Nissan Corporate Track Taxi Maxima Build by Deft Motion
Words & Photos by: Wes Oakes
For automotive performance enthusiasts in Tennessee and beyond, Deft Motion is synonymous with track cars. Most commonly known for what they can do with a Honda S2000, Drew Turner (owner) and his team have been a growing name in global performance parts sales and track prep builds.
In late August 2013, Deft Motion was contacted by Nissan about building a track taxi out of their 2010 Maxima S. The main purpose of this car would be to take Nissan executives and fans around the test track in a “fun 4 door sports car”. A previous shop had been assigned the job, but not much had been done with the car. After corresponding with Nissan execs about plans for the car, they dug into the Maxima. The main goals for the car were : 1. lower the center of gravity. 2. retain comfort. 3. make it look as sexy as possible. 4. make it fast in the corners.
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They started off with a Borla cat-back exhaust and a short ram intake. The car sounds nice, a nice medium between too quiet and a bit loud, with a nice growl from the 3.5 litre v6. To keep the CVT transmission’s temps in check, a Mishimoto transmissioin cooler replaced the stock unit. Sport mode surprisingly livens up the CVT trans quite a bit making it quite fun to drive.
Next, to make the 3500+ pound beast stop like it belongs on a track a set of 40th anniversary 370z brakes were fitted to the car with the use of Goodridge stainless steel brake lines. Did it work? YES. It stops incredibly well. The neat part about this particular mod was the fact that the only thing that needed to be modified was the rear dust shields.
Next up was the suspension. A set of Ksport Kontrol Pro Coilovers was installed, complemented by a Stillen rear sway bar and custom endlinks. To maximize the grip of the Maxima a set of 19×8.5″ Enki Raijins were selected and fitted with 245/40/19 Bridgestone Potenzas.
The corner balancing results:
In the interior they went with a set of Recaro SPEED reclinable seats with a set of custom fabricated seat brackets and Recaro rails. To secure the driver and passenger, a set of Takata harnesses and an NRG harness bar were fitted. According to Nissan, a cage, proper harness bar, and rear Takata harnesses are in the car’s future. Also according to Nissan, Chris Forsberg may be the first driver of the car at the track. Hopefully he likes it.
Barry Clap of Graphic Effects came to aid in some last minute dress up the day before the car was shipped back to Nissan. He did a 3M matte white vinyl wrap.
We’re proud that a local Tennessee shop has had such a prestigious opportunity. Building a performance vehicle for such a world-class make such as Nissan is certainly a big deal for Deft Motion and a huge notch in the tool box. We can’t wait to see what’s next.
2010 Nissan Maxima S
Suspension / Brakes:
Ksport Kontrol Pro Coilovers
Stillen Rear Sway Bar
Enkei Raijin 19×8.5
245/40/19 Bridgestone Potenza
40th Anniversary 370z Calipers/Rotors
Goodridge SS Brake Lines
Interior / Exterior / Safety:
NRG Harness Bar
Recaro SPEED Reclinable Seats
Custom Seat Brackets
2013 Maxima Sport Tail Lights
3M Flat White Vinyl Wrap (courtesy of Graphic Effects)
Engine / Transmission:
Nismo Short Ram Intake
Mishimoto Transmission Cooler