Text by Wooley   Photos by Duke Newport

Nissan Silvia

These are called Coyotes. They are designed & created by Nocturnal Motorworks in St. Louis, MO. The basic blueprint here, is to create an ultimate drift machine… using a custom tube chassis built around Nissan S-chassis suspension. 



Weight on the car is roughly 1,500lbs, depending on engine & accessories. And Nocturnal shoots for an entry price of $5,000 for customers… making the Coyote a definite viable consideration if you’ve wrecked your drift car for example, and are looking down the barrel of having to swap engines/parts to a new chassis anyway.


The power-to-weight ratio here is pretty insane. And the dollor-to-fun ratio is about as maxed-out as you can get.


Chassis #1  //  The shiny green one…..

Nissan SR20DET engine

Tomei poncams

Tomei adjustable cam gears

GReddy Type-S blow off valve

Nismo motor mounts

Mines ECU

Competition Clutch – Stage 4

Walbro 255 fuel pump

Tein coilovers

Tein tie rods

Nocturnal Motorworks super angle knuckles

Fnor1 wheels 17×9 front 17×10.5 rear

Infinity Q45 brake swap

Wilwood hydraulic e-brake

Autometer gauges

J-Up bucket seats (the Nocturnal house brand)

Spark shift knob

nocturnal motorsports

Chassis #2  //  The matte/raw one…..

Toyota 1JZ engine

Holder HE351Cw turbo

HKS wastegate

550 injectors

Apexi SAFC2

Apexi front mount intercooler

Sard blow off valve

Toyota R154 transmission

Competition Clutch – Stage 4

Nismo 2-way differential

Walbro 255 fuel pump

Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator

Stance coilovers (S14 application)

Aftermarket aluminum radiator

Spal 14” electric fans

Driveshaft Shop aluminum 1-piece driveshaft

Work wheels – 18×10 +6 front 10×12 +10 rear

Nissan Z32 brake swap

Wilwood hydraulic e-brake

Autometer gauges

J-Up bucket seats (the Nocturnal house brand)

TRD shift knob

drift chassis

*Improvements over Chassis #1:

Both Coyotes set the engine further back into the chassis than a 240 ever could. But the chassis on #2 is fully TIG welded, & uses all aluminum panels to cut more weight. #2 is 4-inches wider than #1. Also, #2 uses a S14 rear subframe in order to improve anti-squat geometry, and the subframes have been moved an inch higher into the frame than the first design – allowing it to sit lower to the ground while the suspension arms stay flat. The result is better traction, a smoother ride, and better power delivery to the ground. But both of ‘em still break tires loose in any gear at nearly any speed… even though the 2nd version is clearly faster.