The Long Lost Lemon: A 1,000hp JUN R35 GT-R

I would hope that you haven’t forgotten that crazy Nissan Patrol I showed you last month, but if you have, you might want to take a quick look at what 1,400whp and the aerodynamic profile of two bricks stacked on top of each other looks like.

The reason I’m reminding you is because I spoke briefly about how the Patrol was just one car in a particular collection of cars that were all built to be driven and enjoyed. You might also remember that the owner is an incredibly private person, which is something I would like to respect. However, there was another car that I managed to grab some time with in between other duties.

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The name JUN Auto is likely familiar to most Japanese car fans, although it might strike a particular cord with those of the PlayStation generation. I think I was still in high school when I saw JUN’s R33 Super Lemon for the first time, and it was one of those cars that just stuck with me.

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So imagine my surprise when I walked into a collection featuring hypercars, supercars and that Patrol, and sat in the corner was the unmistakeable yellow of JUN. In R35 GT-R guise no less.

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The eagle-eyed amongst you might remember the car making a brief appearance on the JUN Auto stand at Tokyo Auto Salon in 2013, before it seemingly vanished from the face of the earth. As you can see, it still lives, and it’s glorious.

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The car was shipped as a brand new GT-R from Al Anabi Racing in Qatar to Japan with the idea of both companies collaborating on a new Super Lemon, what would become an evolution of JUN’s R34 GT-R.

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Once in Japan, JUN set about stripping the car back to bare metal and rebuilding the stock GT-R from scratch. From a bare shell, a cage was installed, a BenSopra bodykit fitted and the car painted JUN’s trademark shade of yellow. The engine is a 4.1-litre stroker with JUN internals and twin GTX3582s; the aim being a responsive engine for track use rather than outright power figures. Still, once tuned by Al Anabi Racing it made 1,000hp on what they describe as a “conservative” track tune.

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The GT-R is equipped with a Cusco rear LSD, a modified front LSD, and JUN transmission and differential coolers. Suspension is an all JUN affair too.

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Big Endless brakes with 2-piece discs provide a reliable and effective stopping action, whilst the Advan Racing GT wheels keep rolling mass to a minimum.

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It might not be to everyone’s taste, but the scissor doors are a brilliant touch. This is a 1,000hp street legal, wide arched GT-R painted in bright yellow – it simply couldn’t not have scissor doors. It’s a touch that embraces the craziness and DILLIGAF attitude that the Japanese seem to have perfected over the years. If a car runs 175mph in the standing half-mile, it can wear whatever doors it wants.

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Like the other cars in this collection, it’s built to be driven above all else. As such, it has a couple of little marks and scars in places, but it wears these with pride. I don’t think the GT-R would have half the attraction it does if it was just a static show piece. I’ve been told that somewhere out there, there’s a video or photos of this playing with a McLaren P1 on track. I think I’m going to have to do a little more digging on this particular Lemon

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This has to be the most awesome r35 build I've ever seen.  I love JUN and the whole idea of the "tuning company".  This being said, it would be super cool to see more purpose built stuff from them and others like Top Secret and Mines.


A depressing thought is the og tuners and drivers that contributed to making the "JDM" culture aren't getting any younger... I feel with that fact, many generations are eventually going to miss out and not understand the concept of pure tuning balance that companies like JUN, MCR, Top Secret, Promodet, Re-Amemiya, etc pioneered when power and showcase builds dominate the globalize car culture. Thanks for covering this car, I'm glad that there are still few people who know the roots of the culture to showcase builds like this.


" I think I was still in high school when I saw JUN’s R33 Super Lemon for the first time, and it was one of those cars that just stuck with me."
Me too, I remember seeing a yellow JUN R33 that had made it here to the UK in a magazine, Max Power or Redline, one of their ilk, and I remember the talk being of 1000bhp back then too. Ahhhh, the late 90s / early 2000s. What a time to be alive...


So awesome. And yes, the scissor doors are a perfect touch!


Speedhunters shame about those doors.....




That front bumper looks really nice, sort of ties the gtr with the 370z




and with my favourite wheels of all time! brilliant!


Anything JUN is to die for. I have so much respect for this guy! Heck, he took his "shop car", a 4th-gen Prelude and put it against a much higher tuned S2000 on touge and it beat it. There's a reason he's called "God-Hand"!


It might not be to everyone’s taste, but the scissor doors are a brilliant touch

If you call scissor doors on a GT-R a "brilliant touch" then I don't want to know what is a horrible touch for you.


19:15 JUN Civic at Battle of the Imports


Since "God-Hand" Koyama-san left JUN to form Koyama Racing Labo with help of Kumakubo,
it's been a while JUN came up with their new beast...


@V8V12 Worst mod ever. Closely followed by neons lol. All that extra weight from the hinges is pointless.


I might be completely wrong, but here's how I imagine this went down:
"Someone" with a lot of money contacted a legendary Japanese tuner to have a modern interpretation of a classic tuner special. So far, so good, and the Japanese technicians gave it their very best. Years of track-day knowledge and high-performance engineering allowed them to create a more focused GT-R, specced to a knife's edge.
However, once shipped to its future owner, they just couldn't help themselves. Scissor doors and some drag strip gimmicks they picked up in top fuel drag racing turned a track-day weapon into a yellow turd.
I believe there is a direct link between these Qatari and the ones blowing up their Enzo in Beverly Hills and shouting about "Diplomatic immunity". Look up who owns Al-Anabi racing and you'll come across that incredibly private, mustache-sporting person the author keeps referring to.
Oh, and Paddy? A "brilliant touch"? In what reality?!


CEL400 Someone walks up and hands you the keys to this car and says, "Here is a 1,000 HP street-legal GT-R35. If you want it, it's yours."
And you say, "No thanks, it's got scissor doors. Lolololololol!"

As if.


SachaAlbarda Correct, you are wrong. All of the aesthetics were carried out by JUN themselves. The car is still very much capable on track too.


@V8V12 Try reading the rest of the paragraph?


Paddy McGrath SachaAlbarda  I enjoy my cars, and it doesn't take scissor doors to do that. Please don't refer to it "aesthetics" Paddy, because that's not what went down here. This is the automotive equivalent of clown porn...
Cool for replying to me though; I sincerely appreciate that.


SachaAlbarda Paddy McGrath You have to remember that this car was built a few years ago, at the height of the Ben Sopra's styling popularity. You might not like it (which is perfectly fine) but it does represent a particular era and style in the history of car culture quite well.

The thing with scissor doors and the like is that their sole purpose is to provoke a reaction. They have definitely succeeded on that front.


Personally I love the scissor doors and think it adds a cool touch. The color is not the greatest but I also understand people have their own different likes and dislikes. Personally I think a candy red would make the car look a lot better.


JeremieSunico I agree with you.  Most of the younger generation has zero passion...doing it more to be cool...


@Kevin Truong JeremieSunico what the fuck you mean man i drive an 86 mazda rx7, cause that is such a coool car these days.


TrackAttck43 The yellow is JUN's trademark colour :)


Where did I say I wouldn't have the car? I love the car as a whole. But I hate that mod with a passion. But it would be a very simple job to return it to factory. Have done a couple in the past.
And who says lolololololololol anyway?





and then the doors opened, and I threw up


You had me until the scissor doors




I actually like the scissor doors. The whole car is over the top.. Why not slap some scissor doors in? Looks like a very complete build.


@Kevin Truong JeremieSunico The looks for likes type people are the most common, but I have a feeling they will eventually die out and car culture will bubble down to the ones that remained or will remain true to the hobby.


with a very nice speed  sure the car could be a champion one


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