300 HP
249 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3100 LB
Engine Size
1.3 L
Transmission Type
Top Speed
155 MPH
MPG (City/Highway)
8/15 MPG

I bought this car new after spending years of modifying several Nissans, Hondas, and a Mazdaspeed Protege.  For the first few years it remained relatively stock since it was my daily driver and I had a long commute.  Once I relocated and no longer had a long commute, I started with suspension modifications and spent a couple of years doing autocross on a local level.   Once I moved on from that, I mainly used the car as my weekend fun car until an engine failed out of warranty.  I began to modify the car more seriously and at one point had just about every NA bolt on you could have and a ZEX nitrous kit.  At 120,000 miles, my Mazda remanufactured engine failed with only 30.000 miles on it due to a faulty engine coolant seal.  So I decided to go all out and rebuild the engine and turbocharge the car at the same time.  I contacted Pineapple Racing and had Rob build me a street ported and full balanced engine based on a low mileage 2008 core engine.   Once the engine was installed I proceeded to install a Greddy Turbo kit that I modified.  The Greddy T618Z turbo was upgraded to a water cooled CHRA, 54 trim billet compressor wheel from Comp Turbo, Big TD06H turbine shaft, new bearings, new seals, high speed balanced, and a machined and ported compressor and turbine housing.  A custom cold air intake was fabricated, recirc fitting running a Synapse DV and AN fittings for all of the vacuum lines.  I have a billet catch can with Fragola hose and AN fittings.  I run an HKS EVC-S electronic boost controller..................To be continued.

Discuss this build

[]Basir Khan

So nice! Definitely worthy of being featured in our Inside the Build series! docs.google.com/a/wheelwell.com/forms/d/1tljOFD7zJepKiDP9mF8DQn76LDefTdoQ26QefEyUDW4

[]Andrew Johnson

Wow, this might be the cleanest RX-8 build I've seen! Well done

[]Ernie Szots

Love it. I think these cars are criminally underrated.

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