Nob’s Personal Ride: The T&e S15 Silvia

Here is an interesting scenario. If money was no object and you had hookups to the biggest names in the tuning industry, how would you build up your car? What parts would you pick to put together the ultimate street car, in this case an S15 Silvia? We’ve seen our fair share of S-chassis over the years, but dare I say, not one has been as special as this particular one. I usually refrain from making such statements but hey, this is the opening paragraph and I’m here to get your attention! I’ll let you make your minds up for yourselves, but by the time you have scrolled down to the bottom of this post, I will be surprised if the majority of you guys don’t agree with me.

It was actually last week, while shooting Nobuteru Taniguchi attempting a very unique time attack at Tsukuba (more on this soon!), that I remembered this S15. I featured it a couple of years back for a magazine and realized I had never actually shared it with our Speedhunters readers. With the amount of cars I shoot on a weekly basis – five and counting this week – you will have to forgive my absent mindedness, but even so I can’t believe I had forgotten all about this particular ride.

Being a top level professional driver in Japan comes with obvious perks. Despite the variety of racing series he competes in, Nob has never really forgotten his roots, so while he could well be cruising around in countless exotics he prefers to keep it real. His daily driver is a Nissan Elgrand minivan and for fun he has a pretty wild widebody R35 GT-R I must feature one of these days. On top of that he has quite the selection of S-chassis, built for a variety of disciplines. This S15 here however, remains his latest creation and one that was built in collaboration with T&E, HKS and of course Yokohama & Advan which are some of his biggest sponsors. See where I’m going with the whole “perk” thing? Call it good timing but at the same time Nob embarked on this project, his long time friend Takahiro Ueno of T&E was just about to release the Vertex Edge aero package. The kit sports an unmistakable Vertex look, but Ueno concentrated on giving a more modern feel to the S15…

…the main accent being the front bumper. There’s a more defined smoothness to it all compared to the Vertex Lange and Ridge kits, the lower lip spoiler section smoothly integrated, flowing around the sides where it meets with the lateral vents.

T&E headlights feature smoked lens covers and built-in LED daytime running lights and if you look carefully you can also see the more defined creased on the T&E hood that span upward from the grille area.

Wider fenders boost girth by 50 mm on each side, adding aggression as well as the ability to run wilder offsets. The larger fender wells therefore have no problem swallowing up the 19 inch Yokohama RG-Ds, 9J up front and 10J for the rears. The satin black finish is a great match for the body’s pearl white but it kind of masks the sheer depth of the actual lip. Nob’s hookups continue in the brake department which has been taken care of by Project µ, with a complete 4-wheel brake package made up of their 6-pot based kit at the front and the slightly smaller 4-pot one for the back. The car was then dropped on a set of adjustable Hipermax-D dampers, a special version set-up by Nob for the S15.

Nothing makes a car sit better than a big fat rear end and this is where the Vertex Edge kit doesn’t disappoint. The same 50 mm widening as the front has been achieved on each side with a set of overfenders, seamlessly blended into the bodywork for an even cleaner look. The rear bumper gets a complete makeover too, equipped with a modern diffuser section, a must have even if in no way functional.

There are no big GT-wings to be seen here, thankfully, only a sedate trunk spoiler to spice things up and a set of T&E LED smoked taillights.

I’ve always liked the little roof spoilers that T&E have been doing since forever now, so it was great to see one applied to Nob’s car as well.

Ganador aero mirrors are the final touch on what is…

…a very clean and effective aesthetic conversion.

As cool as exterior upgrades are however, you would never expect a person of Nob’s stature to not approach the oily bits with the same attention to detail as was paid to the rest of the car.

And this is where his relationship with HKS came in. Being their official D1 and time attack driver allows Nob to pretty much request what most people would only dream of. So…

…as the HKS MotorSport plaque on the cam covers suggest, this olive-green topped SR20 was handed to the same select group of engineers at HKS that build their D1 cars, time attack cars, demo cars as well as all the secret stuff nobody knows anything about. Despite this however, things were kept quite simple, as the whole motor was built around reliability seeing it is purely a street driven machine. So beefing things up in the bottom end is a 2.2L stroker kit – made up of a fully counter balanced billet crank, H-section connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons. No work was done to the head except for a set of pretty mild 256-degree camshafts. A 1.2 mm metal head gasket seals everything in place setting an 8.8:1 static compression ratio and ready to take all the 1.5 of boost…

…the GT3037S top-mount turbo is run at. Dry carbon intake pipe? But of course, why not!!

The HKS S-type intercooler benefits from optimal airflow coming in from the Vertex Edge bumper and is joined by a hard pipe kit to keep things presentable.  The SR is fed by a quartet of 740 cc/min injectors which are of course managed by HKS’s own computer, the F-Con V Pro. The amalgamation of all these parts results in a 500 HP punch, with a pretty brutal torquey mid-range topping out at 588 Nm (488 lb/ft).

Cooling is handled by a prototype twin-oil cooler set up and a thick core Koyo radiator to make sure that even in Japanese traffic the SR stays well within its operating temperature.

Do I need to mention the word “hookup” again?  Yep, Bride did come in as a sponsor and provided a pair of Low Max carbon-Kevlar bucket seats; but not only that of course.

Bride-logoed seat fabric is used to upholster the rest of the interior, including the door cards…

…as well as the rear seats.

The NOB version traditional Nardi wheel is a must have for any S-chassis, and especially for one that is driven by the drift master himself!

The HKS boost gauge replaces the Silvia Spec-R’s A-pillar-mounted stock gauge, a more precise instrument that, just in case, reads to 2 kg/cm2

T&E provided the leather shifter and e-brake boots while the center console has been painted in glossy black and equipped with a double DIN navi unit.

The idea to mount the HKS EVC boost controller and A/F meter in the transmission tunnel was smart but that means Nob no longer has space to place his can of iced coffee! A travesty to say the least on any JDM drift/street car!

So do you guys agree with me? Is this the ultimate street S15? No doubt there will be much more powerful builds out there but with Nob at the wheel, I’m sorry to say that no matter how much power you have or how good you think you are behind the wheel, the only thing you are going to see of this Silva is its big fat rear end!

NOB Taniguchi’s T&E Vertex Edge S15 Silvia SpecR

NUMBERS:

Max Power – 500 HP, Max Torque – 588 Nm (488 lb/ft), Max Boost – 1.5 kg/cm2

ENGINE

HKS 2.2 L stroker kit (87 mm bore, 91 mm stroke), HKS 1.2 mm metal head gasket, 8.8:1 compression ratio, HKS camshafts 256º IN&EX, HKS cast exhaust manifold, HKS GT3037S A/R0.61 turbo charger, HKS stainless steel front pipe, HKS GTII external wastegate, HKS Hi-Power, HKS Super Power Flow Reloaded air filter, HKS Motorsport one-off dry-carbon intake pipe, HKS hard piping kit, HKS S-Type intercooler, HKS SQVIII blow off valve, HKS fuel pump, HKS 740 cc/min injectors x4, HKS M45i spark plugs, Koyo racing radiator, HKS prototype twin oil cooler system, Custom aluminium oil catch tank, HKS Motorsport green engine covers, HKS oil cap, HKS radiator cap, D-Jetro conversion, HKS F-Con V Pro ECU

DRIVELINE

HKS LA clutch kit, HKS lightweight flywheel

SUSPENSION / BRAKES

HKS Hipermax-D NOB spec, Project µ 6-pot front calipers and 2-piece slotted discs, Project µ 4-pot rear calipers and 2-piece slotted discs, Project µType HC+ brake pads all round

WHEELS / TIRES:

Yokohama Advan RG-D 9Jx19″ (front), 10Jx19” (rear), Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 235/35/19 (front), 265/30/19 (rear)

EXTERIOR

T&E full widebody VERTEX EDGE kit, T&E front bumper, T&E wide aero front fenders (+50 mm), T&E bonnet, T&E side skirts, T&E rear wide fenders (+50 mm), T&E rear bumper, T&E trunk lip spoiler, T&E roof spoiler, T&E headlight eyebrows, T&E front LED headlight conversion, T&E LED tail lights, Ganador side mirrors

INTERIOR

Bride Low Max carbon-Kevlar reclining bucket seats, Bride door cards & rear seat upholstering, Nardi steering wheel, T&E custom lower dashboard section, T&E custom center console with integrated HKS instrumentation, HKS EVC boost controller, HKS AFK A/F sensor, HKS boost gauge mounted on A-pillar, T&E shift knob, T&E leather shift and side brake boots, T&E carpets, Eclipse AVN778HD HDD navigation/DTV/CD/DVD 2-DIN system

T&E

No One Better – Nobuteru Taniguchi Official site 

-Dino Dalle Carbonare


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53 comments
apex_DNA
apex_DNA

I'd say it's 95% perfect.

yanesnyawai
yanesnyawai

Speaking of NOB and S15, did you ever shot and featured the HKS Silvia? The red D1GP S15. Did you? I would love to read it. Anyway, I would prefer a wing instead. Other than that, 500hp is enough, Vertex is cool, and interior is nicely done. Really no one is better.

Kk_Jagadhita
Kk_Jagadhita

Why the pedals got 4 ???? :/

I don't understand...

Sorry, i just kid, but i wanna know... :D

weasel
weasel

This is why he's referred to as "No One Better"

Thats right, no one.

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

when i get an S15 i want it to be like this!!

ogi1der
ogi1der

I am OK saying I would kill for this...

Option86
Option86

This is such an amazing build, I can't stop revisiting the feature!! I feel 18's should be the max for such a functional car like Taneguchi-san's S15. My favorite S15 to this day is Yoshida-san's Supermade S15 Silvia with the 15" Work Equips!! My god, what a sweet piece of JDM that was...

RichieTipsyKariuki
RichieTipsyKariuki

I just can't stand the front bar..every other part I like, but the front bar has just never sat well with me. I think it's the angling of the vents.

John R
John R

I might be mistaken but wasn't this car red at one point? I remember an article in either an old Superstreet or Modified Mag that had NOB and a red S15 that looked exactly like this.

FrancescoDiGiuseppe
FrancescoDiGiuseppe

I think Vertex bodykits are just the best in the business.Awesome designs, awesome blending with the stock body lines.The only other bodykit manufacturer that can keep up with Vertex is Voltex aero.

j_kouki
j_kouki

What is in the ignition cylinder?

greenroadster
greenroadster

Super cool! But NOB wouldn't prefer a deep corn steering wheel? Wow.

fabulous71
fabulous71

Beautiful S15. I would change a couple things. I would rather have the Yoshio Factory body kit. It's a little more subtle than the T&E kit. Would also remove the eye lids and move down to 18" wheels so I could mount some meatier tires. The engine is absolutely perfect. Good power, but not over the top. Also love the rear lip spoiler!

Spike4090
Spike4090

I wonder what this beast can pull around Tsukuba? Very nice build. Attention to detail doesn't begin to describe.

JakWhite
JakWhite

Looking throught the photos again that gear gaitor would bug me, but hey its small things, as thats such a proper car.

JakWhite
JakWhite

Its an awesome car, but theres three things I would change, enclosed air filter rather than a pod, remove the stickers and take off the light brows. Then it would be perfect. Well until the next cool bodykit or power part is released of course.

jzx81
jzx81

Nice to see Taniguchi still building some great cars.

The brake kit alone is worth more than my Civic.

(Too many memories of Option and D1 videos here).

Great feature on a great car Dino.

zephoto
zephoto

Man that car is gorgeous!!!!!!!  I'm flipping here.  S15 perfection in my opinion.

DriftZJ
DriftZJ

Saw this beauty on IMPORT years ago~

nugundam93
nugundam93

it's all those little touches that make this a great build.

 

but poor nob...he can't get his caffeine fix now while driving.  LOL. 

FrodeOlsen
FrodeOlsen

Nice car, but i liked his red one better...

mx5na16 nz
mx5na16 nz

GAME OVER... And that good sirs is how to modify a car.

SaudQureshi
SaudQureshi

Any chance on some interior and engine shots please?

Corbin
Corbin

I wish I lived in Japan.....

Option86
Option86

What kind of key is that in the ignition??? That's the second time I see that in a car... Anyone??

Gvk
Gvk

Looks perfect to me.

JDMized
JDMized

In my opinion if this S15 wore 18's it would look better. 19's are a bit too big for this car I think. It's definitely a well put-together car, minus few knick knack here and there. Bravo!

roryfjohnston
roryfjohnston

I loved what T&E did with the hood lines.  I wish they made a hood like that for my car :(

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

I really like the white pearl paint, and everything else... I'd say it's the nicest street Silvia I've seen in a very long time. Too many rat-f*cked drift missile builds here in the U.S. I'd call it an ultimate daily driver.

Charles Montgomery III
Charles Montgomery III

Great refresh on an old ride that yes I did read years back.  Did you write for Super Street Back then? Your name is starting to ring a bell with them.  I know Sean Klingelhoefer shot for them...I remember back then NOB had three different Silvias (including the '180SX), is this still the same or has it changed?

Anon
Anon

shifter boot doesn't fit? awesome car though

happydays88888888
happydays88888888

Saw this in car mag ages ago.  Taniguchi has connections and it shows.

fredyka
fredyka

"ultimate street S15" it is. clean. modern. well built.

Andrea1234
Andrea1234

 @FrancescoDiGiuseppe C-West makes some beautiful kits too. The ARMS S15 with their bodykit is just stunning.. (pics -> speedhunters.com/2012/01/car_feature_gt_gt_arms_s15_silvia/ ) And I love their FD kit too (the one used in the Okabe Jidosha Super Taikyu FD3S) :Q__ _

AdBriggs
AdBriggs

BOWLS used to have them - I first found out when Alexi from NoriYaro posted that he had one. It's a nubby screwdriver handle made to go over your key. Pretty neat.

Option86
Option86

 @FunctionFirst I've never heard that term before, but it describes the situation here in the U.S. pretty well.

JDMized
JDMized

@Charles Montgomery III Dino has been writing for Super Street for a while. It's a smaller world than you think :)

CP9A Will
CP9A Will

 @JDMized  @Option86 I was going to post and say my boss had a bunch of them. Low and behold, that's the OP of the link you posted.. lol

Charles Montgomery III
Charles Montgomery III

Yeah, I figured his name rang a bell....I'm an avid reader of SS, Import Tuner, Modified, and DSPORT.  When I saw the headline of this article, I was already familar with it thanks to SS.  Wow, so SourceLINK media is a small world huh? Funny how this is coming full circle! lolOf course, being a reader, I'm only aware of the 'usual suspects' I read in the monthly issues ;D...not that I know who they are personally.....

JDMized
JDMized

@Charles Montgomery III Like I said, the SourceLINK is a small world, smaller than you think.


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