1993 Saturn SL2
The Saturn SL2 was designed to be a regular daily-driver sedan. 4 doors, automatic transmission, with a simple yet effective 4 cylinder engine. I'd guess that you're asking yourself, "what's so special about a Saturn?".That question is what made our CEO Jonathan Desantis turn this simple daily driver, into a fully built, Dyno tuned, race car.
**ORIGINALLY A TWIN CAM 1.9 LITER**
*LA Sleeved close deck block
*JE Forged Pistons
*Scat Rods & deep heat treated Crank
*Fidanza Cam Gears
*Farrea Valve Train
*Custom Intake Manifold
*Alpha Tuning Exhaust Manifold
*Tial Waste Gate & Blowoff Valve
*LSD Differential Quaife
*Microshoppined Transmission Gears
*Driveshaft Shop 5.0 Axles
*ATL Fuel System
*SSBC Calipers, 12.5"Rotors, Bar Bump Steer Tie Rod Ends
*AMR Engineering Coil Overs & Strut Tower Braces
Jonathan took some time to answer some of our clients most frequently asked questions about the SL2 Build. Here are his answers.
*So, Why a Saturn?!
"Because everyone always asked or would tell me 'Why a Saturn?'. I wanted to prove to everyone that no matter what car, whether it was a Mclaren or a Saturn, anything can be done if you work hard enough or dream big enough
*What Made You Decide on doing a Racer Build over the Standard Aftermarket Build?
"Because more and more people kept telling me what I was trying to build was impossible an that it could never be done, and that it was just a waste of time. It just kept fueling the fire for bigger and better modifications."
*About How Many Man Hours Has It Taken to Build?
"At the least it's taken 600 man hours plus countless blood, sweat, and tears."
*Was there any point where you wanted to give up? Why? And what made yogurt back up and keep going?
"No not necessarily. I mean there were of course the times when I would jokingly say that I was going to give up and there were definitely times where I would get so frustrated that I had to just look away from it for a little while but those moments never lasted long. I had so much time, money, and all of my dreams invested in it that there was no way I was going to give up. It was going to happen no matter what."
*You were supposed to be featured on a Netflix show, What was that experience like?
"Amazing! It was a dream come true to have even been recognized by the producers and have them stand in my home. Someone in the car community posted a casting opportunity on Facebook and I thought 'What the hell!'. They Said they were choosing unique builds to race a Lamborghini. Bryan Salamone's to be exact. So I entered the SL2. Next thing I know the producers are in my driveway discussing the show!"
*What Kind Of Power Does It Have?
"Right now it's running at half power, which is equivalent to 15 pounds of boost."
*And lastly, Can you explain the difference between NOS and CryO2?
"Nitros Oxide injects directly into the motor while a CryO2 system cools off some of the components of the motor. Nitros is more powerful, but much more dangerous. So far, with the CryO2 system I've gained a total of an extra 25 horsepower."