As an electronics specialist, Jeff Jordan created Jordan Innovations to cater to the import tuner crowd, with a number of products crossing over into other markets. His '94 FD3S Mazda RX-7 originally had a 450whp LS6 V8 swap in 2010, but was upgraded to its current 1000whp LSA V8 for SEMA 2013. The powertrain swap and upgrades were designed by Jeff, who shared the machine work and assembly with Millennium Motorsports.
The car was designed specifically for Time Attack events, where the original bodyshell, suspension mounting points, etc must be retained but powertrain and aero mods were unrestricted.
1994 Mazda RX-7
LSA aluminum block bored to 4.065", doweled billet main caps, Callies Magnum 4" crank and 6.125" Ultra Billet rods, asymmetric JE FSR -5cc pistons, ACL race bearings, ARP Pro Series studs and bolts, GM MLS gaskets, Comp Cams boost cam, double-roller billet timing set, short-travel race lifters, trunnion bearing rocker upgrade and front cover, Improved Racing oil pump baffle, Jordan Innovations oil filter relocation, Accusump and oil cooler, West Coast Cylinder Heads CNC ported heads, 10.25:1 compression 75cc chambers, hollow-stem stainless steel valves, double valve springs, titanium retainers, Manton pushrods, GM LS3 intake manifold and DBW throttle body, Vortech V7-YSi supercharger with Camaro bracket and 50mm cog drive, 80-tooth crank sprocket, 28-tooth blower sprocket, Turbosmart Big Bubba 50mm BOV, PowerGate 60mm wastegate, Jordan Innovations intercooler and piping, AEM Infinity engine management, Injector Dynamics ID2000 injectors, FAST fuel rails, Bosch 044 pump, Jordan Innovations surge tank, Fuelab 424 pump, filters and 529 digital regulator, 10an/8an feed/return hard lines, Jordan Innovations mil-spec harnesses and gauges
RPM Transmissions Level VII TR6060 transmission, cryo-treated, micro-polished with billet shafts, ACT twin-plate clutch, Driveshaft Shop aluminum CV shaft, Ronin Speedworks Explorer 8.8:1 IRS diff and axles
stock with Hawk Blue pads
custom-valved Ohlins DFV coilovers, Swift springs, Jordan Innovations tubular sway bars, Samberg bump steer spacers
Wheels & Tires
18x10" ET +0 f, 18x11" ET -19 r Work VS-XX wheels, 295/35 R18 Nitto NT-05 tires
modified BRS Autodesign body kit with Andrew Brilliant/AMB Aero front splitter and diffuser, APR rear wing
The Irwindale Speedway and Event Center are at the heart of motorsport activities for the greater Los Angeles area, providing everything from short-track oval racing to eighth-mile drag racing, karting and driving school activities. It's also the spiritual home of drifting, with the national finals held here every year.
A number of major shows are held at Irwindale each year, including hot rod and air-cooled VW events. There used to be some Euro gatherings as well, but these seem to have faded away. Unfortunately, the track website doesn't list the events but its Facebook page usually has details. Visit irwindalespeedway.com for more info.
With racing in his blood, Robert started karting aged 8, continuing for six years before getting into drag racing with a '66 Barracuda. After college he joined the US Navy as a Firefighter before attending the Skip Barber School in Laguna Seca when he got out. That led to his involvement in Time Attack road-racing, which he continues to compete in, as well as SCCA autocross and time trials.
Growing up racing on the streets and tracks of Southern California in a modified Civic hatchback, Steph was part of the underground subculture that developed into the import tuner scene. He legitimized Papadakis Racing (and the new sport compact drag racing scene) by developing the first tube-chassis FWD drag car in the US. His AEM Drag Civic set the standard, winning Pro and Outlaw class championships with what became the world's fastest FWD racer.
In '03, Steph again made history in the AEM/DriverFX.com Civic, setting records as the world's fastest sport compact and quickest Honda with a best ET of 6.71sec at 207.8mph. He would subsequently build other cars and continue to improve his time, racking up more wins and honors. This would open the door to the professional Formula D drifting series, where he won "co-rookie of the year" in '05.
The following year, Papadakis would manage the team and oversee Tanner Foust when he took FD championship titles in '07 and '08. The drift team continues and Steph was awarded 2012 Formula Drift team manager of the year but he also climbed behind the wheel of a Pro Lite Unlimited Class off-road truck in 2010, competing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where he hopes to create another dynasty for Papadakis Racing.
Unfortunately, we don't have space here to list all Stephan's achievements, so visit papadakisracing.com for the full breakdown.