• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

RX-7 is a FR-driven sports car equipped with a rotary engine and Mazda had manufactured and sold until 2002.

SAVANNA RX-7

 

The above picture is FC3S type RX-7 of die cast miniature car toy “Dream Tomica”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD on March 19, 2016 in Japan.

Mazda had been manufacturing and selling passenger cars called Savanna from 1971 to 1978.

There was a coupe model in Savanna, and the name of Savanna was used for the 1st generation RX-7 as its successor model.

This die cast miniature car reproduces the 2nd generation RX-7 (FC3S type), but this model was also sold as Savanna RX-7 from 1985.

 

In Japan, there is a manga called “Initial D” that depicts the public road race by sports cars.

Mr. Shuichi Shigeno is the original author and was serialized in the comic magazine “Weekly Young Magazine” until 2013.

The main stage of “Initial D” is a fictitious Mt.Akina modeled on the Mt.Haruna in Gumma Prefecture and the team named “Akina Speed Stars” where car lovers gathered appears in this comic.

In addition, the team named “Akagi RedSuns” is formed, collecting the car lovers in Mt.Akagi of Gumma Prefecture.

The sports car owned by Ryosuke Takahashi who is the leader of that “Akagi RedSuns” was the FC3S type Savanna RX-7.

By the way, Keisuke, the younger brother of Ryosuke Takahashi, owned FD3S type RX-7 of the successor model of the FC3S type, so it is called “Takahashi brothers of Rotary engine” in the play.

 

Savanna RX-7, owned by Ryosuke Takahashi, was a version Ⅲ of the special specification car called “Inifini”.

“Infini” of FC3S type RX-7 was a limited car of 2-seater and sold till version Ⅳ.

In September 1989 and February 1990, RX-7 Infini version Ⅲ was sold for only 600 units each.

The body colors of Crystal White and Brilliant Black in September 1989, and Shade Green in February 1990 were prepared.

 

Dream Tomica is a derivative model of Tomica and various vehicles such as Hello Kitty or Doraemon etc., which are different from commercial vehicles are prepared.

This die cast minicar is modeled on FC3S type RX-7 which appeared in “Initial D”, and reproduces the body color of Crystal White.

Because there were few unit sales and it appeared in “Initial D”, RX-7 Infini Ⅲ of Crystal White boasted high popularity in the used car market.

 

SAVANNA RX-7 FRONT VIEW

FC3S type RX-7 adopted a retractable headlight.

This die cast miniature car toy reproduces the state where the headlight is opened.

It seems to image night driving, the light source part is painted in yellow.

Also, the plastic part surrounding the light source is painted in black, imaging the actual car.

 

This miniature car toy reproduces the position lamp and the turn signal lamp before the headlight, and the fog lamp inside the bumper by the shape of die-casting.

However, since it is not painted, it can not recognize that those are lamp parts at a glance.

 

A large air bulge was installed on the bonnet of FC3S type RX-7.

This miniature car reproduces the air buldge accurately by the shape of die-casting.

However, since the opening part also remains the body color, there is no stereoscopic feeling.

 

SAVANNA RX-7 SIDE VIEW

This die cast miniature car toy is modeled on FC3S type RX-7 appearing in “Initial D”, so it is reproducing the sticker on the door part and the “REDSUNS” sticker on the rear part of the door by printing.

REDSUNS stickers are accurately reproduced in both shape and size.

 

Some of Tomica have gimmicks such as opening doors and bonnets.

This miniature car toy of FC3S type RX-7 can open and close doors of both sides.

When opening the door you can see the interior.

It reproduces the shape of sporty sheets, instrument panels, etc.

However, there is coating unevenness on the instrument panel part, the overall finish is not so good.

 

A general purpose type wheel is usually used for Tomica even with sports cars.

However, this miniature car toy of the Dream Tomica series is equipped with a dedicated wheel.

Although it is not as accurate as the wheel used for Tomica Premium, it is finished to make it feel sufficiently different from ordinary Tomica.

 

SAVANNA RX-7 REAR VIEW

Red and orange clear resin is used for the rear combination lamp of this die cast miniature car toy.

The stop lamp of the FC3S type RX-7 has changed from the latter model to the round-type two lamps, but it has not been reproduced so far.

Also, the size of the rear combination lamp seems to be slightly larger than the actual car, which is somewhat similar to Toyota’s A70 type Supra which was sold at about the same period.

The ∞ (Infini) emblem and the MAZDA emblem of the trunk part are not reproduced in this miniature car toy.

 

Dream Tomica, unlike ordinary Tomica, the scale is not written on the package.

The actual length of FC3S type RX-7 is 4335 mm, and the length of this miniature car toy is about 70 mm, so the scale is probably about 1/62.

SAVANNA RX-7 SCALE

 

 

 

【About actual RX-7】

 

RX-7 was a sports car equipped with a rotary engine and appeared in 1978.

Since Mazda had sold a coupe model named Savanna before that, the first generation model was sold as Savanna RX-7.

The name of the second generation model also remained Savanna RX-7, but the third generation model appeared as Infini RX-7 with the sales channel name.

However, the Infini store disappeared in 1996 due to the integration of Mazda’s sales channels.

Therefore, the name of the third generation model was changed to Mazda RX-7, and it was produced until 2002.

 

 

◆ The first generation RX-7 (SA22C type) 1978-1985

 

The first generation RX-7 was announced in 1978 as a successor to the Savanna coupe (export model name RX-3).

It was a sports car equipped with the rotary engine with a single chamber volume of 573 cc × 2 and it was high performance despite its low price.

Therefore, it was called Poor Man’s Porsche in America.

 

The 12 A type water cooled 2 rotor engine at the beginning of the release generated 130 ps / 7000 rpm, 16.5 kg ・ m / 4000 rpm.

At the minor change in 1983, RX-7 equipped with the 12A turbo engine generating 165 PS was added only in Japan.

 

 

◆ The second generation RX-7 (FC3S type) 1985-1991

 

The savanna RX-7 underwent fully model change in 1985 and the second generation, which aimed at maturing as a full-fledged sports car, appeared.

The 13B-T type water-cooled 2-rotor turbo engine at the time of release generated 185 PS / 6,500 rpm, 25.0 kg・m / 3, 500 rpm.

At the minor change in July 1989, turbine improvements, etc. were carried out, the performance of the rotary engine improved to 205PS / 6,500 rpm, 27.5 kg・m / 3, 500 rpm.

 

The second generation savanna RX-7 was equipped with a front brake of an aluminum caliper opposed piston, which was for the first time in Japanese cars.

In addition, the rear suspension was independently suspended, semi-trailing arm multi link was adopted.

For this rear suspension, the 4-wheel steering (4WS) technology was applied by adopting “Toe control hub”.

The weight distribution in the front and rear was 50.5 vs. 49.5, and FC3S type RX-7 got the running performance suitable for the real sports car.

 

RX-7 ∞ (Infini) of special specification was released on limited 300 units in August 1986, the next year after the sales had begun.

∞ (Infini) was the first two-seater specification of RX-7, equipped with forged aluminum wheels made by BBS, dedicated damper, aluminum bonnet hood and so on.

RX-7 ∞ (Infini) has evolved to version Ⅳ while receiving minor changes.

The miniature car of FC3S type RX-7 introduced on this page reproduces the version Ⅲ of Crystal White which was released in September 1989.

 

At FC3S type RX-7, Cabriolet (FC3C type) equipped with an electric soft top was prepared.

It was released in 1987 as a model that Mazda manufactured for the 20th anniversary of the launch of a rotary engine equipped car.

RX-7 underwent full model change to the third FD3S type in 1991, but FC3C type RX-7 Cabriolet was continuously sold.

And in the fall of 1992 the final version of Cabriolet was sold for only 150 units, production of FC3C type was completed.

 

■ Specifications of SAVANNA RX-7 ∞ (Infini) version Ⅲ (1989 model)

[Overall length] 4,335 mm

[Overall width] 1,690 mm

[Overall height] 1,270 mm

[Vehicle weight] 1,230 kg

[Driving method] FR

[Engine] 654 cc × 2 water cooled in-line 2-rotor IC twin turbo

[Maximum output] 215 PS / 6,200 rpm

[Maximum torque] 28.0 kgfm / 4,000 rpm

[Transmission] 5-speed MT

 

 

◆ The third generation RX-7 (FD3S type) 1991-2002

 

In 1991, RX-7 underwent the second full model change and moved to the third generation FD3S type.

Unlike the previous Savanna RX-7, this FD3S type was launched as Infini RX-7 named after the Mazda’s sales channel at that time.

However, in 1996 Infini and Eunos shops merged, and became the new Mazda Infini shop.

In response to this, the name was changed to Mazda RX-7 and sold until 2002.

 

In Japan around 1990, unprecedented sports car boom occurred and various sports models were released.

Authentic sports cars whose specifications are close to RX-7 also appeared one after another.

First, Nissan’s Fairlady Z underwent full model change in 1989, and Z32 type appeared.

In the following year, Honda NSX (NA1 type) which adopted all aluminum body and Mitsubishi GTO of 4WD sports car were released.

Toyota’s flagship sports car Supra also shifted to A80 type in 1993.

 

FD3S type RX-7 at the beginning of sales was equipped with the 2-rotor sequential twin turbo engine (13B-REW type) that generated 255 PS.

Meanwhile, the rival car’s engines were generating the 280 PS which was the self-regulation value of Japan at that time.

Although the engine horsepower was somewhat inferior, RX-7 that was lighter than rival cars boasted a strong popularity as a pure sports car.

Later, RX-7 underwent several minor changes, and the 1999’s 13B-REW engine has reached 280 PS lined up with rivals.

 

■ Specifications of INFINI RX-7 (1991 model)

[Overall length] 4,295 mm

[Overall width] 1,760 mm

[Overall height] 1,230 mm

[Vehicle weight] 1,250 kg (AUTOMATIC: 1,280 kg)

[Driving method] FR

[Engine] 654 cc × 2 water cooled in-line 2-rotor IC twin turbo (13B-REW type)

[Maximum output] 255 PS (188 kW) / 6,500 rpm

[Maximum torque] 30.0 kgfm (294.2 Nm) / 5,000 rpm

[Transmission] 5-speed MT, 4-speed AT

[Vehicle body price in Japan] 3,600,000 yen (5 MT), 3,700,000 yen (4 AT)