Nissan S14 — Blair Gribble-Bowring (Pro-Sport)
After reviewing photos and video of his runs from the first round at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr stadium, Blair noticed that the wheels were “travelling in completely different directions”, which prompted a quick shift from his home-built lock kit to a Wisefab option. The S14 kit comes with bottom arms, knuckles, rack spacers, tie rods, and top hats, and, although also provided, Blair CNC machined his own billet top hats, telling us “They’re twice as thick as the Wisefab options, so the strut tower doesn’t have to be altered to deal with camber and breach regulations.”
Although set to a minimal lock setting, the zero Ackermann kit still earned him the title of Entry Boss at a recent event in Taupo — the first event with the new kit.
“It’s made a massive difference … before, you would turn a little bit and there would be bits where the pivot would make it turn into the lock and feel twitchy. With the Wisefab, it’s super smooth the whole way around, and you have direct drive.”
The Final Connection coilovers were an easy decision, coming out of a Stagea that he had purchased — they’ve simply been set and left for now. As for the rear, Blair currently runs Luxury Sports adjustable arms for dialling in the alignment but isn’t too concerned about upgrading at this stage.
“For the power we have [303kW], we can get all the grip we need from playing with tyre pressures. So, at the moment, we’re running around 16psi — when there’s more power we’ll look at switching to a Wisefab rear, but that’s not going to happen for now.”
STRUTS: FINAL CONNECTION COILOVERS KNUCKLES: WISEFAB (ZERO ACKERMANN) ARMS: (F) WISEFAB BOTTOM ARMS, WISEFAB TIE RODS, (R) LUXURY SPORTS TOE, CASTER, AND CAMBER ARMS