S-Chassis Perfection

I couldn’t believe my eyes; it was like spotting two diamonds in the rough, a pair of street-registered drift cars that were so on-point they stole the show at Ebisu Circuit’s recent autumn Drift Matsuri.

I wasn’t alone in my surprise either; almost everyone I spoke to on the day asked if I had seen the pair of cars parked up in the Minami course paddock.

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Of course I had – they were very hard to miss, but not because of being over-the-top. In fact, they’re the complete opposite.

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The PS13 Silvia really embraces its 17-inch bronze RAYS Volk Racing TE37 wheels, emphasizing their effect with a pretty tight fitment. Then there’s a simple front lip, side skirts and a three-piece rear bumper finisher that you really have to look hard at to see if it’s stock or not.

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The RPS13 180SX boasted slightly more aero, starting off with its Type X vented bumper which also features Nismo N1 vents cut out in the center.

Adding a vented hood, vented front fenders, and side skirts that tuck in along the center, the owner can safely say he’s boasting the perfect mid-1990s look. The more modern wheels however, a set of Work Emotions, give the whole ensemble a unique feel.

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I like how good drift cars built for the street have sort of done a whole 360; we’ve gone past the big aero, wild color schemes and big wings, and come right back around to the simple approach.

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Sure, there are still plenty of other styles out there, but personally, this is what I dig.

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All the missiles that drove past as I circled the Nissan pairing suddenly disappeared. Everything did. In the moment, these two cars were all I cared about.

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Simple, with a great mix of function and style, this is a recipe we should all be applying to our cars. In fact, this is what manufacturers should be thinking more about, giving us pleasant, uncomplicated and affordable cars that we can then personalize with our own unique flavours.

The Silvia’s interior was a little more spartan than the 180SX’s with the rear portion of the cabin being mostly stripped out. Bride seats are the choice of both owners.

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Finished up with a mismatched and protruding straight-through exhaust to make the most of the SR20DET engine’s tone, and you have achieved near perfection.

I never got to see what each car was packing under their respective hood, but I don’t care. If the engine was stock or was a fully-built 500hp beast, it wouldn’t have made any difference whatsoever. In my eyes, this is what good looks like.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino
dino@speedhunters.com

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1

Do you know what brand the Silvia's rear bumper pieces are?

2

OEM 180sx Aero, sideskirts and rear valances...

3

Looks like factory type x gear to me.

4

No, type x valences are a few inches shorter than the Silvia's rear guard but these cover the whole section. They might be modified or custom made...

5

I think they are just type x items

Author6
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Type X for sure

7

It's a Porsche 944 rear valance for sure

8

These are incredible! I have always loved the "OEM+" look, with clean simple mods. So beautiful and built along similar lines as you r R34 Dino. Though short, I thoroughly enjoyed this article. Well done.

Author9
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks Matt, a style like this just seems to make so much sense!

10

Keep it simple-stupid, ya dummies. Love the red'n

Author11
Dino Dalle Carbonare

LOL

12

Shit these cars are getting dated now...

13

Shame you still aren't, man :)

14

Man down! Apply a cold compress to the burns.

15

If i wasnt drowning in vagina that might agitate me.

Author16
Dino Dalle Carbonare

hahaha

17

Hahaha love ya for that Dino. The s chassis is dated now but i love them to death. Theyre becoming a stand out platform for people who know how to engineer and tune. Id love to own one in 10 years!

18

That PS13... I think I'm in love!

Author19
Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's how I felt...

20

The cars in this feature are pure S-Chassis perfection and in my opinion their style and looks will never get old <3

I own my S13 since 18 years now and there's no other car that gives me a feeling like this.

Thanks for this article, Dino. Great work and really kind and knowing words. :)

Author21
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks man!

22

Sure the silver RPS13 had a much sportier look but MY GOD that red one is GORGEOUS.
I never know a PS13 Silvia can look so good in its original body lines.
It's super clean, no stickers or trendy kits ruining it, very refreshing. SIMPLE IS BEAUTY.
Thank you Dino for sharing These two fantastic examples!

Author23
Dino Dalle Carbonare

"Simple" - there's a theme Nissan needs to get into its head when designing new cars!

24

definitely like these cars and can understand why you shot them, and completely agree with your taste and style, not a fan of drift missiles great article cant imagine whats under the hoods but judging by the details in both im assuming a well balanced sr on both

Author25
Dino Dalle Carbonare

I'd imagine they'd be pretty simple under the hoods too, but then again you don't need much on an SR to have fun right

26

Hnnnnghh!

27

beautiful cars and beautiful pics makes me wish id kept one of my 13s and looked after them , my mate was going to break his just the otherday and i think i have managed to make him keep it together

Author28
Dino Dalle Carbonare

1 saved!

29

The 180sx looks like Amy's one on Need For Speed 2015, beauty!

Author30
Dino Dalle Carbonare

LOL yes it does

31

silver car is @freak.nori on instagram

Author32
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Good man to Nori-san!

33

salute to the owners and to you dino for sharing this wonderful creations.
They are so inspiring

Author34
Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's why I share stuff like this, inspiration. I hope in my small way I'm contributing to showing what's right...

35

its no small way, its one of the best way to share cars and their story

36

Thanks so much for uploading these Dino. Ever since i saw your IG of these cars i need proper HD photos. Nori's 180sx is absolute perfection.

Author37
Dino Dalle Carbonare

haha yeah I got a bunch of messages asking me if I was going to post pix of them :)

38

Classic.

39

Simplicity as its best!!! Both the Silvia and 180sx have OEM aero; 180sx siseskirts and rear valances. Exactly the same look I want for my coupe. Less is more....

40

So so good! That's literally all you need. Simple and clean. Both cars are basically perfect examples!!

41

Fitment, Style, Perfect Execution. I love them, especially the lady in red (PS13)

42

Simple, with a great mix of function and style, this is a recipe we should all be applying to our cars. In fact, this is what manufacturers should be thinking more about, giving us pleasant, uncomplicated and affordable cars that we can then personalize with our own unique flavours.


i read this after reading SPECIAL FEATURE : Always Say Yes To Adventure !
so, now i figured out why i love Japanese cars , they are simple , beautiful and affordable.

43

Dino, these are the stories I've missed. I'm stoked you're back at capturing Japan!

44

Sweeeet

45

Couldn't agree more! Simple yet effective

46

A real Street registered drift car....

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