Photography by Tabrese Sequeira
What’s up Driftlife readers. My name is Mark Sanchez. I’m from Moreno Valley, California. This is my 1992 Nissan 240sx.
I came across drifting on VHS Option videos that some old friends of mine showed me. Yeah I said VHS. Yeah I know I’m old. So after about 5 hours of binge watching I was hooked. I started looking for a corolla the following day.
My first drift car was a 1987 Toyota Corolla. That was a fun car. We put a turbo 4ag in it and drove the hell out of it for about 5 years. Then one day I pushed it to hard at a drift day and I rolled real bad. That was the end of that car.
The grassroots scene here in southern California is strong and growing stronger every day. There are more and more venues allowing drifting on their tracks and more organizations popping up to organize
more events at these venues. It’s a great place to be and a great time to be here.
Okay, so your looking at a 4G63 out of a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 that we swapped into our S13. Why you ask. Well I built this car because I wanted to build something different. Different from the rest of the drift cars. Something that you don’t see every day, or at every drift event for that matter. So the 4G13 was born.
There is a good amount of fab work that went into the swap. From the custom motor mount brackets to electronic power steering set up to the custom remote mount shifter. It was all done by me and my team at MSR Motorsports.
MSR Motorsports is our shop, my dad, our friend Emilio and myself. We mostly focus on general automotive repair but we do performance upgrades and engine swaps from time to time. We enjoy mostly doing uncommon swaps. Its always hard to make the claim that you were the first to do something but to the best of our knowledge, we were the first to put an S2000 motor (F20) into a 1983 Toyota Corrolla (AE71). I know its common now but it wasn’t common 8 years ago. I also like to think we were the first to drift an S chassis with a 4G63 in it. We even have plans to build a VQ powered 83 Corolla wagon. With power steering and A/C. Should make for a fun sleeper / cruiser. Just need to find a clean chassis to start with.
The engine is fully built for the most part. The block was clearanced to be stroked and the deck was o-ringed. It has a 2.2 liter Eagle stroker crank with Eagle rods and CP pistons. ARP main and rod bolts. It has Tomei cams and cam gear, GSC valve springs, big bore lifters and A Kiggly HLA pressure regulator. The intake is a Magnus Street Series intake modified to be RWD with 2200cc injectors from Five 0 motorsports to feed the engine all the E85 it needs. The exhaust side is a custom twin scroll T3 manifold with twin 45mm Turbosmart wastegates done by Sheepybuilt. The turbo is a Precision 5757
We are running a Toyota R154 transmission with a Bills Auto Fab bell housing. The transmission has upgraded shift forks as well. We pass the power through a Clutch Masters twin plate clutch that they built for us. We had a custom 1 pieces driveshaft build by Inland Drive Line.
We are very happy with the car the way it is now. It makes 594hp and 503 foot pounds of torque. It’s a great engine with lots of aftermarket support. There are even aftermarket bell housings for RWD setups available now. They are easy to build and hold up well to lots of RPM. But I encourage people to not only this do swap but any other crazy swap you have in mind. Don’t be scared to be different and try something. You may end up building something amazing.
Huge thanks to our friend Frank at RaceTune. But there is always room for improvement.
S14 front end conversion
D Max S14 front fenders
Origin Lab rear over fenders
Vertex style side skirts
Ings D-Spec front bumper
Carbon fiber hood
Rocket Bunny Rear wing
XXR 527 wheels
Steering & Suspension:
Electronic power steering pump
Offset rack and pinion spacers
Powered by Max inner tie rods
Driftkuckles.com Full Unicorn angle kit
Feal 441 coilovers
Battle Version adjustable arms all around
Fuel type: E85
Areomotive A1000 fuel pump feeding the engine
Areomotive SS fuel pump feeding the surge tank
Areomotive fuel pressure regulator
Summit racing fuel filters
Strocked 4G63 with MIVEC
Eagle 2.2 liter strocker crank
ARP main and rod bolts
Balance shaft elimination kit
O-Ringed block deck
OEM MLS head gasket
ARP head studs
Tomei Pon Type R cams
Tomei cam gear
GSC Valve springs
Big bore lifters
Kiggly HLA pressure regulator
Modified Magnus Street series intake manifold
2200cc fuel injectors
Turbosmart blow off vale
Turbosmart 45mm wastegates
CX Racing intercooler
CX Racing radiator
Mishimoto oil cooler
Precision 5757 turbo
Sheepybuilt custom twin scroll turbo manifold
Sheepybuilt down pipe
Custom exhaust by Concept Motorsport
Custom engine mount brackets by MSR Motorsports
Custom crank case breather set up by MSR Motorsports
LS4 ignition coils
NGK Racing spark plugs
Gates Racing timing belt
Clutch / Trans / Diff:
Clutchmaster custom twin disc clutch
Clutchmaster internal throw out bearing
R154 transmission w/ upgraded shift forks
Custom remote mount shifter By MSR Motorsports
Custom 1 piece drive shaft By Inland Driveline
4.6 ring and pinion
Sparco racing seat
NRG steering wheel
CNC Hydraulic hand brake
Willwood steering wheel quick release
Arcade style button on dash
Battle Version roll cage
Haltech Platinum Sport 1000 ecu
Race Tech Services
Final Speed Garage
Haltech Engine Management