NOT AN LS V8-POW­ERED S15

NZ Performance Car - - Event Sema -

Michael Ry­der is no rookie when it comes to man­han­dling his way around the south’s best cir­cuits in his Nis­san Sil­via S15. The S15 was pack­ing a 343kW (460hp) SR20DET un­til flat­mate, fab­ri­ca­tor and good mate Dy­lan Field con­vinced him to drop the high-main­te­nance four-banger out, and shoe­horn in a Toy­ota 1UZ-FE V8.

Michael as­sem­bled the troops to help, with Sam Roborgh wiring it up, Phil Tay­lor tun­ing, and Dy­lan com­plet­ing all the fab­ri­ca­tion.

Ob­vi­ously as the old en­gine made so much power, the 1UZ wouldn’t be left un­touched. The de­ci­sion was made to com­plete a sin­gle-turbo con­ver­sion uti­liz­ing the fac­tory man­i­folds, with a cus­tom Y-pipe to mount it on.

The set-up is bul­let­proof, mak­ing 402kW at the wheels on 15psi of boost and an E30 ethanol blend, all of this us­ing a Gar­rett GT3582R and Link G4 ECU. The S15 gear­box was binned, and a race-prepped R154 five-speed was built by Tony Crowther to han­dle the mas­sive amounts of torque.

The car is still un­der con­struc­tion, with the paint need­ing to be com­pleted, along with the body and var­i­ous other small items.

The set-up is cur­rently limited by the turbo sys­tem and heads, so once Michael starts get­ting used to the power lev­els, they’ll be the first things to be changed.

Make sure you head to Drift South round three to see the fin­ished prod­uct in ac­tion.

Michael would like to thank Dy­lan Field, Dick Mike, Kieran Meijer, Phil Tay­lor and Sam Roborgh for their hard work through­out the build.

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