Larger, Higher, Quicker, Stronger: A Group A-Impressed Skyline GT-R

Once I first met Jun and proposed a Speedhunters options on his BNR32, it was already a high-quality instance of a hard-tuned Skyline GT-R. Nevertheless, there’s all the time room for enchancment, and earlier than any shoot passed off Jun-san wished to make one other spherical of upgrades to the Nissan.

“Please wait till Wekfest Japan,” he stated. “Relaxation assured, I’m constructing one thing very cool.”


I’ll admit, after I subsequent laid eyes on the automotive after Wekfest in early Might this yr, it wasn’t instantly apparent what I had been ready for. At first look, the silver Skyline regarded the identical. Or did it…


When Jun-san bought the GT-R at the ripe previous age of 18, he didn’t know a lot concerning the world he was getting himself into. It was purchased on a whim by way of an public sale home, just because Jun favored the way in which it regarded.


Over the following whereas, Jun loved the Skyline in largely the identical manner he acquired it, however as time went on and he learnt extra concerning the automotive, the itch to change grew. When you begin digging round for tactics to tune a BNR32, you’ll discover a extensive neighborhood of individuals with some superb concepts, and that is the place issues begin getting harmful. As a result of it’s human nature to need no matter your friends have. Why do you assume Tamagochi turned so standard?

Abruptly, Jun-san discovered himself surrounded by lovers, and he listened rigorously to what they needed to say. He learn tuning magazines and watched YouTube tutorial movies, taking a bit bit of data from right here and a bit bit from there. Finally, Jun-san used this information to construct a automotive which, to him, is a melting pot of all the pieces nice concerning the R32 Skyline GT-R.


Certainly it’s one thing particular, therefore approaching Jun-san with the supply of a Speedhunters characteristic within the first place. So why had I been requested to carry off on the shoot till after Wekfest Japan?


Nicely, Jun-san wished to widened the already factory-widened BNR32 by an additional 30mm per facet on the entrance and 20mm on the rear. I initially missed it, most likely as a result of he’s constructed on the unique strains of the Skyline fairly than disrupt them. However then I couldn’t un-see the fender work and I really like what Jun-san’s achieved.


The thought behind the widening got here naturally. As Jun-san had chiselled away on the Skyline, he discovered that the effigy rising was that of a Group A machine for the street. If there’s one approach to make a manufacturing automotive extra race-car-like, it’s so as to add some further visible aggression, and the customized widening definitely does that.


Jun-san could have taken the temporary a bit too far by way of, as a result of he turned as much as the shoot with 300/680R18 Hankook Ventus F200 slicks wrapped round his 18×11-inch +18 RAYS Volk Racing TE37SLs. Sure, full slicks. On the road.


This meaty wheel and tyre combo coupled with a useful journey peak provides the automotive a squared-off stance that should look terrifying in the rear-view mirror of a kei automotive.


The inside is straightforward, stripped-out and really motorsport-like, with only a splash of refinement from what stays of the manufacturing unit trim. There’s a full roll cage, Bride seats (a wrap-around Gardis III for Jun-san) with TAKATA Racing harnesses, an OMP steering wheel with quick-release extender hub and Stack gauges.


The spotlight for me must be the MoTeC M600 engine administration system field mounted on the transmission tunnel, wire conduit connecting it to the engine just like the spinal twine of a reptilian-brained beast. It’s Godzilla in any case.


This leads us to the engine bay, the place now resides the holy grail of RB26 engine blocks – the strengthened N1, which was born for Group A racing. However that’s not all.


Jun-san’s N1-block based mostly engine was constructed by Jing Techno, the place we discover one more Group A connection. Hitoshi Maeda, Jing Techno’s founder and CEO, labored as a Group A mechanic throughout the peak of R32 racing improvement. Who higher then for Jun-san to have assemble the lengthy block for his automotive. Not with any previous components although.


On prime of an HKS 2.8L stroker equipment – which incorporates solid pistons, solid rods and a solid crankshaft – Jun-san’s RB26 options Reinik excessive elevate, 272-degree Group A camshafts, Reinik bolstered valve springs and retainers, and a Reinik Group A oil pump, plus different N1-spec goodies. Reinik, now referred to as Reimax, was instrumental within the improvement of the BNR32’s Group A engine for Nissan, and has additionally constructed particular engines for Nismo.


The actual power-making a part of the equation, nonetheless, is the Garrett-based HKS T04Z ball-bearing turbocharger. With all of the supporting mods you’d count on, together with an enormous front-mount intercooler, high-flow injectors, and a customized 90mm pie-cut titanium exhaust (which sounds very good), Jun-san says the engine develops 655hp.


That’s numerous energy for the road, however the Skyline appeared completely blissful meandering alongside throughout the shoot. I couldn’t assist however sense it was simply gagging for Jun-san to dump the ATS twin-plate clutch and let rip by way of the Nagao Techno Full Cross close-ratio gearbox. Certainly it might have attached properly with these slicks in any respect 4 corners.


Stopping the GT-R from excessive pace can be no drawback both, because of Brembo F50 entrance brakes and a Lotus Brembo setup on the rear.


Regardless of R32s being my favorite of all of the Skyline GT-R variants, I don’t shoot almost sufficient of them. However I do see loads out and about on the road and at occasions, and in my thoughts Jun-san’s is the perfect but.

Toby Thyer
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