P2W - Power-2-Weight: 1994 MAZDA RX-7Power-2-Weight: 1994 MAZDA RX-7
Say hello to Chris Carey's drag-racing FD - the world's first with Mitsubishi power under the hood
Business - as in, that's all we see when we take an eyeful of Chris Carey's FD generation Mazda RX-7, a car engineered for the sole purpose of rocketing down the drag strip. The mix of first-impression visual elements - the sports car's natural flowing lines and long snout, the chute and wheelie bar, the combination of skinny tires up front and enormous meats at the aft of the RWD - warn everyone to stay out of the way, this car's comin'
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By: URC Staff and Photography by Ryan Belville - 9/20/2011

 

 

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