Project Ruze The UK's first all-Japanese RX7 V8?

Category “Forethought & Planning”

Sump Fitment

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

The 1UZ-FE has a choice of a few different sump fitments. They all use the same oil pump and all fit to the same block, and they basically just locate the oil pan in different places depending on the car that they’re fitting in to. Using an oil pan and sump combo from a different […]

Engine Mounts

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

This is pure conjecture at the moment as I don’t actually have the things in front of me, but… Most of the cars that the 1UZ-FE has been fitted to have also been available with one or other JZ engine (1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GE etc) – the  Aristo and Soarer, for example. Notable exception is the LS400 which only […]


Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Gearbox choice is a key point with the 1UZ-FE – every car that had the V8 from factory was an automatic, and I don’t want an automatic. RUZE will have a manual gearbox. It will have to be pretty strong, as the 1UZ is capable of generating some pretty impressive low-down torque. This really limits […]

To VVTi or not to VVTi…

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

As per this post on, there are quite a few variants of the 1UZ knocking around. The info on lextreme is missing one key variant though – the post-1997 VVTi model engine. This engine went into the Soarer and the facelift LS400. It features a redesigned inlet manifold, the throttlebody now central and facing […]