Project Infiniti G20 (P10) AWD Turbo: Part 1 – Project Day Drinking

gray 90s charcoal-colored nissan sedan, front left 3/4 view, bronze wheels

by Ainsley Jacobs (and continuing coverage by Erik Jacobs)

Hi, I’m Ainsley and I believe that bad decisions make great stories later, especially when it comes to cars. Since I was little, I only loved two things — horses and cars. I’ve been fortunate enough to turn my passion for cars into a career with P.TEN Marketing, but I truly do love all things horsepower (pun intended).

 

girl on paint horse jumping over a wooden triangle-shaped jump that is topped with brush
And here’s a picture of my horse, because he’s the best ever. We jump things and he eats my money. Photo by Danielle McBride Ayan | Eye-On-Images

When my husband, Erik, proposed on August 12, 2010, he stacked the deck in his favor by not only giving me a ring (and ice cream) but also a ’93 Mazda Miata. How could I say no to that?! We were married in 2012, and I slowly upgraded my new-to-me NA6 over the years.

 

white first generation miata with a black top sitting freshly washed and looking very stock
She sure was pretty… I loved that little car.

Although it was a fairly high-miles car (200K+ miles on the clock) with flaking white paint, it was a super rare C-package so I wanted to make it nice given that I planned to keep it forever. I had it resprayed and sprung for a new convertible top to change the factory beige unit over to a black one. I’m not pointing fingers here, but *someone* (Hint: not me) left the windows open one day and it rained. The interior ended up becoming gross with mildew and mold… so, I had almost an entirely new interior put in, too. It wound up being pretty damn nice!

Fast forward a few years to November of 2016, and my beloved Miata was murdered. An inattentive guy drifted into a turn lane, drove straight through an intersection, and hit me head-on at about 40 mph.

 

crashed first generation miata with front bumper cover pushed in center and hood crumped up
I think the car and I both made the same face – surprise!

Unfortunately, I had my foot on the clutch at the time as I was going to make a left turn into my subdivision. I basically tried to stop a speeding Honda Accord with my left foot and wound up breaking two metatarsals as a result. Lucky for me, it had rained earlier in the day and the fact that the road was still wet helped lessen the impact, as my little Mazda slid about 2.5 car lengths back from where the actual impact occurred.

13 comments

  1. I spent a lot of time on G20.net back in the day when I had my P10. Somehow even among all those Primera enthusiasts I never learned about an AWD P10. This checks a lot of boxes for me being out in Colorado, will be following this closely because I might just have to copy you.

    1. What was your username on Gnet? I was SR20DETg20girl. Small word. And I highly recommend NOT following me… just buy a T4 to start with and save yourself the headaches/cash. 😉

  2. OMG. I have to check with my friend as that actually might have been his old Z4M. did it have chrome wheels when you bought it?

    1. No, it had the factory M wheels. It belonged to an older gentleman, even though it came from a dealership I have his name and info. Woulda been a cool “small world” story if not, though!

  3. OI!

    Where is Part II?! I read this with much interest and then… cliff hanger!

    I can’t wait to read more about yr G20 so hurry up! 😀

    1. I can’t wait to read more, too! 😂 Hopefully we can get another update posted soon… the shop that has the car now had made some good progress (rear end in, etc) but then Covid came and shut down the supply chain so things have been on hold yet again. Supposedly they’re starting work on it again in the next couple weeks. Fingers crossed!

    1. As tempting as that is… no. 😄 I’ve already got a RWD N/A car and a (soon to be) AWD turbo car both for road racing so I’m thinking now I need a supercharged drag car… *evil laugh*

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