One day we decided (possibly under the subtle influence of alcohol) that we should mod up our daily driven Nissan Skyline R31, ok I twisted the truth, we probably had a lot of alcohol. At the time the logic was sound we will take our near stock 1990 GXE Australian assembled wagon and try turn it into something memorable.
After some sore heads, there must've been something that resonated and the concept of a badass wide-body R31 wagon begun. After a few failed doodles, we employed the services of Andrew Stewart from AWS Graphics. He took of terrible kindergarten kid looking drawing and turned it from this...
From here the ball was rolling. Calls were made, alliances were formed, #Nankang_ProjectMothership had become a real thing. My brother (Chim Patel) and I had just come back from Tokyo Autosalon 2014. We had just seen the Liberty Walk Lamborghinis, RWB Porsches and a bunch of other crazy wide-bodied vehicles. We have always been fans of fat, wide stanch looking rides. As much as we are fans of epic race cars that handle like the extension of your mind. 'Stanced' out rides that look amazing parked up have a special place in our hearts. So our style is an in-between of the two walks of life.
So we now had a direction of how we wanted the car to look, we needed to decide on the rest of the build. Well we actually needed to decide what the purpose of the car should be. We started to have a hard think about what the plans were. The car was still A daily at the time, hence the plan was to build something that could still be practically driven. The idea of air ride was toyed with, especially as we were running the factory 4-link suspension set-up in the rear.
A few months passed, my love of camber was holding me back from proceeding with the build. The 4-link set-up meant that we couldn't really run any camber in the rear. I had heard that some classic race cars bend the diffs a shade so they can run up to 1.5 degrees but there are reliability issues. It just wouldn't cut the mustard for the style we wanted to achieve. It needed to mimic the angle that a short dogs legs take, when taking a squat. New Zealand is an automotive culture melting pot, we take a ton of we take heavy inspiration from scenes all across the globe, and add a 'Kiwi' spin on it.
A few more months passed, we somehow went from trying to build a daily driver/weekend car to building a 'style focussed, slide machine'. We already have a decent daily and a fun weekend car, so made sense to make a track orientated vehicle.
Well we don't want to give everything away at this stage. In the next instalment we will introduce you to the master fabricator AKA 'The Ginger Wizard'. Some say he is a myth, some say he loves the fake blood of a vegan burger. All we know is that he can't go out in the sun without getting burnt. Keep an eye out for part two of the #Nankang_ProjectMothership journey soon!