The link with the racing world continues with the exterior. Hanaoka-san of DMAC International, who is responsible for the design of many Super GT cars, was called in to create the wider body. The main benefit of such a kit is to push the wheels further out from the chassis, therefore helping the car handle better on track. This allowed for some very aggressive fenders, like at the front with the louvered top section and the angular rear over-fenders. The front bumper features an integrated front splitter as well as some canards to help with high-speed downforce. The air dams are all functional and feed the V-mount radiator and intercooler setup, the large air intake for the turbine and the two intakes for brake cooling and the oil cooler. The chunky side skirts continue the widening of the body and fuse with the rear fenders to create a very aggressive profile. The rear end is pure GT racer with a series of air outlets created on the rear side of the fenders as well as on the center part of the bumper. This has all been done to create as much downforce as possible and channel turbulent air from the underside of the car. The rear carbon diffuser also helps out in this department by stabilizing the rear end while the carbon GT-wing offers various settings to adjust downforce.

To save as much weight as possible the hood and doors are made of carbon fiber, while the rear hatch is a removable FRP item with a polycarbonate windscreen. Gold Volk Racing CE28N 18-inch wheels wrapped in Dunlop 03G semi-slick tires complete the exterior. Providing a low-down stance and helping with the handling are the hlins dampers, which have been custom valved and gassed by Pan Speed. Hyperco springs and an array of suspension parts, which are kept confidential, join the dampers. Braking is taken care of by Brembo Racing forged calipers all around, six-pot at the front and four-pots at the rear. These bite down on Performance Friction two-piece grooved rotors with pads. The stock master cylinder has been replaced with an AP Racing item, offering more adjustability and performance.

Only time will tell if this is the record-breaking machine Pan Speed is hoping for. This car will no doubt become one of the fastest machines in Japan. During the shakedown tests it was lapping Tsukuba in 57 seconds and the driver, who before that day had never driven the car, said there's a lot of potential in the package. All eyes will be on this Pan Speed RX-7 come December when tuners meet at Tsukuba for the Super Lap Battle. This is one appointment we won't miss.

Specs
Engine/Drivetrain
Pan Speed side-ported 13B (654cc)
Pan Speed 50mm custom exhaust manifoldHKS T04Z turbine
Blitz RC external wastegate
Pan Speed 90mm custom titanium exhaust
Custom built Blitz V-mounted intercooler
Custom piping
Custom air intake for turbine intake
Pan Speed intake U-bend pipe with twin circulators for boost control
Blitz twin solenoids for boost control (controlled by Motec)
Pan Speed triple-row radiator V-mounted with intercooler
Air-separator tank
Pan Speed oil cooler
Custom oil catch tank
Lightweight alternator, water pump pulleys
ATL racing fuel tank (in trunk)
Stainless steel braided fuel lines
1,000cc injectors
Motec M800 ECU (custom wired)
OS Giken twin-plate clutch
Six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox, custom fitted
OS Giken two-way limited-slip differential

Chassis/Suspension
Custom valved and gassed hlins adjustable dampers
Hyperco springs
Pan Speed custom relocated front-strut tower bar
Pan Speed solid type bushes
Cusco top-mount spacers

Wheels/Tires/Brakes
Rays Engineering Volk Racing CE28N 10.5JJx18 +18
Dunlop 03G 265/40/18
AP Racing master cylinder
Brembo Racing six-pot forged front calipers
Brembo Racing four-pot forged rear calipers
Performance Friction two-piece grooved rotors
Performance Friction race pads
Braided brake lines