MAZDA RX-7 - Everything You Need To Know (and SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT) | Up To Speed

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The RX-7--Mazdas front engine, rear wheel drive beast, is arguably one of the most iconic JDM sports car platforms of our time. From its wankel rotary roots, inspired by the Mazda Cosmo and RX-3, the FB, FC, and FD RX-7, have all shaken up the performance car world, and inspired automotive enthusiast circles globally. You can catch it on Forza, on motorsport reels of the past tearing up the IMSA circuit and 24 Hours of Lemans, racing down Mt. Tsukuba in Initial D--and you'll absolutely find the RX-7 racing through the Fast and Furious franchise. Join James Pumphrey as we trace the RX-7's roots, and answer the question--WHY did Mazda, stop making the RX-7?
Check out our podcast, Past Gas, to learn more about the rotary engine:
►Episode Chapters:
00:00 Introduction
06:04 The FB RX-7
09:40 ABFC
13:13 The Yellow One From The Cartoons
17:05 The RX-7 Legacy
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Laura Donaghy
Laura Donaghy Hace 6 horas
Oh GOD if only I had the money to run 'The Yellow one from the Cartoons'
Johnny Curtis
Johnny Curtis Hace 20 horas
Need an up to speed on the cavi, cobalt, cruize and chevy cars like that
Moto Life Crisis
Moto Life Crisis Hace 22 horas
I don't think you could get more shit wrong about these cars if you tried. The first RX7 was never designated FB. It was designated SA22C. The rotary powered car after the cosmo was the r100, then rx2, then rx3. The FC3S never had a 12A. It was released with a 13B NA in the first year of the series iV then, in the second year of production the 13B-T was release in the Turbo II cars. At least this is how they were in Aus. I can only guess this video was to troll all rotary losers like me? Great job on fixing the butchery of the last RX7 video... (please read with a healthy amount of sarcasm.)
You like cars Me too
You like cars Me too Hace 23 horas
You should do a up to speed on motogp
I’m Wubbys Dad
I’m Wubbys Dad Hace un día
3 years ago:)
Tristan Loveland
Tristan Loveland Hace un día
We miss your stories of car history James, past gas isn’t enough, we miss up to speed
coolgoat12 Hace un día
When ever you come back could you please do an up to speed on Hurst performance
Bryan y el Mojarra
Bryan y el Mojarra Hace un día
so you are not going to mention Han? Most of the people know the rx7 because of him
Jim Bauer
Jim Bauer Hace un día
Why is the best Donut show gone?
User unknowns RB
User unknowns RB Hace un día
I’d rather see a bone stock rx7 than see any lambo
Yoggi Oggi
Yoggi Oggi Hace 2 días
Give me a new eps of up to speed!!! i'm getting bored replaying other vids
Samuel Sikes
Samuel Sikes Hace 2 días
Up to speed jaguar
buphalosouljah Hace 2 días
This is Everything You Need To Know to get Up To Speed on...when to expect the next episode of Up To Speed lol I've literally watched all 162 episodes in the past 2 month gap, WHAT GIVES?!
Dev Metz
Dev Metz Hace 2 días
do allis chalmers
Jermaine Nomdoe
Jermaine Nomdoe Hace 3 días
Any updates on up to speed?
GUNGUY R6 Hace 3 días
Day 364 of asking james to bring this show back
GUNGUY R6 Hace 3 días
What happened 🤦🏾‍♂️to this show😔
yosuik Hace 3 días
I heard from a friend who somehow worked on the FD, even went to the Mazda test track to go for some test runs of Mazda cars in Japan. He said "There are No Straight Lines on the body of the FD. It is All Curved. Isn't that amazing?" I wasn't even impressed at what he said at the time, but I can understand how impressive that is now. But... I have never been able to check it myself. Is it true? Can anyone check? P.S. - I can't get in contact with this person anymore, but watching this video it just rang a bell. I heard the comment a long long time ago. Any FD Lover's out there who can confirm if every body panel of the FD is curved, please let me know.
Jade Adams
Jade Adams Hace 4 días
listen to this thing! Sounds like a pist off pig;) hahahah
SPEED* .com
SPEED* .com Hace 4 días
For notice: The RX-8 has a perfectly 50:50 weight ratio... and it just weights about 90 to 110kg more than the FD
Classic Ford Guy
Classic Ford Guy Hace 4 días
Oh so you do a second vid on the rx7 but you can’t do one and the maverick??????
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II Hace 5 días
“A month” *2 Months Later and no new episodes*
Anthony Brainiac
Anthony Brainiac Hace 5 días
Has up to speed been cancelled? It’s been while since the last science garage as well.
Ifix things
Ifix things Hace 5 días
Do an up to speed on Kei cars please
xerophyte Hace 5 días
Getting n rx7 is my main goal in Gran Turismo
Jon Hoover
Jon Hoover Hace 5 días
Day 63 without Up To Speed. Missing James' face.
James Sizemore
James Sizemore Hace 6 días
hert also has an AE86 that would look great sliding beside yours
Alexandros-Charis Chari
Alexandros-Charis Chari Hace 6 días
james its been 2months what happened we miss this show
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Ka Ming Cheng Hace 6 días
Up To Speed
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Up To Speed
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Up To Speed
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Up To Speed
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Do Nissan Altima Sr
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Cameron Hatfield Hace 6 días
Well, that was lie.
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Sammi Carbonell Hace 6 días
Do an Up To Speed on the Pontiac Firebird
MenaceFromMars Hace 6 días
What are the human weight/height requirements for these cars? Lol
Oscar F
Oscar F Hace 6 días
What happened its been two months 😭
Miklo from Blood In Blood Out
Miklo from Blood In Blood Out Hace 6 días
James: "we'll be back in about a month" *2 months go by*
ChickenCing Hace 6 horas
@ErikBeckner93 Ok? What about srt 10 and the new TRX?
ErikBeckner93 Hace 8 horas
@ChickenCing Cummins is all Dodge has ever had. Other than that no Ram has ever impressed me. I guess if you like a cracked dash and replacing transmissions they’re okay.
ChickenCing Hace un día
@ErikBeckner93 cause why not! He’s done the Silverado, f 150, and he’s done Cummins.
ErikBeckner93 Hace un día
@ChickenCing Why?😂😂
ChickenCing Hace 2 días
Hopefully James will make it up with an insane episode of up to speed, hopefully it’s about the RAM trucks.
Jack DiMaggio
Jack DiMaggio Hace 6 días
Aidan Guerrero
Aidan Guerrero Hace 7 días
Hello im in 9th grade and fell in love with the 7 in 4th grade and never liked the fc until 6th and i have always loved them. its sad how cactus jack runed them (sorry of bad spelling)
Hairy Mary
Hairy Mary Hace 7 días
Guys stop asking about an UpToSpeed on James’s dad. He passed away a while ago and left this world from 6 children. Every time you ask it’s hard for James. James' dad died of a heart attack at the age of 48. The self-described "introverted extrovert" acknowledged that he should’ve been taking better care of himself given what happened to his father. James’ older sister had also suffered a similar experience to his before she even turned 30. "Apparently I have really bad genetics when it comes to my heart," he noted.
Elite Gaming
Elite Gaming Hace 7 días
Bro, its been 2 months man, what happened. Up to speed is what helped me find a proper way into the car world. It is legit my favorite show, and I'm curious to know what happened. Is up to speed returning?
Tj Souza
Tj Souza Hace 7 días
Love yr car tho
Jared Lewis
Jared Lewis Hace 7 días
When are you doing one on Maserati??
Ali Kherbeck
Ali Kherbeck Hace 8 días
Up to Speed on Mercedes-Benz
Hakim Slee
Hakim Slee Hace 8 días
Do an up to speed on the Nissan laurel
Klem Muriuki
Klem Muriuki Hace 8 días
When are you gonna bring this series back
Jon Nygaard
Jon Nygaard Hace 8 días
Please do the plymouth roadrunner
Random Dude
Random Dude Hace 9 días
Can you do a up to speed on MG
Nick Wagner
Nick Wagner Hace 9 días
Well a month was a lie
Ray 832
Ray 832 Hace 9 días
Initial D is a major reason why the “yellow” RX7 is so popular
Christian Ocampos
Christian Ocampos Hace 9 días
You should do an Up to Speed on the GM EV1 (and other 90's EVs such as the RAV4 EV, the Honda EV Plus, Nissan Altra EV, Ford Ranger EV and others..)
aj Hace 9 días
day 327 of asking james to do an up to speed on the 300zx
Johnny John
Johnny John Hace 9 días
Do a Mitsubishi Outlander man !!!
SleepyJ Hace 9 días
Hey that's my car 10:44 and 11:04
Boxster Gaming
Boxster Gaming Hace 10 días
Should have called this "Rotary Repair" instead of redux
Izayoi Aifuyu
Izayoi Aifuyu Hace 10 días
Gonna ask again for an up to speed on the Toyota Soarer
Dennis Petrini
Dennis Petrini Hace 11 días
You need to do the Lotus Omega, I beg you!!
POW Rider
POW Rider Hace 11 días
Up to speed on the international scout??????????!!!!! Please! Wife would appreciate it 😂
Black W0lf22222
Black W0lf22222 Hace 11 días
You redid the Nissan GTR, the Mazda RX-7, it’s time to finish the triad. Toyota Supra redo. The JDM Legends.
Andrew Oliver
Andrew Oliver Hace 11 días
It's been more than a month now james
Arturo Riquelme
Arturo Riquelme Hace 12 días
Did you do an Up to Speed on Citroen?
I am a Stud that Farted
I am a Stud that Farted Hace 12 días
You make some of the coolest videos on utube in my eye. please don't stop ever and train someone to take over after your gone. ;)
Captain Reed
Captain Reed Hace 12 días
This is the last episode of the Up to Speed anime. ;(
Jon Hoover
Jon Hoover Hace 12 días
Day 56 without Up To Speed.
Retro Xtero
Retro Xtero Hace 12 días
Day 55 of asking James Pumphrey to do another up to speed
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Daan Mels Hace 13 días
Make an episode of venturi
Harry Gregory
Harry Gregory Hace 13 días
asking James to do an "Up to Speed" episode on Maserati and jaguar cars @donutmedia do it or i will not subscribe!
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Muhammad Aldo Dany Putra Hace 13 días
It's already October, we need another up 2 speed like really... Now
Thomas Catalina
Thomas Catalina Hace 13 días
Up To Speed NOVA!?!?!?!
Marietta Truck Sales
Marietta Truck Sales Hace 14 días
Legoyavi214 Jojo
Legoyavi214 Jojo Hace 14 días
You guys should do a up to speed an the Suzuki cappuccino
djaric Hace 14 días
Is anyone else bothered that the engine in the animations isn't correct?
Adri Ele
Adri Ele Hace 14 días
The FB was not the first tho. There was the SA before that
Aldo Rey
Aldo Rey Hace 15 días
i was going to say u did seem a bit down talking about my favorite car even wr0te a comment. cause i remmeber the next car was the skyline and u went nuts but the rx7 wasnt treated the same lol than u for remaking it and showing this beauty off
Ibrahim Ali-Salaam
Ibrahim Ali-Salaam Hace 15 días
Up to Speed on the Morgan
Anime Amiel
Anime Amiel Hace 15 días
This is possibly the last episode of up to speed because there’s was no up to speed for a while edit: oop never mind
gemeview boy
gemeview boy Hace 15 días
Pls bring back up to speed
PR RIGGARL Hace 15 días
What happened to up to speed:(
Gabriel Sarpi
Gabriel Sarpi Hace 15 días
Dem model names like my grades
frozzzty Hace 16 días
do an up to speed on the 300zx
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Adrian Cumarat Hace 16 días
x DeViiStaTiioN
x DeViiStaTiioN Hace 16 días
Out of 163 up to speed videos ranging from the Honda accord to John Deere can you please tell me how you dont have a single video on the Lexus SC300/SC400? Or the Soarer as it was known as in Japan?
Mitchell Jones
Mitchell Jones Hace 16 días
Do an up to speed on Paul walker
Devonte Murray
Devonte Murray Hace 17 días
The RX-7 in the original FnF was sounds from the Supra's 2JZ...
John Allen
John Allen Hace 18 días
James just revealed why we will never hear about his dad 10:22
4Matic Hace 18 días
James please do a Up To Speed on the AMG black series,I like the amg video but do one on the BLACK series mercedes it'd be much appreciated
Soulvary Hace 18 días
when is this guy gonna do an up to speed on a cefiro
Diego Ibanez
Diego Ibanez Hace 18 días
Up to speed on ram
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Bippy Vucc Hace 19 días
Has anyone heard of don yenko and the yenko Camaro?
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Dummythicc YT
Dummythicc YT Hace 19 días
You should do an up to speed on the CitiCar
Cyco Smile
Cyco Smile Hace 19 días
I just turned 16 and my first car is an 84 first gen I got the car 2 years ago when I spotted it in a field passing through Arizona on a trip I live in utah so I didn't think I'd see the car again well on another trip we had a trailer but no car so I went to the guys house turns out it had been sitting for 8 years it didn't have any interior not did he know what was wrong with it so I pitched him 500$ all of my savings at the time and he said yes so we loaded her up and back to utah it was for us. I got work instantly mind you at the time my only knowledge on cars was working on my dad's bugs and karmann Ghia but nothing like I was about to dive into come to find out the motor was junk the housings for the rotors were absolutely eaten up and rotted away I wasn't sure what to do but I had bought this car with my own money she was mine so I located a local junkyard and walked around it once or twice and I just happened to spot an 83 rx7 that had been side swiped when I asked about it, it was apparently garage kept until it was hit. I asked him if he had the keys he didn't so I drilled out the ignition and cranked her over with a screwdriver she ran I was super excited but I couldn't exactly work at 15 and I didn't have money to buy it so I offered to work everyday after school until I had payed it off he agreed for the next 6 months I would work at the junkyard after that I pulled the 12a out of the car took it home and opened it up this was the very first time I had ever torn apart a engine on my own and so the rebuild began (first of many attempts) after ordering all the parts I would need I put the motor together and I did just that, on my own. This proved to be problematic, a corner seal jumped out and got crushed ruining a housing so I took it back apart and had a machine shop assess the damage after ordering new seals and going through with another rebuild she's as good as new I bought a hoist and put the engine in the car last weekend I hope to have all the ends and ods tucked away within a week and the car running for the first time in 10 years she's been a long time coming but it's made me a better man and taught me everything I know about cars, values, and self sufficiency I've never worked so hard for something in my life I absolutely can't wait to drive her for the first time. future plans for the car include bc coilovers, getting the 8 point cage I have welded in, getting actual seat beackets for my bucket seats (depending on how far you scoot forward you rub on the trans tunnel luckily I'm 6'1)(passenger sits about 2-3 inches higher than driver so my tall friends dont fit) get my interior situated, buy harness and a new dashboard. I appreciate you for reading all the way through if you did, have an amazing rest of your day
Brandon Gerard Moody
Brandon Gerard Moody Hace 19 días
excalibur motors?
Okami Japan
Okami Japan Hace 19 días
Samuel Rivard
Samuel Rivard Hace 19 días
R8 video pleaseeeee
Austyn Chavalia
Austyn Chavalia Hace 19 días
R.I.P to up to speed 😥.
Edge Hace 19 días
Do the g35😭😭😭😭
GG EZ Hace 19 días
Now if only there was a rx7 2020 edition to match
Jared Braun
Jared Braun Hace 19 días
Top funny name in automotive history is Dick Trickle, hands down.
6thGear Hace 19 días
Y’all who else is gonna swap the mx30’s rotary and put it in the rx9 when they are released?
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