Steve Biagioni's Nissan GTR
by Lorin Gannon
Looking at this beautiful, 1200bhp Turbo powered LSX swapped Nissan GT-R it makes you sit back and think, "What have I been doing with my life?" Well, I know for a fact that's what I did.
Pulling up to Gatebil in Norway with the guys from Monster Energy, we went straight to their section in the paddock. Perched underneath a rain soaked Monster branded tent, this beauty was there. Straight off the track with the fans still running, cooling the behemoth of an engine that powers this GT-R.
Originally built within two and a half months, by a team of three men for Battle Drift 2; the team and driver, Steve 'Baggsy' Biagioni faced a multitude of obstacles. The main one was reliability. Baggsy always wanted to have a GT-R as a road car, so what's the next best thing? Build a drift spec GT-R that's what!
But when pushing 1200bhp, he wanted the safety of knowing that he can bash this car off the limiter and not worry about it exploding into a thousand pieces and watching rods and pistons shoot off to the moon. With this, the team quickly ripped out the original motor, with style and grace of course. This is a GT-R at the end of the day.
At this point, the 'JDM purists' will start doing backflips in their graves. Seeing a GT-R powered by an LSX 454, gutted and track ready is certainly unique in itself. At the end of the day, Baggsy wanted to push the boundaries of what he could do with this car and putting in an engine that wouldn't be on the top of every GT-R owners list was one of them.
The main thing that stands out when you look at the engine bay of this car isn't the engine itself, it's the turbo. Now, I'm a small guy and when I say that the Honeywell Garrett GTX4718R turbo is bigger than my upper torso, I really mean it. Sitting in the perfect position coupled with the custom fabricated manifold and an absolutely massive downpipe that protrudes from the front bumper blasting out some massive flames. Now with all tracks, each have their own regulations. Gatebil in Norway is quite strict with their noise limit regulations. If you break this you do NOT get out on track, simple. So to combat these regulations the Monster Energy team pulled together and did what they could on the day. Needless to say it still looks crazy!
Style is a huge factor in this car, sitting on a massive set of 20x10.5j Rotiform LHR wheels wrapped in Westlake Tire Sport RS tires, all controlled with a 3 way adjustable motorsports coilover set with a set of Voodoo 13 custom fabricated green anodized suspension arms hidden away from view. Needless to say this has a fully kitted out camber, toe adjustments, modified GT-R subframe, and much much more hidden suspension and custom fabricated parts.
If you think about it, running 20's on a drift car is kind of crazy unless you have the power. Most run between 17's and 18's so when you see a car fill its arches running 20's you know for a fact there's an insane amount of power under that bonnet (or hood for all you Americans) to spin those wheels. It really is true what some people say, not all show cars can be track cars but most track cars can be show cars. This certainly stands up to that statement!
Seeing a Liberty Walk kit in the flesh is somewhat of a special thing. This however has been executed in a slightly different way. With the top mounted wing and carbon scatterings across this GT-R it really sets it apart from the rest. But with all this you need to stop right? Well hiding behind those beautiful Monster Energy themed Rotiforms are 14 inch vented rotors clamped with 6 piston Supernate Six callipers on the front and on the rear its housing a slightly smaller but still impressive 12.9 inch drilled rotors with 4 piston Dynapro Callipers.
Is this the ultimate drift GT-R? Quite possibly, but we will let you be the judge of that!