Yuichi Seki and his 180SX have been in combination for 23 years, and each have matured gracefully.
Seki-san has long past from a wild boy of float, to a accountable circle of relatives guy who does gardening at the weekends and serves mint-infused tonic water to his area visitors. His Nissan RPS13 has grown up too, leaving at the back of its grimy float days in favour of a extra refined existence as a time assault weapon.
I couldn’t make a decision which used to be cooler – the 180SX or Seki-san’s place of work, which is stuffed with memorabilia, trophies and naturally spare portions for his automotive. On account of circle of relatives commitments, Seki-san doesn’t get out to the circuits a lot at the present time, however he’s content material to potter round his workshop refining his journey simply the way in which he likes it.
Seki-san purchased the auto in 1998 when he used to be 20. Drifting used to be abruptly rising in popularity in Japan at the moment, and Seki-san’s hobby used to be straight away piqued. He had no concept how you can float, and with out the web the one method to be informed used to be to hit the monitor and observe. As he advanced the 180SX used to be advanced too.
After 15 years of monitor abuse the auto sooner or later gave up, so Seki-san pulled it aside and the rebuild commenced.
All the way through this time, engine capability used to be larger from 2.0L to two.2L the usage of a Tomei equipment, and extra energy got here via the way in which of a Accept as true with TD06-25G sitting on a Storage Mak TD exhaust manifold.
These days, tuned during the venerable A’PEXi Energy FC, there’s 593PS on be offering. That energy will get to the wheels by the use of an HKS 6-speed transmission and Tomei LSD.
All the way through the refresh, the external used to be fitted with a Storage Mak wide-body equipment and Ki Motorsports facet skirts. Then it used to be resprayed from manufacturing facility white to the Toyota Tremendous Pink V color you notice lately.
Conserving the 180SX glued to the street are Toyo Proxes R1Rs in 235/40R17 and 255/35R18 wrapped round Paintings Meister S1Rs, 17×9.5-inch -0 and 18×10.5-inch -5 respectively. Seki-san is the usage of HKS Hipermax D’ NOB Spec coilovers up entrance and an Ikeya Components setup within the rear.
The internal is proper out of the JDM float playbook with a 7-point Cusco roll cage, Bride seats and a complete suite of gauges and digital gadgets, together with the FC Commander for the A’PEXi ECU.
Happily for us, Seki-san is heading to a circuit in Chiba on the finish of the month, so I’ve organized to fulfill him there for a correct characteristic. For now, I in point of fact simply sought after to introduce this superior 180SX and take a peek inside of Seki-san’s comfortable house storage.