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Behind the Scenes With Top 10 Sport Compact Competitor Ernie Manansala

By Rachel Tatum

Featuring an Indy motor and a 3-D printed grille, Ernie Manansala’s Nissan R3500 placed among the Top 10 in the sport compact category of the 2018 Battle of the Builders Competition. Check out the video as Manansala gives viewers an insider’s look at the vehicle and explains why he decided to house the entire Petersen fuel system in the rear.  

To see more top vehicles from the 2018 SEMA Show, tune in Friday, July 5, as MotorTrend TV airs “SEMA Battle of the Builders,” a one-hour special featuring top builders and their vehicles. Check your local satellite or cable provider for times and details, or visit