The Super Swift

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Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima is someone who needs no introduction to those who follow the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. If you haven't heard of it or him, its basically a race up a hill and Tajima's won it a few times (Nine to be precise).

Dyno testing the "Super Swift" Photo Cred: Monster Sport

This is his take on what Monster Sport are calling the "Super Swift", the ultimate iteration of the ZC32S platform and M16A engine. While it's a bit far from the daily-drive most of us have, all the parts can be purchased individually and fitted to any Swift Sport. My favourite is the wide-body-kit designed by Shinichi Sakaguchi, the man responsible for the bodywork on Suzuki's WRC cars and Tajima's Pikes Peak Monster. While the wide body only covers the quarter panels, everything in-between has either been re-worked, re-designed or simply thrown out.

"What goes up, must get 4WD"

Me

The "Super Swift" showing off it's new legs Photo Cred: Monster Sport

While the sculpted, aerodynamically-functional body kit wouldn't look too out of place on a stance car, something a stance car would definitely omit is the raised ride height.

A friend of mine with a slammed VW Golf (His sump is literally 5mm off the ground) once told me, "What goes up, must come down." Well, according to the chaps at Monster Sport, the saying is, "What goes up, must get 4WD", which is what the "Super Swift" got. A bespoke 4WD system slid in underneath it's lightened chassis with all the accompanying suspension bits carefully placed for "ease of maintenance", which is really what you want, in a world where a full rally team charges by the hour.

The 1.9L M16A mit Turbo (I guess we can call it the M19T?) Photo Cred: Monster Sport

Monster Sport also had a fiddle - I say a fiddle, it's more like threw the thing in the bin and started again - with the engine of the Swift and got rid of one of this engines biggest problems (or praises), the praise being the M16A's eagerness to run up through the rev-range and headbutt it's rev-limiter. They solved the not-actually-a-problem by moving the rev-limiter 1000rpm further away, so it gets its head kicked in at 8000rpm rather than the usual 7000.

"I'm sure it feels like a 300ml can of actual cocaine."

Me

The higher revs and the addition of a turbo mean that the "Super Swift" sends 309kw and 451nm of torque to all four of its wheels when it's throwing a tantrum, however, the high revs and turbo don't tell the entire story. Monster Sport bored out the 1.6 litre engine to 1.9 litres, and while a 300ml can of Coke may not sound like much, combined with a turbo, more revs and placed in a car like the Swift, I'm sure it feels like a 300ml can of actual Cocaine. Knowing this, Monster Sport sensibly gave the "Super Swift" racing seats, a roll-cage and bigger stoppers for when your new found turbo addiction lands you in trouble.

So all in all, pretty close to the standard one then, eh?

Monster Sport created an entirely new car in the "Super Swift" and just FYI, this article was not written for Monster Sport (kinda sounds like a marketing pitch though, dunnit?), nor was it written to get all the Swift owners to bankrupt themselves building their "Super Swift"

It was written to appreciate the completely mental vision of Monster Sport and Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima and to remind Swift owners around the world, that even in a Swift, you can do as the sponsor says and "Be a Hero"

The completed "Super Swift" going through it's shakedown on the skid-pan. Photo Cred: Monster Sport

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