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This Modified Mazda RX-7 Has Broken The Rotary Half-Mile Speed Record

If this doesn't inspire Mazda to speed up development of the RX-9 then nothing will.

The rotary-powered Mazda RX-7 was first introduced way back in 2002, but its legacy still lives on today. Case in point: YouTuber and rotary enthusiast Rob Dahm has created this insane turbocharged, three-rotor Mazda RX-7. After hooking it up to a dyno last week, the modified Mazda produced an astonishing 835-horsepower at the wheels. Keen to showcase its potential power, Dahn went for a half-mile dragstrip run where he achieved 177 mph from a standing start, beating the previous rotary record by 3 mph.

Watching the video, you can see that Dahm short-shifted insecond at one point, so there’s clearly potential for the modified RX-7 to be pushed harderand set an even faster time. Getting to this point wasn’t easy however, as Dahm encountered a long list of issues with the rotary-powered car that he had to fix.

For starters, the radiator blew the day before the car set a new world record and he also encountered problems with the ECU connectors. How the car survived the two-hour, 120-mile journey to the runway is anyone’s guess. After the reveal of the Mazda RX Vision Concept, we’ve been holding out hope that the Mazda RX-9 will become a reality one day. Mazda keeps denying there are plans to revive the rotary engine, but a recent patent finding says otherwise. If Dahm’s achievement doesn’t inspire Mazda to speed up development of the RX-9, noting will.

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