This time, Chiddy’s RX8, many in the UK’s ‘stance’ scene might recognise the name, he’s had a ‘rather low’ 106, a ‘rather low’ MX5, and now, a ‘rather low’ RX8. ‘Rather low’ being a slight understatement…
This guy officially lives ‘a long way from anywhere’, waaaay out in Cumbria, meaning unless we’re at a show/in a hotel the night before a show etc, photos and a chat are usually out of the question, but, fortunately for me, he was local just recently, so we knocked up a quick meeting, and I got a few pics.
The reason he was over here? Having the 1000 mile check up and oil change at Haywards North, after having had the 13b-Renesis engine street ported. I’m sure everyone will know, the RX8 runs a rotary (Wankel, teehee) engine, rather than the conventional piston motor, and, to ‘street port’ it, is, in essence similar to ‘porting and polishing’ a conventional piston engine’s head. The car’s also been treat to a K&N panel filter, to allow air to be sucked in with less restriction, and a Toyosports de-cat, and cat-back exhaust. Which (IMO, of course) sounds bloody lovely, it’s got a sporty tone to it, but isn’t too loud, and does, when required, allow the car become a bit of a fire breathing dragon… If you know what I mean…?
As mentioned at the start of the post, Chiddy’s not one for leaving a car at it’s standard height, so he’s got a set of Meister-R coil overs sat in the arches, wound down nicely to allow the arches to smother the car’s shoes. The wheels themselves are Rota GKRs, a copy of the timeless Enkei NT03, but without the rather hefty price tag. In flavour of 18×9 up front, and 18×9.5 at the rear, and with ET30, they sit just nice within the arches.
The exterior is, otherwise relatively untouched, it’s Strato Blue paintwork does look pretty special though, with a Seibon carbon bonnet adding a touch of flare, and a pair of yellow fogs up front, just for that JDM touch.