For Sale: Lotus 7 Clone (rotary powered)
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This car was built in the fall of 2002. The frame, fiberglass, and body panels were purchased from Champion Motor Cars
The frame is book spec with slight modifications to provide for mounting the engine and transmission. The frame has also been powder-coated battleship gray.
The engine is a 1987 13B Mazda Rotary. It is a Mazda Reman engine and currently has under 1000 miles on it. A recent dyno chart is available for you to look at. The dyno chart is power at the wheels, divide by 0.88 for a flywheel approximation (figuring 12% drivetrain loss).
The donor car was a 1984 Mazda Rx-7 (GSL-SE). This car uses the transmission, rear end (solid axle), front spindles, brakes, brake master cylinder, clutch master/slave cylinders, and fuel pump/filter from that donor car.
This car will hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and will pull well over 1 G on a skidpad. I have not run it at a dragstrip, but 1/4 times are estimated to be in the very low 13's or high 12's at a little over 100 mph (these cars generate a lot of aerodynamic drag as the speeds increase).
I have autocrossed this car for two seasons (about 30 events) and it has been extremely reliable and a very good performer (many FTDs).
When I built the car, I went through all of the donor parts. All the bearings in the front spindles and in the rear end (differential and axles) are new, as well as all seals and gaskets. The brake calipers and master cylinders were rebuilt or purchased new.
Included below is a list of the major items of interest on the car:
New Mazda Reman Engine
9 pound SR Motorsports Aluminum Flywheel
ACT Heavy-Duty Clutch and Pressure Plate (new throw-out bearing)
Type-2 Torsen Limited Slip Differential (NEW unit from MazdaMotorSports)
Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension with Adjustable GAZ shocks
Mazdatrix Short Shifter
Autometer Phantom Gauges (5" Tach, 3 3/8" electronic speedo, fuel level, water temp, oil temp, fuel pressure, oil pressure, and voltage)
All gauges are electronic (not mechanical)
JAZ 10 Gallon Fuel Cell
Howe 2:1 Steering Quickener
Grant Steering Wheel with Quick Release
Kirkey Lightweight Aluminum Racing Seats
RCI 5 Point Harnesses
MSD 6A Ignition Box set up to direct fire the leading plugs
SDS Programmable Fuel Injection System
Painless Wiring Switches and Fuse Block
Griffin Aluminum Radiator (the biggest one that will fit in the nosecone)
Diamond Racing Wheels (spun steel), 13x8 front, 13x10 rear. Also have a set of 15x7 alloy wheels for the street (no rubber, never used them)
Floor mounted aluminum pedals
Disc brakes, front and rear, with Hawk HPS pads
Wilwood Brake Proportioning Valve
Pineapple Racing 6 Port Valve Sleeves
Exhaust system is: custom header with pickup for 6 port valves, 24" T304 Stainless pre-silencer (2.5") into a 17" Tune-able SuperTrapp
Custom Oil Pan (longer and shallower for increased ground clearance)
Oil Cooler (from a 1993 Mazda Rx-7, has built in thermostat)
51/49 front/rear weight distribution, 51/49 driver/passenger with 200 pound driver
Weighs 1250 pounds without ballast.
Low Profile Slider for driver's seat (passenger's seat is stationary)
Miata Gel Battery (no liquid) mounted in front of Passenger's feet.
I have windshield glass, frame, and brackets, but have not installed them. I also have chrome 7" headlights that have not been installed.
The car needs very little to be street legal. Basically, it needs lighting (headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and running lights).
You may notice that the rear fenders have been sandblasted by rocks thrown from the front tires (the Hoosier slicks I run are very sticky). I have two new rear fenders, as well as aluminum fender shields, that I will paint and install before selling the car. Also, the front springs have been replaced with longer units to give more suspension travel in the front.
Champion Motor Cars provided a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin and a VIN number, so registration should not be a problem (as a 2002 CMC 7). Some people also use a title agency and register them as early (1950's or 60's) Lotus Sevens.
I have ALL of the receipts for everything on the car, as well as part numbers and sources.
I am also selling the custom trailer for the car. It has a 3500 pound axle, with electric brakes, a large aluminum storage box, and the entire bed tilts so that you can drive the car on/off without using ramps. It tows great (trailer is 800 pounds) and has great weight distribution. It can also be used to tow small cars (Miatas, Rx-7s, etc.).
Build pictures and other miscellaneous photos are available. Click HERE
Here are a couple of autocross videos: Video 1 Video 2
Here are a few high-res action shots: Action
$13,500.00 for the car and $1500 for the trailer.
If you are interested, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org