The Ultimate Nissan Skyline R34 Restomod Catalog Car
OEM+ taken to a whole new (and rather expensive) level
If you’re lucky enough to ain a 2000 Nissan Skyline R34, arguably the brand’s most love model, so you’ve got quite a few options. With twenty-plus years under its all-wheel-bulldoze chugalug, there’southward no shortage of aftermarket support to address every inch it, from appearance to power production. In improver, Nissan’due south tuning branch, Nismo, offers its own line of hop-up and dress-up parts that grant an OEM-esque fit and cease that near third-party outlets can’t possibly match. Of course, with that high-level product comes an often-gut-wrenching cost tag as the clich? “you get what yous pay for” couldn’t be any more than advisable.
Planning the Ultimate Skyline Build
For Phunnapat Phunsub, someone who long dreamed of owning an R34, price isn’t really a significant factor in his vision of the ultimate Skyline. Having purchased the car in January of last year, he enjoyed it in manufactory course but felt he wanted something a little more sectional without steering too far away from Nissan’s intended purpose and original blueprint linguistic communication. Nissan’s Clubman Race Spec version from the Omori Factory seemed like the ideal blueprint to base his project upon.
The automobile was brought to the Skyline specialists at Sky Gallery Garage in the Bang Kruai District of Thailand where the Clubman transformation would take place. The exterior was treated to a laundry listing of Nismo carbon-cobweb updates that include a complete front end, under-body panels, L.Due east.D. taillights and more. The wait is custom, yet notwithstanding somewhat subtle, indicative of the tuning group’s original mission statement. The GT-Rs vitrify shoulders and hindquarters are merely minimally bulked enough to fly under the radar of the average onlooker while raising a cerise flag to those in the know.
The TE37 or Work Meisters you would wait on a high-dollar GT-R build are nowhere to be found. Instead, Phunsub wanted to complete the more traditional factory-plus look with Nismo LMGT4 rollers and sticky Toyo R888s. Braking has been upgraded to R35 Brembos, something that seems to have become more mutual in recent years. With some restomods nosotros’ve seen manufacturing plant summit and fashion-too-depression options used but with this build, the adapted Ohlins DFV fix looks moving-picture show perfect and poised to handle the increased power and braking duties they’ve been tasked with supporting.
Increased Ability with an OEM+ Mode
Lift the lightweight Nismo R-Tune carbon-fiber hood with its integrated air duct and you’re not at all disappointed. Well known the world over as a potent performer even in a mild state of tune, the RB26’s displacement has been stepped upward to 2.8L using an HKS Pace 0 kit that includes a new creepo, rods and pistons to help support the GT III-RS turbo upgrade. A beefed up valvetrain, R35 injectors and Link G4+ ECU help the newly stroked powerplant to put down a reliable 528hp with 576 lbs.-ft of torque. A carbon-fiber intake is offset by a wrinkle finish valve and timing cover that’s topped off with an HKS GT-R badge and the bay maintains a solid residue betwixt OEM and aftermarket. The overall expect under the hood is tasteful and organized—correct in line with what Nissan’south Omori Manufactory offers in various RB engine packages.
Non that the original interior had any bug, but Phunsub wanted a newer, absolutely perfect GT-R cabin, then every piece has been updated to black 2001 pieces. Entirely driver focused, the slew of gauges we commonly see in Thai-built cars is handled by a Nismo combination meter and Plex micro display. So fresh is the interior, in fact, that even the original protective plastic on the screen of the Plex and the plastic cover of the gauge cluster has been left intact for the time being.
The meticulous item and scrutiny that went into building this Thai version of a Clubman Spec Race R34 is incredible. Beyond the dollars involved, slap-up intendance was taken to incorporate authentic Nismo parts throughout the entire build and Phunsub believes his is the simply R34 Skyline GT-R of its kind in his country. Earlier yous assume it sits inside of a temperature-controlled garage for preservation, remember again—the owner racks up miles on the streets of Bangkok regularly, enjoying the efforts of piecing together his ultimate dream motorcar.
|Engine:||HKS Footstep Zero 2.8L kit (rods, pistons, crank), GT 3-RS turbo, oil pump, head gasket, cams, cam gears, valve stalk seals, timing belt; Supertech valve guides; Tomei caput studs; N1 water pump; Fluidampr pulley; Koyorad radiator; R35 GT-R injectors; Nismo engine mounts, Weldina NE-one titanium exhaust; Z-melody carbon conversion air duct; carbon intake collector, intercooler piping, intercooler, oil separator, spark plugs, radiator cap, fuel regulator, low-temp thermostat, oil libation kit; Motec LTC; Link G4+ ECU|
|Manual:||ATS triple plate clutch|
|Break:||Ohlins DFV road & track; Nismo Functioning damper kit, under-floor reinforcement bars, titanium tower bar, rear member brace, front end/rear stabilizer bars; link and bushing kits, air valve caps, racing lug basics|
|Brakes:||R35 GT-R Brembo brakes|
|Wheels & Tires:||Nismo LMGT4 Limited ii wheels; Toyo R888 265/35-18|
|Outside:||Nismo R-tune carbon fiber hood, front end bumper, forepart fenders, front undertray, rear underspoiler, rear fender encompass set up, side skirts, dry out carbon gurney flap, L.E.D. taillights, blue side mirrors, number plate rim, colonnade garnish, cooling plate, fuel filler cap|
|Interior:||2001 black interior conversion; Plex micro display; Nismo combination meter, titanium shift knob, floor mats, carbon fiber mirror comprehend; MFD upgrade, Willans iv-pt harnesses|