A couple of days ago I got a tip from one our readers who lives in the UK. He gave me a link and the only thing he said was “I know you will like this”. When I pressed the link, I got confronted with the car you see before you and I was blown away. This car has been in the making for the past three years and it started its life as an ‘ordinay’ Nissan S14A. When I was browsing through the pictures I didn’t recognize the bodykit or any of the other stuff on the car. That’s because everything was handmade from the front down to the rear quarters.
These kind of builds are really inspiring, I hope I will have the time and knowledge to start a project of my own someday. This car has been built in the UK with the intention to create a true track car, it won’t see any public roads (unfortunately I may add!). Let’s have a closer look at this amazing car.
The first thing that caught my eye was the paint job, the matte black together with red looks really refreshing. The other eye catching part is the entire bodykit. The front bumper was made using kingspan foam for the bulk and filler to create the shape, this was also used to mold the other parts on the car like the fenders, rear quarters and sideskirts.. I’m no expert on this subject so for more info and pictures I suggest you take a look at the owner’s topic on SXOC.
One thing I did want to mention was that the splitter isn’t attached to the bumper but it has been fixed to the chassis. The owner says “This way, any downforce will be transmitted to the chassis and not just used to flex the bodywork”. I will never look at a splitter the same way again, it seems that I have a lot to learn about aerodynamics.
Before you ask, where is the window? The owner fitted the window after he took the photo’s, it sits on some sort of foam and is fastened with little ally tags. This way the window is easy removable and is less likely to crack under stress.
You can clearly see how much wider the rear quarters have become. The rear looks even more impressive with the removed boot floor, he even shaved some of the rear quarters. The entire floorplan has been smoothed for better airflow. Maybe you wonder where the exhaust is? It exists in the left rear quarter just in front of the rear wheel.
Talking about the wheels, they are a set of Volk TE37 painted black in 10.5 et15 with Toyo r888 295 in the rear and 9.5 et 12, r888 265 in the front. The rear wing is made by C-West but the owner modified the mounts to get the wing higher, he also fixed the mounts to the chassis and not to the boot lid. Proper.
This looks more like a S15 GT car build by Nismo than a car that was built by a individual in his garage at home. There is so much these pictures doesn’t show you, believe me.
I just want to sit in this all day haha. The rollcage is the first thing that makes a lasting impression, it’s a fully triangulated cage, including suspension points made from 45mm tubing. The rest of the interior is fully stripped from all its luxuries. The only luxury you can still find are the two Corbeau carbon seats. To Sabelt 6-point harness is there to keep you strapped in.
A minimum of switches was used because there isn’t much to switch on or off. All the switches and the Stack unit with lap timing and action replay are mounted in a lightweight custom dash. The custom switch on the steering wheels is used to change the display layers on the Stack unit.
The mandatory fuel cell from ATL can hold up to 40 liter, there’s also an ATL swirl pot and a Bosch high pressure pump to ensure that all the fuel goes to the front. The filler cap has been build into the boot lid. There’s just so much attention to detail.
Then there’s the engine of course, I almost forgot about that. It’s a standard SR20 with a GT2871r turbo and Tomei procams. The money was running low so the owner decided he would tackle the engine another time. For now he just wants to get some track time and see what the car can do. After three years hard work, he deserved it.
Thanks to Alex Quail for sending me in the right direction, check out his blog if you have the time