As a Skyline GT-R owner it is extremely pleasing to see that interest in the now older generation of GT-Rs has no intention of subsiding. Quite the contrary actually. The R35 GT-R has no doubt pushed the performance and technological envelope far ahead, but the clinical, almost unemotional way in which it slashes its much more exotic competition is obviously not for everyone. The car you see here is the perfect example of a good, more satisfying alternative. Obviously the owner of this BCNR33 could have very well bought himself a brand new Nissan GT-R for the same money he sank into the custom preparation, but that would have been too easy. Personalization goes a long way with some and as you can probably gather by this first opening picture it was pretty obvious he had a very good idea of what he wanted to achieve.
Entrusting the services of Cockpit Wako it was decided to create a race car for the street and this not only included the mechanical modifications, but also the looks. Being a good friend of Italian Super GT driver Ronnie Quintarelli, the owner wanted to play homage to Ronnie’s 2009 GT500 Hasemi Motorsport GT-R, going for a similar red/black color scheme.
No cost was spared in making sure the engine would be tuned to pretty high specification. The fully rebuilt and stroked 2.8L RB26 is joined by a Trust T88-34D turbine which supplies the required boost to develop well over 700 HP. It’s the attention to detail that surprises most in the engine bay, with an evident effort having been made on presentation.
On the intake side of the RB an HKS V-Cam was fitted to guarantee a much more even spread of torque from low to mid rpm…
…which is also helped out by the use of a Nismo GT plenum. This item, developed and used in GT-racing, supplies a bigger and equal volume of air to each of the six cylinders, improving response and overall efficiency of the set up. This cast aluminium part was painted in the same metallic silver as the engine covers.
Ronnie Quintarelli has helped set-up the suspension of the R33 so you know it handles like it should, making the most out of the high grip…
…the 265/35R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE11S provide. Behind the Volk Racing TE37s a full AP Racing braking system was fitted, 6-pots at the front and 4-pots at the rear. The discs have been grooved in the same pattern as used on the Super GT GT-Rs.
The attention to detail and the use of some of the best parts out on the market continues inside. One glance at the stripped out interior reveals this is indeed a very serious build. In fact before any of the work began the car was stripped down to its bare frame, spot welded, reinforced and fitted with a custom-fabricated roll cage. The interior of the chassis is painted in a light metallic silver, the same hue that was used on the engine covers. A pair of lightweight and prohibitively expensive Recaro bucket seats barely clear the cage, which has been padded all around the door frame and dashboard area.
Anyone familiar with Skyline tuning will recognize that gear indicator, the digital display that comes with a Hollinger transmission! The mechanical sequential can easily cope with the abuse of the engine and of course provide instant gear changes.
The center console houses the HKS Circuit Attack Counter and EVC boost controller along with the HKS Kansai Service ET-S torque split controller.
Inside the glove box the F-Con V Pro piggyback ECU and V-Cam controller are hidden away, items that don’t need to be fiddled around with once set up properly!
This is a very curious car, it is one of the most extreme and well-executed projects I have come across but one that has had very little exposure in Japanese magazines. I’d like to thank the guys at Cockpit Wako and of course the owner for allowing me to grab these quick and very wet series of pictures!
Now the question to you, which would you prefer, a Skyline GT-R like this or an R35 GT-R?
-Dino Dalle Carbonare