Spotlight Feature: Hidemaru-san’s Nissan Silvia S15

The Nissan Silvia S15 is an iconic car straight from Japan. A car that is worshipped all over the world and has countless amounts of aftermarket support to replace any part necessary. Today we have a closer look at one of the top cars (in my opinion) that was present during a night out in Kobe towards the end of last year.


Hidemaru-san brought along this absolutely mind-boggling Garage Mak equipped S15. For those of you who don’t know, Garage Mak is a ‘Total Tuning Car Shop’ located in the Nagano Prefecture. Established in 1994, Garage Mak started off modifying circuit cars and their demo S13 Silvia. Now they are worldwide known, designing and creating aftermarket parts for a wide range of Nissan and other model vehicles.


Fitted up to the car is a nice body kit from Garage Mak, however, that isn’t the only brand or modification present. Towards the rear of the car, keeping up with the crazy styling of the Garage Mak body kit, is a Voltex GT wing. While GT wings don’t look very good when that is the only modification, I think they go rather well when the car has a nice body kit to suit.


This car is on a mission to impress, with colourful light additions, left, right, and centre. The Need for Speed Underground styling from 2003 shows through rather predominantly. It’s either making a strong comeback, or it just never left the shores of Japan unlike other countries around the globe.


Hidemaru-san has stuck with the factory blue colour from the year 2000, but added a second colour, that of red, to give the car a little boldness. Taking a sneak peak behind the wheel, you can spot that the breaks have been upgraded to Brembos and slotted rotors have replaced the going on 15-year-old rotors from the Nissan factory.


I think the scissor doors have to be the one modification that takes the cake for me. Ever since I purchased my first car back in 2009 I’ve wanted to install Scissor doors, or Lambo doors which was what I used to call them. Hidemaru-san has gone and done just that. It not only looks amazing, it’s also practical in a country like Japan where space is limited and sometimes parking somewhere cramped is your only option.

What a nice piece of automotive machinery right there. It looks the part, and it sounds the part. Hidemaru-san, the owner is truly an interesting character and you can be sure when I say the car reflects his personality, that I’m telling the truth. Osaka and the surrounding areas sure know how to modify Silvias, that’s for sure.

Photos: Shaun Constable | Words: Shaun Constable | Proofer: Chadd Davis

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