How do you envision and make among the coolest-looking Nissan 240SX S13s of all time? Apparently your name must be Rainier Ramolete, live in Las Vegas, and spend a lot of time studying the unique body styling of among the most stylish manufacturers and car builders in the world. Ever since Rainier was actually a child he was obsessive about cars. His parents could not keep him clear of his Hot Wheels, being a kid. Many years later, he took scaled-down models of cars apart to discover what was inside them. As being a teenager, Rainier spent time and effort watching Option videos, and reading JDM Hyper Rev magazines. Rainier was so inspired that he already had his sights set on buying his first car. Making money flipping Go-Peds on eBay, Rainier purchased an S13 240SX hatchback at age 14. That might not stop young Rainier’s passion and love for cars from being fulfilled, even though he couldn’t even drive yet.
Being the JDM nut which he is, it absolutely was not well before he stumbled on an authentic righthand-drive S13 Nissan Silvia that he or she just were required to have. Shortly after this, he realized that he hated being on the right side while driving. At that time, Rainier was friends with another Las Vegas local and Formula D driver Tommy Suell. Tommy had a pristine ’91 Nissan 240SX coupe shell available for sale and accessible to trade chassis for chassis. Rainier jumped on the chance ofThe Style King
Rainier wanted to build a simple drift car that could pass tech at the track, yet still be suitable to operate on the streets. After a few years of various different builds the simple element of it went right out your window. Rainier spent a lot of time admiring and following the unique kinds of his favorite Japanese tuners and race cars. Influenced by some of his favorite companies, such as 326 Power, TRA Kyoto, Ben Sopra, and Ito Style Break, Rainier had a concept of the direction he wanted to go with the auto. Taking the car to Get Nuts Lab in Las Vegas, he had an insane level of tube work done to the vehicle. There he had an over-the-top ‘cage put in the car with more bars and gussets than most Formula D cars. He also had the entire rear section of the car cut out and installed a custom tubular rear skeleton. This skeleton houses and protects the fuel cell with custom external surge tank. Right in front of the car you will find a custom front bash bar mixed with some additional strengthening bars and a set of custom wheeltubs. Not stopping there, Rainier had a custom V-mount setup done for the intercooler and radiator to help in keeping the engine cool and had the whole chassis stitch welded. Although this may seem like a good deal already, these are literally merely the basic core components of fabrication on this insane build.
The outside styling on this game changer is what really sets this car aside from any other 240SX that you will discover here in the usa. With all of the JGTC, and DTM racing he had been watching, Rainier planned to utilize high-end Japanese parts and modify them to make his version of the sickest S13 drift/street car that he or she could imagine. Starting with a realistic BN Sports Type II aero kit from Japan, Rainier cut up the rear bumper and made the wildest diffuser we have ever seen on a 240SX. Utilizing a specific type of 1/8-inch polymer sheet, splitters were made to go underneath the front bumper and side skirts of the BN Sports body kit at the same time. Pushing the boundaries of the typical 240SX build further, a set of custom canards were made for the top bumper, a monster of any custom wing to the back with more custom endplates to give the car a menacing look with lots of downforce. Keeping for the JDM style, a Silvia front end conversion was done in the car using brick style headlights, with DMAX markers and signals. Using the lighting game a step further, Rainier used a set of clear taillights and fabricated his own custom LED light setup for them.
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Fitting some giant wheels was the next challenge. Believing it is advisable to shine than to reflect a typical setup, he bought a set of Work Schwert SC2’s in an 18×10 and 19×11 stagger setup. Completing the set, they were fitted with Achilles ATR Sport tires in 215/35-18 and 245/35-19 sizes. By having an extremely aggressive offset of -17 in the front, DMAX 40mm fenders were installed to counteract the aggressiveness of the wheels. Even still Rainier needed to run -9.5 degrees of camber in the front to fit. This makes the base of the wheel have plenty of poke and flows really well with all the aggressive bumper canards he had made. In order to fit the rear wheels, a set of DMAX 50mm over-fenders were utilized. With a -19 offset in the rear, Rainier was able to achieve the elusive Royal Flush rim tuck status with only -4 degrees of camber. For those of you who only care about function, he has a set of Work XT7’s in less aggressive offsets that he make use of while on the track-that is, as he isn’t breaking your neck driving down the Las Vegas strip. With exterior styling finished, the car was transported to Jon Adams at Hot Property paint shop to get laced with a few jet-black paint.
Underneath these layers of daring creativity is a set of Stance super street coilovers, connected to some custom knuckles for more steering angle while drifting. To keep the rack from over-centering, he had the front crossmember modified to maneuver the rack farther forward. For proper roll center adjustment PBM front LCAs were installed. For maximum adjustment and strength, Ikeya Formula inner tie rods were fitted with Tein outers. Keeping the front suspension solid Rainier also installed a JSFAB front tension rod bracket V-brace. To fix the stock rear suspension issues, you can find a set of PBM solid subframe risers together with Kazama toe and upper control arms. The car is going to be held flat with front and rearThe Design And Style King
Inside, once you make it through the jungle gym of rollbars you can find a pair of JDM Bride seats attached to Bride LowMax rails and a four-point Takata harness. Anticipating is a stripped and flocked dash with a custom gauge panel, using an A’pexi tachometer and a pair of Greddy gauges. Also inside the mix is actually a Sparco steering wheel attached to a 9K Racing quick release and JDM Works Bell hub. Keeping it street, Rainier finished off the interior electronics by using a JVC double-DIN head unit and a collection of Memphis 6-inch components.
Powering this fancy ride may be the JDM SR20DET from the Nissan Silvia. Internally keeping things together is an A’pexi 1.1mm head gasket with ARP head studs, Brian Crower valvesprings, retainers, and Tomei rocker arm stoppers. Externally, you will discover a set of Greddy pulleys plus a Moroso oil pan using a blacktop oil pickup. Rainier also installed a pair of custom power and oil steering coolers using Greddy cores mounted to the front bash bar. Making oil changes easier is a Greddy oil filter relocation kit. Ensuring that cooling is not a problem, Rainier used -16 AN lines hooked right into a modified Koyo radiator with an A’pexi swirl pot. Feeding the engine is a custom intake setup with a Garrett GT2871R mounted on a Full-Race custom bottom mount external wastegate manifold. This turbo is regulated with a Tial 44mm wastegate. The pressurized air is then cooled through the V-mount setup and into a Greddy intake manifold paired with a Godspeed throttle body. The air is then exhausted through a custom Get Nuts Labs turbo-back exhaust. Fuel is looked after by a custom top-feed rail and RC 1,000cc injectors. Any ignition breakup issues are cleared up by Denso iridium spark plugs and an MSD DIS4 ignition box. Rainier also spent the time to rewire the engine harness, disposing of all of the unnecessary wiring and re-looming it for a fresh look. Once this was complete, the car was taken to Justin at Izumi Racecraft for tuning, where it laid down 400 whp on 110-octane race fuel.
In the end, Rainier has produced one amazing machine. Together with his own personal style, utilizing the characteristics of a number of the top Japanese and Euro tuning companies, one would be hard-pressed to identify a 240SX similar. Watch out Japan, Ray’s car is here.