Some of you remember my old PS13 that I broke for parts towards the end of last year. I got frustrated with the car as I wasn’t able to build it up to the spec that I’d originally wanted to; it technically worked and drifted ok, but I was never happy enough with it to stump up the money to get it painted. In the end I sold the shell to Jonny Jiggins who has been building it up to a pretty serious spec to use at practice days around the UK. I popped down to his unit last night to check out his progress and see how the shell was shaping up.
The car had just arrived back from Wand Wizard Fabrication, having been fully overhauled with a new cage, tubs and front and rear tube work. The owner of the shell before myself saw fit to chop the front end off what had been a perfectly usable car – as a result I was never able to build it back up with a front end that was as structurally sound as it needed to be. Ian (aka Wand Wizard) has seen to all of that with new tubs, bracing bars and a tubed front end and bash bar, with supports for the headlights and other accessories. You’ll be pleased to hear as well that an SR20 will be powering this car; no V8s allowed!
Things get more serious inside, with the new roll cage putting my old bolt-in item well and truly to shame. With gussets everywhere and even a new dash bar having been put in place, the PS is now a very safe and secure place to be.
NASCAR style doorbars have also been welded in, sitting as close to the outer door skin as possible. While these are hugely safe in the event of an impact, I can’t say I’m a fan purely because they mean that door card speakers and electric windows can no longer be used!
Moving to the rear of the car and a new bash bar features, along with tubing within what was the boot floor that will now house the fuel cell and rear-mount radiator setup.
While these plans may sound hugely serious and over-complex for a car that’s primarily just going to be used for practice days and occasional road use, Jonny made it clear that he wants to build this car once and be done with it, without the need to revisit areas that weren’t dealt with properly first time round. I can understand that vision and, while this sort of drift car is definitely not something I’d consider building myself, I can’t help but appreciate the effort and the mindset that is fuelling this build along.