There is no denying Seiji Ookawara's Nissan Silvia is a head-turner. It's extremely low, it's extremely wide, and it has an enormous rear wing. It also has a ludicrous amount of negative camber that screams for attention. Referred to in Japan as "oni-cam," with "oni" meaning demon and "cam" being short for camber, it's a wild style that's been around for decades. However, it's risen in popularity with the stance scene. There's now an ongoing battle in the Kansai region of Japan to see who can fit the deepest-dish wheels under their fenders. Dialing up the camber seems to be the preferred method to accomplish this, and Seiji's Silvia is a prime example.
Seiji explains his method of madness isn't for everyone, and that's part of its appeal. Having admired the style for some time, he wanted to apply it to one of his favorite cars, the Silvia. For some, the -11 degrees of front camber and -15 degrees of rear camber is too extreme, in fact, outright dangerous. Seiji doesn't mind those comments and insists his car has been aligned and drives perfectly fine. He's never had a camber-related issue driving to the countless shows and meets he's attended.
Like a tour guide waving a flag, Seiji's massive Big Country Labs GT wing lets everyone know where he is. Once you have the entire car in view, it is hard to focus on one specific feature for long, as there's just so much to take in-whether it is the aggressive widebody styling with plenty of canards and diffusers giving a GT look or the massive Work wheels that are so deep they look like canons ready to fire on its enemy.
With a car like this, you'd expect Seiji to be on air suspension, but he's not, and it hasn't been smooth sailing. He recalls one instance driving on the freeway when he heard a large thump come from the front. His front bumper had fallen off and been dragged all the way to the next rest stop area. Understandably, he was a bit upset, but after a few minutes he just laughed it off and had it repaired the next week. It's just one of the consequences of driving a car like this, but he reiterates it's not due to the camber but to being super low.
One thing that's not an issue for Seiji is the power. Recently back from a full rebuild at the skilled hands of Eiji Daito from E.Prime, the SR20DET is now producing 450 hp thanks in part to a larger HKS turbo and Tomei cams. The clean look of the exterior is reflected in the engine bay with the white valve cover and red accents. That look then continues to the interior, with the beautiful Bride seats, matching Bride door panel accents and rear seats, and surrounded by a color-matched Saito rollcage.
Having owned the car for more than a decade, Seiji is proud of what he's accomplished. He revealed that he still plans to make it even wider. According to him, anyone can make a cool car that pleases everyone, but to do something extraordinary, you have to push the limits of whether people are going to hate it or love it.