July's Featured Project: 1990 Nissan 240 SX
This 240 SX, owned by Ian Fraser of Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
was chosen because it represents possibly the last affordable rear drive sports
coupe made. It has a good size engine, is light weight, and has an excellent
suspension layout. The theme of this project was stealth and light weight.
There is no fancy paint, body kits, or tacky 5 inch exhaust tips
to give any hint of what lurks beneath. A no-options model was selected for the
lightest possible weight.
Ian did almost all of the work and fabrication on his car, having
considerable previous experience preparing various street and race cars.
Power for the 240 comes from the standard 2400cc 12 valve engine. The motor
is completely stock internally. Ian fabricated an equal length steel tube
header mounting a Garrett TO4 turbo and Turbonetics wastegate. The Turbo
features a T-5 compressor and O trim turbine with a .58 housing. The header and
2.5 inch downpipe are ceramic coated. The exhaust system consists
of 2.5 inch mandrel bent tubing topped off with an Edelbrock RPM
stainless steel muffler. The turbo breathes through 3 inch
plumbing and a large, fender mounted K&N filter.
Induction plumbing is constructed from mandrel bent 2.25 inch
steel tubing which was powder coated flat black for a factory look. Two Spearco
intercooler cores form a 12 x 12 x 3 unit. The stock secondary
butterfly valves were removed from the intake manifold for better airflow. The
rats nest of other extraneous bits were removed from the intake area for a more
Special injector adapters and spacers were machined to allow replacement of
the stock O ring type injectors with inexpensive Bosch barb style
500cc units. The distributor was removed entirely to allow space for the turbo
and provide a convenient location to drain back the turbo oil without removing
the oil pan.
A Racetech SDS EM-1 F management system eliminated the
primitive and restrictive airflow meter to control fuel and spark, via its
programmable digital computer and direct fire coil pack.
Torque is delivered through a Centerforce dual friction cluch to 225/45/ZR16
Yokohama AVS intermediates mounted on 16 x 7.5 OZ Pluton wheels.
The car was lowered and stiffened up with Eibach springs and Tokico shocks.
The Vericom shows about 230 hp on tap with 7 psi
boost, on 92 octane fuel. 1/4 mile times come up at
13.8 seconds and 98 mph. Boost is kept to this
level because of the high 9.4 to 1 compression ratio. Torque
delivery is seamless with no abrupt turbo rush. Boost starts as low as 2000
rpm and the engine pulls hard to its 6500 rpm rev limit.
Noise levels are very low in the car, even at full throttle, and the handling
and road holding is very impressive.
All in all, a very refined package capable of running with 300 ZX
twin turbos at a fraction of the cost.
New Photos 09/01/00
For turbo exhaust manifolds:email@example.com
Racetech Home Page: www.sdsefi.com
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