MOD MAX - Episode 1: Video
We’ve all thought about it – when the world finally goes insane, and we’re all roaming the nightmarish post-apocalyptic hellscape barely scraping by, what car will you want with you? Most folks would probably go with something tough, big, and AWD. You know, to roll over your enemies and whatnot. As for those nutty Aussies over at Mighty Car Mods, well, they went with something a little different – a Nissan S15 Silvia, to be exact. Weird, right? It’s ok though, don’t worry – they’re dropping in a V-8.
The vehicle is an homage to the upcoming "Mad Max Fury Road" movie.
After selling off most of the car’s mechanical bits, all that remains of the MOD Max S15 is a shell ready and waiting for an eight-fold heaping of torque. The donor car for that is an Australian favorite – a late-90s Holden Commodore with a 5.7-liter GM boomer nestled under the hood.
To help the guys in the build, MCM went to Adam Gotch at AGI Roll Cages for a few tips, not to mention a complete roll cage to protect the boys when out thrashing the MOD Max S15. AGI was the right choice, as the Australia-based shop was commissioned by Kennedy Miller Productions to churn out over 100 stunt cages for the film due out next month.
Next up is a rummage through the scrap metal yard for all the rusty bits and pieces, followed by a trip to the exhaust shop for some custom headers.
For the last half of the video, the car is stripped down and assembly begins. Knobby tires are installed under chopped up fenders, the stock SR20 four-banger is removed in 10 minutes, the interior is gutted, the cage is installed, and the Holden’s powerplant is “tested” with a huge, smoky burnout. All in a day’s work, I suppose.
One question though, guys – why not a ute?
Produced between 1999 and 2002, the Nissan S15 Silvia is one of the Japanese brand’s best-known two-door sports cars. Its lightweight, RWD platform is ideal for drifters and circuit racers, and its stock 2.0-liter turbo engine easily makes loads more power with just a few simple bolt-on modifications. The S15 was only sold in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and is considered a “grey import” here in the US.
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