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Nissan IDx Compact Rear-Drive Concept Could Inspire Silvia Successor

Nissan IDx Compact Rear-Drive Concept Could Inspire Silvia Successor

Between the debut of the new Honda NSX, reports that the Type-R may come stateside, and rumors of a seventh-generation Z, there’s been a lot of activity as of late surrounding some of history’s most recognizable Japanese sports cars. Now, according to Aussie publication Motoring.co.au, it looks like it’s time to throw even more coal into the burner on the old speculation train.

The Nissan Silvia, which shared the same chassis as the 180SX, 200SX, and 240SX sold worldwide, is regarded within drift circles as a premier platform for sideways shenanigans. It’s a lightweight car, with a rear-wheel-drive, front-engine layout that’s easily modified with a variety of engine transplants and suspension upgrades.

The original Silvia debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1964 as the Datsun Coupe 1500. The vehicle enjoyed several generations until it was discontinued in 2002.

However, with the unveiling of the IDx concept vehicle at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, inside sources are whispering to Motoring.co.au that the Silvia may make a triumphant return, with a debut possibly coming as early as next year.

It’s believed that either a supercharged, 1.2-liter or turbocharged, 1.6-liter engine will sit under the hood, with output hovering somewhere around the 200-horsepower mark. There are also rumors that both a six-speed automatic and manual transmission will be available to slot the cogs. These kinds of specs would place the new Silvia sports car nicely behind the more powerful seventh-generation Z, with a performance-oriented NISMO-tuned version expected to follow soon after release.

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Video: "High Octane DRIFT"

Video: "High Octane DRIFT"

Staying competitive in the world of professional motorsports takes more than just passion; the hard truth is it takes several big sponsors and loads of resources, too. Practice makes perfect, but putting in a few sideways laps around a racetrack can be anything but cheap. Plenty of folks have the desire, but few can stay afloat long enough to snag the support needed to swing with the big boys.

Enter Canadian drift driver Brad Carlton. Carlton met the challenge this past September when Formula DRIFT came to Quebec to give locals an opportunity to match smoke against some of the best drifters in the world. Carlton’s V8-powered Nissan S13, a daily driver turned racecar, certainly had some stiff competition when pitched against the perfectly tuned, mega-horsepower, factory-sponsored rides that the pros deployed on track.

Aftermarket automotive lighting provider SYLVANIA was there to capture some of the action and talk to Carlton about the hardships facing an up-and-coming driver in Formula DRIFT. The short film is moody and artistic, with a healthy dose of tire-shredding as well.

Despite a serious disadvantage, Carlton managed to qualify in the top 16 at the event. Hopefully, with a little exposure and a company like SYLVANIA behind him, Carlton can continue to turn wheels against Formula D big shots like Chris Forsberg, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Conrad Grunewald.

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