Built not bought is such an overused phrase nowadays, lots of people have it plastered all over their cars in sticker form and its become somewhat of a joke now. What would you class built not bought as? Some blogs now go so far to mock cars that weren’t fully built from the ground up! Today’s feature car is as close to “building” a car from the ground up as you can get, plus the owner has done 99% of the work too which makes us feel warm inside.
Back in 2012 Minty.fresh covered the BDC for 3 rounds we looked out for cars that we thought were special, we also looked out for the genuine, down to earth drift car builders who we could really get behind. One of those guys was Ian Waddington, we never got round to getting a feature of his car in 2012 which really sucked.
However when we copped eyes on what was to be his 2013 car we knew then and there we would HAVE to feature it at some point and so it brings us to the Monday after BDC drift day at Driftland.
We couldn’t wait to see this car out of its competition habitat and in a more natural setting, to say that Ian and his car ripped up driftland would be an understatement! This car kills tyres like the best of them, so let’s have a look into what makes this car such a tyre slaying beast
Let’s start at the beginning ………….. The year is 2008 and the car is a bog standard auto s13 unaware that in 5 years time it would be ripping up the BDC Semi Pro class.
Starting with what you can’t see the chassis, Ian being a welder/fabricator to trade didn’t waste anytime and got fully under the skin of his s13. The car is fully seam welded with a custom fully gusseted cage along with a custom tube front end and a custom boot floor which houses a custom fuel cell, all fabricated and welded by Ian’s fair hand. Ian didn’t stop there, custom subframes have been fabricated to allow super fine chassis adjustments. Driftworks CS2 coilovers join Japspeed fully adjustable arms to complete the chassis mods.
Doing the groundwork is one thing but if your car doesn’t look cool then you aint gonna cut it in drifting! It’s one of the big things I love in drifting and it’s why it makes this car so cool!
A full GP Sports bodykit accentuates the original standard 80’s japan lines and fully boots it into 2013, a DMAX vented bonnet lets the engine breath, the doors and bootlid are GRP to help keep the weight down. Lexan windows keep the lightweight theme going, a Carbon Copy rear diffuser helps to channel the smoke the car creates away from the car and a Japspeed carbon wing with custom end plates round off the full mega drift look.
17″ rota grids in 9.5″ all round are the wheels of choice in a nice shade of Minty.fresh approved green, a custom Hydro fabricated by Ian connects to the custom rear dual rear caliper set up.
Moving on to the interior and Ian’s drift office! The custom touches don’t stop and once again it was Ian along with the help of the Acorn Motorsport Division that made it all happen.The standard dash has been hacked up to reduce weight and also free up some space for some other custom pieces. The switch set up is mounted into the dash along with a custom fuse/breaker set up for easy access should the car blow fuses.
The hand-built cage keeps Ian safe should the worst happen along with his custom seat from Cobra. A custom plumbed in fire extinguisher has been added to conform with the BDC rules
The OEM speedo set up has been removed aswell and Ian has placed only the most important gauges in his eye line so that he can concentrate on maximum attack!
Under the vented DMAX bonnet is where the full excitement lies, this is the second engine the car has had this year as a pre season failure of the other unit nearly blighted Ian’s season. However he managed to get this one built-in super quick time and it meant he could get right back on it for the 2013 season.
As you would expect it is an SR20 DET engine, Ian decided to go with a fully forged set up accompanied by a Garret GT3071R turbo and a 44mm Tial wastegate supplied by Owen Developments. A custom stainless steel down pipe feeds into a (slightly squashed) Japspeed 3″ exhaust.
A Link G4 ECU keeps tabs on the running of the engine utilising 740cc Nismo injectors being fed by bosch 044 fuel pump all mapped by Abbey Motorsport. Samco hoses do all the water transfer duties for the engine and are hooked up to a Forge Motorsport alloy radiator.
The engines 500bhp output is tamed through a Exedy Hyper R single plate clutch which is fitted into a Nissan RB25 Skyline gearbox. The perfect combo for tyre slaying!
So im sure you will agree the car is a beast and its all down to Ian’s hard work and extreme amount of man hours! You can certainly say its one of those cars that was Built and Not Bought!