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
Do you know which gearbox specifically was used?
I'm assuming its from a 330D? If so is it the 5-Speed or the 6-Speed?
(I need one to swap in to my 1JZ Soarer)
Kudos to the builder. A very cool car imo, it's his build so he has every right to do what he did. Respect bro!
@captaingamez It is built nicely indeed !, Not too come across rude,but you sir, are talking out off of your Posterior, quote “2JZs are gay and fanboyed out.”
.. Humm, What not to like of 2JZ GTE, a highly tunable engine, v strong internal, stock, capable, of serious bhp tuning (your not a none real world kid gamer via chance?) !.
@captaingamez What do you consider a great engine to swap?
@Odd_Vybes One that actually moves the weight farther back. Preferably an I4 or a V8. Nissan offers the VK which is a very impressive engine which has racing history. And the VR38, which for what is spent on this built, I am guessing the owner can afford. If your going to put a JZ in it you might as well do something smart and put an LS1 in it.
@DJJAW11 @DJJAW11 No, if I were a kid gamer, I would think that the JZ is the greatest engine ever omg we should swap everything!!!!. Its a fine engine. Not really better than alot of other engines that I would choose, but a decent engine. Unfortunately they are very fanboyed and alot of people are swapping to them without really knowing anything about their history. And alot of people are just doing it specifically because "OMG is that a JZ" and its been like that since around 2001 when F&F came out.
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.
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.
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 !
@RDS The car was White before i repaint it: http://www.garaget.org/?car=260428 Some pictures of that.
@RDS Because the gauge cluster IS a tablet device ;)
@RDS "Why is the "gauge cluster" looks like a tablet device ?"
That is because the gauge cluster is an iPad.....
@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 ! ;)
@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 !
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...
...Indeed, V good point !.
And using Volvo Rebel Blue, colour (color) ;) also, you think ?.
Yep, im obessed with colours :) .
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