NZ Performance Car - - 2013 SCION FR-S (ZN6) -

If you’re in­ter­ested in your usual run-of-themill ute build, we’re sorry, but Stacy Smyth’s ute is cer­tainly not that. As you can see in the pho­tos, the body isn’t cur­rently on the chas­sis, and that’s be­cause the chas­sis is re­ceiv­ing a se­ri­ous amount of fab­ri­ca­tion work to en­sure it’ll per­form just how he wants it to.

Stacy has a do it once, do it right at­ti­tude, with a clear vi­sion of what he wants to build, and is en­sur­ing ev­ery com­po­nent be­ing in­stalled or fab­ri­cated will be up to the beat­ing it will soon re­ceive.

As the ute will be used for drift­ing and en­ter­ing car shows, the cus­tom chas­sis work will soon be com­pletely sand­blasted and painted with chas­sis black for pro­tec­tion. A Nis­san VH41DE en­gine has been mounted up front, which once com­bined with the mon­strous GT45 turbo — cur­rently in the mail — and tuned with the Link G4 ECU by the team at STM will hope­fully make a whop­ping 671kW (900hp) to the rear wheels through the 300ZX six-speed man­ual gear­box.

The body will re­ceive four-wheel-drive Navara guards once it’s in­stalled onto the chas­sis to cover the huge wheels, which Stacy is hav­ing a hard time try­ing to de­cide on. Stop­ping and turn­ing have been taken care of with BC coilover sus­pen­sion and Wil­wood calipers and ro­tors up front, mated to 300ZX hubs.

If you want to check out the progress on the build, just search ‘SS Cus­toms’ on Face­book.com.

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