Dan Schonert and Simon - Nissan R33 skyline gtst - 2003 Bmw 330i clubsport
Priced up my options and also fancied my chances at an engine swap. So bit the bullet and decided to put the 2jzgte engine in
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My name is Dan Schonert and I am 29 years old.
I'm welsh always lived in Carmarthenshire, father of 2 and meant to be getting married in September. Will see if it comes off with this covid. I'm a workshop manager at a John Deere dealer.
Always been into cars from a young age and always had cars to tinker around with from about the age of 16. I think a 205xs is what I had first and a 205 rally think I sold them on before I even started driving. Also got my hands on a pinto gt turbo. Painted that etc. and finished the kit off. Sold that on also.
Then I had my red clip mk1 which I passed my test in and had that for a couple years. Had a 106gti. Vw t4 a couple of golfs and a a3. I must have been 18/19 when I went for a stroll down pembrey race circuit to see what all this drifting hype was all about. Immediately got hooked. Me and a friend put a Subaru Sri engine and running gear into an old Volvo 340.
I got myself a Sierra 4x4 GLS and converted it to just rwd. Run it for a bit with the old 2.9 12valve engine then upgrade it to the BOB cosworth engine. It got to the time that I needed the extra power and a better chassis platform. So when I was 20 I went and bought this skyline which I still have to this day. I paid £3k for it back then and it came with £3.5k of receipts. They were cheap back then.
The thing was bomb proof. I only used it on the track back then as of my age was a nightmare to try and insure. Over the years I drove the pants off it mainly down my local in pembrey using the organised events set up by Gordon @drift-inc. It gave me many years of proud ownership. The engine got tired and needed a rebuild.
Can't blame the thing that spent most of its old age sitting on the limiter. Priced up my options and also fancied my chances at an engine swap. So bit the bullet and decided to put the 2jzgte engine in. Had it shipped, from Japan. Carried out all the Conversion in my little garage at my parents place. At the time it was half chucked in.
Didn't look the best but it did the job. Then I had an unfortunate event while drifting the crank pulley damper failed and it fell off and it cooked itself during a drift session. So I decided to fully forge the engine and put it all back it properly:
Full spec list:
Nissan R33 skyline gtst
- 2JZ GTE Engine
- link g4+ xtreme Ecu
- Custom wiring harness
- Custom map by SCM Remaps
- 6boost manifold
- Garrett 3076R turbo
- 50mm turbo smart wastegate
- Sard 800cc injectors
- Front mount intercooler
- R8 coil packs
- Funk motorsport air filter
- BMW 6 speed 330d gearbox
- 5 puk helix paddle clutch
- Plumber in fire extinguishers
- 6point bolt in cage
- 17"x9.5j Kyusha rims
- Paint by jay Walters
- Graphics by D-sign studio.
Currently running just shy of 550hp and 740nm I'm happy with how it is now. I don't think I will progress any further on this car. I do have another 33 shells that's space framed front and back with a weld in the cage.
I will be doing a long term project with that in the next year or so. But will be a full blown out drift car all stripped back with the same engine build route. Looking back. I would change a few things. But I would recommend don't rushing the job to be able to get back in the seat. It is hard when it's off the road for so long and your temptations are high. Wish I did it properly and tidy the first time round.
But my funds wouldn't stretch that far at the time so just had to make do with what I had. But it did turn out alright in the end for an old barge. I was probably one of the first to fit a 2jz Conversion around my area. And after I built mine. And got to know Simon at SCM remained cross hands.
Who has helped me out massively with tweaks and full mapping sessions. Can't thank him enough for all the hard work and effort him and his boy Dan put in at that place. Also Trystan Gooding for all the moral support long time buddies and childhood antics with this one Jay Walters for the paint jobs on not just my car but Simons also. And jono at DSign studio for the amazing graphics and design of it.
I'm hoping to attend some drift events next year at combe spring action day and matsuri. And my local pembrey track. I'm hoping one day I'll get my hands on a r35 skyline
Now moving onto Simon,
Owner of Scm Performance & Tuning.
Basically always been into cars from an early age. was a Peugeot master tech for years. then went as a service manager. Started my tuning business in 2011 then took my son on when we had a workshop. Now it has 2 workshops in Crosshands, Llanelli with dyno. #scm remaps
What got me into the car scene? Not sure really, just always been around cars and just grew more and more, then got involved with some of the lads that drift and here we are now.
The BMW however, is not my first car! I have gone through a good few till now, but this is my first track drift car. My first car was in fact a 1973 Ford Capri with a 1700 cc Mexico engine, twin Weber 40's etc. was an animal then with about 140 bhp.
I have an old V10 Vw touareg as my daily, it ticks all the boxes, it has stupid torque 860 nm, tows anything, 4x4 if required and put my dogs in to go to work.
Full spec list
2003 Bmw 330i clubsport
- Lexus 2jzge na engine build
- wiseco pistons. 9.6 to 1 comp
- acl race bearings
- hks cam pulleys
- link g4+ xtreme ecu
- 1050cc asnu injectors
- precision pt6266 gen 2 turbo
- 6 boost v band manifold
- fwtl inlet manifold
- turbo smart 50mm external gate and box
- ftwl flywheel and clutch kit rated to 1440 nm torque
- irp front arms
- hsd monopro coil overs
and a lot more that I've probably forgotten!
I am not too sure on speed as we have not been able to get out to finish testing due to lockdown but dyno figures are 647 bhp and 770 nm torque. In my opinion, a project car is never finished!, I would like to do the inside and new custom wiring loom, new weld in cage.
All work has been done ourselves with a lot of help from friends. Would of been hard without them. In terms of shows, normally I do cruise culture shows and go to Drift inc drifting events etc.
Let’s say my dream car is a Hellcat.
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