As car enthusiasts, there are few traits which suggest one’s love for cars is more of an obsession than a simply hobby. Buying parts for cars you don’t own is one of them, as is starting a build around an engine rather than a car. The latter is most certainly the case when it comes to this 2JZ-powered Skyline spotted at the recent Gatebil event in Sweden.
Yes you read that right. This R34 is powered by a Toyota 2JZ-GTE motor – the ultimate collision of two things JDM fanboys have drooled over since the beginning of time. No matter what your brand allegiances might say, there’s no denying the car’s impact. It’s a perfect example of the Gatebil mindset.
Niclas Frohlund is the owner and builder of this Skyline, and prior to getting a hold of the R34 he drove an S14 200SX at Gatebil events for about three years. In his own words, the S14 was just “too slow” and he wanted to build a car that was not only faster, but one that would stand out from the crowd. Given what we know about the Gatebil scene, that’s not such an easy task.
So rather than buying a new chassis to start building, Niclas did the crazy car guy thing and bought himself an engine – a good old 2JZ. You can’t really fault him, given the engine’s potential to make serious horsepower in whatever car he decided to put it in. Originally, the plan was to put the motor in a RWD-converted Audi S2.
But about a year and a half ago he came across an R34 Skyline for sale that needed an engine and his plans changed. As Niclas says, at that point there was only one thing to do. The Skyline roller was purchased and the swap work began.
Needless to say, a factory-spec 2JZ wouldn’t suffice for the kind of madness Gatebil requires, so the engine got a lot of work as it made its way under the hood of the Skyline. Namely, there’s a GT45 single turbo conversion, along with a stainless steel exhaust manifold and all the required ignition and fuel system upgrades to match.
Of course you might be asking, why not just go with an RB? Well, first there’s the fact the car was motor-less when Niclas bought it and also there’s the simple ‘WTF’ factor. Don’t forget we are talking about Gatebil after all!
With all of the work, the Toyota six is making a stout 624 horsepower. Perhaps not a huge number for a tuned 2JZ but still a big jump from the S14 he previously drove, and more than enough to run with the Gatebil pack.
What’s especially interesting is the transmission Niclas decided to mate the engine to. It’s not a Toyota gearbox, nor a Nissan one, but a piece sourced from a BMW E46 diesel. To help handle the extra power a Tilton OT-2 clutch has also been fitted.
To me there’s just something cool about builds that reuse parts from a variety of different cars, and that’s very much the case here. The brakes for example are a set of Brembos sourced from a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Additionally, the Skyline is equipped with a hydraulic e-brake system for those times when Niclas feels that some sideways driving is in order.
If the fact that this R34 is powered by a Toyota engine isn’t enough to throw you off, there’s also the little tidbit that it’s been converted to left-hand-drive.
Along with plenty of custom fabrication, the swap was made possible by a using a Volvo dash panel which happens to look right at home in the Skyline’s cockpit. The conversion also made easier by the fact the Niclas built the car exclusively for track use.
That also means the car is equipped with all of the safety equipment you’d expect to find on a race car, including a full cage…
… and a pair of Driftworks bucket seats with Mlimits four-point harnesses.
In place of traditional instruments there’s a Maxxtuning dash logger which of course complements the car’s MaxxECU engine management system.
For as mad as it is beneath the skin, the exterior treatment on the Skyline is actually quite tame.
The major change to the R34′s exterior is the addition of OEM-type GT-R body work, including the signature GT-R front bumper, wide body panels and rear spoiler.
There’s also EZ-Lip material all around the car and a set of canards mounted up front.
As for wheels, Niclas actually has a few different sets. Here you can see the car is wearing a set of 18×10-inch Artec wheels mounted with Dunlop slicks.
And that brings me to one of the coolest parts about this build. Not only is this a car with a rather unconventional engine swap, but Niclas also wanted to build a car that could be used for both normal circuit driving and for drifting. In the same day he can throw on the slicks and run for time, and then change the tires and go have some fun alongside Gatebil’s best sideways drivers.
As unusual as it is, Niclas’s LHD 2JZ-powered R34 is actually pretty tame by Gatebil standards. It might not be the fastest, craziest looking, or the strangest of the Scandanavian builds we’ll be featuring this month, but it’s still a perfect example of the unique car-building approach that’s so prevalent in that part of the world.
How can you not like a place where imagination seems to be the only limit when it comes to building a car?
Niclas Frohlund’s Nissan Skyline R34
Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap, GT45 single turbo conversion, stainless steel exhaust manifold, VAG ignition coils, Bosch 1700cc injectors, Nuke Performance fuel rail, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator, Bosch 044 catch pump, SX Performance head pump, AN10 fuel hoses, Fuel cell, aluminum radiator, two 12-inch fans, AEM 4-inch intake filter, B&M oil cooler, Driftworks sandwich plate, 4inch down pipe, 2-inch screamer pipe, MaxxECU engine management
BMW E46 diesel gearbox, Tilton OT-2 clutch, Nismo slave cylinder
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Brembo brakes, hydraulic e-brake, Aragosta front coilovers, D2 rear coilovers
18×10-inch Artec wheels, Dunlop slicks, 17×10-inch Enkei wheels, Yokohama slicks
GT-R body conversion, EZ-Lip all around
LHD conversion, Volvo dash panel, full rollcage, Driftworks seats, Mlimits four-point harnesses, window net, Maxxtuning dash logger
Im a Nissan purist, love Supra's and 2j's, don't get me wrong, but all I can say is, thank god its only a skyline GTT.. not a GTR.. then I would be questioning it.
if anyone needs a truely unique conversion at Gatebil, they should import some goodies from OZ.
Why is the "gauge cluster" looks like a tablet device ?
Also , this car is right into my big thumb up zone .
- Nissan Skyline is win on my heart
- Toyota 2JZ is win on my heart
- Volvo dashboard is win on my heart
- tablet-alike dashboard is win on my heart
... apart from it's not being a White Car , this creation is absolutely perfect !
Wow, amazing build! What can you say?? http://flic.kr/p/f2ZZkS
Well this is definetely a pretty damn unique build!
Can someone please explain me what's the advantage of choosing to go single turbo in a 2JZ?apart from achieving more power oviously!
I mean the original 2JZ's sequential setup of the turbochargers prevented almost all the lag the turbine may have created.Why choosing a single turbo setup? At this point it would have been better to stick with an RB26 with his laggy (if compared to the 2JZ) parallel turbos setup...or i am wrong?
Please excuse grammatical mistakes:)
I like the fact he used a Volvo dashboard and did what he pleased with his own vehicle and gave a fuck less about "the purists" or close minded crybabies had to say...
Damn good build the Scandinavian countries have some awesome builds for sure...
Brilliant R34. I'm sure the GTR purists must be reeling on this post. Nice to see him put one of the best engines in there. 2JZ, 3 litre already so no need to stroke up like an RB28 and very strong. I like how he has taken a lighter weight R34 GTT as a base and stripped it out, moved the driving position back for better balance. Also him keeping the RWD layout much like the JGTC R34 championship car which means it should be fun to drive without all the computer electronics. Wondering how heavy this car weighs? Maybe in the 1300kg range? Anyway very nice build because ironically, this car probably has more in common with the champion JGTC R34 than a BNR34! :)
Reminds me of a funny pic in which there was a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9 with a Subaru WRX-STi Engine in it :)
what an interesting yet cool build. i am curious as to what the BMW transmission benefits are. I would guess the haters by name, but i would rather watch the moment happen naturally.
Its great to see dash options popping up, instead of the big name brands in the mono color overpriced look. With the cost of small Android powered tabs nowadays, the whole arguement of sheer hardware cost is being eliminated to a considerable degree. Well done
Interesting combo. Toyota 2JZ with a BMW diesel gearbox, who would've thunk it. And diggin that iPad dash.
Never saw a Nissan S14 with a 4AGE. Seems to me that this and R34 with 2JZ are the only combinations still never put together.
@RDS "Why is the "gauge cluster" looks like a tablet device ?"
That is because the gauge cluster is an iPad.....
@RDS Because the gauge cluster IS a tablet device ;)
@RDS The car was White before i repaint it: http://www.garaget.org/?car=260428 Some pictures of that.
...Indeed, V good point !.
And using Volvo Rebel Blue, colour (color) ;) also, you think ?.
Yep, im obessed with colours :) .
Usually GT-R can get to 1400 KG (lowest really possible) or GTT at 1300 if i'm not mistaken.
the AWD is heavy, but what it gains in weight it more than enough make up with traction ;)
RB is made of cheese compared to a 2JZ, but a GTR should always have a RB, a GTT can have a 2JZ as it's realiable :)
@Novac Darius That makes me wish I could buy an Evo and an STi and swap their engines just for maximum trollan. Think about it, you could roll up to Evo AND WRX meets and spout some garbage:Lancer meet: "Oh yeah, I drive a lancer but I switched the whack engine out for a good Subaru one. Nobody makes a better engine than Subaru!"Subaru meet: "Oh yeah, I drive a Subaru but I switched out that gutless boxer for a real man's engine. Nobody makes a better engine than Mitsubishi!"
@FreddieGo What's stupid about it?
They can handle lots of torque. My E90 320D uses the same manual gearbox as a Z4M (GS6-37BZ/DZ) with a different final drive.
Well, if they can take the torque of a diesel then a 2jz shouldn't be an issue. I'm just trying to figure out the weight and size of the gearbox.
@sean klingelhoefer Yup , I figure it out later , looks like Asus tablet , because of the bottom of the screen shows something looks more like Android rather than iOS . I love the system , because it just make your car looks better !
@Frohlund It's just ... amazing ! I love when it was White as well , but then the current color will be more attracting than White , and probably you prefer the light blue more ! ;)
@Road2Perfection . Haha, RB is made of cheese compared to 2JZ!?!?! come on the RB isn't made of cheese but yeah, 2JZ is really THE JDM engine to have. Wow 100kgs is a big advantage in a race environment! GTR may not need to have RB, JGTC R34 had a VQ inside. haha GTT with a 2JZ plus GTR aero bodykit looks like an awesome track car. Nice and reliable and FAST! :)
actually, shoulda read your entire paragraph. However, im unsure why you think GTR purists would be reeling? its not a GTR, and it never will be. :)
@Acidboogie Hahaha xD
@KietaPhillips i was thinking the same thing, the ratios are interesting as well.
http://i48.tinypic.com/214b11i.jpg :) I dont know what colour this is. Its Frohlunds car, but i love it. Thinking about painting mine with porsche riviera/mexico blue
@Thommo. What i meant is that it looks great like a GTR and probably is fast and fun. However some GTR purists would come out and say it's not GTR and it'll never be or somewhere along those lines. Personally i appreciate a good car when i see one regardless of it's base, after all the fastest GTR track cars like the JGTC and Nismo GT3 are all RWD with no computer gizmos hence very different from a GTR road car. Ironically the JGTC R34 had to ditch the RB to make it competitive! GTR or not, if it's nice, looks cool, fast and fun, it's good. :)