Doing It Otherwise: The Tidström Motorsport Silvia S14

I like it when individuals do issues out of the unusual. It’s one thing each myself and Alex Tidström, the proprietor of this outrageous 1996 Nissan Silvia, have in frequent.

One other factor we’ve got in frequent is our love for JDM vehicles. Very similar to myself, Alex grew up with Japanese vehicles within the household. His dad owned a 1985 FB Mazda RX-7 that the pair labored on, and on the age of six Alex drove the automobile along with his father sitting beside him within the passenger seat. A ardour for vehicles was rapidly fueled, and as an grownup Alex not solely owns this S14, however a modified FD3S Mazda RX-7 too.


It’s simple to face out on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden in an RX-7 as there simply aren’t lots of them right here, however the S14 is a little bit completely different. Alex actually needed to assume exterior the field to create one thing distinctive, and I’m positive you’ll agree that he achieved that.


Let’s deal with the obvious side of the Silvia first – its wild exterior. To ensure that Alex to realize the imaginative and prescient he was going for lots of {custom} work was required, and the tip result’s an S14 that appears menacing from each angle. The entrance and rear fiberglass fenders had been {custom} made, not solely to accommodate the wheel and tyre bundle, but in addition the massive aluminium facet skirts bins. The thickness of the skirts required the doorways to be minimize in half in an effort to match them.


It’s inconceivable to overlook the large 1,900mm-wide and 1,400mm tall rear wing, which is one other {custom} piece that Alex fabricated. The wing stays had been laser-cut and even embrace Alex’s Tidström Motorsport emblem. Down beneath, the rear bumper has been minimize in half, exposing the differential and suspension work that’s gone into the S14’s underside. We’ll get to that in a second.


Alex isn’t solely impressed by the Japanese tuner automobile scene; the US scene has had an affect on him too. All of it turns into apparent whenever you carry the hood. In reality, you don’t even want to do this, because the consumption is on present all the time.


Should you guessed LS, you’d be proper. The modifications are in depth, however well-selected.


The GM V8 motor is constructed round an LSR Idea Efficiency 4.125 block and at its core incorporates a Callies ‘DragonSlayer’ 4-inch crankshaft, Wiseco solid pistons and Callies solid connecting rods. There’s additionally Trick Movement GenX 255 cylinder heads, a {custom} camshaft and COMP Cam lifters.


The actual power-making a part of the equation are two Precision 6266 turbos paired with Precision 46mm wastegates and PPF 50mm blow-off valves. A NW 102mm throttle physique provides the engine with 1.5bar (21.7psi) of compressed air, whereas gasoline comes through Bosch 2,200cc injectors and a full Radium Engineering suite out again.


Tuned via a FuelTech FT500 engine administration system/digital show, the twin-turbo V8 has output a whopping 1,368whp and 1,654Nm of torque, however Alex at the moment has it dialled all the way down to a extra manageable 860whp and 1,200Nm on simply 0.55bar (7.9psi) of increase stress.


Excessive or low increase, a critical driveline was required, and Alex has answered with a Drenth MPG 5-speed sequential gearbox paired with a Tilton triple-plate carbon clutch, and a {custom} driveshaft main out to a Winters Efficiency quick-change rear finish suspended in a Sikky subframe.


The Silvia isn’t missing within the suspension and steering departments both, with a Wisefab drift angle package up entrance, a Wisefab knuckle package out again, and Okay-sport coilovers in any respect 4 corners. Curiously, Alex additionally runs an additional suspension package within the rear. The bash bar options in-built bike dampers to minimize affect and cut back the danger of the automobile being thrown round ought to Alex faucet a wall. This setup is situated simply in entrance of the 2 followers that assist cool the radiator within the again.


For wheels and tyres, Alex opted to go along with basic Japanese Work Meister M1s in a particular matte black and anodized bronze end. The M1s measure 18×9-inch +23 within the entrance and 18×11-inch +11 within the rear, and are wrapped up in Zeknova rubber, 235/40R18 and 265/35R18 respectively. And for braking, Okay-Sport 8-pot calipers with 380mm discs are used up entrance, with twin Okay-Sport 4-pot calipers (the additional pair for the e-brake) grabbing 330mm discs specced for the rear.


As you’d count on in a such a high-level drift machine, the inside has been fully stripped out and constructed again up with security and Alex’s driving preferences in thoughts.


An S14 sprint was custom-moulded in fiberglass within the early phases of the construct, whereas the seats and steering wheel are Sparco objects. In fact, there’s a full, welded roll cage.


Maybe the very best a part of this Silvia isn’t all of the components used all through, it’s that almost all of the automobile was inbuilt Alex’s residence storage in Stockholm, along with his buddies serving to him alongside the best way. There are some things that Alex would nonetheless like so as to add to the construct, together with air jacks which have been put in simply not plumbed up but, however for essentially the most half it’s finished and already on the market blowing the tyres off.


I’ll go away the final phrase to Alex. “I may need gone a bit too loopy on this, however now that it’s lastly constructed, I don’t remorse a factor!”

Alen Haseta
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