This month DW is featuring an employee build by Dakota Bowman, DW Technical Product Specialist, a custom-built 1988 Mazda RX-7.
Like most car guys, Dakota’s love for cars started early on. At the age of 4, his father asked him what he wanted and said he could have anything. His answer was a model 1964 Shelby Cobra, one of his dream cars, that his dad had built. Shortly after, Dakota started quite the collection of Hot Wheels just like the rest of us and the fuel began running through his veins.
Fast forward 14 years to Dakota’s 18th Birthday. Again, his father asked him what he was looking for and Dakotas answer was an FC RX-7, his father replied, “I will find one.” Dakota didn’t think much of his father's reply at the time and continued his search for a 240sx S13. Not even 2 days later, his father found an immaculate bone stock convertible FC RX-7 for sale that they couldn’t pass up. Dakota found himself driving the RX-7 anywhere and everywhere, meeting other rotary fanatics and eventually helping form the Oklahoma Rotary Group.
Dakota knew one thing that he wanted to do with the newly acquired RX-7, and that’s Drifting. He had always enjoyed watching car-related movies, especially ones with stunt driving and a lot of drifting. But he soon found out that a bone stock, n/a RX-7 with an open differential and no coilovers wasn’t the ideal setup. He started gathering parts, one after another eventually buying a whole parts car Turbo II RX-7 which he built to donate the whole drivetrain to the vert. Everything was built by Dakota himself with the help of a few friends along the way. Under the hood is a full Turbo II Swap, Street Ported 13B with parts from a Series 4 & 5 FC and an FD. The boost is provided by a Turbonetics 60mm T4 turbo with a Tial Wastegate and HKS BOV. The entire fuel system is DeatschWerks including DW 1500cc injectors, DWR2000 Fuel Pressure Regulator, fully plumbed with DW -6AN CPE lines and fittings. In the trunk is a Prototype DeatschWerks 5.5SST (Staged Surge Tank) with 3 DW200s that is fed by the DWBrushless In-tank pump.
The suspension is full drift ready with Stance Super Sport Coilovers, Villians Knuckles, Mazdatrix bump steer and rack spacers, with a Full Powered by Max Rear Suspension. In the back is a Series 4 Turbo II Differential with a Kaaz 1.5way LSD. The interior consists of Bride Low Max seats with Crow Harnesses attached to a full cage that was designed by one of his friends. A Momo steering wheel with a Non-Stop Tuning Hydro E-brake connected to a Wilwood Master. The exterior has Duraflex wide front and rear fenders, a Shine Auto front bumper, Rare Aero Package rear spoiler, D-Max style hood vent and an aftermarket canvas top.
With the car ready to hit the track, Dakota decided to compete in his first drift event here in OKC with hopes that his simulation racing and time spent on backroads in the snow, rain, and gravel would pay off. The car did just what he wanted it too, and he was able to link the whole track on his second run. Fast forward one year to his second comp event and Dakota took the top podium spot with first place! It shows that hard work, passion, and dedication pays off. For now, his sights are set on more seat time and he is eventually aiming for his Pro2 License in Formula D!