In many car circles, mention the Nissan 200sx S15 and straight away people know that the car is synonymous with beautiful looks. But, more importantly, the ability to turn this modest Japanese sports car into an absolute powerhouse.

For this reason I knew I had to own one. I wanted and needed to know what all the hype was about; so I began sourcing my own S15.

I was looking for a S15 that had the ability to be something special, by allowing me to add my own flavour to it. Admit it… we all buy cars with the intention of turning it into our very own unique ride.

After months of searching for just the right one, I found it in Canberra. I had found the holy grail of S15’s; An RB26 swapped S-Chassis’. I knew I had to own it, because at the time, this was a rarity and having previously owned an R33 GT-R, you could say I become ‘addicted.’ After inspecting the car, I found the RB conversion to be decent and the motor stock. Although the exterior was rough, I drove it home… then the fun began.

Less than-a-week of owning the car I purchased the custom plates MR026. Within two weeks of owning the car I had purchased 17” Enkei RPF1 wheels and immediately took the car to Heasmans steering to sort out the wheel alignment. That evening we went to 2SUS Custom Resprays to check out the respray on another car and… well… I left the mine there to get painted. I had no idea what I wanted, I just knew it had to be done and I was not going to trust anyone, other than the guys at 2SUS Custom Resprays. After careful consideration I had settled on the colour; it was going to be painted in Grigio Telesto… a colour that is used on Lamborghini’s.

While the car was getting its new paint, I found an Aero front bar and rear pods from JSAI that fitted perfectly and would complete the look I wanted. I had all these parts installed and a new paint job within three weeks of owning the car, but I wasn’t done yet. This would only be the start of my journey.

The next step was to have the car inspected for some overheating issues; nothing major, I just wanted to make sure the car was running well. So, I took it to Anthony at Dahtone Racing to get it checked over. Not only did I sort out the overheating issues, I had Anthony install a full R33 GTS-T rear subframe, including axels and a LSD ABS differential. Anthony also installed R34 GT-R Brembo brakes all around, which I then had painted in Ferrari Yellow by 2SUS Custom Resprays.

I drove the car for a few months with the new modifications, but I was becoming increasingly bored and underwhelmed with power and drive-ability of the factory twin-turbos. I wanted and needed a power boost, so I dropped the car off at Dahtone Racing. This time around the stock RB26 block got a precision big-single turbo set-up with all the bells and whistles and a new clutch to cope with the increase in power. None other than Mick, at Mick’s Motorsport tuned the car on e85 fuel and the car was now producing a healthy 380rwkw.

I thoroughly enjoyed driving the car now with the increase in power and it’s new looks. It was fun, fast and started turning heads. But, less than three weeks later, the motor spun-a-bearing and started to knock badly; because of the dodgy conversion the previous workshop did with the RB26. I was annoyed with this, because the car had been in the shop more than I had driven it since I owned it. After carefully considering my options, I took the car back to Dahtone Racing to get fixed, but this time I was going to do it right.

The S15 got treated to a RB30 block with a fully forged bottom end, using Nitto Performance parts. When it was time to tune the car the Power FC, which came with the car, was finally tossed aside and a Haltech ECU was installed. Mick from Mick’s Motorsport worked his magic again, this time extracting 434rwkw or 583rwhp, on a conservative 21 PSI. These performance numbers are modest, and although it is a weapon to drive, the car barely gets traction. So, I switched my focus to the exterior to help improve the overall ride.

I sourced some genuine Nismo LMGT4 wheels in 18×9 + 22 and had our good friends at Prestige Tyre and Auto fit the rims with Bridgestone Potenza RE 003 tyres. The rims were not the colour I wanted, so I had the guys at 2SUS paint them in gloss black. To complete the aesthetics, I added a front splitter from Flow Designs Australia and side and rear extensions from JSAI.

The car had finally come together, the way I envisioned it. From the new and improved RB30 block, to the Lamborghini Grigio Telesto colour scheme, the S15 was now becoming my own. The car in the current state has provided me with so much fun and excitement, but I do not know how long this will last before I feel the power needs to increase. I have already thought of taking the car back to Dahtone Racing for a fuel system upgrade, because I believe the current fuel system is holding back the power, as I want to chase 700 plus horse power at the wheels.

Whatever the future holds for the S15, I know that it will be in good hands, and I will continue to share the journey with you…