Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Keep on Truckin' err... Driftin'


FR drivetrain ?....Check


Light weight?....Check

Simple and reliable?....Check

Variety of engine swap choices?....Check

All of the above are characteristics of an ideal drift car, but in this case i'm not talking bout car at all=)the July issue of Drift Tengoku showed a couple Nissan mini-trucks that have been transformed into full fledged drift machines, and manage to look damn cool while doing it.

Built by Garage Miniz ,at Kitami-shi, on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, these two pickups have been tuned in the same style usually reserved for Silvias and Chasers.

The Red truck is a '92 D21 long bed (Hardbody in the US) and is powered by an SR20DET (Silvia engine) with an AXB60 turbine. It is has massive suspension/chassis work as well, including a narrowed rear end, and S13 Silvia steering components. The ultra-low ride height and 18x9J and 10J Work Meisters complete give it an aggressive look on the outside.

The white truck, an '85 Datsun/Nissan 720 is even more extreme. It is powered by RB26DETT from Skyline GTR, and as if that wasn't enough the turbine is a single RX6, giving this truck a massive 600hp power output. The factory live axle+leaf spring rear suspension was ditched for that of an S13 and the brakes are from a Lancer Evolution. The radiator is mounted in the bed, along with a fuel cell and roll bar. The wheels are Work Emotion CR Kai.

I won't go too far into the technical stuff, but if you want to learn more, visit this website--www.garageminiz.com

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