You may remember
Mike’s Nova from Max Power last year (July 2000). It is a glorious
example of a car, which many try to modify, be it styling or speed,
but only few get right. I believe Mike is one of the later.
I saw Mike’s Nova
pull up behind the Skyline (see picture). It says a lot about a car
when I walk over to them, and it’s the Nova that catches my eye.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love Skyline GTR’s…especially a P-reg R32
Import… but Mike’s car has something overwhelmingly aggressive, yet
subtle about it. The “lack” of body kit (and in no way do I mean
that as an insult) lends to its “wolf in sheep’s clothing” look.
Hey, I won’t lie to you, if I pulled up at the lights next to a Nova
– no matter how big the front discs are – I’d remain fairly
Mike bought the car
from a guy called Andy Windsor. As rumours have it, Andy bought the
last ever brand new Nova body shell in the country. You are looking
at what emanated from that very same shell. Mike paid £5k for the
car 2 years ago, but in 2.0L 16v normally aspirated form. 2yrs
later, and his spec looks like my ultimate shopping list…
4-cylinder, 16v KKK Turbo
K&N Air Filter (obviously !)
Ported, polished and skimmed head
Chargecooler with modified housing
Multiple water radiators
Uprated water pump
Jetex exhaust system
Vauxhall F28 6-speed manual box
Group ‘N’ Clutch
Full mapped and
flowed custom made Powerflow exhaust system
And what does all the above equal?
267bhp running just 9psi (yes JUST NINE PSI). 0-60 @ 5secs, and
capable of 160mph + is no mean feat in a 3 door Nova.
But power, as they say, is nothing
without control. 267bhp is a lot to put through only the front 2
wheels (albeit 205/40/17’s) of a car that weighs no more than a fag
packet. Up steps Spax adjustable shocks with 50mm lowering springs,
front and rear strut braces, and one-off roller bearings.
“Brakes!” I hear
you cry!! Well, as if you hadn’t guessed already, Mike hasn’t
spared a penny on his brakes either. 340mm drilled discs, and
Wilwood six-pot callipers (see picture) ensure that he can stop as
well as it goes. Although slight modification to the callipers was
needed to fit the wheels over, we are assured it’s worth every
content with huge stoppers at the front, Mike has had 305mm discs +
four pot callipers recently fitted to the rear. Eye-bulging
stopping capability !
ICE ? Who cares !
He has some, and no doubt (while bearing in mind Mike’s usual
standards) that it’s loud, polished, and custom fit. But I’m sure
you don’t want to know about that…this car can beat most cossies,
911’s are no problem, and would match any scooby at top end. This
is an unbelievable car. Not least because of the extent to which
every mechanical part has been ripped out, replaced and bettered,
but also because of the obvious time and care that goes into it.
So, I shall leave you with some fine shots of this finer car – the