RE Amemiya increased the spec of the mechanicals this season to help Suenaga keep up with the rest of the pack. At the time we shot the FD it was running a T78 Trust turbine, but the D1 mechanic in charge of the engine said it would be swapped out for a larger T88 to help push power to about 550 ps - about 50 ps higher than last year's car. The base of the engine is a RE Amemiya bridge-ported 13B fitted with a new V-mount kit developed in conjunction with the guys at Trust/GReddy, just down the road from the RE workshop. This kit features a larger-core intercooler and radiator for additional cooling and is combined with the piping kit and RE Amemiya large throttle for optimal response. On the intake side, a Trust Airinx cone filter keeps the air clean, while the exhaust is a full-titanium dolphin-tail RE Amemiya original that sounds like nothing else on this planet!

The big change for this year is the adoption of a Hewland sequential gearbox, straight form the GT-300 race car and helps immensely with the overall performance capabilities of the car. Suenaga will be able to select gears much faster and keep the engine on the boil, which is the reason the T78 turbine will be replaced with the T88. Keeping such a high-powered 13B happy when it comes to fuel supply is a set of high-flowing Bosh fuel pumps and a race car-like fuel system comprised of a tiny fuel tank (good for only a couple of laps), a collector tank and stainless steel braided fuel lines.

Suspension, as on every D1 car, is courtesy of DG-5 and built to RE Amemiyas' specifications and features Swift springs. RE Amemiya front and rear stabilizer bars keep a check on roll, while the rear strut tower bar doubles up as a mounting point for the racing harnesses. No front strut tower bar is being run to leave a little bit of torsion at the front end. This, the D1 mechanic explains, helps keep understeer to a minimum - exactly what you need on a drift car. Braking, surprisingly enough, is made up of GReddy 4-pot front calipers and two-piece rotors. The rear was left unchanged but like the front Project pads and braided lines were used.

The HKS F-Con V Pro still needs to be set up properly and there are a few scheduled test sessions left before the season starts. Having the first round in the U.S. will be a killer for most teams as money is as tight as ever in the D1-GP. As Amemiya-san explains for the first couple of rounds Suenaga will probably use the '06 car while the '07 machine will be finely tuned and hopefully ready for him to tackle the first Japan round in Ebisu (Round 2) on March 24 and 25. We'll be covering the first outing of the car at Mobara next month.

Specs: RE AMEMIYA D1-GP RX-7
550 PS
Engine
RE Amemiya bridge ported 13B engine
Trust T78-29D turbocharger (T88 will be used in competition)
RE Amemiya dolphin tail full titanium muffler
Trust Airinix air filter
RE Amemiya big throttle kit
RE Amemiya new design V-mount kit, triple core intercooler & triple core radiator
Trust piping kit
Polished intake manifold
Custom power-steering reservoir tank
RE Amemiya big capacity oil catch tank (recirculating type)
RE Amemiya aluminium pulley kit
RE Amemiya radiator air separator tank
RE Amemiya electronic fan relay kit
RE Amemiya alternator/steering pump brake bar
RE Amemiya oil filter cap
RE Amemiya Super G oil (API-SL10W-40)
ATL racing fuel tank
BosCh Motorsport fuel pumps
RE Amemiya collector tank
Sard fuel pressure regulator
Uprated injectors
Braided stainless steel fuel lines
High intensity ignition coils & leads
RE Amemiya GT-300 oil filter
Trust oil coolers x 2 (with electric fan extractors
Custom power steering cooler
HKS F-Con V Pro ECU

Drivetrain
Ogura Racing clutch
Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox
RE Amemiya Super Racing LSD

Suspension
DG-5 RE Amemiya Spec D1-GP drift suspension kit
Swift springs
RE Amemiya stabilizers bars
RE Amemiya rear strut tower bar
GReddy 4-pot front brake kit
Project racing pads all round

Exterior
RE Amemiya Super GReddy full body kit
Front bumper
Front canards
Front fenders
One off Porsche 997 front lights (IPF reflectors)
Side skirts
Side mirrors
Rear overfenders
Rear bumper
Rear carbon canards & diffuser for AD GT Kit
GT3 wet carbon rear spoiler
FRP doors
Carbon look door handles
Acrylic windows (not front windscreen)
FRP rear hatch
Wet carbon bonnet with drilled FRP reinforcement

InteriorFull welded-in rollcage
RE Amemiya deep cup alcantara racing steering wheel
Works Bell Rapfix GTC Ball Lock System
Bride racing bucket seats x 2
Carbon door cards
Blue main dash
Carbon-fiber custom instrument binnacle
Defi dash unit
Blue alcantara handbrake lever & boot
GReddy e-01 boost controller custom fitted in carbon center console
Custom built/fitted gear shifter & reverse lever
Carbon shift knob

Wheels/Tires
Enkei GTC01 9x18 +18 (front), 10x18 + 22 (rear)
Toyo Trampio R1R 245/40/ZR18 (front),Toyo Proxes R1R 265/35/ZR18 (rear)