Wavemaker: Simba Nyemba 1991 Nissan 240SX

Wavemaker: Simba Nyemba 1991 Nissan 240SX

From drifting day one, it’s been all about the Nissan S13 for Simba Nyemba. He’s had three occupy his stable so far, and this ‘91 coupe may just be the ultimate example of how to put together a period-correct drift machine. No missiles here - we’re making waves, not war.

Coming up on a diet of street drifting in and around Chicago, with a healthy serving of VHS tapes of Osaka drivers - namely masters of the S-chassis, Chunky Bai and Atsushi Kuroi - Nyemba has soaked in every ounce of experience and inspiration, and then poured it into this 240SX. The result is something that just scratches the itch between track and street.

The coupe’s transplanted SR20 has been given a thorough working over, inside and out, and thanks in part to the Garrett GTX2863R turbo and AEM Infinity ECU, the JDM four-banger puts down 380 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque to the SSR wheels.

“SR20 in an S13 is king,” Nyemba says, matter-of-factly. “With new technology, turbos, and ECUs, it truly is a fantastic setup if you aren't looking for over 500 horsepower.”

While an S13 with an SR20 may have been done before, the rest of Nyemba’s S-chassis is all-him. The Works 9 body kit, Silvia nose swap, and Origin overfenders put together the ideal ‘90s street-style aesthetic, but the crowning achievement is the lid on the engine. Origin made only three hoods that featured a graphic of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”: one for a Levin Corolla, one for an S15, and one for an S13. The S13 hood that originally debuted on Origin’s USA demo S13 is the same one you see here. A true one of one.

Personal touches continue inside, where, past the TF Works six-point cage, Buddy Club bucket seats and the Z32 transmission’s shift boot have been reupholstered in Burberry fabric. The yellow checkered floor mats are more goodies from Origin, which also serve as a fitting tribute to one of Nyemba’s aforementioned idols, the late Atsushi Kuroi, who used the same color in his S13.

The amalgamation of passion, feelings, memories, and experience all coming together to make a car that can thrash at the track, while making anyone triple-take in a parking lot. This is how it’s done, boys and girls. This is how you make waves.

Simba Nyemba's 1991 Nissan 240SX is featured as a Builds To Follow in PASMAG #165. Click here to order

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PHOTOS BY Simba Nyemba, Adam Gordon


Owner: Simba Nyemba
Location: Chicago, IL
Engine: Nissan SR20DET 2.0L turbocharged I4
Horsepower: 380 whp
Torque: 370 lb-ft


Instagram: @ggsimba
Youtube: SimbaNyemba66


  • Nissan S14 SR20DET engine
  • Cusco motor mounts
  • AEM Infinity ECU
  • Garrett GTX2863R turbo - .64 AR
  • Tial MV-S wastegate
  • Forged pistons
  • Oversized valves
  • Greddy (intake manifold, oil pan, oil filter)
  • Koyorad (N-Flow radiator, oil cooler)
  • Circuit Sports coolant overflow tank
  • Tomei (poncams, rocker arm stoppers)
  • Proceed spark plug cover
  • Brian Crower (valve springs, retainers)
  • DSG custom oil catch tank
  • Swirl pot
  • Synapse BOV
  • HPI front-mount intercooler
  • TF Works (custom intercooler piping, custom intake piping)
  • K&N air filter
  • SARD fuel pressure regulator
  • Deatschworks 1500cc injectors
  • Walbro 455LPH fuel pump
  • Improved Racing oil thermostat
  • Raceflux AN lines and fittings
  • Oil filter relocation
  • Ford Taurus electric fan


  • Spectrum Motorsports (V-Band Exhaust Manifold, V-Band Turbo Elbow, Downpipe)
  • Works 9 exhaust


  • Nissan 300ZX transmission
  • Mazworx SR-Z32 bell housing
  • ORC twin-plate clutch


  • SSR Agle Minerva wheels - 17x9+10
  • SSR Vienna Courage wheels - 18x10.5 +12
  • Falken RT615K+ front tires - 235/40/17
  • Falken FK510 rear tires - 265/35/18
  • Infiniti Q45 front brake calipers
  • Powerstop (rotors, pads)
  • Stainless steel braided brake lines


  • STANCE (Pro Comp coilovers, rear toe arms, rear UCAs, rear traction rods, solid rear subframe bushings)
  • Heatmaker (Hotside knuckles, 32mm extended front LCAs)
  • Steering rack relocation
  • Nismo power brace
  • Ikeya Formula (inner tie rods, tension rods)
  • Tein outer tie rods
  • Setrab power steering cooler
  • Custom power steering reservoir
  • Power steering AN lines
  • Maverick Motorsports rack spacers


  • ProceeD Gray paint
  • Candy Blue painted roof
  • Proceed livery by 3LLL
  • Nissan (Silvia JDM front end, R32 GT-R grille
  • Works 9 body kit
  • Origin (Great Wave off Kanagawa hood, front 20mm fenders, rear 50mm fenders, clear corners)
  • Custom LED (Origin clear bumper lights, tail lights)
  • Aero mirrors
  • Strobe light kit


  • TF Works 6-point roll cage
  • Custom "Burberry" Buddy Club bucket seats
  • Street Faction door cards
  • Tomei/Personal steering wheel
  • HKB steering hub
  • Quick-release
  • Custom gauge cluster
  • Bride seat rails
  • Team Tech 6-point harnesses
  • Origin yellow checkered floor mats
  • Innovate wideband
  • Blitz boost gauge
  • AEM (oil pressure gauge, GPS speedometer, fuel pressure sensor)
  • Yashio Factory Okachan water/oil temp gauge
  • AutoRod control switch panel
  • Eric's Auto Lab wiring harness
  • Super Duper switch panel


  • Kenwood (12-inch subwoofer, amplifier)
  • Bluetooth audio receiver


  • Koyorad
  • Heatmaker
  • TF Works
  • Stance
  • Falken Tires


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