Seeing a grassroots time attack machine with this level of all-around performance is uncommon, and seeing one made from an RPS13, the chassis code for Nissan’s S-chassis, is quite rare. The tendency for these cars to spend most of their time spinning their wheels is well known, but this particular car has been made into a stable, reassuring, and spectacular machine.
To make this hatchback as stiff and predictable as possible, SGR Works added a full cage, pillow ball mounts, and GP Sports coilovers. The bodywork has also been tweaked, and peeking out under the wide blister fenders are massive 295-section Yokohama Advan A050 tires allowing all of the SR20DET‘s 320 horsepower to be administered to the pavement efficiently. Bear in mind, the turbocharger (Tomei B7652) and the ECU (Power FC) are the only major engine modifications present. Clearly, this car has been designed to get around corners as quickly as possible.
However, a straight-line machine it is not. The slow, technical nature of Ebisu West caters to the 2,450-pound RPS13. It has absolutely no problem braking late and rotating into slow corners. In areas where an avid drifter might expect the car’s tail to breakaway, it sticks, and its grip only improves with speed. Mechanical grip — there is no shortage.
That grip, when coupled with a little aerodynamic grip and enough suspension travel to handle curbs, makes it so capable when the speeds increase. The composure this car shows as it hops over the curbs at 0:10 is staggering. Even when riding on two wheels, at high speed (0:57), the Nissan does not breakaway in any major way. Everywhere its owner puts it, the Nissan is happy to do anything he wants in a friendly, predictable way.
If anything, this wine-red Nissan dispels all the nasty notions associated with these cars and proves that, with the right modifications to the footwork, these cars are very capable.