You don’t have to mod cars to the extreme for them to be amazing, and this Fairlady Z proves it.

You’ve all heard the phrase “power is nothing without control”. Although it’s one of the oldest clichés, there is truth to that. If you’ve watched “Mighty Car Mods”, you might remember that Blair fell in love with a Datsun 240-Z, went to Japan, and took it back home to Australia. The car was in its original state when bought, but since the channel name is “Mighty Car Mods”, it was clear it wouldn’t have stayed original for long.

This Modded Fairlady Z Proves That Less Is More
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To no one’s surprise, they didn’t waste any time swapping out the carbureted L-series engine. They did the logical thing and rammed an RB26 into the Fairlady’s engine bay.

The RB26 is an engine that does not need an introduction. It’s every tuner’s wet dream and is capable of immense power, without sacrificing its reliability. The inline-six unit, normally found in the Skyline GT-R, usually comes with twin-parallel turbochargers. This means that there’s a turbo for every three cylinders.

This Modded Fairlady Z Proves That Less Is More
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However, that’s not the case here, as this RB26 has a single GT-35 turbocharger. A Haltech specialist points out that although this configuration is good for high-end horsepower, it is less than ideal if you want to daily drive it.

In the video, he explains the correlation between a relatively small-displacement engine and a big turbo and how it can hurt drivability. In the video, he also talks about all the small and useful tricks that there are to properly tune a car, so if you are someone who has a similar project, the info will definitely be useful.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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