Drifting, as we all know, is a unique sport. 2015 Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbo compared it to surfing or ski jumping, where you have to go and deliver for 10 to 20 seconds. What possesses a person to spend an immeasurable amount of money building a car, drift the hell out of it until the body looks like it's been through Street Fighter's bonus car stage, repair paint and body, and repeat the process all over again? Believe it or not, the sort of behavior is fairly common in Japan. On the other side of the spectrum, a completely different take is the missile drift car movement, which seems to have zero care or priority for exterior work. For Yuichi Yoshida, he goes the difficult path, as a privateer while keeping the car pristine, that is, if he isn't, for lack of a better word, hooning with his friends. Yoshida-san's weapon of choice is the tried-and-true Nissan Silvia S15.
Usually you'll find Yoshida's doors beat up, just because he won't hesitate to get in close proximity to other cars while tandem drifting. The car was originally white and as you can imagine, has gone through different phases. "Since the car was damaged badly from the drifting, we wanted to renew the whole style for MSC," Yoshida says. MSC is a grassroots type of drift series in which you'll encounter cars that aren't quite at the pro level you'll find in D1GP, but top notch nonetheless. You won't find a widebody kit or any sort of flashy parts for the exterior. What you will find is some fender panel beating about 2 centimeters in the front and 3 centimeters in the rear to be exact. "The rear fender for the S15 is very narrow and makes the body touch the tire. To solve this, we either need to cut or hit it up with the hammer," Yoshida explains. To help Yoshida get sideways, he installed a combination of reinforced suspension components such as new rear arms, modified front control arms, Ikeya Formula tie rods, and 326 Power coilovers. He also personally selected his spring rates and dialed in the optimal camber and caster for getting sideways. True Red paint is a derivative of Mazda's color palette, and a set of Work's VS-KF wheels rounds out the exterior.
He stayed consistent and fiercely loyal to Nissan, so the engine has been swapped for an earlier S14 SR20DET. Performance is beefed up with the addition of a larger TRUST T518Z turbo and other bolt-ons such as TOMEI cams, HPI intake and exhaust manifolds, and NISMO clutch to transfer the power to the rear wheels. Yoshida had the motor tuned by Sato Shoukai and estimates a conservative 295 hp.
At the end of the day, Yoshida-san doesn't have your typical show-stopping S15, but it's still a looker on the street and insanely better than drift cars we've all seen with mismatched body panels and 50 shades of gray paint. We asked Yoshida-san what exactly makes his car unique. He smiled and simply stated, "The air conditioning doesn't work, and that works for your diet."