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

Archive for May, 2010

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 […]

LSx Powered RX7s

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

It’s quite a common swap in the states to drop the LS series V8 engines into the RX7. The LS is a small block V8 from General Motors, which goes into Corvettes amongst other things. A Google search for V8 RX7 pretty much only turns up LSx based builds. This conversion in particular really seems to […]

American 1JZ-GTE powered RX7

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

This is the car that started the gears whirring in my head – as featured on the front of Japanese Performance Oct ’09 issue. Not only did this guy Drew make an awesome machine, he now sells kits comprising of custom propshafts, front subframes etc which I hope to use via a company called Tech2 […]

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 […]

UK-Based IS200, 1UZ-FE Turbo!

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

This car was built by a chap called Marcus who is a member of the Outlaw Jap Club – It’s a Lexus IS200 with the 1UZ-FE non-VVTi engine. He’s also then strapped a whacking great turbo to it. Sadly before he could finish the build Marcus had to sell the car to make ends meet, so […]

Australian 1UZ-FE Powered Supra

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

This is an amazing car that a friend linked me to a few months ago, when the idea for RUZE was just starting to form in my head. It’s a 1UZ powered JZA80 (MK4) Toyota Supra, running with Nissan RB26 ITBs (independant throttle bodies) which makes for a  great intake noise. Oh yeah – it […]