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Interview Ken Scheppers
Submitted by SuperUser on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 8:57am

Ken Scheepers (pronounced Skippers) has been drag racing since just 2001. In 2003, he was only 8 points shy of the NHRA All Motor championship. His car, a 1985 Mazda RX-7, is powered by a Peripheral Ported 13b. With consistant low 10's, this car and driver show how powerful a non-turbo 1st gen can be. About half way through 2004, he will start campaigning a RX-8, but until then he'll keep his 85 RX-7.

This is your chance to ask Ken about Drag Racing, his car. We will send the best questions over to him. You can find out more about Ken at his website: kenscheepers.com








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subject:
RX-7 -> RX-8
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
How different is racing the RX-8 from the RX-7?
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
How much horsepower do you think you will be able to get out of the RENESIS without turbocharging it?
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
How often do you change/rebuild engines, tranny's, and rear ends?
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Mr. Scheepers

When are you going to stick a turbo on your car. Also, are the rotary drawbacks like poor gas mileage and low low speed torque solvable. Thanks. Later.
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subject:
renisis ?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Just a few questions -
When you move to the RX8 platform, will you be transferring the RX7 PP engine into the new car or using a new engine?

With injected PP 13b's making up to around the 350hp mark these days (that sound right?), what does your current engine make?

Would a renesis base provide any scope for improvements in power for a race engine?

Why would you move to a much heavier car when weight is so much an issue with N/A cars? Or are you planning to use forced induction?

Is it possible to use the renesis as a parts bin for a 13b PP block? (eg. use the lighter rotors)
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subject:
RX8 MSPRE?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Will your drag RX-8 be a MSPRE, or the exact oppisite: a perif-port?

Whatever the decision, why did you decide one over the other?
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subject:
rear window
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
It appears in the picture above that the rear hatch window has a flap type of door built into it?
What's this all about, and what's it do?
Thankyou
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subject:
SA
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I read you are from SA. What is the drag racing scene like down there?
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author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Daemon, just to add a little to an answer that Ken might have...

See the story that RotaryNews.Com did a few months ago on SA @:

http://rotarynews.com/view.php?id=222
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subject:
fan
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
no questions, just wanna say good luck in 04 with rx8 skipper beat that purple pos down the rubber road. ps rotorys rule!!!
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author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Hi Ken, I just need to ask you a dumb question. I have a 1984 RX-7. It started to run like crap, so I checked the air filter and then I replaced the spark plugs. But the book I have doesn't tell me which are the leading and trailing plugs. It runs either way, but it keeps backfiring either way I hook them up. My question is this: are the top plugs the leading and the bottom plugs the trailing? If so, do you have any clue as to what may be causing the backfire? Or does the points need to be reset?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank-You in advance, Kurt.....
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