Teachin’ Bout FC!

3 Jan

Wassup people, welcome to the new year. Hope everybody had a good weekend. Anyway, let’s put an end to the small talk and on with the first post of 2012!

Every now and again I get strangely addicted to certain cars of the drift world… Whether it’s an S-Body, AE86, KE70, Skylines and ofcourse Eunos Roadsters. One iconic automobile I have had a major soft spot for since a young age was the RX7.

I still remember the first 7 I saw, clear as day. I was about 11 years old following a White FC with my father. I remember gawping over the aggressive lines and the twin pipes in the rear, flaming at every lift off without fail. Awesome!

So recently iv been obsessing over the FC in particular but realised there wasn’t a lot of blogs or google finds that really made me go “wow!”

… Until I stumbled across specialist blog, RE-Extreme:.

Alas, pages and pages of FD’s, although awesome, not enough to satisfy my cravings.

Then I typed FC3S in the search bar, bingo!

I came across I feature titled; Ef-Shi. In this post a pretty epic FC with a long list of lessons… Don’t worry, you’ll get the idea.

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So this is the car in question and here comes the lessons. Now pay attention and listen up.

Lesson 1:
Dangerous Curves.

This is a Super Greddy 1 Body kit by RE-Amemiya. We might say the curves are generous.

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The rear fenders are simply massive. The louvres beside the rear lights add about 50mm but the rear fenders are much wider than that 150mm at a guess.

Lesson 2:
A side dish.

Filling the generous curves are these Panasport G7 wheels. The dish is simply amazing in person. 295 section rears are stretched slightly for an amazing stance.

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Lesson 3:
Menacing vision.

When your car appears in anyone’s mirror, that’s sometimes a call to action or a call to submission.
The converted lights don’t reduce drag at night like flip up lights do. The vents mean that something needs cooling and the custom race tow hook means that sometimes there also maybe that need for serious circuit action.

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Lesson 4:
Back it up.

If you drive a car that is so far off the normal scale. You’s better have the power to support it. You may want to enlist someone special to build an engine capable of serious performance. Koseki-san from Scoot preformed the engine work and built something ported and capable.

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A generous snail of the Trust T-78 variety provides generous boost to produce over 500hp with ease. Wangan specials like this often are tuned for top end so the low end lag of a big turbine is irrelevant.

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Of course running this sort of power requires a myriad of upgrades for reliability. Huge radiator and inter-cooler and the custom piping required is also installed.

Lesson 5:
Driver support.

For this to not go out of control, the driver needs to have control. A huge bucket, grippy Personal suede steering wheel, brake bias controller, and ample engine monitoring is necessary for good decision making and input at speed from the driver seat. An 11 point roll cage provides the rigidity and reassurance that if it does get a bit wild then you aren’t going to do too much damage. Heat reduction on the floor and solid foot work is a also supported in this car.

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Lesson 6:
Show off!

If you have something like this, don’t leave it in the shed. Get out and enjoy it! The car commands respect.

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Even sitting next to the Scoot 4 rotor, this FC gets just as many looks. Huge Scoot rear wing adds another dimension. You will get attention. Some people crave it, some people hate it. If you hate attention, don’t build a car like this.

Lesson 6:
Drive it and enjoy.

When you have a beautiful machine, the pleasure comes from the feelings and aura surrounding something special.

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A car like this also creates that bespoke image that has people guessing. What’s that? In this image the uneducated wouldn’t have a clue.

Practical ride hight is useful, sometimes 300klms/hour does something to ride height. So don’t be fooled by this stance. Easily able to negotiate the odd parking area and service station. It’s a street car after all.

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Lesson 7:

The other thing that happens is that you end up with an equally obsessed group of car crazy friends to help you enjoy your machine. In this picture you have some of the best cars in Japan. It’s kind of a natural attraction.

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Lesson over!
Your graduation assignment?… Build something better.

All photography and literature sourced from Re-Xtreme:

:: James Young


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