LSx V8 Powered Mazda RX8
(*Updates are posted at the bottom of the page*)
We are proud to introduce one of the next projects from Hinson Motorsports. This RX8 was purchased recently for the sole purpose of developing the RX8 LSx V8 market.
This car was purchased with a turbo RENESIS 13B-MSP engine which made a staggering 256 hp and 180 ft-lb on our chassis dyno.
We are agressively working on this combination. Our schedule is to complete the initial build with a stock LSx engine and begin testing before the end of the year. Stayed tuned for more information.
11/19/09 - Custom rack built for the application. We should be test fitting an engine after Thanksgiving.
Update 5/12/10: The RX8 project is almost complete. The wiring has been finished, and all electronics are working. We are currently building the headers on the car, and the production process on this will take four weeks. In the mean time, we are putting together pricing for the mounting equipment and subsystems. We are hopeful to have the products available for purchase before the headers are completed.
We will post more pictures shortly. The above picture was taken of a mock up engine. We have installed an LS1 engine with T56 transmission. It is wired, and ready to start.
Update 7/28/10: We have complete the car with the exception of the cooling system. We received the radiator core, and we're designing the installation now. At this point, we are planning to have pricing, pictures, and video shortly. Give us another two weeks to road test the car and complete the project. We are looking forward to releasing the products.
The 1 7/8" stainless steel headers and 3" y-pipes are now in stock. They were custom built for the application, and they are required for the build. They meet the factory exhaust system behind the transmission for an easy installation.
Update 8/6/10: The car is on the road. We have started our road testing, and all systems are working as designed. The car has a nice balance, and the interior noise is very low. Our first impression is that this will make an excellent driver. We will post pictures and video shortly.
Update 1/31/11: We are working on pricing for the parts. We have stainless steel headers and Y-pipes in stock. Our plan is to start shipping parts in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!
Update 4/20/11: Pricing is almost completed, and we are going to start adding products to our store this week. We appreciate your patience and look forward to working with you soon. Thanks!
Update 6/3/11: RX8 dash is working! You can have a seamless installation with your stock dash. We're tackling the stock electric power steering (EPS) now.
Update 7/13/11: We're going to start on the sway bar & AC for
the build over the next couple days. We excited to have the car
"complete" and ready for aggressive testing soon.