Free Craft S15 – The Grass is Always Greener… by Patrick Callahan

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I recently found what has to be one of my favorite S-chassis Nissan’s ever while exploring the wonderful Nori Yaro blog. The Free Craft S15 is exactly what you would expect from a sexy JDM Silvia for the most part (i.e. fantastic JDM aero, hardcore drift suspension, etc). However, there are a few differences that set this car apart for me.

The first and perhaps least surprising is that the car sports a 2JZ. More torque, more power, not a whole lot of explanation needed there. The swap is getting to be pretty common.

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The wheels almost certainly set the car apart. They’re Racing Hart (R.I.P.) CP-S10’s and I never thought I’d see them used to good effect on any vehicle. The non-traditional wheel choice and color combo really make this car stand out.

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However, the single biggest thing that sets this car apart is that it’s left-hand drive! How many LHD S15’s did Nissan make? If my calculations are correct, that would be exactly zero. Why? Why not? I’m sure you’ve all seen cars in the US converted to RHD and we’ve seen many “spo-com” trends re-surface on the other side of the pacific. The conversion has been done extremely well with a very attractive leather-wrapped dash and custom gauge housings.

I guess sometimes the grass really is greener…

Visit Alexi’s blog here: http://noriyaro.com/?p=4816

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C-Y Sports Motor Swapped Toyota 2000GT

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C-Y Sports in Japan without a doubt does some of the craziest motor swaps in the world. I’ve discussed them before on this blog, but never in the context of remixing classic vintage JDM.

Someone was crazy enough to give C-Y the very collectible and classic Toyota 2000GT. What they ended up with is a modernized 2JZ-GE powered 2000GT!

I’m guessing this will absolutely murder the value of the car. But hey…if you have the kind of money to afford a 2000GT then why not do whatever you want to it.

Toyota 2000GT 2JZ

For a list of some absolutely nutty motor swaps check out:

http://www.c-ysports.com/swap_cars.html

I really want to drive that 1st gen Miata with the S2000 motor! Fun!

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A Real JDM Hybrid by Patrick Callahan

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Lately, the CR-Z has been getting quite a bit of attention since it’s a hybrid with sporting pretensions. It’s certainly a step ahead of the Prius. However, one of the first hybrid cars recently caught my attention. Way back in 2001 Toyota decided to produce a hybrid version of the Crown Royal (no, seriously, that’s the name of the car). Far from the stodgy 1NZ series found in the Prius, Toyota used what may be the most advanced normally aspirated version of the venerable 2JZ series, the 2JZ-FSE.

I must admit that even I had to dig a little deeper when I saw that engine code. A quick search reveals this engine featured direct-injection (remember we’re talking about 2001!) and an extremely high compression ratio for a car designed to run on pump gas. Between this and a mild hybrid system resulted in the car being rated at 27mpg city despite a curb weight over 4000lbs.

This is all impressive enough, but the engine is still only rated for 217hp. This might be adequate for cruising in the Royal, but is hardly an inspiring figure. However, what if this engine were to find its way into an MkIV Supra, IS300 or even a Silvia. It wouldn’t be breaking any ground to fit one of these engines in one of those chassis as the block is very familiar, but imagine a lightweight dual-purpose drift/daily S13 that gets Yaris-esque mileage on the way to the track, offset any emissions that may have been avoided with big white clouds of tire smoke and then proceed to commute for the next week on the same tank of gas. Now that’s a hybrid in every sense of the word!

Tuning this engine would require a herculean effort and you’d do well to pick up some textbooks on combustion theory while you’re at it, but there’s really no need to. The stock the engine produces an effortless 217lb-ft of torque at only 3600rpm and that’s more than enough to put a lightweight car sideways in a hurry.

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