I have been following this Bee*R R33 for a while now. It started life at the Bee*R workshop and then it was sold to a guy in the UK. When it arrived in the UK I kept following it but it disappeared from the radar for a while. Then all of a sudden I got an email from a friend who told me the car had been bought by a Dutch guy named Pepijn Warnars. After I got in contact with him he told me he would be present at the recent Automaxx Streetpower event. The perfect time for a meet and greet with one of my favorite cars.
I'm the first to admit that I don't like the R33 in stock form. But Bee*R has done a great job with this bodykit and carbon extras.
It is all about the extras and in this instance the carbon Bee*R bumper gained a carbon diffusor.
The original Bee*R kit doesn't come with the carbon lips underneath the rear bumper and side skirts but they are definitely a nice touch.
The wheels are Bee*R items and come in 18"x9.5j wrapped with Falken tires. The car is slowed down using Brembo F50 calipers with 355mm discs.
The original R33 spoiler has been ditched in favor of this larger carbon item.
The interior has been completely stripped including the dashboard. Instead we see a roll cage with door bars and a dash bar. Attached to the dash bar is the new center console with a Stack dash and Defi meters. The steering wheel and the bucket seats are OMP items.
The shiny gearknob is attached to an OS Giken gearbox with a Nismo flywheel and OS Giken triple plate clutch.
I was so glad to see all these marks on the front bumper because it was a sure sign Pepijn uses this car in anger. When Pepijn returned from the track it was the perfect time to have a look under the hood while the car cooled down.
After Pepijn bought the car he found some faults inside the engine and decided he needed something new. He turned to the guys at Sky Engineering and let them build a new engine. Now it runs with HKS pistons, Tomei oil pan and two Garrett GT2860-5 turbos.
It seems to be popular amongst the Dutch Time Attackers to run their cars on E85 Ethanol. So Pepijn went with the same route and added a new ECU that enables him to run the car on both ‘normal' fuel and E85. This results in an engine that is capable of pushing 750bhp and 773.2Nm
I spotted this remembrance sticker on the biggest carbon strut brace I have ever seen. Tweenie Rob should sound familiar to everybody that loves the Skyline and the RB26 engine.
Leaving the carbon fenders unpainted is a nice touch…
…especially in combination with the carbon hood.
Just before leaving for another track session Pepijn made sure the tire pressure was correct.
A shot from the pit lane just before Pepijn went for a few hot laps but it wasn't meant to be because after two laps warming up the engine something terrible happened …
I'll let Pepijn explain what happened.
"After two laps warming up the car I decided it was time for a real hotlap. I set the car on high boost and transferred some of the power to the rear wheels to generate some oversteer. The lap went perfect but just before the long straight is a chicane and after I exited the chicane it went wrong. I took it in second gear and wanted to change to third gear halfway so I could exit the chicane full throttle. The boost came in so hard I lost control of the car and I veered off towards the concrete on the right side of the long straight. I tried to steer away from it and got the car almost straight but unfortunately it was too late."
I talked to Pepijn yesterday and he told me that car was already being repaired. It was terrible to see the car in such condition but at the same time it was great news that Pepijn is able to get the car ready for the next round.