1170hp For The Street
The way it used to be

This is it for me right here: cars like the Endless Street Drag-R epitomise the Japanese tuning world. It’s machines like this that originally lured me in; grabbed my attention and hooked me into a couple of decades worth of pure and almost indescribable attraction to the scene… and the Skyline GT-R. Despite not particularly being into drag racing, I just can’t help but be fascinated with the whole street culture that it originally created in Japan – a scene that despite now being a shadow of its former self, still exists thanks to a few dedicated otakus.

Like we saw in my recent shop tour of Endless, Sugino-san, along with member shops of the RH9 alliance, continue to cater to the demands of customers that enjoy bettering their times at the drag strip. And despite the R35 having come in and introduced whole new levels of performance and dynamics, it’s the RB26 that still captivates the minds of owners out there.


It’s not surprising either, because as tuning knowhow evolves these older cars continue to hold up their heads high among the latest crop of supercars. Nissan certainly got a lot of things right when it designed the RB26, because this is an engine that first and foremost was destined for racing – an underlying quality that’s always shone through as soon as you began fettling with it. The biggest mistake I think Nissan ever made was to drop it and move onto V6s, but that’s a whole other issue, and one I could probably dedicate a whole post to! But let’s go back to the car at hand here and find out what makes this seemingly-sedate looking, street registered BNR32 able to run 9.013 at 274km/h on an unprepared track. If you have even a remote interest in Japanese tuner drag racing, you will know that’s an important number, and one that could potentially be a little faster on a proper drag strip. But unfortunately, there aren’t really any of those in Japan.


The whole approach to this car is spot on. It’s simple and to the point, and oozes functionality no matter which area you care to look at. Take the body for example. Despite a few additions it’s still boasting that stock shape, albeit smoothed out at the front with a lip spoiler and a carbon fiber bonnet – both from Endless. If you know your GT-Rs you will instantly notice the way it sits a little high compared to say, an R32 built for circuit.


The 17-inch Buddy Club P1 Racing wheels are a fitting older design, and shod with a set of Hoosier drag slicks are a dead giveaway at what this car has been built to do. Hiding behind the thin spokes at the front end is Endless’s own six-pot caliper brake kit – a necessary addition considering how quickly this car can pile on speed.


The aero mirrors are another subtle touch and there to cut down on aerodynamic drag. They’re a functional addition, much like the lightweight Endless FRP doors which shave off a ton of weight from the center of the car.


I’ve always been of the opinion that the R32 should either have a massive and functional GT-style rear wing, or nothing at all. Again, this is one area where the Endless car does it completely right. The omission of the factory spoiler is a great touch and the little carbon Endless trunk lip finishes things off nicely. To balance out the newfound braking power up front, a set of smaller Endless four-pot calipers replace the stock two-pots at the rear, fitted along with grooved two-piece rotors and special drag compound brake pads.


The driver’s side three-quarter window proudly displays all the JDDA (Japan Dragrace Driver Association) events the car has been entered in. It’s pretty cool they’ve kept all these don’t you think?


You hear the word ‘stance’ so often these days, but to me this is what its all about. I’ve got nothing against cars that sit well, but I’m sure you know what I’m getting at here! That carbon fiber trunk lid with the little Nismo-inspired lip spoiler are the such nice touches, and you know they are there for a reason, not to merely dress up the exterior.

Eat your heart out VR38DETT

We have seen R35 GT-Rs get up to ridiculous power figures well above the 1000hp mark, but am I the only one that thinks that even at those levels their engine bays leave a lot to be desired? No such problems with this BNR32!


Sugino-san really went to town on this motor, throwing at it all the tricks that Endless has learned over the last few decades in the JDM drag scene. To start things off the whole engine is built around a thicker-walled N1 block, making sure that things don’t go pop when throwing silly amounts of boosts into it. On these builds it’s all about making power at high RPM, and hence there is no real need to extend the engine’s capacity much over the stock 2.6L. However, making sure that the bottom end is up to the task of being pushed to its limits, lots of attention to detail was needed. Things like the stock crank, which was carefully balanced to the tightest of tolerances to make sure that it rotates freely and with negligible vibrations, along with H-section connecting rods and 87mm forged pistons, both from HKS. Keeping the oil in ample supply and where it needs to be at critical times is a modified 8L Endless sump with a custom pick up, and an HKS oil pump and cooler. Tons of custom work went into the head which was hand-ported and polished with intake and exhaust squish removal, and the best possible components thrown at it, such as A’PEXi Drag SPL valves, lifters and retainers, along with HKS high-lift camshafts.


This is so the twin top-mounted Trust TD06SH-25G-10cm turbochargers could safely do their job of supplying the RB26 with 2.3bar of boost. Like typical GT-R drag applications, there’s literally no space to properly line up turbochargers of this size, which is why they sit at an awkward angle to one another on special Endless stainless steel drag-spec exhaust manifolds. These filter-less beasts channel compressed air into a twin-entry Trust five-core intercooler which has the job of cooling down the intake charge to maximise its potential.


All of that is then passed through the 100mm single throttle body and into the Endless intake plenum which is polished to a mirror-finish to match the rest of the piping and miscellaneous components.


Fuelling is handled by a set of Sard 1000cc/min injectors, which at full duty have the potential to supply six liters of hi-octane fuel into the engine per minute.


To keep that sort of thirst well topped, an in-tank fuel pump has been joined by a pair of externally-mounted Bosch Motorsport pumps. They’re neatly laid out in the trunk and plumbed into a surge tank before the fuel is sent up front towards the engine.


Like all custom-built engines of this level, the purple RB26 (Endless’s signature color) proudly wears a tag to show its basic spec.


But it doesn’t end there. Right before the throttle a nitrous oxide fogger has been positioned to aid both top-end power and the mid-range torque curve and spool-up. Managing it all is an HKS F-CON V Pro ECU which has been mapped and refined by Sugino-san over countless dyno and street runs. That best equates to a power level of 1170hp and 1030Nm (759lb/ft) of torque when the nitrous is used – a set up able to produce consistent flat nine-second passes. Putting that sort of performance down to the ground is one of the GT-Rs hidden talents, but to aid in this some driveline upgrades were of needed of course. Things like the Holinger six-speed sequential and carbon fiber propeller shaft. HKS supplied the SPL quad-plate clutch and the beefed-up driveshafts, while ATS took care of the front and rear LSDs.

True to its calling

Veilside Pro Drag SPL adjustable coilovers are fitted at each corner, set quite high in a typical street drag set up, and mated to Endless drag-spec arms & tension rods. To get the most out of the geometry and in-turn maximise that all-important grip off the line, Endless got rid of the stock R32 subframe and replaced it with an R33 item.


Okay, so the interior is where some will call me out. Maybe this isn’t a true street car per se, as there’s only one seat and a lot of the trim has been stripped out. But it does still have that all-important license plate, and it does get driven to and from drag meets – so I’m sticking by my statement!


An eight-point bolt-in cage keeps things safe, and while it may seem like a strip-oriented sort of car in here, the owner went to some lengths to clean everything up and add a high-end feel with a few carbon fiber touches.


The center console has been stripped of the stock A/C controls and radio as none of that was needed, and now serves as the perfect location to house some auxiliary instrumentation like the 3.0bar GReddy boost gauge and the Profec B boost controller.


Where real carbon fiber was out of the question, a simple touch of 3M carbon-look vinyl had to do on areas around the center console and even on the Holinger’s gear position indicator. It’s always cool seeing old school modules like the Techtom MDM-100, which is like having a gazillion gauges – in true JDM style – conveniently accessible via the clean dual-line LCD display. Oh, and that trigger button on the steering wheel? That’s for the giggle gas…


A GT-R built to this spec level certainly ridicules some of more aesthetically-driven facets of the modern day JDM movement. It may be an old car with an old approach to things, but the execution is so jam-packed with functionality that nobody dare argue with it. After all, a GT-R will always be a GT-R!


Hats off to Sugino-san and his staff for staying true to their calling. It’s these few individuals and shops that we can thank for their continuing support of a now small, but defining slice of Japan’s crazy and wild aftermarket world.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino

 Endless Street Drag-R BNR32 Skyline GT-R

Max Power: 1170ps, Max Torque: 105kg/m, Boost: 2.3bar, Best 1/4 Mile Pass: 9.013 @ 274 m/h (on unprepared track)

Nismo N1 engine block, Endless custom 8L oil pan, HKS oil pump, N1 water pump, HKS 87 mm forged & nickel coated pistons (2,627cc), HKS H-section connecting rods, fully balanced crankshaft, crank damper, HKS drag-spec metal head gasket, resurfaced cylinder head, polished intake and exhaust ports, intake & exhaust squish removed, specially modified water galleries, HKS camshafts 280º/11.5 mm, 290º/11.5 mm ex,  A’PEXi Drag SPL head system (valves, lifters, retainers), Trust TD06SH 25G-10cm turbochargers x2, Trust R-Type external wastegates x2, Endless drag-spec exhaust manifolds, HKS racing-spec 100mm titanium exhaust system, Trust twin-entry 5-core intercooler, Endless intake manifold, 100mm throttle body, Bosch Motorsport external fuel pumps x2, Endless collector tank, braided fuel and return lines, Sard FPR, Trust billet fuel rail, Sard 1000cc/min injectors x6, Trust oil cooler, Endless direct ignition system, Nitrous Express nitrous oxide injection, Endless twin-tank oil catch system, HKS F-CON V Pro ECU

Holinger 6-speed sequential transmission, HKS SPL quad-plate clutch, rebuilt and modified transfer box, carbon propeller shaft, ATS front/rear LSDs, strengthened drive shafts

Veilside Pro Drag SPL adjustable suspension, Endless Drag-spec arms & tension rods, R33 rear subframe, R34 master cylinder, 6-pot Endless Dir-Ect6 front calipers & 355 mm 2-piece slotted rotors, 4-pot Endless Dir-Ect4 rear calipers & 330 mm 2-piece slotted rotors, line lock

Buddy Club P1 Racing 17×9.5-inch front/rear, Hoosier drag tyres 275/40R17 front/rear

Endless front lip spoiler, Endless carbon fiber bonnet, Endless FRP lightweight doors, aero mirrors, Top Secret rear fender trim, Lexan windows all round, Endless carbon fiber trunk lid

8-point roll cage, Personal steering wheel, Recaro racing bucket seat, RH9 drag harnesses, custom carbon center console, GReddy Profec B boost controller with over-boost function, Blitz turbo timer, GReddy gauges: boost, oil temp, oil press, exhaust temp, fuel press, GReddy gauges control unit, Nitrous Express N2O tank, Techtom MDM-100 multi display monitor, Holinger gear position indicator

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I want more features like this! I totally got the 90's vibe with this post. 
Would a post on some old common japanese electronics from the 90's be a good history lesson post?


Nice! I'm a big fan of the BNR32. So seeing this was great.
I'm just wondering, what modifications are needed to fit a BCNR33 rear subframe to a BNR32 chassis?
I've heard about BNR34 front subframes being fitted onto a BNR32 chassis as well. These modifications are tasty.


there is video on youtube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d88HCOXs12Q


@zz I agree! That would be a great post!


we would like to hear about your gt-r to Dino


Nothing like having a 1170hp machine to go get a espresso in the morning lol


That thing is awesome. I miss straight 6's, they are amazing engines and seem to be going away. Dang this re-conflicts my thoughts on what to do with the engine in my S30.


Sweet baby Jesus! 
That thing is BUILT and that engine bay!


tuning at its best!
Awesome car, would love to see a video of it performing


OMG! This car is hot!


Sweet...!!! Been waiting for this 'stance' came up. Oh one question Carbonare-san, is japan gas station sell E85 fuel too??


@Kart Works  No E85, the fuel companies would never allow it, and the J-government makes sure of that


robzor  See new M3 & M4, at least BMW stuck with it :)


Nico Leone  Absolutely. Do a line-locked burnout when you leave the coffee shop while you are at it :D


ridvantrika  Off the road at the moment, many interesting things happening...


@Matt  Pretty straight forward fit


MorganKuhla  Good to know guys. I'll try and keep you happy in the next few months :)




i think speedhunters needs to start posting a quick video clip at the end of each feature of the car starting and running, maybe even cruising down the street and getting on it a little bit.  this skyline is crazy cool and the pics are top notch!  its also written well and believe me i understand how much time and effort goes in to the articles here but i still believe that they are severely lacking in the sound department!! i want to hear this thing!!


Nico Leone  I just drank a morning coffee while reading this article! :)


speedhunters_dino ridvantrika  waiting man waiting, to see what happend


speedhunters_dino MorganKuhla   that would be great thank you! :D


Those mirrors are rare! It took me 2 years to track a pair down for my old 32. They're Veilside mirrors. :)


speedhunters_dino What a shame, I just flexyfuel converted my Honda CBR yesterday, now the exhaust smells like a sailor's bar hahaha.


Dino, you continue to post some good shit! Right On Brotha!


no v cam, stock displacement, wet sump, flat 9's on a Japanese drag strip is pretty impressive considering it really is a pretty basic set up.
are the tires street legal drag radials?


Dino - Do you remember the 0 - 300 Km/h Tuner Challenges at Yatabe Circuit that were so popular back in the 90's. Was this one of the cars that that competed? Or maybe I'm getting it confused with the Veilside R32.


I couldn't agree with you more about the engine bays of the R35s. While I love the ridiculous amounts of power that can be extracted from the VR, they are in my opinion not a very good looking setup. I know that power production is more important but it doesn't hurt when that power is made and looks good doing it. For me the RB while always win out over the VR... and don't even get me started on the noises the RB makes. Mmmmm.


I have the article for this in Japanese performance car, I think its actually an article of yours Dino. Its crazy to think a car like that is road legal, but for day to day it would definately not be that comfortable. Out of all the r32's r33's and r34's what would you reckon would be your favourite. (Apart from your own of course!)


All that power, all that performance and yet no air filters. God, this gets me every time. I just cringe at the thought of the entire engine being compromised in terms of reliability purely because the CHEAPEST possible modification you can make has been boycotted for the sake of a gaudy engine bay. I just can't help but think that having exposed turbines is terribly dangerous, especially considering how much air they're sucking in. But hey, if the thing's not designed to be driven very often then i guess it makes no difference, does it.


dovvv  There's one of you dolts commenting on every article. Owners remove the air filters for photo shoots. NO ONE drives without air filters in place.


Dear Speedhunters,
More features like this, less drift coverage.


It's articles like this that take me back to the joys of my high school years. I had a beat up HCR32 coupe with a swapped rb25 and read every article possible on the R32 Skyline and ended up buying a slammed purple R32 sedan with no engine. I found a wrecked R32 GTR at a local junkyard just before the climax of the 15 year import law in Canada, very few people knew what this '89 GTR was especially in its totalled state, but the engine bay was untouched.
It's articles like this that fueled my desire to make that RB26DETT slide into that sedans engine bay. Sadly once the car was finished and in proper driving order I was t-boned by a drunk driver, the car was purchased with a roll cage and a pair of OMP rally seats, to this day I credit that combination to walking away with only a few scratches.
Thanks Dino for bringing back some great memories of cars gone by and lost days of wrenching and toiling late into the night. While only 25 the memories of these two cars feels like decades ago, even though the coupe became a seemingly endless money pit and now sits in a field slowly rusting away.


wheatgod KennethHay  an RB can make just as much power as a VR


Hahah espresso adrenalin

Gianluca FairladyZ

JoshuaWhitcombe wheatgodKennethHay Yes, but with much more effort. The basic setup, torque and power caracteristic is way better than the rb engine. I agree with you guys in terms of looks, and sound. but not in power :) Nissan has made good work.

Gianluca FairladyZ

Thanks Dino for this nice article. It sounds funny, but my first encounter with a GTR, was 1996 when i was 7 yrs old when my dad bought me Gran Turismo 1 on the first Playstation. From this moment on i always wanted a GTR. At the moment, like my profile name says it, i drive a Z33. But the next step will be to save some money for a GTR. I worked really a lot on R35's and think they're pretty cool. I do not have any expierience on the R34, but for me it's still more fascinating than a R35. And in my eyes the main factor for this is the engine. I mean come on guys.. Is there any other engine in the tuning world that enjoys more celebrity status than a RB26? I'd like to ask you Dino, how it was when you first sat into your GTR and your dream came true? Do you think it makes sense to drive such a car outside Japan? I ask this because here Nissan dealers don't have a clue about this car and i would do anything on my own.....


Gianluca FairladyZ  Well the 2JZ is a hard one to not list alongside the RB:) Indeed it was a dream come true and I'd definitely at least try to own one no matter what country I'd be in. There are a few in Italy already and despite the usual headaches with spares and maintenance I think there are enough exporters dealing out of Japan to keep living with one far from Japan reasonably accessible. Just don't think it will have Micra running costs and you'll be fine. It still costs a tenth or running an R35 though lol


Jaymes_Raye  Glad it brought those memories back for you. That crash must have been horrible but glad to hear you didn't get hurt! Most important thing I guess!


black bnr32  :bows


Steve_McGowan  R32 and R34 for me :)


rb30det that's scary ^


Gianluca FairladyZ JoshuaWhitcombe wheatgod KennethHay  Compare times guys. It takes more power for an R35 to get similar times...


Jose Pluguez  Yes I do remember. When I first came to Japan on the early nineties it was all about the 0-300 runs!  And yes probably was the Veilside car you are thinking about ... 



ADimitriRoumeliotis  Hoosier slicks and yes very impressive


bcdman  :fistpump


Bryn Alban  I believe they are yes


@the jerk  We are starting to do that don't worry:)


wheatgod  Yes it's the lightest and there are improvements along the way of course but if I were to start fresh and build a proper track or drag GT-R I'd choose the R32 every time


wheatgod speedhunters_dino  Yes


ridvantrika speedhunters_dino  Takes time this tuning stuff!!!


speedhunters_dino Steve_McGowan Since you guys features the r31 I've been hooked. It may not be the most technically advanced car, but its so Japanese it hurts.


speedhunters_dino ridvantrika  sure hope it's a GTX42 going on


speedhunters_dino Steve_McGowanOnly these 2 can do it for me as well... could not afford the R34 - but i FINALLY AFTER 20 years of drooling now have a R32 GTR in my driveway... Love the article... more reviews like this - im sure in JPN there will be plenty of really nice R32 GTR's...


wheatgod JoshuaWhitcombe KennethHay  Look up MGAWOT III, 1300+ HP and they do run after run without any problem.

Project 350ZTT

Gianluca FairladyZ  haha, I'm right there with you Gianluca! Except I think I first saw one in the 2 Fast 2 Furious and it intrigued me. I drool every time I see GTR's and going to car shows and meets in the US seeing anything from an R32-R34 my eyes light up light a kid in a candy store and I go nuts. That day will come when I do also own one and luckily the 25 year rule just passed for the R32 in the US!! Now to import one. I'm thinking Canada would be my best bet? Any thoughts Dino? If all goes well with the US stock market next year January I'll have the cash possibly to import one!
P.S. Dino I always look forward to your kick ass articles from Japan, they are awesome! To live there for a period for some time someday would be a dream come true.

Gianluca FairladyZ

DeOngster speedhunters_dino Steve_McGowan  Nice one!

Gianluca FairladyZ

Project 350ZTT Gianluca FairladyZ I feel you bro! I really do! I think that whole Skyline  Thing became a way of life for both of us, and I think for some others here too. I just can say "I have a dream.. That one Day... I'm ridin a GTR" :) Can you explain me the Thing with the 25 year rule? Even if I don't live in America would be fun to know.


Gianluca FairladyZ Project 350ZTT  I can totally relate to the part about PS1 and GT1 (although I was only about 4 or 5 at the time and back in the early 2000's) I pretty much used to drive nothing but the Calsonic R32 GT-R and I have been in love with the R32 and skylines my entire life. I am determined to a R32 GT-R to call my own in my garage one day, no matter how much it costs me.


No it can't, there are no 2000HP RBs, but there are 2000HP VRs. If you want a 2000HP straight six then a built TB48 is a better build than the RB.