Rolling coal with a Ford 6.0-litre Powerstroke diesel-powered Skyline in a way the world has never seen before.
That’s not tire smoke, that’s how you roll coal. This Nissan Skyline started its life after being imported direct from Japan as a showcar, but thanks to some outside-the-box thinking, it has now become the world’s first Powerstroke diesel-powered drift car.
Built by Oakville, Ontario-based Argus Automotive over the course of the past seven months, the drift car was a side-project and one born of the want to do a different kind of build. Skyline owner, Filip Kedzierski says this turbo diesel wasn’t their first choice for a motor however.
After acquiring the car, Kedzierski, who wasn’t much into the drift scene, set out to build a dedicated track car. First up, building up tuned RB25 2.5-litre inline-six motor to make around 400 hp in this rear-wheel drive chassis (it's a GTS-t with a GT-R swapped front clip, not a real GT-R).
While at a time attack event, Kedzierski says he was yelled at for sliding the car, something he wasn’t doing intentionally and was told he should go drifting instead. After discovering the world of drifting, he says he also found himself grenading several different RB motors.
“we were just curious to see if the Powerstroke motor that was sitting at the shop would fit in the Skyline engine bay."
“We didn’t set off to put a diesel in it”, he says, “we were just curious to see if the Powerstroke motor that was sitting at the shop would fit in the Skyline engine bay." Turns out it did. And seeing as they had already mocked-up the engine mounts and since the idea was so dramatically different from anything else out there, they decided to go with the might 6.0-litre V8 Ford Powerstroke turbo diesel inside a legendary Japanese chassis.
Kedzierski says the last time they dyno'ed the car it was making 520 hp at the wheels and managed 700 lb-ft of torque while running just 20 psi of boost. He claims in current trim it's estimated to make 700 horsepower at the rear wheels on 50 psi of boost.
Just two years into drifting, Kedzierski and his Skyline have their sights set on competing in Formula Drift one day. The diesel-swapped GTR has been running small regional events since July, but apparently has issues with the engine cutting-out they are working through this winter.
Wondering what this could cost? It’s estimated that about $35,000 has been spent on parts alone so far, and that doesn’t account for labour or the car itself.
Source: Clipping Point Media