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The Drako a car that demands respect

13th November 2016 — by JimmyDrama

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You can tell a lot by what a person drives. Just sit back and look and you’ll soon be able to build up a character of the person by the automobile they drive. So, what type of person builds a car that at any given crank of it’s mechanical beating heart wants to kill you? Dimitriy Illyuk is no normal person and he gave birth to one of the World’s most vicious drift cars, The Drako.
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The chassis is a master of illusion, they say that fear comes in many guises, this time the Nissan S14 has been over-hauled with the Rocket Bunny Boss kit. The end result is Japanese car that looks more like a US born Charger, that’s been jacked on an intensive steroid make over. Dark and moody in looks the beating heart of the re-worked V8 Nissan engine is where the business really gets interesting.

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Over 1100hp is produced by the 2012 Nissan VK56DETT, the engine keeps true to the Drako’s JDM heritage, but is far from stock. Mahle Motorsport pistons, paired with Carillo rods replace the standard items. The block and head are forced together under restraint from ARP’s head and main studs and it’s thanks to BC’s uprated valve springs this engine barks like one of Satan’s hounds.

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Fire spits from the external screamer pipes that poke through the bonnet like a pair of horns. The boost is triggered by a meaty pair of Garrett GTX3071R turbochargers.

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While producing an engine with insane HP numbers is no easy feat, getting that to the wheels is also an alchemy art. OS Giken R4c clutch mated with a Drenth MPG gearbox, fully customised and with reinforced internals was the only option for the Ukrainian driver. After all he wasn’t building a street car to impress the locals – this build was summoning demons from another dimension.

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After all this being a drift car, it needed insane lock. Wisefab front and rear Nissan S14 kit dons the car and works well with the Feal Suspension coilover kit.

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This car is pure aggression, Illyuk, a driver that is close to taming the Drako, but when this car goes it’s always got a wild streak that can never be truly domesticated. Tyres last a matter of milliseconds when all the power from the good foot is engaged, but we Dmitiriy beams from ear-to-ear every time he drives it, could he be the gate-keeper to combustion’s hades?

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Spec

1999 nissan 200sx s14a

Engine: 2012 Nissan vk56dett 1100hp Mahle motorsport pistons,Carillo rods, arp head and main studs, bc valve springs. 2x garrett gtx3071r turbochargers, 2x turbosmart powergate 60mm, 2x turbosmart raceport Bov’s, turbosmart fpr 2000, id2000 injectors , ais 3000 direct port water meth injection, ati race pulley.

Drivetrain: Os giken r4c clutch Tilton magnesium release bearing. Drenth MPG gearbox custom ordered reinforced internals. R230 differential with gtr shafts

Electronics: Vipec i88 Motec pdm16 Motec keypad Motec e888 can expander Link dash 2 pro Mil spec wiring and ecu maping and can programing by @afterfix

Suspension: Wisefab front and rear nissan kits Feal suspension coilovers

Exterior: Rocket Bunny Boss 2 kit

Interior: Rollcage by motorsportinheart S15lhd dash

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Event

Drift AllStars Rnd1 – Middle East

1st June 2016 — by Dan Fegent

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Drifting can take you to some amazing places and there is no place more awe-inspiring than under the floodlights of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The F1 circuit is iconic, it might not be steeped in years of motorsport ghosts and tales of yesterday, but none the less it’s one that has a certain charm and distinguished look and feel. So, when we heard that the first round of Drift Allstars had tee’d up the venue as the start of it’s World Championship we had to make sure we got along to capture the action.

In a field of over 30 drivers made up from international & locals, names that would jump out on the entry sheet where, Ireland’s Nigel Colfer, Norway’s Fredrik Øksnevad and UK’s Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni, the UAE team of Lunatics By Nature ( Sultan Al Qassimi, Khalifa Sultan & Dany Neville), Kuwait’s Ali Makhseed and Jordan’s Ahmad Daham.

As the golden haze of natural sunlight faded, the floodlit track formed the battle ground and those who’d headed out were in for a treat! It was UK’s Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni that took the number 1 qualifier position as he and his newly LS powered S13 took to the fast paced circuit with ease, with the first place qualifier also coming in with a direct buy into the great 8 and facing his first battle against the impressive Ali Makhseed.

However, It was local driver, Sultan Al Qassimi that looked to be on point in his distinguished looking Nissan S14, however it was an incredibly tight battle with Fredrik Øksnevad that ended his campaign to move on any further into the competition. Fredrik pitched an onslaught in his Tri-Ace V8 Soarer, but when he met Baggsy in the Semi Finals he just couldn’t match that of the UK wheelman.

Real drama on the black-top came from Nigel Colfer and Ahmad Daham – the two drivers ran incredibly hard, they had contact as they pushed on each other through their battles and the judges struggled to make a decision calling One More Time (OMT) twice. However, it was the crowd’s favourite, Daham, in his 900hp Nissan S15 that would nudge the win over Colfer and progress to take on Baggsy in the final.

The final also didn’t come without drama for Daham. Calling a five minute rule, the team scrabbled about to make some adjustments to his car before facing the Monster Energy S13 of Biagioni. Making the line and the start Baggsy kept a fast clean line and pulled a huge leading gap on Daham and a massive advantage into the chase run. Daham’s car maybe still with issues was no match this weekend and the chase run was a formality passing the podium to the UK diver. Nigel Colfer would join them on the top spot in third place and the closing ceremony of the first round of Drift Allstars. We’re looking forward to round two and seeing who will bring the heat