Team Driftshed NI Nissan 180sx Feature

Say hello to Team Driftshed NI. We shine the spotlight on Mark Mcburney’s drift specification Nissan 180sx.

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Mark Mcburney the engineer/fabricator from Co. Antrim Northern Ireland spends his weekend’s building and preparing his Team Driftshed NI S13 to get out for a weekend’s sideways action, climbing his way up into the top 16 battles at most rounds.

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He got started into the sport just over 6 years ago when his brother Philip took him to a local racetrack called Aghadowey in his AE86 Twincam, as soon as he jumped in that seat he knew what he wanted to achieve in the future.

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So he went out and bought his first drift car which just happens to be the same car he competes in today.

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His 180sx started off as a white road legal Japanese import and slowly became what was to be a 2016 Irish Drift Championship, Semi-Pro “Japfest” Round winner.

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Mark came 9th overall in the 2017 season of the IDC PRO with Mike Fitz also finishing 9th. With a score of 101 points, both men had a fantastic season along with over fifty other pro drivers.

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In 2016 Mark placed 17th in Pro and 4th in Semi-Pro overall, before his IDC days he was competing within the NI DRIFT AMA series in 2015 where he was crowned: “New Comer of the year”.

He was later asked to be one of the Judge’s of the Series by Ni Drift AMA Founder Con Tinney.

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A man with dedication like no other for the sport of drifting I asked Con why Mark was asked to be a judge.

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Con replied “Mark has been part of the series from day one, he is a gentleman and a true legend of drifting with a wealth of knowledge”.

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Mark’s brother Philip has his own custom E36 powered by an SR20 which can also be seen in the shot below.

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I will be doing another feature in the future on Philip’s story to see what he loves about drifting. I also want to see if there is any competition between both brothers.

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Mark has one of the most unique drifting styles around, he is mostly known for his fast backwards’s entry’s at Mondello Park and at Anglesey in Wales (UK).

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Did you enjoy that? You’re going to enjoy this!

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Nissan 200sx S13 Specification

Right, let’s get into detail about Mark’s beloved S13 Drift Machine.

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  • Make: Nissan
  • Model: 180sx S13
  • Year: 1993
  • Power Output: 480bhp
  • Turbo: Garrett GT30
  • Manifold: Custom 6 boost built by Powermax Engineering, Northern Ireland
  • Gearbox: 350z & running an ACT clutch
  • Differential: Cusco 2 way
  • Lock kit/Hubs: WiseFab front & back
  • Rims/Tyres: 17″ Rota Grids with a full set of Westlake tyres
  • ECU: Link – Fury
  • Hydro/Bucket seat: OBP Wilwood Hydro handbrake & Oldskool Jap Eastbear Bucket seat
  • Wheel: Nardi with a full boss kit
  • Bodykit: Full fibreglass Nissan Kouki kit

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Driver information

Now for a little about the driver..

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Missile car: E36 TDS

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Before a round of drifting I asked Mark what he would be doing:

“Full car prep, loaded on to the trailer ready for the next day. I cant sleep as I’m usually buzzing before any event” I then asked what Mark does after and he told me “SLEEP …SLEEP & MORE…SLEEP”

Favourite food & drink: “Steak & chips & a can of Fanta pineapple”

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Drifter that inspires you: “Naoki Nakamura and ‘Local talent’, Quinns Motorsport 180sx driver – Damien Wilkinson”.


I hope you enjoyed my first feature and I will have more to follow very soon.

Over & Out
Christopher Shaw

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