Hello Speedhunters, my name is Claudio Jacuzzi and I am the owner of the RPS13 you see here. I picked up the car back in 2008 with the idea of preparing the car with a true and authentic JDM feel, something that is hard to find in Italy where I'm from. So the first thing that had to be done is get rid of the stock CA18DET and replace it with an SR20DET black-top from a damaged S14 I had found. This not only gave me an immediate boost in power but opened up a huge potential for modifications.
Since the car would become the demo car for Aury Design when completed, the work didn't end there. It was completely stripped down to the bare chassis and more S14 components followed in the way of a complete rear subframe including arms and differential housing. Front arms and stabilizer bars were also swapped over along with the S14 gearbox which had to be mated to a custom propeller shaft created by using one half from the S14 and the other from the RPS13. So now you can begin to understand why I refer to this car as an RPS13.4!
But it didn't end there. The complete wiring loom of the S14 was also transplanted to make sure everything functioned correctly.
To unleash more power out of the SR a set of 256º Tomei Pon Cams were fitted along with a GT28RS turbo, bolted on a Megan Racing header. The exhaust system is composed of a Megan Racing outlet pipe, front pipe and de-cat pipe. On the intake side I went with an HKS Super Power flow filter along with a custom piping kit and front mounted intercooler while the HKS SSQV2 blow off valve provides all the right wooshing sounds! I ditched the stock inlet plenum for a polished GReddy one which is great for response. S15 480 cc/min injectors provide the fueling while everything is governed by the Nistune ECU. Power is around the 350 HP mark. I also fitted a Megan Racing radiator with electric extractor fan so I could eliminate the stock pulley driven one.
Here is the RPS13.4 along with a few of my friend's cars at Aury Design.
The interior has been kept simple and clean with some Stri gauges fitted in place of the center air vents…
…along with a Pioneer navi unit and HKS EVC boost controller. The Recaro seats are finished in leather and alcantara for the center sections.
The exterior of the car is fitted with Duraflex front aero fenders (+3 cm) and rear overfenders (+5 cm) great for housing the offset of the Work Emotion CR Kai. Side skirts are Charge Speed.
GP Sports front and rear bumpers along with a Seibon carbon hood were also fitted. The C-West carbon headlight covers give a meaner look to the front end.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my RPS13.4, which thanks to its modifications has turned out to be a fun and unique car to drive.