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Maxime Jasmin: 2007 Mazda RX-8 GT

Maxime Jasmin's friends were starting to do some lapping and he wanted to give a try. "I was shopping for a car and stopped on the 2007 Mazda RX-8," mentions Jasmin. "The handling got my attention and I liked the special engine." He started lapping, then installed all the bolt-ons for the stock RX-8, and at the end of the summer he blew the engine. "I had it replaced under warranty and I was discussing with some guys in my local RX club about how to make more power with a vehicle, and I didn't want to go turbo on the Renesis," remembers Jasmin. "One guy told me about swapping the FD engine in the RX-8," he states. Jasmin has seen photos of swapped cars but he never thought it was doable - only magazine stuff. "We continued to chat and the idea was stuck in my mind."

Jasmin started to do his homework on the FD engine swap, saw what was needed and what was implicated to do the swap, and at some point, he saw it he could make a dream into reality. "I started to do my spec sheet and some parts shopping," he mentions.

Derwin Tuning built the engine for Jasmin's RX-8, in addition to the custom fabrication. "I supplied all the parts," Jasmin states. Derwin Tuning got it running after a couple months, and it was the start of a new era for Jasmin's Mazda RX-8.

Many people helped Jasmin with the setup and build along the way. Inspiration behind the build, "came mostly from my head," he mentions. "I learned to tune my ECU and cars because of this thing, and I feel accomplished to make this car move on its own."

"Imperfect cars make perfect stories."

Owner: Maxime Jasmin
Location: Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, QC
Vehicle: 2007 Mazda RX-8 GT
Horsepower: 450 whp
Club: n/a


Facebook: /maxime.jasmin1
Instagram: @mad666max_

Photography by Jeremy Alan Glover.

02 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE


  • 13B REW swap
  • Garrett GTW3884R 62mm turbo
  • HKS manifold
  • Xcessive lower intake manifold
  • Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors (6)
  • AEM water/methonal kit
  • Ign-1a ignition kit
  • Tial MVR
  • Tial Q
  • Walbro 450lph fuel pump

03 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE


  • BHR midpipe (catalytic converter delete)
  • Miltek cat-back exhaust


  • Adaptronic modular ECUT tuned by Maxime Jasmin
  • AEM Performance Electronics water/methanol failsafe device
  • Innovate psb-1 wideband
  • AEM Performance Electronics fuel pressure gauge
  • AEM Performance Electronics oil pressure gauge
  • Autometer oil and water temp gauge

08 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE


  • RX-8 5 speed transmission (JDM)

09 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE


  • Enkei rs05rr wheels - 18x10.5 +35


  • AP Racing big brake kit (front)
  • TCE big brake kit (rear)


  • KW Suspensions v3 coilovers 
  • Agency Power sway bars
  • Mazdaspeed strut tower

06 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE


  • Shine Auto lip kit carbon
  • Duck tail trunk lip carbon
  • Carbing Craft carbon licence plate frame
  • Seibon hood carbon
  • Custom eyelids


  • Engine swap

07 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE


  • Custom exhaust manifold


  • Derwin Tuning

05 Maxime Jasmin 2007 Mazda RX8 PASMAG TBGLIVE