NZ Performance Car - - Demon Energy D1NZ -

Ar­guably the car that made the big­gest splash at round two was Jase Brown’s su­per­charged S13, mak­ing its de­but. That’s be­cause this very unique engine choice — a blown 1UZ-FE aka Lexus V8 — sticks loud and proud out of the bon­net. Jase is no stranger to run­ning the com­bi­na­tion, as he ran a sim­i­lar and slightly more ba­sic combo in his C34 Lau­rel for many years. Its driv­abil­ity and in­stant throt­tle re­sponse, backed by the large amounts of torque shown by the C34, con­vinced Jase it would be ideal pack­age for drifting.

Just how in­stant is that power? Try 800Nm from just un­der 3000rpm, and this is on a ‘test’ engine that is very close to stock. The real party will hap­pen when the built engine goes in, as it’s sim­i­lar to those 1UZ-FEs found in Su­per Stocks, which are ca­pa­ble of 670kW and 11,000rpm.

The bil­let Blower Shop 6-71 sits on a cus­tom man­i­fold and pro­duces 1000Nm on 19psi, which Jase admits is push­ing the lim­its on the near stock in­ter­nals — some rod bolts be­ing more-or-less the only devel­op­ment. With such im­pres­sive fig­ures on that ‘test’ mo­tor, we bet the built engine will be a very stout pack­age. A cus­tom Joe Blo Speed Shop ITB man­i­fold with eight 1650cc in­jec­tors sits atop the 6-71, and be­low the blower is a CO2 to­tal loss system the team has de­vel­oped since round two as a way to com­bat the heat soak into the blower, which is caused by lengthy pre-bat­tle wait­ing times on the grid. The size of the in­jec­tors means that at idle they are forced to ba­si­cally starve the car, giv­ing it an idle that has to be heard to be be­lieved!

But this car is much more than just a nuts ‘Lecky’ V8 in a Sil­via. The sus­pen­sion pack­age de­liv­ers near 80 de­grees of lock thanks to Keto knuck­les and 555 ex­tended lower con­trol arms, cou­pled with some se­cret mods the team wishes to keep that way. To achieve this an­gle, the front track sits in ex­cess of two me­tres wide, us­ing Tein Su­per Drift coilovers.

If the mo­tor alone wasn’t enough to set the car apart on the grid, Jase opted to carry out the world’s first S14 Rocket Bunny Boss kit con­ver­sion. Thank­fully the front is tube frame, mean­ing the fit wasn’t as hard as you might think, and the added width and height of the S14 front suited the engine bet­ter.

The liv­ery is sim­i­lar to Jase’s orig­i­nal S13, but his parter Han­nah, who is a sign writer by trade, has re­ally taken it to the next level, mak­ing the car pop with CL Auto vinyl.

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