Michael’s mantra for the exterior was clean and simple. He could’ve gone over the top with ostentatious flair, but instead opted to keep it clinically precise with focused and aerodynamically useful parts. A ’99 OEM spec bumper and chin spoiler keep the car sucked to the ground but also perfectly complement its overall aesthetic. Shine Auto Project carbon side splitters and trunk spoiler along with a Re Amemiya rear diffuser add not only style points but aero performance gains. An in-house installed Avery matte blue wrap (one of Advance Performance's specialities) finishes off the RX7.
Michael even used good ole engineering ingenuity to create an undertray from common materials. “I built a custom undertray for it to help with downforce,” he explains. “I used double aluminum signboard—aluminum with a Styrofoam core and then aluminum again. I just bought some [around] here, we traced it, cut it out, and made some hangers under the body and bolted them to the frame rails. It goes from right underneath the chin spoiler all the way under the oil pan. And makes the whole front of the car flat.”
One of the more interesting custom fab pieces on the car are the headlights, which were pulled from a Mercedes-Benz AMG. Because of their functionality to operate as both high and low beam within one assembly, you don’t need two different lights.
Michael explains: “We did that entire assembly: cut it, pushed it in, JB Welded in in the center of the factory housing, and I painted the housing flat black so it wouldn’t reflect a bunch of light, and then took the actual lens and polished all the flutes out of it so it was just clear in the center. The light would go through without having diffracted. So now I basically have AMG headlights and because they pop up, they extend really far because even though the car’s low, they’re almost level with the ground.”