Builds>> Martin Ffrench’s 2009 Drift Altezzas

Yesterday we looked at Martin's 2010 Time Attack project. During the middle of the article I mentioned his SR20 powered Altezza which I mistakenly thought I had wrote about before. The joys of getting old, eh ? For 2009, Martin is planning on campaigning two Altezza's, one in Ireland and one in the United Kingdom. Both car's will be aesthetically similar but with contrasting paint work and some 'small' differences under the bodywork.

The first car pictured is the Irish car. It features a 450bhp SR20 coupled to a Trust dogbox. The advantages to using a dogbox are stronger gears and a clutchless upshift.

Utilising carbon fibre front doors, bonnet and trunk, Martin is aiming for circa 1,000 kilograms (around 2,200 pounds) in weight.

Some of the eagle eyed Speedhunters will recognise this car a Random Snap post not so long ago but was then shown as a rotary powered car.

Fear not, for another shell has been offered up to the Gods of Wankel.

The second car pictured is the UK car and will be running a Dragon Performance built 13B Rotary. The engine has been mounted as far back into the bulkhead as possible for optimal weight distribution. The exhaust has also been routed through the tunnel, giving the car a flat underside. The car will also be a full kevlar car, consisting of kevlar bumpers, bonnet, wings, doors and trunk. The target weight is circa 900 kilograms (1,985 pounds) and around 500bhp.

I've noticed in a few posts that people have commented on Martin being loaded with money, unfortunately this is far from the truth. Martin is actively campaigning for sponsorship to ensure that all these cars come to life. The skills and work rate are there but the budget is very, very tight. But like us all, Martin is powered by a passion for cars and it's that passion and drive he shows that makes him one of the most unique drivers and builders going.

-Paddy McGrath



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I like the Body of the first Altezza very much.

It will look great even without a paint.


cant wait to see these badboys sideways...

they should swap out the 13 for a 20b and call it a day : P


No toyota engine is dissapointing...Beams 3SGE anyone?

But the cars look hot! cant wat to see em lapping.


The 3SGE went into an AE86 :)


Is nissan SR20 engine same as slivle.


@Paddy, in the header the poster is marked as Rod ; ) - Also, I WANT TO SEE THAT AE86 WITH THE BEAMS ENGINE!!!! ^_^

@en6381 - Yes, the SR20 is the Silvia's engine.

These cars are looking very nice, all three of them. Martin must REALLY like Altezza's ! I wish him the best of luck getting sponsorships - i want to see if he can make his visions come true


cant wait to see and hear that rotary beast!


Kevlar, 900kilo's, 500bhp, Rotary 13b, Widebody, this is a recipe for automotive bliss.

That's just plane ridiculously insane awesome.


Of course Rod is in the header, he posted it :-P

The Beams AE86 can be seen in the first two pictures of this post :


oops sorry Paddy! My mistake...


IMG_0208 needs to be a desktop!.. awesome work as usual..



You said that the car runs on a Trust dogbox? I am not 100% sure, but when you say Trust, you're referring to Greddy (Trust being the Japanese version)?......reason why I'm asking is, I'm not aware that Greddy/ Trust ever made ANY dogbox for any cars (let that alone clutches)....but I could be wrong.


Wouldn't it be difficult to have two different car setups during the session? You'll have to constantly re-adjust depending on which car he'll be driving.


Typo in the last comment... I meant to say... he'll have to constantly re-adjust depending on which car he'll be driving.


Props to Martin's enthusiasm and passion despite all odds.


He won't be using both cars at the same time, one will be based in Ireland and the other in the UK. As for adjusting to different cars, it won't be a problem. He qualified first at the JDM Allstars event last year in his first time in the S14.5 and finished second overall on the day.


....that's a lot of confidence right there....


Is it me or do those Work Emotions look more concave than usual. lower than +12 offset? no?


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