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Nissan Silvia vs. driveway

15/06/2014 10:47 | Comments: 


Our heavyweight champion, Balázs, or better known as Assur on the premises is the news writer of the mother site, Oh yes, he’s an automotive engineer too. They say there isn’t a data that has ever escaped his mind, all we know is that he can drop into any conversation about any car that was made after the war, and he’ll be able to add a ton of details you won’t ever be able to find in books. He has been thinking of selling his longserving Volvo for years, so he always has some used car adverts open on his computer, just in case. Has a wife and two (almost grown-up) children.

Up to a certain point, the lowering of a car can be useful. Beyond that it’s pure nonsense.

The Nissan Silva S13  is one of the most popular cars for tuning these days as it’s relatively cheap, has RWD, is pretty fast and can easily be made even faster, and spare parts are widely available. All of this means that the model often becomes a victim of inexpert home tuning.

This particular car is a great example of how not to do it. Its owner has lowered it to the extreme, leaving no more than 4 cm between the body and the ground. In theory, that would do the car good as less air gets underneath it this way, the air drag becomes significantly lower and the downforce is increased. The only problem is that the asphalt tends not to be perfectly even and many basic manoeuvres carried out on a daily basis become a challenge. In this case it was driving onto a ramp that caused problems, tearing off both of the Nissan’s bumpers.

The video was made in California, but the moral of the story is universal: think before you act.

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