Car Feature>> Beau’s Nissan Powered Ae86


When your family has been building world class cars for three generations, certain expectations are placed on your shoulders. While Beauman Jones's SR20-powered AE86 is the polar opposite to his father's flawless 57 Chev, I think it's fair to say he's inherited the family genes.  

While it's still road registered, Beau only uses his AE86 on the track, thanks to the heavy-handed authorities Sydney is becoming famous for. It's track use shows too, with the body-kit wearing some pretty hefty battle scars.

Beneath the J-blood hood is an SR20DET from an S15 Silvia. The setup generates a reliable 270 hp at the rear wheels which, in a 2000lb car (200rwkW/900kg), makes for one heck of a fun drifter. In this photo you can see some of the bracing Beau has added to increase chassis rigidity. At the front of the motor, the radiator support has been removed and replaced with a tubular piece Beau made himself.  

Beau's Trueno uses a diff from a G Series Hilux with a 4:4 mini spool. The standard S15 6-speed is currently in the car but will soon be replaced with the much stronger Z32 'box.

Behind the 15×10-inch Superlights lurk Wilwood brakes and GReddy coilovers. In case you're wondering, the rims are -26 offset.

Beau has paid particular attention to his 86's suspension. At the front of the Trueno are Nagisa tie-rods, tubular lower control arms and caster rods, all of which are rose-jointed. The rear uses a four-link with a rose-jointed panhard bar. Beau says he's had to do significant modifications to achieve the desired steering lock and caster angles.

This is a good vantage point to see the Origin front fenders. The rear flares and fiberglass hatch are made by La Viva Hate, Beau's own company.

Inside there's a bolt-in roll cage, AJPS harness bar and a pair of bucket seats.   

Trimming his line mid-drift is made easier thanks to the enormous handbrake lever. Beau's fitted a hydraulic handbrake system that is independent to the car's brakes, with its own master cylinder and separate calipers. The Snap-On screwdriver gear knob is a nice touch.

Beau obviously had to rewire his Trueno, with the fuse box now in the center console.

A Microtech LT10S ECU ensures the Nissan heart transplant keeps beating correctly.  

Hypertune's famous billet throttle body is used alongside their manifold and fuel rail. 

Beauman Jones is certainly a seasoned Sprinter enthusiast, having owned four AE86s that were all rebuilt in one way or another. And while Beau's Trueno looks perfect as is, it's actually in a constant state of evolution. "I guess I've owned this one for about three and a half years" Beau said. "I've probably been tooling on it for most of that time. Basically every time I break something big on the car, I try to improve it."

- Charles Kha

Photos by Matthew Mead

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Wow that's just sick!

Love every detail, bet it has a sick sound too!


Always appreciate someone that knows how to use a tool.


Nice 86.... really badass setup :)

I wounder when you guys will feature my Altezza powered 86? I submitted my car pictures 3 months ago?






nice valvecover


beautiful bay. i love that gold/ valve cover


NOM NOM NOM, I love that engine bay!


what rims are those exactly ?


lol must have broken quite a bit then as this modified seems in tip top shape


Beautiful..I have a dream..To drive this machine one day in peaceful harmony..


triple gorgeous. gorgeous car, gorgeous photos, gorgeous details.


That AE86 is just pure hotness. It's so sick!!!!!!


Rad. I'm feelin this.


That is some mean lookin ride! ...


wallaper of the first picture!!


That valve cover is so dope, such a well executed build big up's to him.


lets go do street skids at taren point cuz ;)


Just goes to show you can achieve a stanced out look while retaining proper wheel alignment and performance. Well played sir.


First pic on desktop please)


. ..sickest ae86/s13 I've ever seen. Love the "special touchs" like the screw driver shifter and sharpie fuse box. gives the car that you touch. Oh and the valve cover, just wonderful. Keep up the good work.


hmmm a real nice one!! love it - even the detail-work under the bonnet is cool.. the valve cover is like a centre point. and the Snap-On gear knob - they're not cheap - 10/10


Great looking Trueno, looks to be exceptionally well set up too.


Okay, its a good looking car

BUT ............. its not that special is it?

There are tons of ae's with the same engine how look better than this one, have more power than this one...... and so on!


skids at taren point?? pretty sure he doesnt drive it on road so he stays outa trouble, he may as well drive straight into the cop shop


nice 86 but srs in 86s dont do it for me :/ just but a s13 instead if u want sr power


i saw a car like this it cray and cool and yup there are a lot in miami


Could someone post a video of this car in action? It looks amazing.


Good idea, but bad body =(


Good taste in music :) Sweet car also.


*gets pulled over by cop*

policeman: im affraid your car is defective, im going to have to yellow sticker it.

beau: what do you mean? its standard.


aussie ingenuity, fantastic


perfect car


misfits and danzig. awesome car


I need a desktop of the s15 motor!!!!


Very Nice 86, Love the Creativity.


old school 4ever! AE86 is legend =)


Nice shots dude. Good write up!!


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