posted on June 27, 2011 19:58
The Kid Rocks! A Look Inside Walker Wilkerson’s Nissan S13
By Mike Kojima
Walker Wilkerson has suddenly burst upon the Pro Drift scene. At the Long Beach season opener, the 21 year old College student made a sudden appearance on the 2011 Formula D tour in his striking lavender hued Nissan S13, qualifying well and beating out many seasoned pros. In his rookie year, Walker has surprised many drift fans by getting several high qualification rounds and decent finishes thus far in the season and looks to be a shoe in for rookie of the year honors.
|Walker ripping at The Wall.
What makes Walker's performance even more impressive is that he is not backed by any major sponsors nor is his effort a high dollar one. His team is a family affair. With his father as Chief and the rest of his family working in support roles, his team is the impressive underdogs. The other thing that is notable is his car. It is not your typical Domestic V8 powered with tons of torque and a mile wide powerband machine, but a good old fashioned traditional drift car powered by a potent turbo SR20DET.
|Way inverted at Palm Beach.
With his insane backwards entry, extreme angle style Walker is becoming a hero to the legions of street drifters and fans of the turbo four drift car which is rapidly becoming a dying breed. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Walker got his start as a child racing Motocross and moved up to the pro ranks. Later he applied his two wheel dirt skills to drifting, first drifting just for fun, then doing well at meets and in Pro Am. Hopefully Walker's family’s efforts will get noticed and he can make the up to a well funded team. If any corporate types are looking for talent, here is an example. At only 21 years of age, Walker has a long and promising career ahead of him.
|Lots of angle at Hotlanta.
|Scraping at Long Beach.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:46 AM
Just goes to show even an older style car can be competitive with nthe right driver. Best of luck to Walker. Is there going to be any Mike Kojima magic suspension tuning during the season?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:40 AM
Thanks Mike K. for writing this article. It has inspired me after having a crappy weekend fighting a Rochester carburetor on a 1969 Nissan Patrol. (Rusty and old fuel supply)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:40 AM
Having a small extinguisher is also useful for putting out fires your fire system can't. When Project G20's motor let go during a testing event, the oil caught fire, then went under the floorboards to the middle of the car and continued to burn. Luckily, I was able to put it out with the extinguisher, but not many people put fire system jets in that spot under the car.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:29 AM
Awesome write up Mike! And great photos Jeff! Thanks so much guy's!!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:30 AM
Excellent article on an up and coming FD winner.
Hope the sponsors come out and pick him up.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:25 PM
You do have good friends Mike :)
Walker - Where are you at up here in the PNW? When I read this aricle I kept thinking this guy has got to be with the NWnissan guys, they're all about drifting! Good luck to you this season!
Pk - A rebuilt Rochester quadrajet is one of THE best off-roading carbs out there, so show that thing some love and it'll show some love right back :)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:19 PM
what exactly is a sr20ve mechanical lifter?
That motor uses rocker arms mounted on a shaft... is he using solid lifters? obviously the head isn't VE...
I'm glad to hear the vq's 6-speed seems to take abuse fairly well, that will be a good upgrade for the track car
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:43 PM
I forgot your battery at home sorry! VE uses shims for lash adjustment.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:50 PM
The vq 6spd does sound like an awesome idea, but imho a z diff would also be a good idea. One of my buddies was on dennis m's crew last year (yellow/ orange s14 with an s15 front and vq power in formula d,) and mentioned that dennis put a 350z diff in his car because he was running outta of 5th gear at around 115mph.
just food for thought.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:32 PM
The next Matt Powers?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:41 PM
told you this is what drifting is about. Style, being low, not turning it into nascar and pure driver skilll
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 8:23 AM
If you look at Walker's car, it is a highly functional well set up car.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:42 AM
you don't need the Z diff, there are plenty of ring and pinion options for the R200,
I was asking because the article says he is running sr20ve mechanical lifters...
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:31 PM
Nice write up! The guy has crazy angle that's for sure. It was awesome to see him come back and have a solid event after getting into the wall in NJ qualifying too! Very encouraging to see a racing series where TRUE privateers can still get out there and mix it up with big stars and teams. One of my favorite things about FD in fact.
Saturday, August 25, 2012 2:15 PM
"Heat management is critical as the S chassis was not designed to be turbo and left hand drive."
You forgot us europeans! the 200SX s13 came with CA18DET and S14 with SR20DET