Sometimes you just want to do hoodrat shit with your friends. Jamie Smullen built his S14 for just that!
Some cars are built to look great but never turn a wheel in anger, spending more time on a trailer than the road. Some are built to be great all rounders with looks and power on both the track and to pop down to the shops. Then there’s the third option – cars that are built to be driven, and driven hard. This is one of them…
Jamie Smullen’s 1995 Nissan Silvia S14 Zenki was built with one thing in mind – to go sideways and to go sideways, you need power! The 2 litre black top VVTI engine was yanked and fully rebuilt with ACL bearings, a Cosworth 1.2 mm metal head gasket, Nismo 555cc injectors, Nismo GTR fuel pump and a HKS 3540 ball bearing turbo. To help it breathe a HKS intake pipe was twined with a mushroom filter and a Z32 AFM and a Autobahn front mount intercooler was added.
With the rebuilt engine compression tested at 150psi in all 4 cylinders, a Nistune ECU and a GReddy Profec electronic boost controller were added to control the system which was now running 400bhp at 1.4 bar of boost. A Tomei 4 branch manifold teamed up with a 3’ downpipe, Japseed flexi de-cat and a 3’ cat back exhaust to give it the signature deep raspy note we all know and love.
To help make the car more predictable when drifting K-Sport fully adjustable coilovers were fitted, a Kazz 2 way diff was installed and the car received Driftworks polybushes throughout.
Although looks were a secondary thought, that doesn’t mean that Jamie hasn’t done any purely cosmetic mods. You won’t have missed the Uras bodykit, which displays its fair share of battlescars and gives the car it’s super aggressive road presence, nor will the riveted Rocket Bunny spoiler have slipped your radar. Under the arches sit a set of 18×9.5” Work Emotion D9R’s in gloss white, with the fronts wrapped in 225/40 Continental ContiSportContact’s and the rears in anything Jamie can get his hands on to burn off.
Sometimes we all can get too caught up with aiming for perfection, Jamie and his S14 remind us that the only thing that is important is putting a smile on your face which his Silvia does every time he drives it.