When I first spoke with Ming Hang Ng over the phone, I was on a trip to Southern California, six hours away from home. I was looking forward to speaking to him about his successful business and, of course, about his beautiful S15 (gracing the pages of this issue). Upon our introduction he said that he was getting married the next day. So, first and foremost, I would like to congratulate Ming and his wife on their marriage and wish them a long and prosperous life together.
Growing up in Hong Kong for the first 10 years of his life, Ming was constantly around modified Japanese cars, which he quickly realized he had a passion for. His father would often bring him toy Tomica cars and automotive magazines, which only fueled his interest. After moving to Chicago at the age of 10, he never lost sight of his dream to one day make a car his very own. Immediately after graduating high school he purchased his first car, a brand-new ’00 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS. Never forgetting the automotive culture in Hong Kong, he immediately started sourcing parts for his Impreza. At the time, Ming was working at a small automotive shop, so naturally he bought parts through his work. He ordered so much, so often, that his boss gave him the contact information for Fizz Autosports with instructions to deal with them directly. Fizz Autosports, based in New York, was the distributor/importer that the shop was getting Ming’s parts from. Armed with his newfound ability to order parts on his own agenda, a whole new world of possibilities opened for the budding car enthusiast. Coincidentally this is how he met Robert Chae.
Chae founded Fizz Autosports in New York when Ming was just a teenager in Chicago experimenting with his first car. Chae and Ming quickly became friends through their countless phone calls organizing the exchange of parts and money. Ming was often invited by Chae to bring his car out to shows in New York, likewise Chae along with other enthusiasts from his area would make the drive to Chicago a few times a year. The friendship Ming and Chae shared was built on a foundation of business and would continue on a professional level. During Ming’s final year at the University of Illinois he entertained the idea of making a career out of his hobby. He contemplated the possibility of opening up a shop of his own, hoping to focus on importing quality parts from Japan. However, he faced the hurdle of opening accounts with companies he had never directly dealt with—a daunting task especially considering the language barrier and distance.
Ming rethought his business plan and decided to approach Chae with a proposition: an expansion of Fizz Autosports. Ming would partner with Chae and open up a new shop in Chicago under the same name. As a branch of Fizz Autosports this would allow him to sell the same parts that the original shop carried, while allowing the company to grow as a whole. The choice was obvious for both parties and Ming became the proud new owner of Fizz Autosports Chicago. Soon after, Ming sold his Impreza, which had been featured in magazines and online websites, and was well known in the automotive community. He set off in search of a car to build as his personal project to represent Fizz Autosports. The choice was obvious; he had his heart set on owning an S15 Nissan Silvia, having been a fan of the chassis since it’s introduction in 1999.
Ming came across a suitable S15 in California that was already registered and assigned a VIN. Immediately, he purchased the car, and within days, it was on its way to the Windy City. Upon its arrival, a set of Volk TE37s were added to the car, as was a C-West front bumper along with Vertex side skirts and rear bumper. Most people would be plenty satisfied with an S15 Silvia in their garage, especially if the parts list consisted of names such as Volk, C-West, and Vertex. Not Ming. Being an official distributor for Vertex and having friends there, he was offered the very first Vertex Edge aero kit in the United States. As you can see in the photos, he gladly accepted the sponsorship. Now that the car was 50mm wider per side, the TE37s just weren’t filling out the wheelwells like they used to. To alleviate that issue, a pair of Weds Kranze LXZ rims were put on order from Japan in the astounding size of 19x10 with an offset of -20mm for the fronts. The rear fenders were filled out the ridiculous size of 19x12 with an offset of +32mm. These massive wheels are being held onto the hubs by a set of Nismo extended studs and Project Kics R40 lug nuts.
Even with the Vertex Edge widebody aero, nobody would expect wheels of such measurements to fit, not even with 225/35s on the 10s and 255/35s on the 12s. Ming was able to squeeze the very top of the tires just under the fenders by adjusting his camber to negative 6 degrees up front, and is practically driving on sidewall with the rears set at negative 8 degrees. Of course, he wouldn’t be squeezing anything under the fiberglass fenders if it weren’t for his coilovers courtesy of HKS. With such large wheels dwarfing the stock brakes, Ming picked up a pair of Endless four-pot calipers along with Endless pads all around that fill out the wheels very nicely. I’m sure the Voltex wing would provide ample downforce in the event of a track day, but more importantly, in this case, it provides perfect visual balance when viewing the car from a side profile. The S15 Silvia came with one of the most aesthetically appealing interiors of all time so why mess with perfection? Ming exercised restraint in this area and only added a pair of Takata harnesses draped across Maziora edition Bride Stradia reclining bucket seats as well as Bride upholstery for the rear seats and door panels. He also added Cusco door bars, a Yashio factory shift knob, and a Pioneer head unit powering Rockford Fosgate speakers.
The engine is fairly mild as well, since the SR20DET needs very little to be more than enjoyable. Air enters through an ARC induction box on its way to get pressurized. Soon thereafter the excess air is relieved by an ARC blow-off valve. The air left in the piping travels through an HKS intercooler and finally enters the engine. Exhaust gasses are escorted underneath the car by a Blitz downpipe, where it enters a Sard catalytic converter and finally exits the rear of the car through a Trust exhaust system. The stock T28 turbo, in this case working slightly harder than usual due to the Blitz boost controller (to the tune of 350 hp), is plenty of fun for most people. However, Ming, always the overachiever, is awaiting his Tomei turbo kit, which should make things very interesting once installed.
The S15 Nissan Silvia, a car that was never meant to be sold anywhere in the world but Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, is finding its way to every corner of the world. To put it simply, it’s a great platform for pretty much anything you can throw at it, and as you can see here, it really is a timeless design. It’s a very suitable car for Ming, who stops at nothing to get only the absolute best for his cars. With that mindset, I’m certain that his business will continue to flourish and will provide rare and exclusive parts for years to come to anybody who shares the desire to treat their cars to nothing but the absolute best. So next time you’re in Chicago, pay Fizz Autosports a visit, whether it be to order a Junction Produce aero kit, or just to bask in the glory of this majestic vehicle.
Behind the Build
Arlington Heights, Illinois
owner of Fizz Autosports
building cars, traveling
At first, I built this car to be different than others now; the car is for my business use to promote our shop.
’00 Nissan Silvia
Engine ARC induction box, thermostat, titanium spark plus cover, blow-off valve; Blitz downpipe, boost controller; HKS intercooler; Nismo oil cap, radiator cap; Trust exhaust; Sard catalytic converter
Suspension HKS coilovers; Cusco front and rear sway bar, front and rear lower control arms, front and rear strut bar
Weds Kranze LXZ (19x10 -20mm offset front; 19x12 -32mm offset rear), General Tires (225/35/19 front, 255/35/19 rear); Project Kics R40 lug nuts; Nismo lug studs
Brakes Endless four-pot front calipers, front and rear brake pads
Exterior Vertex Edge widebody aero kit; Voltex rear wing; House of Kolor Blue Pearl
Interior Maziora edition Bride Stradia seats, type RO seat rails, upholstery; Takata harnesses; Cusco door bars; Yashio factory shift knob; Pioneer head unit; Rockford Fosgate speakers and amplifiers
Gratitude Dat at Vertex USA; Yoshi at WEDS USA; Steve at Mackin; Shino at Bride USA; Chris at CMRacing; Takehiro at Junack USA; and Lily for my support