Not long ago we received a message in the #FeatureThis inbox from Steve Thackwray who wanted to share his buddy’s K11 Nissan Micra with us. It’s not just any Micra mind you, but one of the craziest examples I’ve ever seen – not just in terms of its body work, but beneath the skin as well.
When Steve’s friend Gary Russell picked up the Micra, it was your typical run of the mill commuter car. Being a mechanic by trade, Gary wasted no time in transforming the Micra to fit with his own slightly twisted ideals.
One of the first things he did was hack up the entire rear half of the body, resulting in a one of a kind Mirca Pickup. This was just the beginning though, as he wanted to make sure the car had an equally crazy powerplant.
At one point an S12 Silvia came through Gary’s shop, so he decided to yank the CA18ET motor from the Silvia and throw it into the Micra. It wasn’t an easy job, but he eventually got the motor in and outfitted it with an upgraded turbocharger, among other performance goodies.
He also outfitted a set of custom-built carbon fiber fender flares which cover a mix-matched set of wide Longchamps and RS Watanabes.
If the interior looks like it was designed for competition, that would be because this thing is essentially a race car. Gary takes it to the track often where the little Micra gets some very funny looks as it runs right alongside pricey, high-powered machinery.
While there’s no arguing that this thing is pretty extreme, there’s been talk of Gary converting the Micra to rear wheel drive in the future. After all, that would be the only thing that could make his Micra more interesting.
For more, check out the feature over on the Minty Fresh Blog.
Thanks for sharing, guys!
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I had the monster stickers first also had the micra badges done with the monster m instead of normal but there off now.
Awesome build, but the monster stickers ruin it a bit for me. Every chav and their grandmother is rocking them these days unfortunately. When it's RWD it'll be amazing!
I'd get soooo much poon with this....no seriously. I would, 3 women behind me went AWWWwww when i pulled up this article. lemme borrow it man.
I kid you not, On the way home from school today, I saw an old K11, and thought, if I had one, what would I do to it, and.. then.. I see this.. and.. my idea looks like rubbish. thanks :(
I kid. I love this build. Great work, keep it up.
max love as I am the owner of a K11 micra as well, cool with a charm that to me is missing from other little cars.
Im in TAIWAN right now, on holiday and was checking some local parts and workshops and saw a SR20VE+T K11 with over 400hp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrHTvMob0-A&feature=channel&list=UL
Glad you guys liked it Mike.
The carbon fenders were custom made in house at Minty.Fresh HQ. More details can be found on the blog.
This car with RWD is a rocket! Do they know how many horsepower it's got? And I like the writing on the seats, just genius!
@luvlsd and your worthless comment is a waste of space on this site
@MangoZerox It was never a kei car to start with. Kei cars have 660cc engines. The March/Micra has at least 1000cc.
@thacko Please keep us updated on the progress! :)
Has around 270bhp
@omclarke CA18ET that T being a big clue that it's turbo'd unless Mike was just stating what the motor was to start with.
@SimonEdvall Sounds very cool! Do you have a link to any photos or info?