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An RB-Kitted & RB-Swapped Silvia S14


Social gathering within the rear, enterprise up entrance and simple to throw about. Entrance engine, rear-wheel drive is a method which lends itself to innumerable variations of customisation, and you may go as wild or delicate as you want.

You can too select the place to go wild, and the place to maintain it clear. Or, in the event you’re just like the proprietor of this Rocket Bunny Pandem-kitted Nissan Silvia S14, Tomonori Idekawa (Tomo-san), then you’ll be able to throw modesty out the window. Weapons out, gold chains and a lifetime membership at World Fitness center.


This automobile is correct mash-up materials, with the unsuitable entrance finish, the unsuitable engine, and many of the drivetrain swapped, changed or toughened. The result’s one thing each complicated and cohesive, relying on what number of coffees you’ve had.

Constructed by Complete Create E.Prime in Hiroshima and painted by Tomo-san himself, this S14 is as a lot an expression of its proprietor as it’s a assertion of what the tuning world is immediately. Nuts.


You’ve possible seen this Rocket Bunny Pandem ‘Boss’ conversion earlier than, and in addition the one Kei Muira designed for the Mazda FD3S, which seems to be like an RX-7 has embedded itself into the again of an RX-3.


Apparently the inspiration for the S14 Boss equipment design got here from the Plymouth Barracuda – it’s simple to see the resemblance – and I personally suppose it transforms the Silvia handsomely. It’s not simply two-minute make-up, however some critical cosmetic surgery. Gone is the S14’s ’90s-era pointed nostril, changed by a stub-like brick wall of a entrance finish, shorter by fairly a number of inches.


The paintwork is daring to say the least, however credit score the place credit score is due as a result of the end is fairly spectacular contemplating Tomo-san is barely a interest gun-slinger. What’s much more spectacular is that every one these components provider and sponsor names down the facet of the automobile usually are not vinyl stickers, however had been hand painted.


Pandem 6666 wheels (by Enkei) in a 17×9.5-inch fitment are wrapped up in 255/40R17 Zestino Gredge 07R semi-slicks in any respect 4 corners. Tomo-san is operating Silk Highway coilovers with 12K entrance and 10K rear spring charges, in addition to an arsenal of chassis-hardening parts to maintain issues straight when the S14 is sideways.


There’s additionally customized gusseting across the strut towers, with the rear tying into the full Saito roll cage.


Up on the enterprise finish, the Silvia’s authentic SR20DET has been swapped for a stronger RB25DET. In line with Tomo-san, the two.5L Nissan turbocharged six is making a really modest 370hp, however I’m certain there’s scope for extra energy given the {hardware}, which incorporates an HKS GT-RS turbo and Tomei cams.


This automobile lives its life burning by means of stacks of rubber, however within the most secure means attainable – on observe. As a part of Hiroshima’s Assessment drift staff, it’s not simply eye sweet; the S14 automobile will get thrown round like a rag doll at each alternative. Partying this difficult takes its toll although, and Tomo-san advised me that it’s had its nostril reconstructed a few instances.

Every time it has a scuffle with a facet wall, it dusts itself off and will get again to consuming litres of high-octane petrol and choosing fights on each nook. It’s superior.

Toby Thyer
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