Mad Max RX-7 skid car – crazy drifting and fire!!

Mad Max RX-7Mad Max RX-7 skid car – crazy drifting and fire!! “Mad” Max Flower literally set his 26B turbo-powered FD RX-7 on fire!!! Sure we’ve all seen a few skid cars in our time. We’ve also seen a few tires popped. But it’s not often you will see a show car killing itself on the skidpan. Mad Max RX-7 has spent the last two years cleaning up at shows, but now it was time for the RX-7 to be used and abused. Max had recently given the car one more tidy up before it was resigned to a life of bashing and brutality. And what better location to film that video than at the Ardmore Showdown – Wing vs Wheels on February 15? With that being said, we definitely didn’t expect to see the fire show.

Mad Max RX-7 skid car – crazy drifting and fire!!

I guess everybody here is familiar with the Mazda Wankel rotary combustion engines. Nearly all Mazda production Wankel engines share a single rotor radius, 105 mm (4.1 in), with a 15 mm (0.6 in) crankshaft offset. The only engine to diverge from this formula was the rare 13A, which used a 120 mm (4.7 in) rotor radius and 17.5 mm (0.7 in) crankshaft offset.

Mazda rotary engines have a reputation for being relatively small and powerful at the expense of poor fuel efficiency. The engines became popular with kit car builders, hot rodders and in light aircraft because of their light weight, compact size, tuning potential stemming and inherently high power-to-weight ratio – as is true to all Wankel-type engine. Mazda put the engine into serial production, with NSU (Ro80) and Citroën (GS Birotor), as part of the Comotor joint-venture, between 1967 and 1977. Since the end of production of the Mazda RX-8 in 2012, the engine is produced only for single seater racing, with the one-make Star Mazda Championship being contested with a Wankel engine.

Take a look at this wicked Mad Max RX-7 skid car – crazy drifting action that resulted in a fire!