Nismo’s Ultimate Street-Spec R33 Skyline GT-R
An Omori Factory R33 For The Street

For some people, authenticity counts for a lot. The factory-fresh look and feel, plus the official paperwork to guarantee it all, is what’s needed to keep the most demanding of customers content. This is where Nismo Omori Factory excels.

When it comes to refreshing, rebuilding and tuning Skyline GT-Rs, it has very much developed its own feel and character. Often dismissed for taking the conservative approach compared to what more power-oriented tuning outfits are able to offer, Nismo has set a very specific philosophy to their approach. And a price to match.

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It all goes hand in hand with that image of being linked directly to Nissan, and therefore shooting for the ultimate OEM quality with all the parts it designs and develops. Of course, every addition and modification is factory guaranteed, and that’s something far more important to some owners than dyno bragging rights.

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As the RB26DETT-powered series of GT-Rs continues to become more collectable, the Omori Factory workshop has been busier than ever.

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On top of its catalogue parts – the bible to many GT-R owners – Omori Factory also offers additional tuning menus for its more demanding owners. Some years back, we looked at how it approached the Clubman Race Spec package of restoration and modification that would turn any R34 into a focused sports car for both the road and track. This struck quite a chord with you guys, and it remains as one of Speedhunters’ all-time biggest stories.

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Today, we’re going to look at a car that’s a little different, but still pieced together by the tuning gurus at Omori Factory. Say hello to the Nismo Grand Touring Car BCNR33 GT-R.

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This is probably best described as a notch down from the Clubman Race Spec R34, yet it’s still a completely rebuilt car that will require a six figure investment to pay for it all. With the goal more centered around creating the best street GT-R out there – at least as Nismo sees it – the Grand Touring Car package addresses every area of the car. Let’s start off with the exterior.

Nismo’s demo car got a full strip down and chassis refresh before being fitted with its own bumper, series 2 OEM Xenon headlights, and a lower lip spoiler. There’s also a carbon air guide framing the opening to the intercooler, which is there to eliminate turbulence and guide a cleaner flow of air through the core.

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The Nismo bumper also has lateral openings on each corner to vent air that’s passed through the oil cooler away on the passenger side and for pure symmetry on the driver side.

A set of forged, limited edition 18-inch Nismo LM GT4s are fitted at each corner, limited because they are ordered from RAYS with a machined logo on one of the spokes to differentiate them from the countless cast knock-offs that exist out there. And since the car is primarily aimed at street use, it doesn’t get sticky circuit-spec rubber but a more simple performance tire, namely the Yokohama Advan Sports V105. I run these on Project Drop Top and can vouch for their great all-weather performance.

As with all Nismo demo cars, this special R33 also gets the Brembo brake package from the R35 GT-R, so massive 6-pot calipers up front and 4-pots at the rear biting down on cross-drilled, floating rotors. The kit includes the mounting brackets for each caliper as well as a solution for the integrated drum e-brake at the back.

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While the Grand Touring Car is no 400R, it still gets a few select pieces of carbon here and there to spice up the 20-year-old exterior. These are new Nismo carbon B-pillar garnishes, which have a real layer of carbon inside rather than the previous carbon-look items.

The rear wing element is in dry carbon, which also means that it’s a prohibitively expensive piece, but also a must-have item for this genuine Nismo machine. Seeing as this car got a full strip down prior to the build, I was a bit surprised that the automatic antenna was left in place. If I was an R33 owner and was doing such a big restoration on the car, this would be the first thing I’d consider shaving off. But again, it’s all about authenticity, so I guess it had to stay.

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The demo car is painted in dark metallic silver, and just like on Nismo’s R34 the quality of the paint job is very high with not a hint of orange peel in sight. The paint is topped off with an extra helping of clear-coat which gives a level of shine that I’ve only ever seen on show cars.

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The final piece of carbon sits at the very back, protecting the bumper from the heat of the NE-1 titanium exhaust system’s tip.

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I found it quite strange to be shooting this R33 in exactly in the same corner of the Omori Factory workshop where I shot the R34 three years ago. But the shiny floor and signature red walls and garage shutters just create for the most recognizable ambience you could every dream of having for a GT-R.

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But let’s move onto the engine, as I’m sure by now you’re itching to find out what’s going on at the heart of it all.

The Power Of Nismo
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With performance needing to be more geared towards street use and the odd excursion to a fun mountain pass, Nismo didn’t see the need to equip this R33 with too much power.

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The S2 engine package was deemed more than worthy for the Grand Touring Car spec, a 400hp conversion that not only refreshes the engine with the bits that count, but also adds some piece of mind when it comes to reliability.

For the upgrade, the stock R33 RB26DETT engine is taken apart and the block honed to accept fresh N1 pistons. Lubrication is boosted by an N1 pump, while a 0.9mm Nismo metal head gasket creates a better seal between the block and head, seeing the stock BNR34 turbos the package comes with run at a slightly higher boost pressure level. S2 specific cams and a Nismo timing belt are also fitted.

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Fuelling is upgraded with R35 VR38DETT 570cc injectors, and the whole package is controlled by a Nismo S2 ECU, which is essentially a remapped version of the stock Hitachi unit. With the engine built, a whole lot of the Nismo catalogue is then thrown at it.

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That includes the previously mentioned Nismo NE-1 titanium exhaust, plus a Nismo aluminum turbo inlet pipe, larger Nismo intercooler, and a Nismo GT intake plenum which like the engine covers has been coated in blue crackle-finish paint.

The 5-speed manual driveline has been left stock, but a twin-plate Nismo Super Coppermix clutch is added in to cope with the extra power. Nismo also offers a Getrag 6-speed conversion from the BNR34 GT-R, but that’s not been fitted to this car.

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While there isn’t anything particularly new about the S2 engine and its ancillaries, this R33 was used to showcase and launch the Omori Factory carbon air cleaner duct, which does a better job of directing cool air into the airbox than the OEM guide did.

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The chunky Omori Factory strut tower bar sits center stage, stiffening up the front section of the shell and showing off the inherent visual qualities of titanium.

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Since Nismo stopped making its own line of suspension, it now fits and offers Öhlins dampers, as are used in this car. The 2-way HAL system is height adjustable and provides a good trade off between comfort and performance. It’s matched up to Nismo anti-roll bars front and back, as well as strengthening underbody braces and a Yamaha damper for the trunk which absorbs micro-vibrations. Part of the restoration has also seen carbon fiber strengthening added to the front bulkhead as well as titanium plates to the rear suspension turrets. This also joined a complete refresh of bushes and mounts, but all suspension arms and links have been left stock.

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You only have to look around the engine bay to fully understand just how seriously Nismo takes these restoration jobs.

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All of this attention to detail and the extra touches that Nismo has thrown in, you know, just because its their own demo car, makes this the cleanest R33 GT-R in existence. Probably. Bold statement, but I’ll stand by it.

Finshed To Perfection
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The interior too follows the overall theme of the rest of the car.

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It’s simple, with just a few choice additions to make it that little more special. Actually, scratch that, more like Nismo special.

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And that’s precisely why when you give a car to Nismo to strip down and rebuild, the odometer gets reset to zero. It’s official too, noted in all the paperwork and registration documents. This aspect alone makes it worth the great cost to a lot of GT-R fanatics.

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Thankfully, the single most unattractive thing of the BCNR33’s original cabin – the stock airbag steering wheel – was replaced with a more modern and coherently designed item from the BNR34. This one change has such a big impact on the interior’s appearance.

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The Nismo gauge cluster in the center console is a nice touch, and it sports the old Nismo logo from the ’80s and ’90s.

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The rest of the cabin gets a feel of modernity thanks to the leather and Alcantara seat covers.

These tightly wrap the front seats and rear bench to make for a much improved ambience. Even the headliner has been reupholstered in black fabric, which again helps the interior feel more up to date.

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Nismo believes that the more cruiser feel of the R33 was the perfect base for this street oriented concept. Of course, as a customer you are able to spec additions or optional packages as your car is restored and built – just be prepared to pay for it.

As a GT-R owner, I’m very happy to see that Nismo continues to understand just how much love exists for this generation of cars. What’s even cooler is that its continuously coming up with parts to improve them in so many ways. Thank you, Nismo!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino
dino@speedhunters.com

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1

Amazing car, like they made new R33. Thank you Dino, good work as always.

Author2
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Glad to be of service!

3

Actually they made a new R33!!

Author4
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Close enough lol

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Joachim Taverne

A bit strange that they didn't directly go to thye 6speed gearbox.
May be, like you said for the antenna :

But again, it’s all about authenticity, so I guess it had to stay.

6

I totally agree. thank You Nismo because one of the days in the future one of this will be in our country LOL might rock one of them some day hahaha

Author7
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Which country would that be?

8

Our country is Philippines , ^_^ and a lot of people also import those kind here love to start seeing them on the roads

9

I can't believe that after such carefully plan restoration & well executed modifications. They fail miserably and forgot to add one of the most important & sought after piece of engineering ever created for cars. The pictures don't lie. They forgot the Cigarette Car Lighter. How can you forget that? Lol!!! That's a drop in the price right there.lol!!

Author10
Dino Dalle Carbonare

But it's so un-hipster to smoke now!

11

Lol! I bet more than half of the mechanics that work at nismo smoke.

And im sure there's a nismo cigarette lighter somewhere in the catalog.lol!!

12

There's been a Nismo cigarette lighter in their catalog for a long time.
It's actually a sort after piece second hand. It looks like a battery kill switch. Very cool!

Author13
Dino Dalle Carbonare

You have a point haha

14

Despite the fact that i'm an R34 psycho..NISMO did an excellent work on the R33 too. Thanks you Dino and Thank you NISMO! Amazing feature aw alway!

:)

Author15
Dino Dalle Carbonare

R34, will have to agree with you there ;)

16

Simply brilliant.... Delighted this level of 'factory' respect is provided to classic GTR's, and specifically my favourite in the 33.

17

I particularly like this car because of its synonymity with Japanese culture at large: extreme, yet unstated pride in doing a specific thing exceptionally well, and downright maniacal obsession with the smallest of details.

You can feel how proud Nismo is of this car and their parts just by looking at the pictures, never mind reading about the actual process, though their humility endures in the subtlety of the upgrades. Just plain awesome!

Author18
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Function first all the way!

19
Paulo Kaneko Ysobe

Thank you Dino beautiful report and the photos are amazing.

20

R33 has always been my favourite, and this I have to say it's simply the most perfect GTR I've seen.

Author21
Dino Dalle Carbonare

It would be even more perfect with an R2 engine :D

22

The legendary Omori Factory...
I remember back in early 2000's when i imported a NISSAN Silvia S15 Spec-R from Japan.... Streets were full of RX-7 FDs, EVOs, 300ZXs, Skyline GT-Rs, GTOs,...
The globalisation of nismo has made it to lose some of that magic....

Author23
Dino Dalle Carbonare

If it made proper Nismo versions of cars it wouldn't have lost any magic, quite the contrary...

24

Fantastic article, Dino!

How much flexibility or choice do you have with these modifications? For example can you only get strictly what's on this car or could you be creative and ask for specific things such as a respray in a different color or perhaps you just want the chassis refreshed as the engine has already been tuned from a different shop (eg. Mines etc.). The fact that you can go to the Omori Factory and create a Nismo built rb26 powered car is just so awesome considering I previously thought that the only way to achieve that would be to acquire a Z-tune or 400r (good luck!).

Author25
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks. There are some options but you can't ask for a lot of things. Not sure on the color, would have to ask. They are very strict though, if your car seems remotely un-roadworthy (i.e. running illegal mods like atmosphere venting oil catch cans, no cats) they won't even touch it

26

Now, how much will all of this cost? Even though it shouldn't have a price tag on it, it still is sold in our current society, right?

29
Jay Soh Tsu Chung

Damn! R33 overload this week! Thanks Dino! I have some new wallpaper materials again!

So the S2 engine is basically the same package as the 400R but without the fancy works that makes the RB-X special?

30

This has to be Aki's wet dream

Author31
Dino Dalle Carbonare

I'm sure Aki will get there eventually ...

32

Mine WILL be better... just give me more time...

33

The race is on.

Author34
Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's the attitude Aki! Leather you have them beat at least ...

35

Nice write up and pics. So we should expect a similar article on an R32 around say 2020?

Author36
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Car was actually built prior to the R33, we saw it at R's meeting in a little detail. Feature I guess is something we need to do now. Can't skip on getting the triplet of second gen GTRs!

37

I was hoping for that answer. Very much looking forward to that. And feel free to not wait until 2020!

Author38
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Haha funny! I'll get it shot don't worry!

39

Wow

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that garage though...

Author41
Dino Dalle Carbonare

That floor!

42

Beauty

43

All nismo employees must have some kind of ocd

Author44
Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's a requirement!

45

The best car than ever.

46

I'm delighted to see that Nismo have finally taken the R33 GT-R to this level, but more so, that they have focussed on a car that is specifically designed to be street driven - where it can do the greatest quantity of miles (and thus, probably enjoyed by many, many more people).

Many Skylines will now rest firmly under cover, indoors accumulating in value and Nissan (much like Porsche), built the cars to drive & enjoyed.

I wouldn't ship my car to Nismo from the UK for this treatment, however, I hope to start buying the Nismo parts to build my very own. Seeing this article means it's time to pull my R33 GT-R shell out from storage and start the rebuild.

Well done Nismo - hopefully the english-language version of your catalogue and visible distributors in the UK will be next on your agenda.

Author47
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Don't count on it. It will probably be far more efficient if you come to Japan and fill a little container yourself

48
Brennan McKissick

I'd *much* rather have something like this than that cobbled together R32 from last week. This is the kind of GTR I'd own if I had the money primarily and once they are finally legal in the states. What a great restoration.

Author49
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Same sort of money

50
JBfromSiliconValley

I'm gonna buy one of these used and then hop in and take a cruise down to my local California beach.

....oh wait

...........Sigh


Still, good coverage/pics/the usual

Author51
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Pretty sure each one of the cars they restore are tucked away forever lol

52

Nissan could have reproduced this today, it would still sell like hot cakes. I absolutely love the R33

53

I would rather pay 133000$ for this than for the rivet bolts R32...!

Great coverage Mr Dalle Carbonare!

54

six figure investment, huh?

I'd gladly give a few hundred thousand yen for this right now.

Author55
Dino Dalle Carbonare

harhar

56

Omori Factory deserves a lot of credit for keeping these automobile icons alive. If only a Honda tuner would take notice and do a similar campaign for the NSX (i.e. Type R, Type S Zero, Type S, etc).

57

I was at Omori Factory earlier this week, super cool place. Even the security there knew his GTRs!

58

Is Nismo or Nissan building this gtr's all fresh brand new to order ? Or they already have an owner? Cause i want to order a new one if I can.

Author59
Dino Dalle Carbonare

You need a base car first

60

I love everything about this. I think the R33 is the best-looking generation of Skyline.

I just wasn't aware than doing a rebuild meant you could reset the odometer to 0. Maybe because it's a manufacturer and they're providing a warrantee. Still seems a bit disingenuous as the 80% of the car is not at 0 miles, especially on a 3 decade old car.

-Alex

61

This is just... wow... lost for words... This is just as good (warning, sacrilege!), if not better than the 400R!

Dino, you've always been one of my favorite authors here on Speedhunters.com, but this article really boosted your exchange rate in my books!

Next up - the R32 Nismo re-invented - I hope! ;)

62
MPistol HVBullets

The R33 is my all-time fave - and Nismo version no less - DROOL

63

I was there a little over a year ago and I believe I saw this when it was just a painted shell. I could tell it was going to end up as something special given how painstaking the prep looked, and I'm not disappointed. Thanks for the amazing pics.

64

Beautiful. But honestly how do you just have this $$$ just laying around?

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