Written & Photographed by Kishan Sondagar
1993 Nissan 240sx Coupe
The S-Chassis has always been a top choice platform for drifting due to its short wheel base and light body construction. By welding the diff and gutting out the interior and you’ve got a drift-slut in the making. Rob has done exactly that to his 1993 Nissan 240sx Coupe also known as a Onevia (pronounced one – via). A little back story of why the coupe is nicknamed a Onevia: the coupe has the front end of a 180sx with the rear end of an s13 Silvia. This design is not one that had come from the factory like the Sileighty (Silvia front end matted to a 180sx). Instead, the body started off as a factory Nissan S13 Silvia with the front end is converted using the front clip from the 180sx.
Housing the 2.4L 4 cylinder KA24DE from the factory which squeezes out a humble 155hp at 5400rpm. This may seem a little underpowered to be used for drifting – but it is matched with a balanced torque rating of 160ft-lbs at 4400rpm, just enough to push you in the seat when the throttle is smashed down. Having a lot of power doesn’t always mean you will be the best drifter or driver out there. The KA is a great engine for beginner drifters. When the need for more power comes, slap on a turbo with internals (much more than just a turbo, but ill spare the entire break down) and a few other goodies (well, maybe a bit more than just a few) and you’ll have a good amount of power and torque to back you up while sliding your way around corners.
With the next season for time attack and drift coming up in a few months, there’s no doubt that there will be a few modifications and tuning to achieve the most performance. Stay tuned for more!