Dean Crook is certainly no stranger to tough cars, his previous rides included another RX3 street car that wore the plates 'ROMPER' that ran into the 8s down the quarter. His latest project though, this 'Pro Tourer's style sedan is destined to set the bar high for tough street cars for years to come!
In the build for the past two years, Dean, along with help from close mate and owner/operator of local fabrication workshop Racemod Racecars Ryan Mills, have taken a stock RX3 rolling shell and flipped it on its lid (literally), redesigning near the whole car from front to back and transforming the sloppy '70s sedan into a modern day masterpiece of automotive engineering.
Take a close look through the photos here and you'll still probably miss half the detail and degree these guys have go to in fabricating and re engineering the cars entire suspension, steering and driveline; it's that crazy!
The new components that make up the car, most of them custom made would rival many OEM performance car setups today.
At first glance, from the outside the car simply looks like a slammed, and we mean SLAMMED Mazda RX3 sedan but it's only once you start poking around that all the crazy fabrication is seen and that's pretty much exactly how Dean wanted it.
Lift up the RX3's skirt and her intricate underpinnings are revealed; a fabrication wonderland that would be admired and appreciated by any enthusiast, no matter what scene they're from.
From the cars custom chromolly tubular crossmember and independant front suspension setup, complete with rack and pinion steering to the new 4-link setup at the rear, it's a modified car enthusiast's wet dream!
Racemod Racecars have really outdone themselves on this one, the fabrication work on this car having to be seen to be believed.
Countless amounts of hours have been spent not only on the fabrication side of things but also design work with near every custom component fabricated based upon long nights working behind the computer screen with AutoCAD and Solidworks for the 3D testing side of things.
Just when you thought you had picked your jaw up off the floor for the last time, would you take a long hard look at this engine bay!!
Paint and panel work as smooth as a new born babies behind thanks to Jim Rooke Smash Repairs with fresh new rolled wheel tubs replacing the factory strut towers and helping to make way for the big 19 inch front rollers... How's that jaw of yours feeling...?
A full sheet metal fire wall features bulkheads for all fluid lines, including fully-operational heater core as well as electrical wiring. Speaking of wiring, try and spot any of it! As you see it here, this is a full wired-up engine bay...Once again, flawless!
Taking pride of place in the engine bay is the SDR Motorsport-built 20B 3-rotor, accompanied by a sizable GTX42 Garrett turbocharger, several go-fast goodies from the Turbosmart catalogue and PWR cooling system with the whole party being controlled by one of Microtech's latest LT16c ECUs
With the build now on the home stretch and Dean working overtime to get the car on the road we're told that March should be the month if everything goes to plan.
At this stage the interior trim work is next up, with another local company, Trims by Bec given the job of decking the car out.
As you can see Dean's smile has already taken over his face and it's only going to get bigger as things progress. We'll be sure to take some more snaps and keep you all up to date on the progress. But until then, if you want to see more photos of this amazing build, head over to the 'Builds & Projects' page here for a full gallery of snaps.