2000 NISSAN SIL­VIA SPEC R (S15)

NAME: TRAVIS TREMLETT // AGE: 21 LO­CA­TION: AUCK­LAND // OC­CU­PA­TION: PHO­TOG­RA­PHER, MAR­KET­ING

NZ Performance Car - - Build - PHO­TOS: TRAVIS TREMLETT

NZ Per­for­mance Car: Hi, Travis. Tell us how you got into cars and about the first you owned.

Travis: Hey, guys. I’ve al­ways had a fas­ci­na­tion with cars from a young age. And, be­cause I played Need For Speed a lot, I wanted to one day own a Sil­via. My first car was a Nissan Pulsar, which did the trick get­ting me around, but my mind was al­ways on get­ting into an S-chas­sis. I fi­nally did with a sil­ver S15 be­fore the one I cur­rently own, but I sold it to pur­chase this, as it was in com­pletely fac­tory form.

You’ve taken pho­tos of, and been ex­posed to, lots of cars, but is the S15 still your favourite?

Yeah, for sure. It’s al­ways been that dream car. I love the body lines of it, and it’s so easy to make look good. The right set of wheels and ride height with a few taste­ful ad­di­tions and you’re set. Plus, be­ing young when I got the first one, I wanted to be one of the ‘cool kids’ and, of course, make turbo noises ev­ery­where I went.

Fair enough — who doesn’t en­joy turbo noises? Where do you get your in­spi­ra­tion from for the mod­i­fi­ca­tions?

My main in­spi­ra­tion came from one of my friends over in Aus­tralia, Amartej Dhami (armie_95), who owns an ab­so­lutely im­mac­u­late white ex­am­ple that was fea­tured on StanceNa­tion. And I’ve al­ways liked the clean aes­thet­ics, not over­do­ing things, so wanted to get my hands on a pure fac­tory ex­am­ple that I could build up my­self, which is what I’ve done with this car.

And what’s it been like daily-driv­ing a turbo car that’s slammed on coilovers with an ex­haust and kit pieces?

It’s like a game of hide and seek with the po­lice — not be­cause it’s il­le­gal, but just so I’m not un­duly has­sled, you know? But, in say­ing that, sur­pris­ingly, driv­ing it isn’t as bad as peo­ple think — you just have to know what you can and can­not drive over, when to go for it, and when to hold back. But, some­times, you have no op­tion other than to just hit things and hope for the best [laughs].

Do you have fu­ture plans for the car, or is it about right?

Nah, at this stage, I don’t have any plans. Though, I may change the wheels up at some point, or do a mi­nor tune up­grade for more boost in the fu­ture. I do plan on keeping it for a long time, as they’re becoming almost im­pos­si­ble to find clean — so no need to rush any­thing.

That they are. Cheers for the yarn, Travis.

EN­GINE: Nissan SR20DET, 1998cc, four-cylin­der; three-inch ex­haust, twin three-inch blast pipe tip, Fenix front-mount in­ter­cooler, cus­tom in­take pipe, braided wa­ter and oil lines DRIVELINE: Six-speed man­ual, R200 lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial (LSD) IN­TE­RIOR: Nardi deep-dish steer­ing wheel, Re­caro SR3 seats EX­TE­RIOR: Fac­tory aero kit, cus­tom front split­ter, cus­tom side ex­ten­sions, cus­tom end ex­ten­sions, cus­tom LED tail lights WHEELS/TYRES: 18x9.5-inch (+15) CST Hy­per Zero, 215/40R18 West­lake SUS­PEN­SION: Parts Shop Max coilovers, Parts Shop Max cam­ber arms, GKTech toe arms POWER: 184kW

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