Leigh Martin from the NW of the province has been into drifting for many years as his father used to fix twin cams corolla’s when Leigh knee high to a grass hopper.
http://blog.usedcarsni.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/RedDrift1.jpg” alt=”” width=”590″ height=”300″ />As anyone into classic cars will know, the corolla twin cam became some what of a cult classic in Ireland and it was the passenger runs Leigh got as a child that is partly to blame for this modern day drift build.
Leigh has had a good few rear wheel drive cars over the years including BMW’s,
Nissan skylines and a Nissan S14a and some time last year he thought it was time he took the financial plunge and build himself a proper track orientated drift car.
On buying this Nissan Silvia S13, it had some basic work done on it, but Leigh wanted it done right and took his time with spare cash and has built it to what wee see today bit by bit. The car runs a 2litre 16v turbo power plant with the power going through an LSD at the rear, making this car a very enjoyable drive on the drift track.
With help from his brother in law and good friend pony, Leigh plans more power from the engine as well as substantial suspension changes to help the car steer better and hold bigger angles for longer. Essential on these builds is an understanding family and even more so a very understanding partner, which thankfully Leigh has.
Leigh plans to do a full attack at the N1 Drift Series which will be held at Aghadowey and Ballykelly circuits as well as some UDC events at bishopscourt and the like. All at UCNI would like to wish him the nest for the coming season.
SR20 DET engine
Apex performance front mount intercooler
Mocol oil cooler
Oil filter relocation kit
Greddy baffled sump
Greddy boost controller
Japspeed screamer pipe
Custom exhaust system
NGK platinum plugs
Walbro fuel pump
Tomei rocker stoppers
HKS coilovers with adjustable top pillow mounts
D-max extra lock hubs
Extra long custom track rods and ends
Rear adjustable camber arms
Apex performance solid rear bushings
5 stud hub conversion all round
Skyline GTS-T front callipers with grooved discs
Front EBC yellow stuff pads
Rear EBC red stuff pads
URAS front bumper rear bumper and side skirts
Rocket bunny rear spoiler
Ganador style mirrors
Smoked rear lights
Sleepy eye lights
Driftworks towing bracket through bonnet
Rota subzero wheels
BK racing wheels for drifting
Cobra monaco seats with cobra harnesses
Momo steering wheel
Cusco dash dodger roll cage
Willwood hydraulic handbrake with custom 32mm spanner handle
JDM bubble gearknob
Oil temp, oil pressure and boost gauges
Sticker bombed fire extinguisher & dash sections
Words and Photos: Graham Curry