Red is an interesting colour, it sits on both ends of the emotional spectrum, it can easily represent drive and passion, yet is just at home wearing the anger and danger nametag as well. Takashi Mine’s passion is drift, and he has created through pure inspiration one of the angriest street drift cars I have ever seen. ‘Being interested in drift and passionate about drift are two different things’ Takashi explains. ‘I sink every spare bit of money I have into drifting, it is my life and it is not only a sport, it is an art’.
The S13 started life out in a much more humble state in 1990, although two years ago after selling his previous S13 – the Tomcat NAVY inspired build, it was time to reset the system and build his own original definition of the perfect street drifting machine. ‘You are not a real drifter unless you can swap angles with your best friends in the dark up the touge’ Takashi laughs.
This car is designed purely for being drifted on the street; less is good in Takashi’s book yet the amount of detail and thought that has gone into the build will still leave your speechless.
‘Presentation is important, it can go well but if it looks like a bag of crap then you should have more pride in your creation. There is no excuse for having an ugly machine’. With form and function being equally important Takashi went to Kei Miura for all his bodywork needs.
The standard S13 Rocketbunny kit with a hefty dose of custom has been applied, via a Takashi twist. Custom fenders allow the car to be pumped out 30mm wider on each side, the rear fenders are actually fenders added onto fenders too. Agression is the name of the game here and as a street drifter Takashi decided certain things should be left off the car. Being bumperless is not a new styling cue it is his own drifting insurance, every street drifters nightmate is clipping rails and leaving behind the rear bumper sporting your number plate, so to avoid that issue the car doesn’t run one.
Without the bumper though it was lacking a little something, so a customized Rocketbunny 180SX rear diffuser was installed and this makes the car look simply menacing. Up front the lip spoiler is just as low as the rear of the car, many street drifters wouldn’t even entertain the idea, although Takashi doesn’t have too many issues with it. ‘You keep your foot up it so the back squats and lifts the front up…’ he tells me with a laugh.
The bodylines were perfected with a custom set of side skirts and the simple yet aesthetically beautiful ducktail spoiler ties all the customised work together just right. One thing about this S13 is the amount of stickerwork attached, friends, sponsors, and acquaintances all adorn the panels, there is a large amount of respect and comradery in the Japanese street drift scene and all the decals are there for a reason.
When you lift the bonnet the bright blue head jumps out at you. With aggressive looks aplenty surely the engine must be cranking out some serious power, but it isn’t. With no trailers to get the street drifters home Nishimura engineering prepared the engine to squeeze out 400 horsepower. This comes courtesy of a Trust TD06 20LG L2 turbine, trust exhaust manifold buttoned up to a Trust Type-R external wastegate & intercooler. An original hand-crafted exhaust system gives the engine note a throaty raw rasp and even on idle the car sounds just as good as it looks. The original transmission was dumped out in favour of a S14 5-speed, running a RG metal single plate clutch and Nismo GT Pro LSD running a final ratio of 4.3.
With the power side of things nicely in check, and delivery smooth as silk, possibly the most important part of the build was making sure it would slide nicely. Takashi’s go to is Megan racing suspension with 8kg/mm springs up front and 6kg/mm installed into the rear. The back of the subframe has been reinforced to ensure rigidity, and the addition of rear control rods and rear traction rods makes the car ‘buttery smooth’ to slide around in.
Up front, true to drifting style there is plenty of lock for the tight mountain roads thanks to MOZE original short knuckles, and the lower front arms being extended out, which in turn has given the S13 a hefty dose of front camber. All the geometry in this car has been carefully examined, checked, tested and now having found his ‘sweet spot’ it is performing just as he would like.
With an angry looking bodykit there was only ever one wheel choice for Takashi besides his set of shiny Equips and that was a set of TE37s wrapped in federal ribber, of course in offset colouring on each side of the car. Up front running 9Js at -10 and the rear sports 10Js with -20 for the perfect look. Stopping power is Voing Special custom ECR33 brake calipers, rotors and pads. Nothing on this car was just taken out of the box and bolted straight on. ‘All my drift cars have been individual, I like my cars to reflect how passionate I am about drifting’.
Inside the drift office everything is there for ensuring the best driving experience possible. Takashi is held in place via a Bride Gita III bucketseat and a Megan Racing 5-point harness, the passenger isn’t as well equipped with the R32 GTR seat but it makes the ride more interesting right? Looking around there are plenty more details, a Nardi Classic steering wheel, Blitz boost controller, Defi gauges, the fluffy dice, and some Rocketbunny wristbands wrapped around the screwdriver-top gear shifter and some classy checkered driving mats to top things off.
The final product, well here it is. Takashi who despite spending most of his time out on the street chasing taillights through tyresmoke maintains as lawless as street drifting is they ensure no one else is in danger. ‘We are not out to show off in public places, we often drive a couple of hours into the middle of nowhere to skid’.
The sense of responsibility is ever-present with these guys, and with a high level of skill, good roads, and close comradery it is a sure-fire way of having a good night out.
Standing back looking at the car at the end of the shoot and talking with him you can’t help but feel impressed. You can feel the passion he has for drifting and coupled up with the angry, dominant attention commanding presence of the car you realise that this car could only ever have been painted up one colour.
Italy – this one gives you a run for your money in the passion department!