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Sunshine and Tyre Smoke

21st June 2017 — by Ben Gaut

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The day before Drift Cup Round 3 was an invite-only practice day at Rockingham Race Way. For me, this was my first time ascending on Rockingham but I had heard amazing things from fellow Fueltographer Shooting Dave. I was so hyped to get down and see what it was all about. Being the second practice day I had shot this year, I was ready to see some action!

Now it’s safe to say the weather was the polar opposite of when I had my first outing of the year, it looked like I had traded in the snow and freezing temperatures for some amazing sunshine and a full on heat wave! Perfect for some smoky door to door action!

The main man behind Drift Cup ‘Sweeps’ had laid out a seriously awesome track which was perfect for the drivers. He also threw in a few hard hitting walls for good measure. It’s safe to say I didn’t see a single car without a dent in their rear quarters by lunch time, everyone was gunning for them. Just gradually edging closer and closer, before well you know the story!

The driving was on a whole different level, some of the best drift trains I have seen in the UK for a while outside of a show demo or major event!

As the weather stayed on our side and just got hotter and hotter, so I thought I would take the time to get off track side and out of the oven and into some cars and see how the track felt from the drivers perspective. It certainly didn’t disappoint, everyone was hunting for doors and pushing their cars to the absolute limit!

I managed to jump out with Monkey London, now this was an experience in itself, if you haven’t already, then do head over & check out his youtube channel. However I am telling you now, jumping in the car was like I had just stepped into a drifting documentary with David Attenborough! I then looked to my left to see Phil Morrison from Driftworks, hunting down my door and the adrenaline kicked in. I had only one option, to do what I do best, grab the camera and start firing.

The Practice day also meant that some of the Drift Cup drivers could get a day on track before the big event the following day and you could see for some of them just having that extra seat time really pulled through on the Sunday!

Now for me, I am pretty much out of words for this one – but thank you Sweeps and the team for an awesome day. Below are some more snaps from the day.

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Scratching a PS13 Size Itch

19th May 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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We all have friends that are the perfect example of spontaneity, jumping at an opportunity & not thinking twice, simply just going for it. I’m envious of those people & I for sure wish I could live like that at times.

Gianni, the man behind the extremely popular clothing brand Status Error is one of those people & luckily a very close friend of mine which usually means I get brought a long for the ride on his adventures.

He’s not reckless by any means but where he just makes a move & thinks later is with his car purchases. I have no doubt that Gianni puts a tonne of thought into a car purchase but to everyone else the cars come & go, as if they are itches that need scratching, something that he needs to own to get it out of his system. Luckily though the man has good taste.

It is with this mindset that he ended up with this stunning Red Purple” 1993 Nissan Silvia (PS13). The car was imported in 2015 by EPRacing & has to be one of the cleanest S-Bodies in the UK.
Beating at its heart is a lightly tuned SR20DET pushing out around 320BHP (Full spec list below).

We actually filmed a vlog about the day we headed down to Newcastle to grab this car. You can check it out below or on the Status Error YouTube channel.

In the video we start off in his old DC5 Honda Integra Type R. His car history is phenomenal & before that Gianni had owned a plethora of JDM metal, MR2s, MX5s, Civic Type Rs, Porsche 944s, RX8s & even RX7s… the list is huge & I can’t fault him for any of them.

How does the Silvia compare to everything he’s had before? Well its a monster, but in a good way. Its power delivery is extremely aggressive, thrusting forward once on boost & constantly wanting to step out, an amazing car but an absolute animal.

In the time he’s owned it he has been able to quickly make it his own. The interior has definitely had some fantastic additions, adding bucket seats & a spread of vibrant colours throughout the interior, its very cool place to be.

For everything else he’s wanted done the car has been taken of by performance car specialist Automek. They have handled the harder tasks the PS13 needed done including the rust proofing & repairs.


However here comes the bad news, the PS13 is unfortunately up for sale & I was fortunate enough to be able to get the shots you see here, a parting shoot to remember this one by.
It is making way for something else & I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to seeing what is next…

Spec List

Engine – SR20DET (320BHP)

Produced 320BHP at the Fly on (15/05/17) Graph Included
Nismo 555cc Injectors
GReddy Front Mount
GReddy Boost Gauge
GReddy Light Weight Pulley’s
Garrett GT2561 Roller Bearing Turbo (Fresh Rebuild)
Apexi Air Filter
Z32 Maf
Tubular Mani
All Engine Gaskets Replaced
D1 Spec Oil Catch Can
Exedy Clutch
Innovate AFR / Wide Band Gauge
Blitz Boost Controller
Unbranded Turbo Timer (Wired To Handbrake)
Front Mounted Oil Cooler
HKS Oil Filter
Titan 10/50 Race Oil
NGK Cooper Plugs
Japspeed Alloy Radiator
Silicon Hoses
Owens Development Wastegate
Kakimoto Racing Exhaust (Track Friendly)
De-Cat
Engine Damper
Digital GPS Speedometer (MPH & KPH)
Battery Relocated To Boot
ALWAYS ran on Shell V-Power (You can’t run it on anything less)

Chassis / Brakes / Wheels

Top Fuel Coilovers
Ikeya Formula Adjustable Rose Joints Front & Rear
Front & Rear Strut Braces
Japspeed Castor Arms
Kaaz 1.5 Way Diff
Cusco Half Cage
Zero Rust Underneath With A Fresh Underseal
Full 4 Wheel Alignment Carried Out Recently

Rota Grids 18 x 10 ET30 (Front & Back)
Yokohama Neova AD08R Tyres
265 / 35 / 18 (Rear)
235 / 40 / 18 (Front)
D1 Spec Nuts

D1 Spec 355mm 2 Piece Discs With 6 Pot Calipers (Front)
Stock Rears With Red Stuff Pads
Drift Button Handbrake
Cusco Master Cylinder Stopper

Interior

2 x Motamec Racing GP1 Bucket Seats (FIA – 2022)
2 x Driftworks Super Low Sidemount Seat Rails
2 x Genuine 4 Point Hardnesses With Seatbelt Buckle
350mm Neo Chrome / Dished Suede Steering Wheel
NRG Short Hub Boss Kit
Fire Extinguisher Installed In Glove Box
Custom Door Cards, Glovebox & Gear Knob Gaiter. (I still have all of the original parts untouched which will be included if the floral interior isn’t your thing).
Purple Bubble Long Gear Stick
Broadway Mirror
JVC KW-V20BT Double Din Unit With Bluetooth / Phone
Stripped Back (I Still Have The Seats & Plastics)

Body / Exterior

Nissan L42 Red Purple Paint With Flake (Glitters In Sun)
Origin Lab Rear 55mm Fenders
Origin Lab Side Skirts / Front & Rear Bumper
EPRacing 30mm Front Fenders
DMax Carbon Bonnet
DMax Roof Spoiler
Rocket Bunny Rear Spoiler
Carbon Boot Lid
Aero Catches with keys
Brick Headlights
GTR Grill
Rhino Lip Front & Side Splitters
Electric Folding Mirrors
Single Wiper Conversion
Rear Neon Lights With Controller
Rear Half Tinted Lights

Cutting Room Floor

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DO A SKID

28th March 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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The drift scene has taken over the car world, we get it, its rad & we’re huge fans of it, most of us here at Fueltopia are somehow heavily involved with it. However its caused some issues on a wider scale, for example you’ll be at a perfectly uncivilised car meet/cruise/show/Maccy Ds car park & something modified & RWD will turn up. Then you hear the cries… “Do a skid!” Its the sad reality people.

One car conjures up mad drift skills to those that see it and those that drive it none more so than the 200sx. Its become a symbol of drift culture here in the UK especially, & a popular body among those with enough pennies to go Pro at the sport. However, they don’t have to be all that way, the 200sx was popular across the ocean in the States long before drifting took a hold of us all. They went for the whole low & slow stanced look which is ever popular with Euro cars.

A lot of the reason behind that being the lack of availability of SR20DET engines in their 200sx models or even anything remotely performance driven. No matter the reasons though, the style was clearly different & not driven by an obsession of drifting. This one you see here is an example of modifying that has followed that older US trend, its not been built to drift, its been built to grip, to drive, to use on a daily basis. BORING all the Initial D fans shout, but different strokes for different folks.

 

With a plethora of performance & styling mods, 200sx owners have plenty of choice. This one has a small selection of enhancements mainly revolving around a Stage 2 custom map & all the other breathing mods that are needed to make that work. All whilst sitting pretty on its Japan Racing JR12 rims thanks to HSD coilovers. It performs awesome & looks good without ever being sideways on the edge of control. Featuring this example is because we want to give a shout out to the car, not what it represents now in our ever evolving car culture but what it is and always has been, a fun RWD boosted machine that can be styled however you want, not just for shits & skids.

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Benny Rees’ sleek Celica

27th March 2017 — by Dave Cox

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“Sweet Mustang man…” a phrase Ben often hears when people approach his car.

You may guffaw but it is true, you can clearly see the American influences on this vehicle. The Japanese during this era were known for designing the vehicles using tracing paper and pictures of cars from all around the world. Just look at the “C” Pillars, the rear louvres and the vertical tail lights. All of which are styling cues taken from the Ford Mustang. It is no wonder that the RA28 Celica got the nickname “Japanese Mustang” and therefore you can forgive people’s mistakes.

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Purpose Built Barrel Hunter

28th February 2017 — by Dave Cox

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At the time of writing, we are just days away from the beginning of the 2017 Fueltopia Barrel Sprint season. Test & Registration day has been and gone and we take this brief gap to bring you a close look at Mike Newland’s new purpose built barrel sprint s13.

This is not Mike’s first rodeo either previously he had a purpose built S14. A car that Mike has competed in for the last 4 years and spent tireless hours and effort developing. Sadly the S14 met it’s demise at Coventry MotorFest when it made a firm introduction with a concrete pillar underneath the ring roads. When life deals you such a poor hand it can be hard to get back on your feet.

Motorsport is high risk, leaving many grass roots racers with two options, All or Nothing. The impact the S14 had sustained was too much, the chassis was completely folded underneath the car meaning that it would sadly be beyond repair. For someone who had invested all they had into a sport they love the result was pretty crushing. Thankfully that was the extent of the damage, pretty much everything could be salvaged.

An S13 was sourced and Mark Young at Japs Motorsport set to work sand blasting the fresh shell before seam welding and inserting a full cage in preparation for transplanted parts. The decision to go for an S13 instead of an S14 was to step away from the norm on the field. Rear wheel drive class in Barrel Sprint is pretty much dominated by MX5’s and S14’s so Mike felt the need to provide a different body to keep things interesting.

Mark took a staggering 7 days to complete the transformation from a bare shell. I will let that sink in for a little bit. In an era where builds are getting turned around for shows in ever decreasing times, this is incredible. Not to mention that this isn’t a show car, this is a purpose built race car and it is fully functional! I have struggled to make decisions in 7 days, let alone build and complete a car.

The exterior also got a refresh thanks to Sussex Wrap Studio which closely mimics the colours scheme of the S14 as well keeping in line with the team colours.

After all the work was completed, the car was unveiled at the Wembley Qualifier for GRiD last year. Where unfortunately due to a lack of testing due to time constraints the car was fighting with him and not behaving herself. Due to this Mike came in 3rd place missing his spot at GRiD. Disappointing for Mike but still very impressive for anyone else.

The eagle eyed amongst you would have noticed that the lines of this S13 are slightly off, that is because the rear glass hatch has been removed and replaced with fibreglass flat bed. This was done to primarily reduce weight and lower the centre of gravity keeping the car light and nimble or “Smimble” as Mike affectionately calls it (Small and Nimble).

The obsessive weight loss spreads further than just the rear hatch, the bonnet is single skin fibre glass too,

The interior of the car is a spartan yet functional place to sit. A flocked dash obscured only by an OMP steering wheel houses minimal switch gear whilst a hydro setup help get the car round the barrels. Whilst a Corbeau seat helps keep the driver in place.  An Android dash allows Mike to customise what he monitors, keeping only the essential information on display.

As mentioned before, many of the components were transplanted over to the new chassis. Gold wrapping around the intake pipes help keep engine temperatures down. Mike is however developing a new expansion system to help lower intake temperatures and keep them constant which will mean he can go more aggressive on the map. Given that the car is already making 385bhp on a Nispro tune, it will be pretty lively.

Frustrated with his performance at the Qualifier, Mike sent the car to Walton Smith at Nispro to get the car’s alignment dialled in. This proved a wise choice as during the next FBS round, he beat his personal best time and then went on to finish 2nd in the championship.

I keep teasing Mike about the reverse rake of the car saying “just lower the front by a foot and you’ll be fine!” But I am told this is to help with balance and turn in. Seeing as I am at very best a spirited driver, I shall shut up and stop poking fun. (Will I f*ck)

The car is littered with small considered details, I’m particularly fond of the KODE rivets that secure the over fenders and duck tail spoiler . There are other touches too, like the JDM painted spokes. All of this is colour coordinated to tie in the with wrap this car has.

“The test day was an eye opener, After changing the suspension and the cars setup in the off season, it felt totally different. But not in a good way, I couldn’t get to grips with the changes and was struggling to go at my normal pace. After lots of messing around and tweaking I got it set perfect and produced some very nice runs. New front tyres needed due to the increased rear grip since last year due to Nispro’s awesome new setup.”

It is clear that Mike has spent the last 4 years honing his skills and working out what kind of setup he wants from the car. Finishing 3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2016 it only makes sense that he is setting his sights on 1st for this season.

After watching him most of the day and getting really up close and personal, I have little reason to doubt that he will be in strong contention for the win. I wish him the best luck for the season ahead. If you fancy going down and seeing him in action for yourself then you can get tickets from here: Fueltopia Barrel Sprint

Words & Pictures; Dave Cox (SHOOTINGDAVE)

Sponsors:

JAPS Motorsport
EBC Brakes
Corbeau
Adolescent Dogs
Advanced Lubricant Solutions
Dodo Juice
Just Jap
Nispro
Infamous Creations
Sussex Wrap Studio

Specs:

SR20DET
Owen Developements Turbo
LINK ECU
EBC brakes all round
Seam welded chassis & Roll cage
Custom Corbeau bucket seat 5 point harnesses
Driftworks CS2 Coilovers
Custom cooling and intake setup by JAPS Motorsport
1 piece prop shaft
Wisefab rear setup
Geomaster front setup