The car I really want is a Lancia Delta HF Integrale, preferably the Evo 2. I can't afford one.
Happily, Nissan decided they wanted to compete in Group-A rallying as well. Their engineers fettled the SR-20DET engine with a quad-throttle body, an uprated turbocharger and intercooler, piston oil jets and strengthened cranks. They took the engine and then wedged it into the nose of their grocery-getter, chopped the car in half, added extra chassis braces and gave power to all four wheels. A budget Group-A homologation special rally car for the road - yes please!
Enter the Pulsar GTi-R. The RNN14 chassis weights 1220kg, has the SR-20DET (54C) engine transversely mounted for 169kW (227bhp) and 284Nm (183 lb-f). Power is delivered through Nissan's ATTESA all wheel drive system and a 5-speed transmission.
Mine is a 1993 RA model in Super Black.
There's a bit wrong with it right now, but I'm tracking down the original wheels, interior trim and suspension.
The car currently has aftermarket Cusco suspension tower braces and Tein coilover suspension.
It also has a somewhat ridiculous short shifter. It's quite literally a 30mm movement between first and second. I've tracked down an original linkage and will install that once I find some time.
I've already replaced the aftermarket front mounted intercooler with the original top mounted intercooler, so the engine itself is completely standard. It used to have a hektik pod filter intake. That was torn out and replaced with the standard plenum and intake.
The radiator was really tired and gummed up, so I replaced it with one from a later generation Pulsar (N16). The new radiator has identical mounting points and has a thicker core (21mm vs 16mm) than the standard one, so it ought to provide better cooling without needing any modifications to the engine bay.
Modifications from standard:
Cusco front strut tower brace
Cusco rear strut tower brace
Tein Sport Spec Driving Master Type HA coilover suspension
EBC Green Stuff brake pads
Optima Yellow Top Battery
21mm core radiator (N16)
Momo steering wheel