Well after going through the deposit and engine check process it turns out the engine I was looking at purchasing is damaged. The mechanic who checked it says that it has 2mm of end shaft play, which is about 1.9mm more than the maximum allowances set by Mazda.
So back to the search for a motor! damn, twas such a good deal too. The wholesaler will keep an eye out for another RX8 import/wreck for me though.
On a positive note, I have been told that my clubman will built by December 16th and will ship not long after that. Woohoo!!!