NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Per­haps the most fa­mous S15 of all, the HKS Hy­per Sil­via S15, pi­loted by Nobuteru Taniguchi won the first event of the 2002 D1GP sea­son at Ebisu Cir­cuit, fin­ish­ing the year with an over­all second place. It would later be­come a backup car to the newly built RS2 in 2003, which would see ‘Nob’ rank fourth over­all for the sea­son.

Both ver­sions fea­tured seam-welded chas­sis, with items such as the ra­di­a­tor and oil cooler rear­mounted in pur­suit of a 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion. In­ter­change­able weights were used to bal­ance the car to the track on which it would com­pete.

The SR20 fea­tured the newly re­leased HKS 2.2-litre kit and HKS GT2835, with SPL in­take and ex­haust man­i­folds, new HKS 256/264-de­gree camshafts and HKS re­in­forced valve springs, HKS 740cc in­jec­tors, dual HKS fuel pumps, and the pack­age man­aged by an HKS F-Con V Pro. It pro­duced 358kW, de­liv­ered through an HKS fivespeed se­quen­tial box and Nismo GT LSD. And, for sus­pen­sion, the fac­tory arms were re­placed with Nismo and Ikeya For­mula ex­am­ples with a set of HKS Hiper­max coilovers, while End­less six-pot fronts and R33 rears took care of brak­ing.

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