We stumble across a vast number of LS-swaps during our endless voyage through the Internets (see: here, here and here), yet rarely have we seen a swap quite like this LS-powered Nissan Silvia S14.5 (more on that nomenclature in a moment).
According to the YouTube user 19Bozzy92, this bewinged beast was created by Brill Steel Motorsport; a “little Italian company specialized in the importation and sale of all those American cars for sports use, but especially in the creation and preparation of racing cars (drifting/time attack) with strictly American V8s.”
But that description hardly scratches the surface. Brill started with a S14 chassis, dropped a 480 hp LS3 under the hood, then worked its magic and managed to squeeze an extra 237 hp from the 6.2L V8, which now produces a bowel-shaking 717 hp and 896 lb-ft of torque.
Yet Brill wasn’t done there. The company also removed all of the S14’s body panels and in their place fitted, “an all original Nissan S15 body recreated in full carbon fiber with wide wheel arches.” In other words, Brill created completely bespoke carbon body panels that look like an S15 from the back and a little less S15-esque from the front.
But even that’s a little generous, as you’ll notice massive Venturi tunnels out back and a gigantic rear wing that uses the central support from a Lamborghini Super Trofeo racer.
Brill stretched and pinched the custom bodywork just so and the end result looks like a car that could be parked at Wayne Manor, next to the Tumbler, in a spot labelled “Bruce’s Trackday Toy.”
You can be sure the LS3 has been thoroughly reworked and reassembled and though we aren’t privy to the exact nature of the engine modifications, as the car’s lumpy idle suggests Brill has affixed a lumpy new camshaft.
We don’t get to see it attack the track in the video below, but the 6:22-minute overview does give us a good taste as to what lurks under this re-skinned and thoroughly reworked Nissan Silvia. (The first buck and change is just walkthrough so hop to 1:25 if you just want to hear it fire up.)
R390 and GT-R aside, this might be one of our favourite Nissans to date.