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Mazda RX-7
Additional Views:   enlarged  framed   artist:   Wu-Huang CHIN
Wu-Huang Chin, designer of car
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Giclée on canvas 16" x 22" 500 $125
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ORIGINAL PAINTING - mixed media on board 17" x 24" 1 $975
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Mazda RX-7
The award winning 3rd generation Mazda RX-7 by its Taiwan born designer, Wu-Huang Chin. Car Art, Inc. commissioned Wu-Huang to produce this all-new, unique portrayal of his creation--your favorite sports car. His beautiful artwork is faithfully reproduced on canvas using the giclée process--the finest available. These limited edition prints are individually numbered and signed by the designer himself. Here is a unique opportunity for you--or someone you treasure--to own and display a rare piece of automotive art!

Artist Notes:
"I first started working on the 3rd generation RX-7 in 1988. Soft, organic aero shapes were the trend of the time. Our goal was to develop a timeless design along the lines of the legendary Ferrari and Jaguar sports / racing cars from the '60s. We pictured in our minds this car being presented at the Pebble Beach Concours 20 years later. However, we did not want to borrow any heritage from others, instead we looked at the Cosmo Sport, the first and second generation RX-7s and tried to continue this Mazda rotary heritage.

The air outlet on the front fender behind the front wheel was a theme I pushed for right from the beginning. This leads to the lower door cut which curves up and flows into the B pillar. The movement of these elements gave the design a dynamic stance. The outlet was meant to extract heat from the engine compartment. It also hints at the front-midship layout of the rotary power plant. The outlet was carefully sculpted to have an organic look as if the car was a living creature and this was its breathing orifice.

At one point of the development, I was told by engineering that an outlet for the engine room was not necessary and we had to take this feature off the clay model. As you can imagine, it took a lot of character away from the design and we were all disappointed. Luckily, the brake engineers told us later that they needed to vent the hot air from the front brakes away from the engine room and exhaust it via ducts on the front fender, much to my relief, I got my air outlet back!

Before the RX-7, we were working on a few blue-sky projects searching for advanced design themes. One of these was the RX-44. Mazda was experimenting with hydrogen rotary engines at the time. I did a futuristic sedan powered by a 4-rotor hydrogen engine. It seats 4 persons in a diamond pattern with the driver up front at the center. To hint at this seating arrangement, I put 4 bubbles on the roof of the car in the same diamond pattern. Later, my boss Tom Matano did a 3 passenger mid-engine super car powered by a 3-rotor engine. He put 3 bubbles on his model. When we started the RX-7, which was a 2-seater powered by a 2-rotor engine, It was only natural for us to put 2 bubbles on the roof. Tom and I have since referred to it affectionately as the 'double bubble!'"

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