The SP badge means a lot to Aussie rotary fans, it was first seen on the RX-7 in 1995, which beat Porsche at the 12-hour Eastern Creek race to claim Mazda's fourth straight 12-hour event.
SP later returned on a turbocharged version of the NB MX-5 before the head of Mazda Motorsports Australia, Allan Horsley added his magic to its four-door rotary-powered sports car, creating the RX-8 SP.
Built to take on Targa, the RX-8 SP constantly mixed it up with more exotic and powerful machinery such as the Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche 911.
Dave Potter, has been the owner of this SP for three years and we got in contact with him to learn a little more about the sports car.
He told us that compared to the standard RX-8, the SP gained a Mazdaspeed-like bodykit, a roll cage, six piston AP brakes, MCA suspension, grippier tyres and a stripped-out interior that helps bring weight down to 1200kg.
The SP looks similar to the Mazdaspeed RX-8 thanks a bodykit and rear spolier. (image credit: Dave Potter)
A Garrett turbo was also added to the 13B, which is said to increase outputs to 225kW/400Nm, although Allan Horsley never officially revealed the actual figures.
Around $50,000 has been spent on restoring the brakes, turbo and engine (among other things), which is now making between 260kW-270KW at the rear wheels.
While the original SP ran a standard RX-8 six-speed manual, this example is running a five-speed manual from an FD RX-7, which Dave says is a tougher gearbox.
It’s currently for sale at My Sportscars and while eight road cars were built, this is one of only three Targa-spec SPs ever made.
One was destroyed at Targa Tasmania and the other lives at Mazda HQ in Melbourne.
The asking price is $60,000. Pretty cheap for a race car, especially given it’s also road-registered.
If you’re interested, check it out on the My Sportscar Facebook page and give Dave a bell. Then give us a call and throw us the keys... please.
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