What is it about a face swap that gets our pupils to dilate? There are many answers to that, starting with how creating such an alternate reality pushes the little buttons in our minds that make performance cars so much more than machines for traveling from A to B. And when we’re looking at a Mazda RX-7 doing Toyota Supra cosplay in the real world, our jaws will inevitably find their way towards the floor.
Just to be sure everything is clear here, this is not a rendering, as we’re dealing with a real machine instead. Sure, such pixel stunts were mighty popular last decade, given their deep effect and the moderate amount of effort they require, at least in 2D form. Of course, there are eccentric builders out there for whom renderings are not enough and you’re looking at a recent example of that.
An enthusiast named Dylan Krucke (aka largestorange) decided that his Mazda RX-7 was no longer okay in factory trim, so, as anybody would do, he fitted this with a Toyota Supra front end.
As you can imagine, even when choosing cars that share platforms or engines, which is not the case here, such jobs are easier said than done. However, Dylan’s determination and fabrication skills meant he pulled it off
An FD RX-7 with an Mk IV Supra’s face is unholy, but cool
We’re arguably dealing with the most popular iterations of the RWD Coupes, namely the Mk IV Supra (here’s a mint-condition example hitting 155 mph on the Autobahn) and the FD RX-7, so the resulting contraption is nothing less than an attention magnet.
The builder published some photos of the (mostly) finished RX-7 Supra two days ago, with the orange hue of the custom machine —there are lots of aftermarket bits here, from the wheels to various body bits—reminding us of the iconic Fast and Furious Mk IV Supra.
Speaking of which, the F&F franchise, as well as the Need for Speed series, taught us that heavily customizing the FD RX-7 (this abandoned example in Japan used to be a famous drift car) and the Mk IV Supra will yield similar results, both in terms of attention and performance. And while that’s true for the most part, I’ll remind everybody that, in factory trim, these 1990s JDM icons had different purposes. As such, the Supra leans towards the grand tourer side of things, while the RX-7 is a more focused sports car.
The Mazda-Toyota we have here retains its rotary power, as confirmed by the soundtrack of the short video below, which shows an earlier stage of the build. So this is one quirky brap-brap package.
This could’ve been a rendering (again, it’s a real project)
For the record, the project came to my attention via digital artist Jon Pumfrey (aka dm_jon), whose NFS-kickstarted, Photoshop-edited var swap renderings kept me at the keyboard a few years ago.
Apparently, the artist was surprised to see a creation like the ones that made him popular on Instagram coming to life—you’ll find an example of his work in the second post below, which sees the FD RX-7 morphing into an R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Because why not?