Of course, there is a wide assortment of Vibrant Performance parts that have been used throughout the assembly. AES Auto was busy fabricating other pieces to ensure that everything would smoothly mesh together. The K-Tuned 4-1 header has been mated to the existing VRS 3″ exhaust with Vibrant components.
For cooling the Koyo rad that was installed for the SR20DET is repurposed and back in action. AES Auto had to do a little bit of plumbing work as the Koyo’s Nissan inlet/outlets are on the opposite sides compared to a Honda K, but that was by far one of the easier fabrication tasks of this build. A Mocal sandwich plate will be used for connecting to a Koyo oil cooler. This is simply effective insurance for any track vehicle, and I absolutely want that protection. What is amazing is that there is now so much free space in what was a horrendously tight and crowded engine bay. The absolutely astounding part of all of this is the water temperatures. Those who followed the build and story of the NX GTi-R know how heat soak was a huge issue. Five laps of our local track would be all it took to take that rad temperatures up to the acceptable limit. During the first day on track with the NX K24, the temps barely budged. I actually looked to see if the gauge was not hooked up properly!
Inside the car, the seating position has been significantly improved by AES Auto lowering the mounting points. My big request was that a seat slider is maintained, and they did that with great success. AES Auto also improved my 6 point belt installation hardware so that the mounting points are vastly stronger than how I had originally installed it. As I mention this correction, I have to tell you that AES Auto found and corrected a few items that had happened during previous builds. They were very thorough in the entire process. They built it like they were building it for themselves. It is good to know that the car is simply going to be better than ever.
While there is a lot of love in some circles for the NX1600’s digital dash, I was looking for something different and better. This involved turning to a local startup company that has been developing a dash – and I love it. MMM Engineering is based in British Columbia, Canada, and has developed a digital dash that can be hooked up to your ECU and provide a wealth of information via a touch screen. In my case, I’m repurposing the ECUMaster Classic that powered the SR20DET, which provides ECU-based information to the dash. The visuals are crisp and clear and there are several different views that you can choose from. Right now my personal preference is the standard home page, but the choices are there. The dash use is quite expansive – and allows for turbo and traction controls also. The home screen’s most useful feature is the flashing shift lights that progressively get ‘louder’ as one draws close to the red line. This engine spins up so quickly that this is invaluable. The home screen provides a speedometer, tachometer, water temperature, and oil temperature plus oil pressure information. There’s also a fuel gauge and an E sensor readout. There is so much more – but the one feature that I like is that there are five pics of my choice that appear on the start-up screen!