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1995 Nissan 240SX - Diamond In The Rough

From the garages of Fatlace, Illest and RWB USA comes this rough and tough S14.

Sep 28, 2012
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We should have been pulled over for driving this car on the street...it’s not exactly street legal. This ’95 Nissan 240SX is tuned to 400hp for drifting and is so loud you can’t even have anything close to a conversation next to it. And as far as looks go…from the Rocket Bunny and Supermade aero to the slammed stance and caged interior, it turns heads like no other. The S14 belongs on a road course but because we wanted some photos, the owner Mark Arcenal drove us around some quiet local neighborhoods and business parks. Luckily, it was a good day—saw the police but they rolled right past us...

Mark needs very little introduction here. He’s basically a regular in the magazine from his influences as the creative director for Illest, Fatlace and Hellaflush to starting up the US division of Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB). And now we can add this badass S14 to the list of cool shit he’s done that deserves props.

The first thing we dug about Mark’s 240 is that it’s far from a beauty queen. It wasn’t meant to win shows but to be his purpose-built drift toy. “Back in the day, I had a S2000 and was trying to learn how to drift it with my friend Calvin Wan at Drift Day 6 in Irwindale,” he told us. “I had a terrible time and kept spinning out which is what brought me to buying the S14. It was bone stock when I got it but it just became the car I poured a lot of my time and money into. I kept practicing and even tried to drift at Formula D, which I sucked at…but it didn’t stop me from making the car better.”

As Mark’s driving skills continued to get better, so did the ride. The 240 went through plenty of phases since he bought it in ’01 including a KA-turbo setup, funky graphic schemes and different wheels. But the way it sits now, it’s hard to argue with its sexiness and according to Mark it’s completely balanced for sliding.

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With the help of Performance Options and DGR Fabrication, the SR20DET was rebuilt to handle the boost spoolin’ from the big T2871 turbo. Once the motor was put back together and installed, BlackTrax finished the tuning and wired in a Formula 1-style STACK cluster.

Next came the chassis and nothing was spared. Highlights include the KW coilovers, upgraded axles, Endless brakes and super aggressive Work wheels. The exterior was nothing short of glory either. Notice the Rocket Bunny goodies such as the fenders, front end and rear spoiler while Supermade supplied the side skirts and rear bumper. The car was then repainted white from the Porsche color palette. Inside, the car has been stripped down to the bare necessities which features Bride seats, carbon door panels and a rollcage.

Lastly, don’t get too excited about the RWB logos. Rauh-Welt founder Akira Nakai didn’t design any parts for this car, but he did approve the RWB sticker bombing. “Each car carrying a Rough World sticker really has to fit the theme and live it. We’re stoked that we can help carry on that name,” Mark concluded.

As an all-out drifter, Mark’s S14 follows everything Nakai stood for. It’s rough around the edges, has plenty of character and is driven to its limits every weekend on the track.

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1995 Nissan 240SX
Owner Mark Arcenal
Hometown San Francisco, CA
Occupation Creative Director At Fatlace And Illest Clothing
Engine SR20DET with S14 head and S15 block; bored to 86.5mm; CP Pistons; 9.0:1 compression; S15 rods; Calico rod and main bearings; Thrust washers; ARP rod and head bolts; GReddy oil pan; A’PEXi head gasket; Brian Crower BC0205 stage 2 264° cams, valve springs and titanium retainers; rocker arm stoppers; oil squirt tubes; T2871 turbo; Sard fuel pressure regulator with braided lines and fittings; Garage Saurus manifold
Drivetrain Hyper single clutch
Engine Management GReddy E-01 Boost controller
Footwork & Chassis KW V3 coilovers; upgraded axles; Design Craft rollcage; Peak Performance five-lug hubs, inner and outer tie rods, pillow toe and upper link, rear upper control arms and tension rod
Brakes Endless/Fatlace four-piston brakes
Wheels & Tires 18x10.5/12.5" Work Meister S1 wheels with matte centers and gloss black lips; 225/40R18 front, 255/40R18 rear Falken PT722 tires
Exterior Rocket Bunny and Supermade aero parts; DMax rear over fenders; Craft Square mirrors; LED taillights; European-spec headlights; Porsche GT3 Carrera white paint
Interior STACK F1 gauge cluster; Bride Vios III Lomax seats; Takata harnesses; Origin carbon door panels; Sparco quick-release adapter and fire extinguisher; Key!s Racing steering wheel; Mooneyes foot pedal; Yashio Factory shift knob; Touge Factory fuel tank kit
WWW blacktrax.net; fatlace.com; hellaflush.com; illest.com; performanceoptions.net

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