Tokyo Drift: The Truth To The Mystery Behind The Mona Lisa S15 Silvia
Written by Alex Harrington

Petrol heads and car lovers alike all winced at the same time as Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black) sat in the driver’s seat of Han’s ‘Mona Lisa’ Nissan Silvia S15 and continued to write the Japanese sports car off the road.

While we know a few bits about this drift car, we don’t know what made it the legend it was said to be in the film. We watch a Skyline‘s RB26 being pulled out of the S15 later on in the film, an iconic engine in itself, but as explained by Craig Lieberman, the car consultant on the film, this wasn’t anywhere even close to the truth.

In fact, the car never ran with an RB. It was completely fake, and the engine you saw was pulled out of a GT-R left over from 2 Fast 2 Furious. The engine was eventually shovelled back into the original R34 to keep it a numbers-matching car with a higher value, and an RB26 was taken from an old R32 instead and eventually made its way into the Mustang hero car for Seaon at the end of Tokyo Drift.

So what is the S15’s origin? Well, we know that there were at least two of these Silvias made for the movie, with Craig estimating six to eight cars used in total. One was eventually sold off to someone in England, and the other to someone in Japan. Both cars were powered by a naturally aspirated SR20DE engines. The others have been lost in the wind, so what happened to them?

Craig assumes that these cars weren’t federalised, so wouldn’t have  been allowed to stay in the States where the majority of filming had taken place. So they’re likely stored in garages in random states across the USA with their owners keeping quiet until they can legally register them for the road.

Yeah, it’s a bit of a secret. But enough of that, let’s talk about the juicy bits: the modifications. The bodykit is a full kit from C-West, including the wing, and the mirrors were swapped out for an aftermarket pair, too. The decals also came from C-West, who commissioned it themselves.

Under the hood wasn’t so exciting. A factory SR20DE produced only around 200bhp, but this was fed through a 4-2-1 manifold and a SarD Arous Mig R aftermarket exhaust system. This exhaust system increased power to around 220, and then a nitrous system added an extra 50 to 100 horsepower. A Nismo clutch was added alongside a Nismo 2-way differential, and in the boot sits a racing fuel cell like all the stunt cars.

The interior was completely stripped, racing seats were slotted in to the cabin, and a nitrous bottle added, plus a custom made aluminium dashboard to house a host of gauges and the switch for the nitrous.

Watch Craig’s videos for the full lowdown on these cars. He’s put in a lot of hours to find out as much as he can about them, so make sure you give it a watch, give it a like, and subscribe.

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