The Zero F**ks Given RX7 – /TUNED


[CAR ENGINE REVVING] MATT FARAH: People tend to
compare supercars to works of art, and worship them as such. From their finely sculpted
lines to their superior engineering to the emotions
they stir while behind the wheel, it’s easy to understand
why they inspire people so. And like fine art, the
best supercars are all about the details. It has a 5 liter V8,
like a Koenigsegg. It has leather bonnet straps,
like a Pagani. It has lightweight body
panels and a stripped interior, like a GT3 RS. It has an external speedometer,
like an old muscle car. It has a big oil cooler,
like a Corvette ZR1. It has a trunk-mounted battery,
like a Bentley GT. It utilizes wood in its
structure, like a Morgan. It has airplane styles switches,
like an Aventador, and a fire suppression system
because from where we stand, this car is much more likely
to catch on fire than any Ferrari ever built. What would it take for you to
agree to test drive a car that makes nearly 400 horsepower,
weighs less than a Mini Cooper, and was built by someone
barely old enough to vote in their parents’
driveway? If that sounds scary, that’s
because it is. If a car is the sum of its
parts, then Corbin’s first gen RX7 is a schizophrenic
homeless man. It’s ugly, dirty, weathered,
and an all-around disaster. But, as often goes with these
things, a car can be not only far more than the sum of its
parts, but a brilliant representation of not only
its creator, but also the environment in which
it is created. And now it’s time we meet this
monster’s creator, Corbin. He’s only 19, but for the past
few years has dumped every dollar he’s earned delivering
pizzas into his mischief mobile. CORBIN GOODWIN: Well, it’s what
started out as a 1984 Mazda RX7 with a 12 [INAUDIBLE]
and an automatic owned by someone who’s
probably dead now. But anyway, I got it in a ditch
in Fresno for about $350, had to trailer it back,
listened to Johnny Cash the whole way. And I decided that I needed
something insane, something that would try to kill me
at any opportunity. Life wasn’t exciting enough. Anyway, so I decided it needed
a V8 and something that I could really have fun in
the canyons with– not care about, beat on
mercilessly, and that would hopefully take it without
breaking. [CAR ENGINE] CORBIN GOODWIN: The
off-the-shelf components are trick flow heads, Edelbrock
manifold, 24-pound Cobra injectors. What else do we have on there? DFI fuel rails. We have a Walbro
pump going on. We have a JEGS radiator with
a custom mount bracket. Half the stuff’s custom. Some Volvo ducting
to keep the air going through the radiator. What else do we have? BBK chromed long tubes. We have a C&L intake, a
70-millimeter throttle body. We also have a K&N filter, a
65-millimeter Thunderbird supercharged MAF, a T5 with an
unsprung 6-puck cerametallic clutch, and a 12-pound aluminum
flywheel with an ACT stage 3 pressure plate. That I didn’t want, but it’s
the only one I had. So I was like, whatever,
send it over. Used the RESpeed Coilover
conversion kit, so it has adjustable height hats 350-pound
springs up front, 200s in the rear, Illumina
five-way adjustable dampers, full poly. I have a little burn mark. Yeah, you can barely see it from
where I got molten rubber burning up the old bushings. Because this car just beats
me whenever possible. And also, camber plates
to top it off. MATT FARAH: And if you’ll
allow me a minute, I’ll explain why this rusted mess of
a sports car is one of the best home brew tuner cars
I’ve ever driven. To start the car, clutch in. Three toggles at the bottom
for ignition and fan. Then the second ignition
switch. Then you kick the starter motor,
it fires, and then you have to shut the starter
motor back off. Nice, little shifter actually. The e-brake works. That’s good. Sunroof comes out, so
I can actually fit. [CAR ENGINE] MATT FARAH: Sounds like
a five liter Mustang. You know what? It runs great. Temperatures are good. The oil’s good. All the gauges work-ish. So I’m showing a 7.3 on the fuel
tank, which I think means I have fuel. It’s running. He said, don’t trust the
tack, trust the motor. I’m not sure I trust
the motor. Whoa! This thing is so sketchy. CORBIN GOODWIN: I tried to adapt
as many of the stock instruments as I could. Unfortunately, the gas gauge was
not adapt– well, it might have been adaptable, but I
didn’t want to figure out the resistances and how
to wire it. So I just went to Harbor
Freight, got a $7 multimeter and hooked it in ohms style. That’s hot rodding
right there. You go to Michael’s, you
get some glow paint and a little brush. You go to Harbor Freight, you
get some cheap multimeter. The gas gauge is full, or at 0,
and it just gets higher in the numbers. And it fuel starves on left
turns at about 70 ohms. [CAR ENGINE REVVING] MATT FARAH: Well, this thing’s
a piece of crap, but it’s a fast piece of crap. CORBIN GOODWIN: It’s
a hot rod. And to get philosophical
for a brief moment, what makes a hot rod? It has to have rebellion,
in my opinion. And so there we have an
offensive statement. And we also have “free candy,”
which the cops don’t like that one very much. And we also Pedobear
and a troll face. Basically, I didn’t think
it was making people angry enough. You got to troll on people
with your car sometimes. And I think this has done a
superb job now that I have jokes all over the thing. [CAR ENGINE] MATT FARAH: And I mean, is there
a more obnoxious place to drive this car than in the
hills of Malibu, ruining these people view, ruining
their quite peace, and just [YELLING] with the ugliest, ricketiest,
most obnoxious best car ever? OK, wait. Whoa. All right, I thought I was
going to die there. CORBIN GOODWIN: Imagine for a
moment that you’re in a prison during a prison break. Now, this is going
to be chaotic. But now imagine all the
prisoners are on PCP. And they all have knives. And it’s almost that bad. It’s not quite there. It’s like the prisoners
without the knives. You go in. You’re driving it. You turn, and it may understeer
and you might die. It may overseer and
you might die. Or you may be a total badass
and get around the corner. You just kind of take
it corner by corner. It reminds you every day that
you may die at any moment. Especially while driving
this car. That’s what it’s
like to drive. MATT FARAH: Something about this
car makes you want to be just a total dick. I mean, like, what I love about
Corbin is that with this build, zero [BLEEP] are given. Zero [BLEEP] are given to the paint. It’s all a big joke. The whole car exists
only for laughs. And it makes you laugh. Whether you’re driving it,
whether you just see him drive by, whether he cuts a corner
sideways at a zillion miles an hour, you’ve got
to laugh at it. I will say this– as an
experience, as a car that will keep you engaged whether you’re
sitting in traffic, or on the canyons, or on the
highway, this does provide far more thrills per hour than, say,
a Nissan GTR, which, when driven at the limit
is amazing. When driven below the
limit is boring. Never a dull moment here. While, yes, this car terrified
me on camera. Not for lack of capability,
rather for the potentially dire consequences of an
otherwise small accident, something happened over the
course of our drive– I got used to it. Once you understand how to
manhandle it, the Mazda no longer becomes scary and
transitions into a raw, sticky, and very capable hoon
mobile that would absolutely dominate a lemon’s race if only
it were cheap enough. CORBIN GOODWIN: Well, if I had
to put it in a dealer’s show room, I would put at least
a $3,000 price tag– I honestly think people will
think it’s worth $2,000. I mean, looking at it
from the outside, it clearly doesn’t look– it looks like someone took an
RX7, and then just made it– just put some jokes on it and
put some wheels on it. And that’s not so far
from the truth. But in reality, there’s about
$13,000 worth of parts alone, as many as I could
get cheaply. And then, about two years of
labor, all which I did myself. So if you value my time,
which is questionable. Then, considerable expense. MATT FARAH: I think the most
valuable lesson we’ve learned so far this season on “Tuned” is
that cars are a reflection of their owners. Look at the Hennessey Venom
GT, I mean, that thing is basically John Hennessey
with four wheels. Frank’s crazy Lotus is an angry
demon of death because Frank is an angry
demon of death. Corey’s drift car has naked
zombies on it because this is a guy who walks around with his
own face on t-shirts, and it’s perfect. It reflects the owner. And Corbin’s car, he
wanted to go fast. He lives at home with
his parents. He doesn’t care what
people think. More importantly, he wants to
get a rise out of people in Malibu with all this
money, with his angry, fast, crazy RX7. It has character coming out
of every ghetto-drilled hole in this car. And that’s what I love
about this car. This car is Corbin on wheels. See you all next week. CORBIN GOODWIN: Here,
you see low down we have our Corbin special. It’s the aero-plank. It’s not patented yet. You can’t use this. Well, don’t use this, please,
until I get it patented, so I can get money out of you. Well, you see, we here at Corbin
Motors have done the finest testing in
all conditions. We went up Stunt Road, and then
went down Stunt Road. And repeated until the
car could do it many times without breaking. And it almost is there. We’ll find out.