Hot Rods exert a fascination. The glossy paintwork and the beautiful shapes of these vehicles make an admirer of all viewers. One user from Instagram has converted an old Suzuki off-roader into a fascinating hot rod and let his followers participate in the masterpiece. To do this, he used a Mazda rotary engine. The result is impressive! After all, it was a relatively strange idea before the renovation began.

How An Antique Suzuki Became A Hot Rod
How An Antique Suzuki Became A Hot Rod

The old Suzuki off-roader wasn’t a vegetable truck, after all. It hat now 450 hp. The vehicle was undoubtedly not originally developed as a racer. But now he’s an accurate hot rod. Marvin Sanchez has fulfilled an old dream with the renovation. After all, he has been raving about this car from a Japanese manufacturer since he was a child. When a good opportunity arose, he grabbed it and bought the car. That was still in its original condition, but it was not in good condition. Still, it was lucky because usually, these vehicles are already entirely rotten. But this time, the Instagrammer was lucky; he wanted to use it and build a great hot rod.

Heavy Tools For An Old Car

However, Sanchez is also a massive fan of the drag scene; therefore, the new owner of the Suzuki Samurai used heavy tools. First, he changed the springs. The leaf springs became flat springs. So he brought the body of the vehicle to the minimum distance from the road. Then he removes the driven front axle. He replaced it with a drag-racing axis from Strange Engineering. A product from Ford now provides the drive. That is an 8.8-star axle, and it comes from the somewhat larger Ford F 150.

But that was far from being the end of it. Now it went to the engine. Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much space as we wanted. With the best will in the world, Sanchez could not accommodate a US V8 in the narrow engine compartment of the Suzuki Samurai. So he decided on a good alternative. He used a rotary piston engine from a Mazda RX-7. It’s much more compact. This 13B rotary engine comes from a car that hit the market in 1990. With 160 hp, it delivers more than double the original performance of the Suzuki Samurai. But that wasn’t enough for Sanchez. He also used a Precision turbocharger and built-in matching intake and exhaust manifolds.

Heavy Tools For An Old Car
Heavy Tools For An Old Car

There was also a homemade intercooler and a 66-millimetre wastegate. In the end, the Suzuki Samurai had 450 hp. That is all the more powerful because the car is even less weight than before. It now weighs only 820 kilograms. The renovation of Sanchez caused a sensation in the scene. Therefore, he would like to devote himself more to his hobby in the future and possibly even turn it into a profession. He would like to build more unique items and even found a company. That should then offer his works to the public.