What is before you is the dark stages of every project. As Chris’ 280 sits in a dark corner looking like nothing is going on his brain is tinkering. Long before this stage however he was tinkering too but watching the bodywork come together allows you to see how everything fits, blends and the reality of your imagination. This is a very crucial time because no one likes to go back here to correct a mistake.
And the reason why no one likes to go back here is, it’s expensive for one and it is your duty to set it right from the get-go. In short you must ensure that every bolt hole, every reinforcing point and every bracket is set in the right place to take the RB26 and whatever other custom ideas floating around Chris’ head.
Just take a look at that rear fender, Chris opted to build them into the bodywork rather than faffing about later on with saws, phonebooks and friends jumping up and down in the trunk. Oh yes I’ve actually seen a vid online with some dudes using that technique to “roll” their fenders. If you look around in the pics you will also see the pre-widened front fenders but we’re not sure what rim and tyre combo will be chosen but we are looking to see proper stance and fitment. This is Redline’s demo car after all.
As you would imagine the engine bay is spotless, all of the welds were touched up, cleaned and treated to ensure it can sustain the torquey heart currently being built in a much different operating theater. The transmission tunnel remains untouched except the reinforcement around the new mounting points for the new gearbox.
Not much modification here. The stock R200 rear end should suffice and withstand the heavy dose of right foot. The twin caliper setup is just Chris hinting he will be doing some drifting, please, he should know that was expected of him.