Nissan 200sx s13 in rare dark green
Here in the United Kingdom the version of Nissan’s S13 chassis that we received was called the 200sx. Our domestic 200sx was equipped from the factory with the CA18det turbo engine and (for most models) a five speed manual gearbox. Designed from the factory back in 1989 as a competent, modern tourer, the 200sx is still fulfilling many different roles today thanks to dedicated enthusiast owners like Brandon Sharp. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1994 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T28GTX Brandon bought his car in early 2015 and has built it up to be a rapid and reliable sports car. Brandon’s car is 1994 model year car which means it was one of the last Nissan S13’s that Nissan sold in the United Kingdom before they released the S14 chassis (also named the 200sx) around 1995. The car has been upgraded with performance parts under the bonnet and under the bodywork to raise the performance envelope and to increase reliability – something that is arguably more important as these cars are quickly becoming classic cars, with rising values to match. Under the bonnet Brandon has equipped the car with a front mounted intercooler, 444cc fuel injectors, Z32 MAF (300zx MAF allows greater airflow over stock MAF), aluminium radiator, electric fans, BLITZ Nur Spec R 3″ turbo back exhaust system and a Garrett T28GTX turbo charger. With these performance modifications fitted the car is now producing 280bhp at the flywheel from it’s 1809cc four-cylinder engine, roughly a 90bhp increase over the stock 171bhp factory quoted power output. With the increased performance Brandon decided to fit a set of Apex Performance coilovers to the car, improving stability and comfort in the ride whilst removing most of the ‘sloppiness’ from the handling when pushing on. The coilovers are fully adjustable and he lowered the ride height to a sportier level. To replace the dated 15″ OEM rims he opted for a set of 17″ ROTA Boosts. Inside the car things are pretty much stock barring a custom (half cage) rollcage that Brandon designed and built himself. Outside the car the bodywork is how Nissan intended it barring a front number plate delete and a rear light conversion from a late model 180sx Type X. The coachwork is painted from factory in the rare Dark Green metallic (#DH0). Building upon the solid Nissan 200sx base Brandon has updated, upgraded and tweaked the whole car to make it fit what he needs it to be. The result is a fast and capable car that would humble more modern machinery while being comfy enough to use as a daily. I love the S13 for being this ‘any size fits all’ platform; with enough effort and money you can create satisfying and reliable daily drivers, drift cars and track spec race cars all from the same platform. I think it is for this reason that enthusiasm for Nissan’s S13 is not waning and why we will have many more years to enjoy discovering cars like Brandon’s … [Read More]
5 Nissan Aftermarket Add-ons to Boost Your Car’s Performance
Nissan is well-known for building fantastic base models for high-performance tuning. Auto enthusiasts love their 240SX series, 240Z to 370Z series, and economic Sentra series because of their modification potential. These cars are smaller, more lightweight, and a blast to drive. With all these great features, they’re also affordable. This makes them more accessible to drivers looking to modify their cars for fun. So what aftermarket add-ons do you buy once you get your hands on one of these cars? Here are some of the performance upgrades that will provide you the best results for your money. 1. Exhaust Stock exhaust kits tend to minimize vibration and noise at the expense of greater engine power. If you upgrade your exhaust system, you benefit from a higher exhaust flow, which allows exhaust to escape the engine at a greater rate. This frees the engine to combust gasoline more efficiently. An aftermarket exhaust modification provides more horsepower and engine performance for a reasonable price. 2. Intake Intake is another useful category to implement performance upgrades with. The greater flow you have of clean, cold air, the better your engine will perform. This is because an optimal mixture of cool dense air and fuel is essential for efficient combustion. An upgraded air intake system increases your car’s fuel economy and engine power. 3. Brakes Performance doesn’t just consist of high speed and acceleration. You should be able to brake on a dime for those tricky turns. Plus it does help to have a high powered braking system in case things go wrong, or you have to stop suddenly for something. Upgraded brake pads, discs, and brake lines all come highly recommended. 4. Suspension Driving and turning at high speeds is great when you’re drifting. However, it’s a good idea to have a solid suspension system that can absorb the full weight of your car as it’s thrown around. A good suspension contributes to handling performance and safety, as your car is less likely to roll on extreme corners. Aftermarket suspension arms, bushings, sway bars, and strut bars are worth looking into. If you have a decent-sized budget, many car enthusiasts recommend coilovers. 5. Turbochargers and Superchargers Turbochargers and superchargers are widely used in racing and drifting that require higher speeds. These performance modifications give a significant boost to engine power and efficiency by forcing more air into the combustion chamber. Turbochargers and superchargers tend to be a bit more expensive, but are well worth the upgrade. If you shop for these 5 aftermarket add-ons, you are already well on your way if you want to build a high-performance tuner out of your favorite Nissan. Aftermarket parts experts at Enjuku Racing recommend putting high-performance parts in your Nissan, even if it is an older model that you are working on for fun. Good aftermarket parts will last you the lifetime of the vehicle and provide unbelievable performance. Your Nissan deserves nothing less. Author Bio: Mike Redfield is an experienced automotive enthusiast who loves to … [Read More]
Home Built Hero – Graphite Grey Nissan 200sx s13 EDM
Here at the 180sx Club we love the Nissan s-chassis – we are especially partial to S13’s.. We do not discriminate with our enthusiasm for this platform; we love fully built 500bhp plus tarmac shredding monsters and we love more basic cars such as Frederik Fuhrhop’s Graphite Grey EDM 200sx. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1992 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T25 Frederik’s car is an early nineties Nissan 200sx manual which came fitted with the tunable CA18DET engine. The European Domestic Market version of the car comes equipped from the factory with a T25 turbocharger, wing mounted intercooler and limited slip differential. Power from factory should be around the 180bhp (flywheel) mark. This example has been modified for reliability and to increase driving pleasure. The car is fitted with a large front mounted intercooler to cool the intake charge, aftermarket intake, 2.5″ exhaust system, heat wrapped tubular manifold and a boost controller. The car features aftermarket shocks and springs and it has been fitted with a ‘Sleepy eye’ kit to give those gorgeous popups a fresh look. Moving inside the car Frederik has kept things simple with a suede, dished OMP steering wheel, aftermarket wheel boss and an upgraded stereo. The car has recently been fitted with a set of larger aftermarket wheels. Frederik has put in the spanner time for every job on this car that has needed doing since he has owned it – now if you have ever owned an older car, especially a well used Nissan s13 then you should appreciate the amount of ongoing effort and cost that running a car like this every day can incur. Frederik is a true enthusiast and we salute his enthusiasm to stick with and to enjoy his Nissan 200sx. Thanks for sharing your car with us Frederik!
Carl’s Nissan 200sx S13 daily driver
Welcome to Carl Mossy’s highly modified Nissan 200sx S13 daily driver. Carl has owned and enjoyed this car as his daily driver for the last three years. He has taken this 200sx s13 to numerous track days, including Bedford Autodrome and Brands Hatch. All this mileage clearly illustrates what a reliable and versatile engine the Nissan CA18DET is. Many 200sx s13 owners swap their CA18DET’s for the SR20DET from the Nissan Silvia and Nissan 180sx however Carl’s car shows is not the only path. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1989 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T3 Carl’s 200sx has many modifications to improve looks, performance and reliability. Starting from the outside the car wears Chargespeed rear bumper, Chargespeed side skirts and pre-facelift 200sx front bumper. The car is lowered on fixed shocks and springs and it wears Ultralight 18″ wheels all round. Looking under the hood you will see a fully rebuilt CA18DET running a bottom mounted T3 turbo on a tubular manifold. The car is also fitted with an uprated clutch, front mounted intercooler, 3″ performance exhaust and aftermarket intake. An electronic boost controller keeps everything in check. Performance has been measured at 310 bhp at the flywheel on a Dyno Dynamics dyno. Behind the wheel the car has surprisingly little turbo lag from the big T3 and is happy to rev all the way to the limiter at 7300 rpm. Carl has lots in store for this 200sx including paintwork and if the CA18DET does finally let go potentially a V8 engine swap. Thank you for sharing your car with the 180sx Club Carl – your brand new 180sx Club stickers are on their way to you! Track photo credit: Open Track