|Nissan S15 Silvia - The Drift Cowboy
As the winner of the 2005 D1 Grand Prix Championship, as well as the 2006 United Kingdom D1 exhibition match, Yasuyuki Kazama is no rookie driver. Having appeared in Best Motoring, Top Gear, JDM Option and more magazines than you can shake a stick at, Kazama is one of the most recognizable drivers in the D1 ranks. Having heard about drifting at the young age of 17, Kazama has now risen to become one of the superstars of the drifting world, and is as well known for his twin-drift technique as he is for his out-the-door "rodeo ride" parade lap.
Although he started drifting in an AE86, Kazama is best known for driving S15 Nissan Silvias, such as the green Kei-Office machine he used for his maiden win at Irwindale Speedway. This S15, campaigned by Team Move, is a blue tinted 509hp beast that can go sideways with just a blip of the throttle. Used by Kazama to seriously kick some European ass, this S15 was crowned the champion at the UK exhibition round.
Maintained by JDM tuner house Auto Produce Boss and built in conjunction with Nismo, this Silvia represents the professional side of drifting. No expense has been spared when building this car, which is designed to conquer the art of delivering flawless, smoke-filled drifts. This particular S15 Silvia began life as a Silvia Spec-R model. Featuring GT-R derived aluminum suspension design and a reinforced body, the turbocharged Spec-R model was the platform of choice for tuners. The SR20DET engine contained within the S15 features a square 86mm bore and 86mm stroke 2.0L turbocharged engine that produced almost 250hp in stock trim.
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