CARSPOTTING> Walker Wilkerson’s S13 Goes V8

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

After Walker Wilkerson finished 18th overall in the 2011 Formula D season and barely missed the Rookie of the Year finish, Walker knew he had to step up his game for the 2012 season. Being in the Top 20 wasn’t good enough for him! He told me about how much he has learned as a driver and mechanic to keep his car maintained for each event. Which led him into big changes for the 2012 season.

While talking to Walker about his future plans, he revealed that he realized he would have to ditch the SR20DET and go V8 to be even more competitive. I was shocked but I knew that this could help him out in the long run. However, I (and many others) will miss the sound of a stroked SR20 coming out of his exhaust.

The power plant change wasn’t the only thing in the works. He wanted to have a new look but without too much change and, since he’s using the same chassis from last year, he had to fix all his “battle scars” – which led him to tube the front and rear of his car and also led him to add an S14 kouki front end.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

Ray Stonehocker of Garage Autohero is known for his fabrication and his builds. Here he is welding on the main bars for Walker’s tube front. Walker and Ray have had a good relationship going back to when Walker was doing Pro-Am two years ago. This car has come a long way since then.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

It’s amazing how fast this car was built! I personally didn’t think it was going to get this serious. Both Walker and Ray wanted a solid car for the 2012 season.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

The Stack cluster has to be my all-time favorite display setup. I love how clean it looks – not to mention how it shows all the information he needs to see all in one place.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

The biggest change you will see is the S14 Kouki front end. I was never a big fan of conversions but I’m surprised how well this car came out. Walker decided to keep the purple but also added a lot of gold pearl and rainbow flake into the paint. Ian Dillon from Factory 83 did the graphics again and kept it similar but different.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

Ray from Garage Autohero pretty much built the car from ground up. He did a full painless wiring and he rebuilt the LS7. Parker Peck also helped with fabrication.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

After tapping and hitting a few walls in the 2011 season, the S13 quarter panels were pretty much totaled. Walker cut out most of the sheet metal and had Ray tube the whole rear end.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

Here’s the finished product with the LS7 that Ray disassembled to hone and re-ring. He also installed a bigger cam along with a FAST intake manifold and throttle body. It was also converted to wet sump and had an Accusump system added to make sure the engine doesn’t starve for oil. Fueled Racing supplied the LSx swap kit. The LS7 also has a G-Force GSR 4-speed transmission and Exedy clutch bolted onto it.

PSI (Portland Speed Industries) tuned the car with MoTeC. The LS7 made 500 WHP and 500 FT/LBS of Torque while spinning tire on the dyno!

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

You can notice the “Safari” print from Fatlace is also on the car. Seibon also supplied the carbon fiber doors, hood, and trunk lid. I think it also looks better without the wing that Walker used last year.

Walker Wilkerson Formula D 2012 S13 S13.4 Silvia S14 Kouki Fatlace Garage Autohero

The car looks great and should still be a crowd pleaser. I can’t wait to see this car at Formula D Long Beach! I hope the best for Walker in the 2012 season!

::Yoshi Shindo

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17 Responses to “CARSPOTTING> Walker Wilkerson’s S13 Goes V8”

  1. Very nice,
    Regards
    Aleksandar Kantarovski

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  3. keep drifting OG says:

    SR is not a fanboi engine you idiots. drifting was fun till it got super competitive. im not a V8 in anyway. LS is a damn good engine and will always be. reliable with a shit tone of torque. for me, i like keeping things in the OG state. KA,SR,or what not. im not even a fan of 1J,2Z,or RB S-Chassis.

    but each to their own. do want you want and screw the haters. competition isn’t cheap and you gotta invest in reliable parts. i want to see that podium this season walker. you got it.

  4. Chris says:

    New front end looks horrible.

  5. Coret says:

    Hopefully he converted to a dry sump set up as a wet sump would be a step backwards! Does anyone know which body kit that is? Thanks

  6. lofapoo says:

    Walker <3

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  8. D1RGE.EXE says:

    @ Omar – go back to 2001 and let Walker be competitive. Better yet, why don’t you build a car, rise through the ranks, become a PROFESSIONAL, and prove how good that SR20 engine is again. Oh wait.

  9. Kevin Truong says:

    This is for all out competition. Go big or go home! Go bigger if you can cuz almost all the top guys got v8′s! Beat that shit up til it blows up. Beating that SR20 or RB will cost you too much money if you blow it up. I can respect that diehard stay true to Nissan motors, but this is a no brainer and you’re hearing it from an asian guy.

  10. lols says:

    Hey fanboys, nobody gives a shit what you think should be in the engine bay.

    Winning competitions/better placings = sponsors happy.

  11. bubba says:

    Dumpmestic engines are too redneck and too boring for my tastes. Which makes this car ZZzzz..

  12. Kyle says:

    Another typical Formula D car, now… I suppose a tube’d chassis plus a Chevy V8 is the only way one can be competitive?

  13. nicandroperez93 says:

    Kyle Pollard shall replace Walker Wilkerson at least hes keeping it OG with his sil front and sr. He represents =p

  14. bubba says:

    Really, I wish drifting would just die.

  15. apebacon says:

    This is a way better example of an S13.4. And has an SR, like God intended.
    http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x158/DKapt/Yuri%20projects/S13/PA310383.jpg
    [IMG]http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x158/DKapt/Yuri%20projects/S13/PA310383.jpg[/IMG]

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