Feature Flick: Ignition Tests the LS3-Powered Nissan 240SX Project Car
The "240SS" comes to life.
The Ignition team has spent over a year wrenching and modifying its 240SS project car, and the time has finally come to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
The project began when host Carlos Lago and Mark Lenardon made a big gamble on a rough Nissan 240SX they found on Craigslist. The mission? Make it fast, but keep it fun.
The Ignition team achieved the fast part by swapping in a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 sourced from Chevrolet Performance, which makes 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque and had no issues fitting inside the cavernous engine bay of the 1993 Nissan 240SX. When choosing a new engine, the team considered many choices, but ultimately went with the LS3 crate engine for its reliability, power, and, most importantly, the fact that it's emissions-legal.
Better yet, the LS3 - and all the other performance bits like wheels and brakes - only added around 100 pounds to the coupe's weight. Tipping the scales at 2808 pounds, the 240SS has an excellent power-to-weight ratio and maintains the 1993 Nissan 240SX coupe's ideal weight balance.
While the 240SS is like a newborn child to Lago, the car gets no special treatment at the track. The 240SS is driven hard and puts down impressive numbers for its first time on the strip and the figure-eight. Finally, the episodes is capped off by a visit to Streets of Willow, where Randy Pobst gets behind the wheel and is able to put down an impressive lap time that's quicker than many staff favorites including the 2015 Subaru WRX STI and the 2014 BMW M235i. Check out the full episode below.