If you drove and raced stock cars in your spare time what kind of car would you build to be played with when you had even more spare time and what would be the ultimate build?
Stuart Cowie took the best part of two years to build his vision of the ultimate drift/track car and I’m sure you will agree with what we are about to show you!
Starting with a totally standard Nissan Silvia S14, Stuart started a journey with the car that in the end would be the car he had always wanted to build. Due to the nature of the build and the massive timeline we are just going to concentrate on the some of the vast number of modifications.
Starting with the exterior Stuart loves the whole drift look and knew that the Vertex front bumper was the way to go, you will notice as well that the standard S14 headlights have been ditched in favour of the (strawberry face) S15 Silvia headlights. 25mm front fenders add to the wide stance along with the custom canards and splitter added to the front bumper.
Vertex side skirts lead past the 50mm over fenders and onto the rear Vertex bumper. The OEM fuel filler has been removed so Stuart filled in the filler door hole in the over fenders for a smoother look ,a neat little touch I think you will agree.Replacement perspex windows keep the weight down and also add to the race car vibe.
The car sits on 18″ Rota GTR’s in super manly -12 offset, 9.5″ up front and 10″ in the rear and the drifter’s choice a Japspeed BGW.
Nismo style carbon bonnet and SRB Power carbon boot lid finish off the race car look but it’s what lays underneath the bonnet that will make any power loving race car driver/drifter smile …….
The SR Det is well known in the drift world as being the go to engine for any self respecting drift driver, they have their good points but also a lot of bad and Stuart knew that the SR wouldn’t cut it for such a big build
So he went with what you see here … a RB26 from a R32 GTR. A standard engine wouldn’t do so Stuart went about a full rebuild that included a custom RB motorsport cylinder head,Tomei cams,custom baffled sump,accusump and JDM Garage head drain kit.
Boost is handled by a rather large Borg Warner twin scroll turbo which feeds a huge 4″ down pipe.
Fuelling duty is left to RC developments and their 1000 cc injectors, a EFI fuel system in the boot makes sure they never run lean and the engines management is controlled by a Link G4 stand alone ECU.
Mapped by HQ Garage the car made a solid 500 bhp, plenty to light up the rear tyres at Driftland and also make the car more than capable at Knockhill
Now with all that power its pointless if you can’t use it so Stuart used his racing knowledge to improve the drivetrain and chassis of the car.
An OS Giken triple plate clutch is mated to a GTS-T gearbox and power is driven through a custom one piece prop shaft and out a KAAZ 2 way rear differential to the rear wheel.
Handling is taken care of by another of the drift drivers favourite Driftworks CS2 coilovers along with the majority of the Driftworks catalogue, DW Geomasters up front take care of the lock along with offset steering rack spacers,DW fully adjustable arm kit mean infinite adjustment on all four corners.
With the power and handling taken care of next on the agenda was the braking and you can’t get much more hardcore than 8 pot K Sport set up on the front
And a twin Wilwood setup on the rear, influenced directly by Formula D this is an awesome touch and makes sure the hydro handbrake will always lock up the rears when drifting.
Additional chassis mods include tubbed arches all round, space frame front end, widened transmission tunnel and a fully seam welded shell
With the car as well built as this Stuart knew that the “office” had to match in terms of looks and purpose.
Gauges show only the important info and are arranged where the OEM clocks would have been
Switch cluster in the centre console keeps all the important kill switches at close hand.
Full Fabricage roll cage not only protects Stuart in case of a roll over but also adds strength to the chassis.
Any self respecting race car wouldn’t be complete without a pedal box and Stuart called up OBP for the pedals and also added a Willwood brake bias controller.
The Nardi steering wheel and bucket seats supplied by Driftworks combine with Takata harnesses and a Flocked dash to fully finish of the race/drift car look.
So after a two year build is Stuart happy with the car?? You bet!
He still has some small pieces to complete before he lets the car loose for the 2014 season
But one thing is for sure, we can’t wait to see this RB powered monster tear up the tarmac of Driftland!!