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Updated on May 06, 2012
SOLD - NOW OWNED BY ANOTHER KEEN MAZDA RACER...
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Welcome to my 'Sports-kit Savanna' circuit racer page... サバンナ スポーツキット
I purchased this RX3 (as the 26th owner) early 2001 as a ‘roller’ from a friend in the local Mazda car club. It is a genuine 1972 10a coupe, however the original engine was long gone (it was running a 13bT and Supra 5 speed).
The first challenge was to find 10a parts in reasonable condition – the past 30 years has not treated the few remaining engines kindly. A number of motors were stripped, and all were found to be in very tired condition. After an long search including the US, Australia, Japan and even the UK, a number of new and mint condition parts were located and the build began.
Rated at 982cc, 10a’s powered the very early Mazda rotary’s including the Cosmo Sport 110s, the R100 and some early RX3’s, finally ceasing production early 1975. Although small in capacity, the 10a motor could power a stock standard RX3, complete with “pea-shooter” exhaust, down the strip in a flat 17 seconds, not bad for the class of 1972!
Lots of people have helped get the car together and need to be thanked:
- Richard Skilton, a good friend who has donated a considerable amount of time and effort to this project,
- Steve Hardie from Rotary Engine Performance Services, Wellington NZ - if you are in the Wellington area and want someone to work on your car / build an engine contact Steve at email@example.com
- The late Glenn Munro from Rotary Power Ltd, Auckland, NZ. Glenn was a top rotary mechanic / race car builder... and has a pile of stock, especially parts that are no longer available from Mazda. -
- Darryl "RX-Sumo" Monk
- Steve "MadMaz" Jones
- Mike "Yok" Yorworth - providing inspiration for getting the car back on the track lol
- Lance Thomson - Proform Engineering (panel and light engineering) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lloyd Wilkie (who sold me an earlier car that came with spares/advice that helped with this build)
- and the other members of the Mazda car club in NZ www.mrec.rotary.net.nz (including Monty, Haroldo, Stephen Armstrong, Al Pierce, and many others)
Photo's - thanks to Barry Styles (professional track pic's), Danny Lee and myself!
Built loosely around the 1972 factory competition manual spec's and FIA / JAF Group 2 Homologation papers. Still road legal - JUST..! But it is not a very nice nice car to drive around the streets due mainly to the competition parts used, such as the gearbox, steering, harnesses - however on the track it is magic!
- Engine built by Glenn Munro, Rotary Power in Auckland NZ
- The twin distributors and points were replaced with a first generation RX7 single dizzy front-cover complete with a locked electronic distributor, for better reliability and less maintenance.
- Late model 10a rotors with single side seals (rather than the usual twin side seals)
- Competition 12a oil pump (nitrated centre)
- Competition oil control springs that stabalise the rotors at high RPM
- Sump baffle plate made up for the motor
- Modified oil pressure regulator for higher oil pressure
- Overdriven pulley kit made up by Glenn Munro
- Two-piece 6mm carbon apex seals (carbon main section, steel corner pieces) - mazda used these seals for 10a's sold in countries that had very cold winters like Canada. Great for easy starting!
- Modified 'batman' series 6 RX7 stationary gears with multi-window race bearings and hardened teeth
- 46mm peripheral intake ports
- Modified exhaust ports (the standard three hole ports turned into one large triangle shaped port)
- 10a auto counter-weight,
- 7lb nitrated one-piece flywheel (ring-gear machined into the flywheel)
- Rotating assembly fully balanced by Brian from Rotary Research, Christchurch NZ
- Housings and front cover mirror polished
Induction / exhaust:
- Custom aluminium intake manifold (VERY light weight) made up by Glenn Munro
- 48 IDA Weber (40 chokes, 195 fuels, F7 emulsion tubes, 120 airs, 55 F10 idle jets) - needs some more tuning and dyno time...
- Cold air box version one - air ducted in from the inner headlights built by Lance at Pro-form Engineering in Wainui
This has since been upgraded to carbon fibre.
- Twin exhaust system (each primary 2” diameter) over the diff coming together into a single ‘truck’ style muffler (build by Lloyd Wilkie)
- Racing Beat 4-puck sprung clutch plate and matching heavy duty billet pressure plate, sorted out by Montgomery Motorsport, Palmerston North (the home of Palmy's fastest rotors!!) after the NOS 12a clutch plate was chewed up after a handful of laps
- Factory competition 4-speed close-ratio gearbox (ratios; 1st 2.0, 2nd 1.52, 3rd 1.22, 4th 1.00, Rev 1.99). This gearbox allows the car to reach an amzing 110kmh++ in 1st gear - but getting it rolling at the lights is not for the faint hearted, as the poor clutch gets a hard time!!!! Recently overhauled including new syncro's and bearings by Glenn at Rotary Power.
- Uses a twin dizzy 'lower mounted starter' bell-housings (polished) that can bolt up to later gearboxes (sourced from Spac - Ausrotary)
- Custom drive-shaft sorted out by Steve Hardie, REPS
- MFR 4.9 ratio CW&P RX3 long-nose diff, with competition LSD centre. Standard RX3 axles, which are fine with a N/A motor.
Suspension / brakes:
- Factory RX3 competition "high ratio" steering box (2 turns lock to lock)
- Front suspension is height adjustable coil-overs with competition rated springs, Koni shocks, camber / castor adjustment and custom sway bar.
- Front brakes – 10 ½ “ Wilwood disc’s, Wilwood 4-pot calipers, braided brakelines.
- Rear suspension is 2-linked rear end, heavy duty springs, repositioned KYB gas shocks (Koni's to go in soon), lowering blocks, and have tried a rear sway bar (from a 82 RWD 626) - but this has been removed due to the understeer that it caused!!
- Rear brakes – RX7 series 2 rear discs and calipers, with braided brake lines.
- Wilwood brake bias adjustment (in cabin adjustment just below the shifter)
- 15x7 wheels, 205/50/15 Toyo R888's
- Racetech front seats and ERG 4-point harnesses
- 6-point roll-cage
- Full factory interior apart from the carpets, in MINT condition (nicer than most RX3 road cars!!!), including mint standard door cards (without speaker holes!!), rear seats still in the car (fitted around the cage)
- A genuine Savanna centre console, with the three round gauges at the top
- Additional gauges such as oil temp / pressure, Autometer 10,000 tacho in dash, etc...
- In the boot is a Mallory Comp fuel pump, and the relocated battery
- Fibreglass flares (similar to the factory group 2 flares) as the front wheels sit outside of the guards a little - the factory steel wheel inner arches have been rolled, but not cut.
- Savanna group 2 rear bob-tail spoiler
- Savanna “tea-cup” taillights
- Genuine factory Japanese badging, including:
“RE10” - grill badge,
“RE10” - boot badge
"GSII" - 1/4 window and boot badges,
“V100” - Used by Mazda Japan on special cars to recognise 100 touring car victories in 1976
- Japanese Savanna style rear bumper (smaller cut out around the number plate than standard bumpers)
- Savanna front indicators (incl the actual light units)
- Even brand new Savanna windscreen wipers (with the deflector for use at high speed!!!!)
- Series 3 lower lip (soon to be replaced with a 1972 2-piece factory spoiler and standard nose once I pull finger)
- Jap Mazda guard style mirrors (replacing the door mirrors in some of the pic's)
- 333 competition numbers ;-)
Go the rotor........!
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I was wondering if you have any roof console you would like to sell. If so please email me at email@example.com. Thank you.
Hi I am from South Africa and are busy restoring a ex works Mazda rx3 race car which was build by Katayama, and which took part in the springbok race series in South Africa in 1972 .Iam in need of the front spioler for this car would you perhaps have such a spioler or a mould for such a spoiler it is a one piece spioler which look like the blade of a grader with some cutouts for brake cooling. I will be running a single dist 12A p port motor in the car but have several rare 10A engine parts some new some secondhand . Can we correspond on my E mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org as I am travelin in Europe at present Regards Jannie van Aswegen
Hey mate. Love your car. Would you interested in selling?
It would have to be a very nice offer for me to think about it ;-) Cheers
hey mate love these photos, i notice you have the hard to find 10a seals, i am rebuilding a 10a bridgeport atm, and was hopeing you could point me in the rite direction into findeing these jems, water seals the lot, eny info will be much appreciated, im in wellington myself, so maby if you have some you wouldent mind selling yourself, email me back if easyer, email@example.com, cheers
Sorry Steven, not aware of any 10a parts for sale just at the moment. Aussie is a good place to pick up this stuff - not much in the way of early Mazda parts in NZ anymore.
Awesome car man!
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