish to boot. For a few years af­ter the shoot, the FD did the show rounds and col­lected awards at all the top ones, and we even filmed it star­ring in a flam­ing burnout ad­vert with Adrenalin R, which went on to get over half a mil­lion views.

Max has been quiet on the event front lately, as the FD is un­der­go­ing an ex­ten­sive re­build be­fore some se­ri­ous track work can be un­der­taken. An all new 26B is be­ing pieced to­gether us­ing JC Cosmo plates, FC RX-7 hous­ings, FD ro­tors, and RA Avi­a­tion apex seals. Like the pre­vi­ous motor, it will be side ported, but, this time around, the boys at Dynopower have car­ried out a ton of trick ma­chine work in­ter­nally to as­sist re­li­a­bil­ity.

In the quest for more power, a new BorgWarner turbo of gi­gan­tic pro­por­tions will team with dual 60mm Tur­bosmart waste­gates to han­dle boost. The fuel sys­tem has been up­graded with 12 Bosch XR 1600cc in­jec­tors, an Aero­mo­tive fuel reg, and three Bosch 044 main pumps. The oil sys­tem has also been up­graded from wet sump to a Peter­son three-stage dry sump with ex­ter­nal pump, which feeds oil di­rectly to the ro­tor bear­ings. Other cus­tom work in­cludes a new in­let man­i­fold, ex­haust man­i­fold, and five-inch ex­haust with dual Adrenalin R muf­flers.

With the new en­gine now go­ing back to­gether, Max plans to have the re­build sorted by later this year, so ex­pect the FD back out there and scream­ing this com­ing sum­mer.

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