'92 NISSAN 240SX (S13)
OWNER JESSE ROBLES
HOMETOWN TEMPE, AZ
OCCUPATION BARTENDER FOUR PEAKS BREWING COMPANY
POWER 546hp; 533 lb-ft of torque at 31psi
ENGINE Toyota JZX110 1JZ VVTI engine; Get Nuts motor and transmission mounts; Garrett GTX3076 Gen 2 turbo; Future Fab intake manifold, charge piping, downpipe; TIAL MVR 44mm wastegate; ID1000 injectors; GSK Fabrication swirl pot; Chase Bays power steering and overflow tanks; Elevens Paint and Fiber coil pack cover; Walbro 450-lph fuel pump
DRIVETRAIN R154 transmission with Marlin Crawler gears; Spec stage 2 clutch; one-piece driveshaft; KAAZ two-way limited-slip differential
ENGINE MANAGEMENT A’PEXI Power FC D-jetro and Commander; tuned by UMS Tuning on 110-octane
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS TEIN Super Drift coilovers; Future Fab modified front knuckles, front lower control arms and steering rack; Parts Shop Max rear drop knuckles; Gktech rear lower control arms; SPL and Voodoo13 adjustable arms
BRAKES PBM Z32 front and rear calipers, Hydro e-brake; Fastbrakes two-piece rotors; Hawk HP+ pads; Chase Bays steel braided lines
WHEELS & TIRES 18x9.5” +22 Volk Racing TE37 wheels; 225/35R18 front, 255/35R18 rear Nankang NS-20 tires
EXTERIOR DMAX front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof, trunk wing; Origin 20mm front fenders; Chargespeed 50mm rear fenders; Bomex side mirrors; Seibon carbon-fiber hood; Lexan glass; painted by Elevens Paint and Fiber
INTERIOR Fathead Fabrication rollcage; Chip Larson Racing cabin harness; Ultraheaven gauge bezel; MOMO Monte Carlo steering wheel; Works Bell quick release; Circuit Hero shift knob; Recaro SPG driver and Sparco Pro 2000 passenger seats; Takata five-point harnesses; Palo Santo Wellness Boutique good luck charms
THANKS my dad, mom and sister; Elevens Paint and Fiber; ICB Motorsport; Project Onethirty; Chip Larson Racing; Fathead Fabrication; GSK Fabrication; UMS Tuning; Garage Boso; Four Peaks Brewing Company Then when you find out he’s the owner of this Pandem widebody Civic, it’s easy to assume he has deep pockets and just asked his son what parts were “cool to buy.” The truth is, this man crafted his son’s eye for style, and every bit of this car is part of his own vision.
It’s insane to understand that a car this good looking is meant to be beat on the track. Phil is no slouch behind the wheel,, either, having set class records over the years. It is a purebred race machine that can be displayed at SEMA (something Phil did in 2017 when his car won the coveted
Grand Turismo award) and win car shows with a little elbow grease. Phil cut his teeth in HPDE with a low-powered car and with years of driving under his belt, changed and added parts to drop his lap times. Up until recently, his Civic was NA, and I personally remember wondering, “How fast could this thing be with 200 hp and slicks?!” The reality was, Phil ripped. He would lean on every millimeter of slick underneath his car to run insanely fast lap times.
Much like his ’65 Mustang, Phil couldn’t leave his Civic alone for long. He wanted to find the next step in this endless build. Turbo power was the only thing left, and this meant a huge step in performance. Nearly doubling the power on only 11 psi of boost shows the capability of this mad machine. Coupling the increased power with a sequential Quaife means Phil plans to decimate all previous personal bests. As a matter of fact, there is some more intense aero development in the plans, and rumor has it he wants to attend WTAC in Australia with some of the most legendary Time Attack drivers in the world. With the direction this build has taken, it could undoubtedly hang with the best Down Under.
These two cars serve greatly different purposes. These two men are greatly different people. However, the fuel that runs through them is the same. Their DNA is shared. Their passions mirror one another. Each car is stylistically unflawed. Each car absolutely tears up the track on command. These cars are almost as rare as this family. They are show stoppers, but underneath the elegance is something raw and primal. Having lived and breathed Japanese air and exhaust, the Robles have an extra keen eye for style. They’ve lived what is so many people’s dream, but they haven’t squandered their opportunity.
A final moment in the interview reveals the thought process into their cars, which really encapsulates these two builds beautifully. Phil wanted the Pandem kit for his car the minute he saw it. He cut and chopped his fenderwells again and again until the car sat low enough for his taste, yet it still retained full function. Both of them nodded in vehement agreeance when discussing how to get a car as low as possible.
This pairing of like ideals and this moment of shared, undeniable passion illustrates the depth of love this father and son share for cars. They continue to fuel one another’s motivation as they each search for that crescendo of perfection in their builds. In the end, they are doing what every father and son hopes to: enjoy each other’s company and create a lifetime of memories that can live on just a little bit longer.