2000 Nissan Silvia – Import Tuner Magazine

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2000 Nissan Silvia – Brave New World

Shubash Singh’s brazen taken on the S15 Silvia is both humble and defiant–a refreshingly pleasing duality

Shubash Singh’s ’00 Nissan S15 Silvia is calm from the outside. With its factory gray casting back ominously, the exterior features an overly polite veneer that signals a potentially falsified sense of speed, power, and overall workmanship. The body modifications are not applicable, and Shubash is unapologetic about it all.

Because just like the old maxim asserts, Don’t judge a book by its cover, his S15 is a crusty title-less paperback with coffee stains and dog-eared corners. The major separation of this underwhelming façade is the Silvia’s pristinely planned, disco-ball-turning, massive guts.

Headgames Motorworks’s Dave Localio first brought Shubash’s car to our attention. I can remember the cold Tennessee night when I heard it start for the first time; it sounded strong and it rode well, but I couldn’t get past its near-stock surface.

There has to be a reason why Dave, who builds four-digit-horsepower 2JZs for a living, like this thing, I reassured myself. And after a neck-whipping 70-140 freeway pull, I realized why. I was speechles, even after we pulled over to have a peak under the hood, and as the photographer muttered the words, It’s. beautiful! I looked over and his face shone pure bliss. He was staring at the Silvia’s SR20DET with magic in his eyes; the sight of the already ultimate motor fully developed was angelic.

It was a moment of saccharine ecstasy, a spiritual connection through cars, and it’s for those moments like that of unity between tuner and engine that the SR20 exists. Shubash is right in being unapologetic about the exterior.

I grew up with a passion for cars and basically anything with wheels, from performance, sound, electronics, to appearance. I enjoy and fiddle with it all, Shubash said, I bought this car because my father bought one some years back and I couldn’t get enough drive time with it. The car handled and performed great in its stock state. The options and many ways you can go with this platform intrigued me and caught my interest.

When I saw one for sale from a friend, I jumped and have been in it ever since. Much of that physical manifestation came from Shubash’s father, who owned an auto sales and body shop when Shubash was growing up back in Trinidad. His father was also an avid street racer, flogging cars like the Datsun 1200, Mitsubishi Lancer GSR, and Mazda RX-7.

This passion for cars, as well as the appreciation of the engine, transferred seamlessly into Shubash’s life.

Everything in this Silvia was coordinated to an epic T, from the politeness of the exterior to the massive, velvety engine bay that cascades underneath the hood like a stage revealing Broadway performers. The engine alone cost around $15K in parts and labor. The motor’s head is fully ported with a polished valve job, matched perfectly with the intake and exhaust manifold.

Piping was customized for shorter runs with less aggressive angles, and the rotating assembly has been balanced. The 2.0-liter displacement remains intact but the compression ratio has been raised from 8.5:1 to 9.0:1. The stock turbo was upgraded with one from Precision, a model HP6262.

The manifold is from Peakboost, with an equal-length T3 top mount, while the Greddy intercooler and pipes were customized to Shubash’s liking and the boost controller was replaced with a Blitz Spec-R ICD-III version. All of which helps the Tomei Procam camshafts, Eagle H-Beam connecting rods, and CP pistons move a little faster to a tune of a firm, absurd loudness.

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