Best Quote: “(When using ENEOS) we’ve been pretty happy with seeing little wear on engines that are pushed to the limit,”

Owner & Manager: Sebastian Chacoff

Location: Chatsworth, CA

Specialties: 

  • Nissan and Infiniti performance applications
  • Performs modifications for racing
  • Quality of parts and service

Known for:
Tuning high performance and race cars, including for Formula Drift driver Chris Forsberg

First opened the garage?
Started in 1999

How did your interest in cars and tinkering for performance get started?
“When I was little, I just liked the way exotic cars look… the Lamborghinis and Ferraris. When I was around 10, I noticed the (Nissan) 300ZX, how it had curves similar to those cars. And then my sister bought one, and so of course I was seeing it all the time.”

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“In high school, I wanted a 300ZX and couldn’t afford one, so I bought an old Mustang instead, and put on a super charger. But I never forgot that (300ZX), and never lost my interest in pushing limits.”

What sets you apart from other garages or builders?
“We strive to do the best job we can and bring exceptional customer service, in attention to detail and quality of products. We stand behind our work and are happy to be doing what we’re doing. It’s not the easiest business to be in, but we have a passion for it.” 

Specialty-Z in action


“Sebastian from Specialty-Z putting in some weekend hours for me on the TTZ! There were some issues with the engine harness that are getting cleaned up now and then onto the dyno for a fresh tune. Thanks to them for helping me get this car running 100%!” -Chris Forsberg (on Facebook)

On using ENEOS:

SUSTINA quart 0W-50 trans cropWe use ENEOS SUSTINA 0W-50. We like that it has good protection in cold weather, and also when the oil gets hot. I’m very intrigued by the base oil used (in ENEOS SUSTINA), which is a unique base oil.”

Oil changes
“On some engines, where we’re worried about certain wear patterns, we’ll take the filter and cut it open and inpsect the medium inside to see what’s being caught through the filter. (When using ENEOS) we’ve been pretty happy with seeing little wear on engines that are pushed to the limit, and the during visual inspection we’re happy with how things are wearing and how the oil is doing its job.”

What cars do you run? 

sztrack

What are your personal cars? 

“I enjoy product testing. I have an R35 GTR and a Datsun 510. Of course, a couple 370 Zs, the actual SoCal Z (370Z turbo charged), which I show at places like Z-Day California.”

What makes a customer a good fit for your shop?

“We look for those who share the same passion, who want to make their vehicle as good as possible… who have respect for the performance vehicle. We use Honeywell and Garrett turbo chargers, everything from simple bolt-on to complex tuning for Nissan and Infiniti performance applications, like the Z, GT-Rs, etc.”  

In case you missed it, here’s Sebastian from our ENEOS JDM Evolution Series (from SEMA 2016):

We appreciate you letting us feature you and your work, Sebastian. We hope you continue as a passionate leader in the JDM world!

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