From Zero To Hero
The Root Of Our Passion

The build. The transformation. Taking a base car in dire need of attention and modifying it into something more special. Isn’t that the absolute goal of every enthusiast out there?

Personalising something you truly love and value defines what this car culture we are all involved in stands for. For me, and I’m sure for many of you guys out there, it all started in the virtual world; playing games on consoles and embracing the customisation capabilities. I was obsessed with getting ‘my’ cars to look and drive just like how I wanted them to. The amount of time I dedicated to this may seem a little excessive in retrospect, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way, because it fuelled an inherent passion and prepared me for being able to enjoy and personalise and fine tune performance cars in real world. That, and it was a damn good way to entertain myself, of course!


That’s how Project GT-R came to be. Granted, I started with a brand new car, but it was never going to stay stock for very long. With every little upgrade I’ve enjoyed noting the small yet perceivable improvements that have slowly but surely sculpted the car into what I want it to be, feel and look like. The BNR34 is the perfect base car for something like this; it’s become quite a legendary model in the GT-R lineage and there’s just so much out in the aftermarket to transform it.

R34 Day 1 w Watermark

And this is a journey you too can have in the latest release of Need for Speed No Limits. I was called in to collaborate on a cool update that would see the NFS No Limits crew join forces with Speedhunters and lay out a limited Special Event where I summon you to drive for me.


Yes, that is a digital representation of yours truly, which to me feels bizarre but strangely cool at the same time!

In the game I will hand you the keys to a pretty beaten up base R34 Skyline GT-R as you can see in the video above.

R34 Day 2 w Watermark

Your job will be to get your driving on par, and utilize all of your skills to beat the competition so you can progress through the ranks. Then you can restore, modify and make your own Project GT-R faster and better in every way.

R34 Day 3 w Watermark

And that includes the looks of course, working towards the full Nismo conversion.

I was asked by the NFS No Limits crew what would be the ultimate look and feel for a globally well-respected, well-tuned BNR34, which is a tough question if you think about it. Because there are a variety of ways that a san-yon can be prepared…

Outright Performance

I cast my mind back to the history of this final RB26DETT-powered iteration of the Skyline and the best tuner cars that over the years have fuelled my love and admiration for the model. Each car I’ve shortlisted has been an inspiration is some way or another.

To start things off, I have to give a nod to Top Secret and Smoky Nagata’s way of doing things. Despite the above car being the first R34 time attack car that Top Secret built over a decade ago, it’s the way in which the Chiba-based tuning workshop has prepared street cars that’s always stood out. It’s all about show, big numbers and high speeds on the Wangan – things that aligns perfectly with what the BNR34 stands for.


We then move to Autech Tsukada, aka ATTKD. This shop has always created impressively quick track beasts without concentrating much on the looks or form. It’s all about raw power and outright functionality. The car above was one of the first to ever run the HKS GT-RS turbo upgrade, which when mated to a 2.8L bottom end and a V-Cam resulted in over 700hp and a massively useful spread of torque across the midrange. A true weapon.


When it comes to time attack, nothing comes close to the M-Speed R34. This is what an unlimited budget can create; one-off, widened carbon fiber body panels, a Super GT look, stripped down to nothing and with a superbly well-tuned and well-rounded engine capable of mid 50-second lap times at Tsukuba Circuit. And like a true legend, it came, it conquered and then, just like that, it disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.


While fine tuning and balance has always been the way to approach time attack cars and well-prepared street cars, Auto Select has always preferred the more ‘in your face’ approach. And that, I like. There is nothing quite like hearing this Yellow Shark shoot down a straight with its external wastegate screaming and spitting fire as all of the motor’s might is channeled though a clunky sequential gearbox. This car will give you goosebumps!


The Nagisa Auto R34 GT-R played on that Kansai-style just as much as the Auto Select car, but managed to forge its own identity. That’s why it’s always been a favourite.


And with all this talk of track racing, how can one not draw inspiration from the daddy of all R34s – the JGTC GT500 race car. No matter how small, when building the ultimate GT-R there should always be a nod to the official race car, especially as it emphasises why Nissan actually made these cars in the first place.

Style & Balance

And when it comes to going really wild, how much wilder than the Veilside R34 can you go? This thing was built when Veilside was still Veilside, and when the world famous company was addicted to going really fast. The aero Yokomaku-san sculpted remains one of the strangest yet most recognisable kits out there.


But for me it was always the engine that did it. This is what a close-to-1200hp RB26 looks like; not a figure that impresses so much these days but let’s not forget this car was built 16 years ago!


Is the Mine’s demo car the ultimate incarnation of the BNR34? It certainly is for most people. Back in its heyday this car was untouchable, and while it might have lost out to the more extreme ‘Open Class’ cars that came into the scene, it always shined for its incredible balance.


Under the hood, 600hp – just enough to make the car’s performance explosive. The stock capacity 2.6L engine loved to rev and produced a very accessible spread of torque, all topped off with a shorter final drive and a very trick rear differential.


However, the aggressive yet subtle visual elements of the Nismo Z-tune is what always did it for me. The example you see here is actually the Z-tune development machine, which ran the more powerful 600hp engine, but was later detuned to 500hp for the production run of customer cars.


The Z-tune too the base BNR34 and added a touch of modernity and comfort to it. It wasn’t all about performance, high speed, track times or expressway runs – it just did everything well.


It’s why the GT-R you will build up in Need for Speed No Limits will ultimately resemble this rare and legendary interpretation of the BNR34. Head over and download it now as the tournament won’t be active for ever!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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Nice one Dino! The Mines will always be my favourite. But I’m missing the Amuse  R34 from the list


Haha! Nice touch, now you made your place in virtual world. But what about crazy MCR R34 the Touge Maou?


Fantastic concept. Such a pity that Need For Speed was so bad that I played it for 5 hours.....and have used it as a coaster ever since while I play Forza Horizon 2 instead! :(


When the R34 first came out, die-hard GT-R fans complained of it's boxy appearance and heft, referring to it as a "rolling refrigerator." It's nice to see this final Skyline iteration get it's props as a true modern classic.


The Veilside R34..... the legendary.... Dig out some old material and give us a retrospective feature Dino !


Bro5 Let me see what I have!


Matt_Redondo What always pissed me off is the unimaginative UK media calling it a "Playstation on Wheel" a term they still use for the R35 (which is actually more true haha)


MichaelKN It was such a close competitor to the Mine's R34, I had to go for the Mine's.


Cuvinisme It was either the Amuse Carbon R or the M-Speed. The M-Speed took it as it simply achieved the goals. Unfortunately Tanabe-san was just too sick to get the Carbon R to where it could have gotten to. Such a pity and very sad at the same time


@Hi Im Bob My thoughts exactly.


What's this all about ?


Rimario San I guess if you aren't able to read the above story you can press play on the video in there :)


I saw Z-Tune and thought "of course!"
But wait a second... what about the more recent Nismo Omori Clubman Race Spec! :o


u missed out the Garage Ito R34....

Gianluca FairladyZ

A customer of our company has bought the legendary Nagisa Auto GT-R. The own it since a year or so. What a brutal machine! Unbelievable that such a beast from the far east found its new home between the swiss alps!

Gianluca FairladyZ

speedhunters_dino Matt_Redondo  I never had that luck of driving an R34 GTR, but i've driven a lot of R35, in stock and tuned condition. And it is really easy to drive the car "fast"! Maybe they referred to it as a "playstation" car because of it's ease to drive? I think it's more that they call it playstation on wheel because the younger "playstation generation" were the only ones that knew what that car looked like. for the people living in europe and/or america we got to know the car only by the video games, in my case gran turismo. what do you think about that dino?


But then again Evos have always been criticised for that as we


Hi there, but what about Kids Heart 34?


The Signal Auto R34 will always be in my Top 5 if not Top 3 GTR's.


So speedhunters_dino people will finish their GTRs before Project GTR is done?  :P  Just teasing of course, since a project is never really "done" anyway, no matter the pace it proceeds at.

Looking at the Mines GTR, just takes me right back to that period in time growing up, where a perfect modified car was a blend of a still-unobtainable platform, without crazy bodywork, perfectly lowered, great wheels, and performance that lived only in the virtual world for most of us.  Some great nostalgia there.


speedhunters_dino Cuvinisme Dino Dalle Carbon-Re RIP in pieces :(


ATTKD R34 GTR which now already in the UK is one of my favorite track focused BNR34.


in the new nfs update im on the last part, and after 40$ for real money i cant no longer progress? pls help


Will it have LED drl's? ;)




Steve Hayward speedhunters_dino  Agree, you nailed it.


Gianluca FairladyZ speedhunters_dino Matt_Redondo you are giving the UK and the UK Press waaaaay more credit then will ever be due ;)


The event is so cool but the "hunter" races will always be the hardest for me


Bro I can read very well thank god of course because I speak 3 languages and I didn't understand the idea of your report actually, and I saw the video tonight we do the game is nice that you update is not even with the new update its buggy. little bit ;D #RS Mr.H2O


Need For Speed No Limits # Im The Speedhunter event is impossible without making loads of money purchases. Lol. You can't call it an competition when winning is directly proportional to money spend. Thats funny, 1st and last Digital event played by me.
There are certain choices of spending money, like i spend 300-400 USD every year on game called Dota 2, i dont and will not spend a penny on NFS No Limits, not worth it.
Anyways, thanks for wasting my 5 days, the excitement to get a free thing is gone.
I have been playing NFS from 14 years, this was crap.


Im so discusted with your tricks as a company. If you anounce a event like the Speedhunters BNR34 one or for any other car don't be such dicks about it. Make it at least Fair or easier for the Kid's to get it instead of making the challenges so hard to force the players to spend real money. Kids don't have money but they have frustration that as parent we have to deal with after they realize they are not getting the car after they play for 5 days to get it. The least you could do is not been such greddy assholes and let the player keep the car up until the level he was able to get it before the event time runs out. Also I would rather pay a one-time fee for the download of the game that the stupid in app purchased system that not only is ridiculous but unfair. $5.00 for 140 gold really? You call that fair? $1.99 for 50 gold pieces and even $99 who the fuck spend $99 dollars...1 to 4 gold pieces for completing daily challenges. And even when you have gold the prices in the game for parts are exorbitantly so high that it becomes impossible. You shoul Shame for that behavior and attitude towards the players EA games. Im not gonna download another EA games or support any game related to EA Games. And I will encourage all my friend, family and employee's on my company not to support any EA Games or NFS game on any platform or console system. Because as a company you have no respect or consideration for your costumers.
Dino You are cool dude down to earth and I really enjoy your articles NOTHING against you Man.


The whole journey (or as you say, tourney) was uselss. Wasted my time and money still couldn't get to the last race. There should've been this event specific items in the store...


Same i did but couldn't update to 668 PR... Waiting for tokens and refreshing market items but everything was useless...


So true,, i already deleted #NfsNl from my moto g -,-


The car is so tempting to get, wasted so much money and time on this event, went and redid most of the event races to try to gather as much pieces as possible and in the end couldn't fcking finish it, so damn bad of you guys !!

Uninstalled NFSNL.


I'm so glad I managed to finished the special event , some race was so tough & I had to spent 240 golds or so that I saved up forever just to bump the performance of the BNR34 ... absolutely worth it though !


The tournament was great! Spent $22 to finalize the car for the last race but every penny was worth it. Driving a dream car at 718 pr in game is an amazing experience. Fully maxxed out is my next point. Then to sleep it into factory body would give the ultimate shocker to anyone racing in need for speed: no limits


my Aunty Paige just got a fantastic metallic Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan from only workin part time on a home computer...
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the car itself are great, if only the event itself running similar to that "Return of Razor" event running on last March, you'll be given the parts along the way and the loaner car being automatically staged up over the course of chapters, surely everyone has an equal shots of the R34 just like the BMW M4 Razor


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


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