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The Next Level….

Prog·ress   [n. prog-res, -ruhs or, especially Brit., proh-gres; v. pruh-gres]

- The development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.

Just one word to describe the situation at which two drivers currently find themselves in.

February 11th 2012 - 2 weeks to Matsuri
Tuffcore Garage

What looks to be a regular old weatherboard house lies in darkness.

Unbeknown to passers by, behind one too many gates, is the workshop of Team Tuffcore.

One look at this place would show an unorganised, shit everywhere kind of shed… But look a little closer and you will find many a treasure.

The first glimpse as you approach is a 180sx, with SR20DET, low mounted GT2860RS, full stripped white interior with bolt in half cage, 5 stud conversion, on jack stands with two legs sticking out from under the passenger side of the car.

180sx Shed

As you get closer you see further into the shed and there sits an R32, closer to the ground than a ducks ass, with RB25DET, high mounted TD06SL2, External gate, again full stripped white interior and bolt in full cage, with a pair of legs upside down, head under the dash, in the passenger seat.

R32 Engine Bay

On any given night, this is where you will find the boys from Team Tuffcore….


It has been a short, yet exciting entry into the world of drifting for the drivers of Team Tuffcore.

Few would believe that only just under a year ago, two guys from Team Tuffcore set their sights on creating a formidable drift team.

Onevia Drift

It all started with the purchase of a rather beat up and sad example of an S13 Silvia.

Missing all the front end, mismatched other panels and with an unknown condition SR20DE engine, this car needed some work to say the least.

Work began on collecting parts from all around and slapping together what eventually became easily recognisable as the Team Tuffcore Onevia with its “textured” white paint and sticker bombed roof.

Onevia Drift

Although under powered, it was a competent slider shared between Mikey and Nick as a steep learning curve into the world of drifting.

Things didn’t always go right and many frantic parts changing between sessions occurred occasionally.

Although when things did go right, it just added fuel to the fire.

Onevia Winton

After a number of drift days and the addition of an R32 to the mix, the team solidified itself as a well known presence in the local drift scene.

R32 Winton 

Whether you saw them as a serious team or just some fools who dress alike for fun, people started to know the name Tuffcore.

Support was growing with each drift day and it seemed that more and more people were flying the Tuffcore banner!

Josh S14 Winton

After a number of drift days the cars were a little banged up and were again in need of some cleaning up….

With a strong belief in ‘Built not bought’, they then decided to pull both cars off the track for some extensive changes.

It was at this time that a slightly damaged 180sx became available at the right price, so it was purchased and the Onevia was passed on to the next budding member of the drift team.

Many a late night have gone into both cars and progress is the word of the month. 

Painting R32

With a diet of energy drinks, cider and subway cookies, both Team Tuffcore Drift cars are nearing completion and are on track for their re-debut at Winton Summer Matsuri in just a week and half’s time.

Let’s get a little more acquainted with the cars.

TUFFCORE R32 - Nick Bennett - Owner/Driver

Although still in progress and not completed yet, we would like to introduce you to the Tuffcore 32. It’s my whip, ride, skidder, drift slut… Whatever the cool kids are calling them these days!

R32 Drift

So… The obligatory spec list… 

1993 Nissan Skyline R32 Type M
RB25DET Series 1
RB25 Gearbox
Kinugawa TD06-SL2
Kinugawa Braided turbo lines
Hybrid NZ high mount manifold
Hybrid NZ external wastewate with Tuffcore Screamer
3” Turbo back exhaust
Yellow Jacket Super Spark Coilpacks
Custom front mount intercooler setup
Tuffcore custom front tubs
Vulture Motorsport Oil cooler and relocation kit
Custom power steering cooler
BC BR Coilovers
GKTech Castor Arms
Tuffcore Lengthened LCA’s
Tuffcore Lengthened Tie Rods
Driftworks offset lock spacers
GKTech Steering spacers
JDI modified knuckles
Solid Subframe Risers
HICAS removed plus Lock kit
Tuffcore “special” 4.3 diff (re: welded!)
Bosch 040 Fuel pump
Tuffcore modified handbrake
Tuffcore gear lever extension
Tuffcore gear knob
Bride style fixed back seat
Drift brand 3” 5 point harness
Nardi deep corn style steering wheel
Full bolt in roll cage
Relocated battery
HEL Braided brake lines
Tuffcore Custom ‘Nismo Style’ Power Brace
50mm alloy radiator with twin thermos
All interior sound deadening removed
Air con and heater removed
Lenso D1R Wheels - 17x9 and 17x10
Lipped and flared front and rear guards
GTR Vented FRP bonnet

Built not bought. It’s just how we roll.

R32 Empty Engine Bay

It has not been smooth sailing for quite a lot of this build although in reality it has come together relatively quickly.

First up was the first incarnation of the sled….

First pics of R32

Originally purchased as a car for streeting while the Tuffcore Onevia was Mikey and my track dedicated skidder. After a few drift days at Winton in the Onevia, I decided that it was time to take the 32 onto the track and see how she’d do.

She was a pretty capable streeter and I felt that she needed to stretch her legs on the open track.

With a 4.3 Tuffcore welded diff in the back, her legs were just as short as mine and found that the usual 2nd gear skids were much too slow and 3rd gear was where it was at.

Due to the paint being average, Mikey and I decided that we’d try to go all Team Burst and skid as close as possible, usually ending a ‘light’ bump here and there.

After a couple of drift days, (and an embankment while streeting) she started to look more like a drift missile than a street car.


The time had come to clean her up a little and the ideas started flying around about what engine and mods to do…. The engine choices ranged from SR20 to 2JZ but at the right time, an RB25 engine came up at the right price.

And so it began….

She was stripped to the point where it was almost unrecognisable as a car and that’s where the fun started!!


Putting in the hard yards on the sound deadening…

Stripped Sound Deadening

After doing a full major service on the RB25, it was dropped into place.

Nice and smooth without too much hassle.

Engine in R32

Currently we are prepping for it’s new paint scheme!

We are on our way!

Sanding R32

More details and pictures to come when paint gets laid on!

Details and pictures of 180sx build coming soon!

Mikey has advised me that it is powered by beards…. Yup… I think they might even be wizard beards….

A BIG Thank you to everyone that has helped support in the building of the two cars and also to those that take photos and promote Team Tuffcore.

Your help will never be forgotten.

If you have a chance to come up to Winton and see us rolling around, please feel free to come up and say hi!

We are friendly, wear the right size shirts and won’t bite….. Unless you ask!

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