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Mazda RX7 (FB/1) General Information

You may be tempted to regard this groupB car as the last conventional car of the groupB era, but this would not hit the point. Yes, it was rear wheel drive and it had an atmospheric engine, but go into the datasheet for the engine spec and you find mystery. There is some data (valves, camshafts, compression) missing, not because we don't know, because this data is not excisting for this car! And we claim it has 2 cylinders.... Well, it has a Wankel engine, or for some better known as a rotary engine. This makes this quite an adventurous car, 1308cc gives 300BHP and it revs like mad.

But the project had political problems more than technical ones. The car was probably rather capable, despite RWD it finished 3rd overall on the Acropolis 1985. Achim Warmbold tried to give Mazda's approach to rallying a similar twist as Ove Andersson managed for Toyota and Andrew Cowan did for Mitsubishi. But Mazda's backing never came in a decent way. Achim Warmbold built up a new rally base for Mazda, in Bruxelles, Belgium, based in the heart of Europe. He looked for young guns, gave Harri Toivonen (Henri's younger brother) a chance. When after long last Mazda started to give some attention to Achim Warmbold's adventures, the timing was bad for this technically highly innovative car. By 1986 the RX7 was clearly behind its opposition and Mazda had a 323 hatchback with 4x4 and turbo in the showrooms and this car was, because of 4x4 turbo, not that much slower than the groupB RX7. OK, the 323 4WD Turbo wasn't a threat in performance to the RX7, but as it was a groupA car it could win its category and the RX7 lost its attention before it ever properly gained it.

I only made one datasheet, but indeed Achim Warmbold's team seemed to continously develop this car. It reached its 300BHP only gradually over the years and most notable from Acropolis 1984 the car showed a big body kit incorporating a bigger rear spoiler and wide wings so nicely, it suited the car better than its slightly clustered road car looks. So note that our data shows this more exciting version, until 1983 the car looked more like the road car and had less power.

There was even a wankel turbo version of the RX7 planned, but in the end that never materialised in the wake of group confusion. When there was talk of groupS, Mazda wanted to turn their RWD turbo RX7 project into a non-turbo 4x4, but then groupS was binned together with groupB.

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Mazda RX7 (FB/1) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Mazda RX7 (FB/1) _ (84-86) 300/8500 270/7500 4310.1661.1261 960 (3.2) RWD (2420)

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Mazda RX7 (FB/1) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
6th. 1986 WRC Rally New Zealand N. Allport R. Freeth #16 [UNKNOWN] 6:27:27
8th. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson B. Melander #8 [UNKNOWN] 5:08:35
3rd. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally I. Carlsson B. Melander #9 [UNKNOWN] 11:08:25
6th. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Warmbold . "Biche" #14 [UNKNOWN] 11:25:16
10th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain I. Carlsson B. Melander #9 [UNKNOWN] 10:29:57
9th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Millen B. Rainbow #25 [UNKNOWN] 10:29:39
9th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Warmbold . "Biche" #17 [UNKNOWN] 12:06:38
14th. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally B. Danielsson A. Eklind #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Warmbold . UNKNOWN #98 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
36th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland M. Sillankorva J. Nieminen #105 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
5th. 1982 WRC Rally New Zealand R. Millen J. Bellefleur #12 [UNKNOWN] 10:54:55
11th. 1981 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Millen B. Harris #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Mazda RX7 (FB/1) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Finland M. Sillankorva J. Nieminen #54 [UNKNOWN] SS16 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally New Zealand J. McAndrew . UNKNOWN #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally P. Meylan . UNKNOWN #33 [UNKNOWN] SS5 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye de Portugal P. Meylan . UNKNOWN #46 [UNKNOWN] SS3 boycott
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Meylan . UNKNOWN #49 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland M. Sillankorva J. Nieminen #13 [UNKNOWN] SS36 alternator
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand N. Allport R. Freeth #12 [UNKNOWN] SS34 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Wambergue M. Vial #21 [UNKNOWN] SS13 suspension
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Hoepfner . "Biche" #51 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain I. Carlsson B. Melander #26 [UNKNOWN] SS41 rear axle
Ret. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally I. Carlsson B. Melander #20 [UNKNOWN] SS16 rear axle
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Lord K. Gormley #24 [UNKNOWN] SS2 engine
Ret. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Toivonen J. Piironen #100 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1982 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Danielsson . UNKNOWN #101 [UNKNOWN] SS9 engine