A few weeks ago (during what will be remembered as the great heatwave of 2018 here in the UK), myself, Jimmy and Jamie (the new owner of Mat’s P10) had a little meet up to talk about incredibly nerdy (yet important…!) things such as manifold nut torque settings while having a bite to eat.
The three of us are fairly local to each other, so it’s always good to see how one another’s ageing family saloon/sports cars are getting on. While both Jimmy’s (centre) and my own (far left) Primeras have remained relatively unchanged for most of the summer, it’s Jamie (far right) that has been putting in the hours, embarking on a mission of transforming what was a pretty decent track toy into something a little more serious and uncompromised.
First of all was the ditching of the 16″ Team Dynamics wheels in favour of these period correct 17″ TSWs. While we’d all love to be running our cars absolutely decked on 19s (like any self-respecting retro BTCC aficionado would do), the fabrication work required would be verging on what is nowadays considered the norm for competition drift cars (i.e. extensive front and rear tubbing etc.). And, while that is entirely doable if desired, it really does ruin the affordable and useable-every-day fun-based ethos for which we are collectively driving these cars. Saying that, who knows when one of us will snap and take the plunge…
While you can’t see it in these pictures, the vast majority of the interior has been removed, with only the front seats, front door cards and dashboard remaining.
Since these photos were taken, the sunroof has also been deleted. As much as I’d appreciate the weight saving, I absolutely could not bring myself to sacrifice the sunroof in my own Primera as it has to be up there as one of my favourite features.
The front brakes have been lifted from an S14…
…while the stock rears remain with uprated discs.
It’s hard to explain the simple joy that these cars bring, especially to someone who is more familiar with much higher powered, RWD Japanese metal. However, I’ll save my more in-depth view on the matter for an upcoming (and long overdue) build update on my own P10.
On a quick side note, I am currently running an end of summer sale over on the shop, with all STL! clothing heavily discounted (while stocks last!). Please be sure to check it out if you are keen to support STREET TRACK LIFE.