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1999 Nissan Silvia (S15) - Got it Made

One of Japan's most stylish drift shops makes a smooth comeback

Jonathan Wong
Jan 1, 2018
Photographer: JC Pepino

Style is a beautiful thing. How it's interpreted is special to you alone, no matter if it's clothing, personal grooming, a slam dunk, or cars. You choose a base platform to make your initial mark, but customization is where one truly shines. Take drifting, for example. You'd be hard-pressed to find a subculture that takes style more seriously than drifters do, and in Japan, where it all began, drivers and tuning shops kickstart trends before they sprinkle over the rest of the world. We've seen legendary trends come and stay, from mild to extremely wild, and they make a lasting impression on the thousands who aim to be just as unique when it comes to car modification.

  |   1999 Nissan Silvia Super Made Aero

Super Made, a drifting specialty shop found in the Osaka prefecture of Japan, has an extremely eclectic sense of style that tends to not follow traditional norms: build cars that go very low, a little wider, and run smaller-than-average-sized wheels with meaty tires. You may recall a white Nissan S15 we featured on the cover in '11; their formula hasn't changed much. Shop owner Takanori Yoshida recently debuted this new S15 project that continues to embody the Super Made spirit within: still very low, wide, fat tires, and this time, a lot of power from an RB26 engine conversion.

After receiving a rolling chassis from a friend, Yoshida began the process of transforming the S15 into the beautiful machine you see today. The body was stripped, fully spot-welded, and a custom 10-point 'cage was fabricated before ample, beautiful coats of Candy Red paint were applied over the full Super Made aero, which makes up all of the exterior modifications.

  |   1999 Nissan Silvia RB25DETT Swap

Next came the installation of the RB26, which had been fully built with HKS components and equipped with a large T78 turbo from GReddy. A custom-designed transmission from legendary GT-R tuning house Auto Gallery Yokohama was also installed, along with a NISMO limited-slip differential, to help get more than 700 hp transferred to the rear wheels—more than enough power to slide effortlessly in drift competition.

But as we mentioned before, the big trick with the Super Made S15 is its smaller 15-inch wheels, something that's more commonly seen on the older S13 chassis. It's not a difficult conversion—a simple exchange of the stock 5x114.3 hubs to 4-lug variants, which then allow the Work Equip 40 wheels to fit effortlessly. However, this conversion can still prove challenging as the power of an RB26 is much greater than what 15-inch wheels can typically handle, which means it takes true driving skill to achieve. Only a few, like Yoshida, can actually pull it off with success. "I want to prove that drift cars with 15-inch wheels can perform well at top-level drift competitions," he says. "Eventually, I'd like to finish on the podium at Formula D."

  |   1999 Nissan Silvia Super Made Custom Rollcage

Though the past couple of years were quiet for Yoshida-san, we're happy he came back roaring with an S15 that has the heart of Godzilla and the quintessential style that helped put the house of Super Made on the map. Having said that, Yoshida's trying to get as much seat time as possible, since a car like this takes some getting used to. But according to our photographer JC (who saw the S15's first passes at the Maishima Hard Tuned Meeting), Yoshida has no problem getting it sideways, redlining third gear, and hitting corners with precision, plenty of smoke, and, naturally, plenty of style. What a beautiful thing...

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By Jonathan Wong
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1999 Nissan Silvia (S15) - Got it Made
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Owner: Takanori Yoshida
Hometown: Izumi-shi, Osaka, Japan
Occupation: Owner, Super Made
Power: 726 hp at 7,500 rpm; 548 lb-ft of torque at 5,900 rpm
Engine: RB26DETT swap; HKS 87mm pistons with WPCII treatment, connecting rods, camshafts, valvesprings, spark plugs, oil pump, and GTII wastegate; Drag88 1.2mm head gasket; ATI crank damper pulley; Bosch fuel pump; SARD 850cc injectors and fuel pressure regulator; TRUST/GReddy T78-33D turbo; Garage 42mm exhaust manifold; Super Made custom 80mm downpipe and exhaust system; Flex oil cooler; DRL radiator
Drivetrain: Auto Gallery Yokohama five-speed transmission; Exedy triple-plate carbon clutch, lightweight flywheel; NISMO GT two-way limited-slip differential; 4.3:1 final gear
Engine Management: HKS EVC boost controller; Link ECU; AEM trigger disc
Footwork & Chassis: DG5 "Kawabata Special" coilovers; Swift springs; D-Max pillow ball arms; Naoki Nakamura knuckles; Super Made custom 10-point rollcage, fully spot-welded chassis
Brakes: OEM Z32 front calipers; RB Works front and rear rotors and pads
Wheels & Tires: 15x9.5" -22 front, 15x10" -18 rear Work Equip 40 wheels; 225/45R15 front, 225/50R15 rear Toyo Proxes R1R tires
Exterior: Super Made bumpers, front fenders, rear overfenders, side skirts, hood, roof spoiler, trunk spoiler; Candy red paint
Interior: Big End steering wheel; Bride seats; Sparco harnesses; Defi ZD meter

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