Nissan. It’s given us one of the greatest cars the world has ever seen, the Skyline series. Most famous of which is the R-34, nicknamed Godzilla. And Godzilla has been replaced by the “R-35” but did you know that there is a little-known, younger brother to the Skyline?
The Silvia, featured prominently in Magenta in 2001’s The Fast and The Furious with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), is also a car worthy of the Godzilla badge, but to a lesser extent. It didn’t have an engine and gearbox and even the acceleration and top speed to match it’s bigger brother, the Skyline, but it was great in it’s own way.
You could have similar performance with a 2.0L Turbo-charged,Inline- 4 engine that produced a very modest 230 horsepower and 275 lbs-ft of torque and a top speed of 155 mph. Naught to sixty was achieved in 5.4 seconds.
Then someone in Japan decided they didn’t want one, single turbo under the hood. Not even two. The dude wanted 4, repeat 4 turbo’s under the hood of his car.
The original engine was removed and replaced by the legendary 2JZ engine of the Toyota Supra as well as the Acura Integra. Originally coming out with 321 horsepower, with 4 turbos, you can bet that the thing has over 1,000 horsepower!
It was designed to drift and boy, oh, boy, it’ll drift alright. It has so much down force, you might as well add an elephant on top of it. It goes like a steam truck and handles like a go kart, it’s a beaut!
But hold on to your hat cause I haven’t finished yet. Maintenance is going to be brutal. Even Formula One need to change their engine every thousand miles and they spend approximately 50% of their budget on the engine and if you think cheap drift engines last long, think again.
Having 4 turbos on your race engine is great.
Just remember to spend more on maintenance than on fuel.