Video: S13 Nissan with Vortech-Supercharged 5.3 Power

Even if you’re only a casual fan of drifting, you know that one of the most popular cars for the motorsport is Nissan’s 240SX, known by the S13/S14 chassis code. Light weight, rear wheel drive, and cheap, these cars came to the US market with one major flaw – underpowered naturally-aspirated 4 cylinder engines.

Turns out, though, that an LS engine fits just fine between the Nissan’s fenders, and it’s hard to find even a semi-serious drift S13 or S14 that doesn’t have an LS swap. But if stock V8 power is good, then a boosted LS is better yet, right?

The supercharger intake peeks through the hood, letting passers-by get a look at the compressor wheel. We’d bet Mathur gets a lot of “what turbo is that?” questions…

Thanks to our friends at Vortech, we can answer that question with a definitive “yes.” The car you see here, built by Speedzone Performance‘s Vishal Mathur as a rolling example of the shop’s work, packs a supercharged LS sending just shy of 700 horsepower to the pavement. The stock bottom end 5.3 truck motor gets 11 PSI from a V-2 S-Trim Supercharger with A&A Corvette C5 Corvette mounting bracketry and a custom air-to-air intercooler.

One glance and the attention to detail is obvious, extending past the engine bay to the suspension, interior, widebody fenders, and every other aspect of the build. But Mathur isn’t done yet – the next milestone will be replacing the factory long block with a fully built bottom end, and moving up to a V-7 YSi blower for even more boost and horsepower. We can hardly wait!

For full details on this amazing car, check out Vortech’s blog page.

About the author

Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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