Project GT-R Is… Green!

It was cool reading through the comments on my recent black and white post covering off Project GT-R being wrapped. I’m also glad that no one really guessed the color I chose for the vinyl, as in a way it’s made me feel like I’ve gone for something that’s totally unexpected.

But believe me, a bit of thought went into this rather interesting hue. When Hashimoto-san told me that my car would be running a set of classic gold BBS Motorsport wheels for this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon show, visions of old race cars running the iconic 2-piece design conjured up in my mind. And that’s when the idea came to me: I should go for a take on British Racing Green.

I mean, it’s a GT-R, a Japanese sports car, so it doesn’t make any sense at all to go for a color that’s usually associated with English automobiles. Perfect. It will confuse and upset, but most importantly, people will take notice – exactly what you want a car to do at a show like TAS, right? If people take a few extra seconds to look at your car because it’s different, that’s a win in itself as far as I’m concerned.

On Thursday morning I picked up the completed GT-R from Kawanishi-ya in Yokohama and drove over to the Makuhari Messe exhibition center in Chiba to tick off something that’s long been on my bucket list: showing my GT-R at Tokyo Auto Salon.


Thankfully, Ron was there as well, meaning we could immortalize the moment with a cool series of images.


Before we did that, though, I had to ensure we at least got a few shots of it in nearby Makuhari New Town to share with you guys. I’m sure you’ll see some images floating around the internet from the show, but seeing a car out in the open just makes things all the more special.


When British Racing Green, or BRG as it’s commonly known, was first born, it was a much lighter shade of green than the one we associate it with today, so if Nissan had decided to offer the BNR34 in an inspired tone, I’m thinking that this is what it may have looked like. Bayside Green, perhaps? I don’t know, but if there had been a green version of Bayside Blue, I think this pearlescent shade with teal flip might have been the perfect match.


Then there are the wheels. These are BBS Motorsport E88s, a classic design built for and used predominately in racing. They measure 18×11-inch and are shod with Yokohama Advan Neova AD08Rs, the same 295-section tires I’ve been running on my red RAYS Volk Racing TE37RTs for a few years now. The split rim layout does make them appear smaller than they actually are, but I think that only adds to the brutally functional look they possess.


Behind the front spokes are Brembo GT 6-pot calipers mated to 355mm 2-piece, slotted and floating rotors. I spent most of the drive over to the Auto Salon trying to bed them in properly, and I’m happy to report that with each brake pedal application they came more and more alive. I can’t wait to put these bad boys to the test!


The rear rotors measure 345mm in diameter and are accompanied by 4-pot calipers. Oh and don’t worry, those aged blue wheel lug nuts were swapped out for something more fitting once the car was parked up on the show floor.

Back to the exterior wrap, here are some close-ups of the embossed ‘Tokonatsu’ and ‘NuklHeds’ logos that Narita-san and Nakamura-san incorporated into the rear wing stays. These guys are coming down to the show on Friday morning to re-wrap the passenger side headlight just like it was before it was removed for my late-night drive back to Tokyo.


Once the car was all wrapped up I finally had the chance to add a little something that’s been sitting on display in my office for a few years now. This R35 GT-R badge from Overtake was CNC-machined from a 15-layer block of carbon fiber.


The ‘RB26 Tribe’ sticker on the back window hints at there being some HKS bits hiding under the hood, but more on those in an update post on the engine.


I’m beyond ecstatic at how everything has come out; it’s like I’ve fallen in love with my 19-year-old car all over again!

Here are some more details of the wrap, hopefully showing you how it interacts with light. Vinyl wrap technology has certainly come a hell of a long way over the past years.


Let me know what you think of it all – I’m quite keen to hear everyone’s opinions, good or bad. I’ll just end by saying that it’s so difficult to plan something in your head, hoping that it might work out, and then spend a month flat trying to make it all come together. I have to give a massive thank you to all parties involved, from the guys at Hashimoto Corporation, to Narita-san and Nakamura-san, as well as Kawanishi-san who managed to fit the brakes at such short notice.

If you’re attending Tokyo Auto Salon this weekend, make sure you stop by the Hashimoto/Speedhunters booth for a look.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino

Additional Photos by Ron Celestine
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Love that its an original color, that being said not a fan of the car color / Wheel combo ( TE37V and a different shade of green possibly )


Definitely not the colour I thought you would choose Dino but I do like the execution. I was thinking more along the lines of a black or gunmetal colour but props to you for thinking outside the box.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That would have been a tad boring, it needed to stand out!


The wrap looks great I love the color , it is odd seeing the bbq mesh on the the gtr but overall you pulled off your intended look perfectly.

Ps really looking forward to the varis supra feature can't wait for that photo set

Dino Dalle Carbonare

BBQ mesh is stock

Rodney Haymer Jr.

Sick name dude



Dino Dalle Carbonare

Oh I thought you were talking abou the grilles in the bumper haha. Wheels are BBS Motorsport E88


Boss. Looks awesome Dino. You can't be unhappy with how it turned out.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yep, I didn't really know how it would all look when done but I was pleasently surprised that it all came to be close to perfect


Don't know why but the colour and wheel combo almost reminded me of the 1983 Dick Johnson "Greens-Tuf" Falcon raced at Bathurst.


Love the color as well, Turquoise green metallic?
Looks GORGEOUS. That's what a proper R34 should be.

Dino Dalle Carbonare



Never seen a GT-R in that color and it fricken works so well. Reminds me of the deep bottle green on the McLaren F1 XP GT.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah I've always had strage thoughts about green...glad I tired it out!


I didn't know the GTR would look so good in a colour other than bayside blue or midnight purple. The rims look amazing and honestly the TE37's were a boring rim.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yah may be getting rid of the red TEs


I can't help but think that the BRG/Gold combo isn't "out there" enough for TAS. Execution and final outcome is exemplary though!

I was half expecting a PTS colour to be honest!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Well, maybe it is on a GTR?



Dino Dalle Carbonare

Bery bery pawa-furu :D




When I saw the title, I was worried it might be some lurid retina-slapping green, or a gloss dark green like the F82 M4... but that is just beautiful, and is made even more so with the wheel colour coordination. Perrrrrfect wheel fitment, ride height, and tyre size too. Considered, clean, and with nothing to prove. I really hope you keep those E88s on the car!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Come on man, I'd never go for taky shit! Everything needs to have a meaning and a function ;)


When I saw the wrap colour I was like, why didn't go a darker shade like C110 Kenmeri No.73 car? It would have been a great tribute!
But hey, I can't complain with BRG, Awesome job as always, those combinations are coming together really well!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Tribute to a car that never raced? ;)


Okay good point. I was trying to keep it Nissan motorsports themed.

Byt hey, it still looks great!


I love those wheels. Wrap is well done. Clean classic r34gtr contgrats. I need to see many pictures of the new re amemya fd cars please.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's coming up, don't worry. It's just that after TAS it's literally shoots non-stop for a few days.


Idc what country vehicles is affiliated with that color, its gorgeous!

Dino Dalle Carbonare



Absolutely love the colour !


I'm green with envy dino...

Dino Dalle Carbonare



Wow, looks amazing! The vinyl is really a way to stand out nowadays.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I just love that you can do it, it looks like paint (sort of) and then when you are tired you just remove it #ispaintdead?


Great choice! Not-In-Your-Face-green is an understated category of color. Was looking at BRG when I was about to wrap my Stagea but went for a dark blue metallic to hide all the flaws I hadn't had time to fix before I needed it out the shed. Now its back in the shed to get all those flaws fixed, panels redesigned, missing panels made, r35 rear bumper fabricated and some bigger work done. Always fancied the GTR GT3...

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Your car looks sick as dude!


Thanks man! With even more time and effort im hoping itll look even sicker. Still alot to do before i get this winters plans for it done but its coming there.


That is one sick ride!
How difficult was the Stagea to R35 conversion? Especially the panelgaps and all?


Thanks, appreciate it!
It was somewhat hard tbh, haven't done such an extensive fiberglass work before. Used new carbon R35 fender that I modded and joined with fiberglass copies of the that part from the Stagea doors. That's is one of the flaws though, they weren't spot on so did work on them the other day as can be seen in the attached pic, to get the fenders as good as I can before I make molds from them. Genuine DBA GTR front bumper, carbon oem style hood, frp replica front lip and sideskirts that I adapted to the car.
The rest is made from big foam boards that I shaped into the rear door panels and quarter panels, then laid fiberglass on those and worked from that. Re-doing the shape of the rear door panels, amongst other things, this winter to get them more streamlined.


Ahh seems hard af hahaha!
But damn it looks sweet!
How much weight do you reckon was added to the car after the fascia swap?


lol yeah thanks again!
Well with the fresh set of fenders ill make from the molds, id say it should be about the same up front since the carbon bonnet is lighter than the m35 one. The widebody rear panels though, they add a few kilos each. I can cut out the panels behind them but it wouldnt make much difference on such a big boat.. car. Will have to compensate with power lol.


Power is always the answer hahaha!
Best of luck with your build!


Haha thats true!
Take care mate


It is absolutely beautiful Dino! Those wheels look phenomenal on the R34.
BRG sounded weird in my head, but damn it looks sweet!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah wheels were growing on me, but they are gone now, just a quick lend from BBS Motorsport


RIP haha, well the TEs look great as well! Maybe gold finished ones now?


Green is good, but I would have gone for a darker tint to increase the contrast against the gold wheels.

Happy with the Yokohama tires? Considering for my own car next.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Didn't fancy a darker shade honestly, it needed to have a pearl like effect when the light hits it much like Bayside Blue, so this was spot on! AD08Rs? Been running them for years, phenomenbal tyres


Great/classic combo! Only let down by an apparent lack of depth to the finish which it just doesn’t seem possible to get with wrap?
Next step, get it resprayed so we can see a deep gloss ;)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I tried waxing it, got super slick, but didn't give any depth at all. It is plastic after all lol


Wow that color pops! It reminds me of the brown r34 you featured a while back... I think you should have kept the bbs on one side and mounted the red rims on the other...... andput Nismo Fenders on it already!!!! But damn dino... *slow hand clap* this is going to be an interesting 2018! I can't wait to see what you have in store next

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Nismo fenders are a MUUUUUUST!


Well done, it not only is unexpected, but also looks great! Again, well done ;)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks man, was a tough job attempting to keep that element of surprise going


original... beautiful.


original, beautiful


It looks horrendous. If you wanted something to stand out, go for something that suits its lines, and that's always a blue and gold rim combo. A metallic midnight/electric blue with golden Rotiforms would be really fresh, but not bring in too much hate.
On the upside it does look very jarring and 80's....


Only problem with that is at tas, that won’t stand out. the whole reason that it was wrapped is to stand out. kinda like those chrome gold aventadors. lol

Dino Dalle Carbonare



Haha, I'd have thought so 5 years ago but I like it! xD
But then we all have opinions and different tastes don't we hahah!


I´m really glad, that it is not a flat orange wrap, or what people do to cars these days.

Well, for some it is a sacrilege to wrap a Bayside Blue car. Sure, it is one of the best colours on the R34. I never thought, that green would look so good on a R34 Skyline - but it does. The gold BBS fit the car and the new colour so nicely. Well done, Dino, very good choice.

But am I the only one, who thinks, this car needs Nismo skirts and rear spats?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Should be coming this year ... It's taken me 19 years but I think I've made my mind up haha


Haha, very good! In my eyes, your car will be perfect then. You never go wrong with a Z2 bumper and Nismo parts. :) Can´t wait for the update.


Hi there!
Dino, the color is amazing, new combo is looking so great, really.
(I actually think U'll use "Millenium Jade", but such mislead is perfect!)

IMHO adding classic white "number circles" and kind of turbofan covers on front wheels will add more brutal look =)

P.S. shine at TAS, man)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

BBS are gone already unfortunately but the turbofans woudl have been cool haha


100% agreed if the number circles are left blank


Elegante, aggressiva, vintage, moderna, sportiva, classica... Spunta tutte le caselle! Meravigliosa @Dino!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Grazie Ricky!


Well... This was unexpected. But I love it, it's totally original! Still mad props to you Dino!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks man!


Perfect!! Perhaps those haters are lacking of taste? It would choose Black Nismo LM GT4 against the green. Looks much more... umm... EVIL...

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Being on the BBS Motorsport booth I was kind of restricted with wheel choice haha ;)


It's beautiful DIno! Have contemplated a similar green on my Legnum for a while.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Do it!


I love it, one hundred percent. Green has always been my favorite color, and it can be a tough one to pull off with modern cars, depending on the shade. This just works, especially with the gold wheels which is not something I would expect to work at all. Hell of a choice, I think you made the right one.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It was a tough thing to attempt to do, but I think it worked out in the end. Bayside Green FTW!!


"turbofan covers on the front wheels".
Maybe it's the kitch in me but I think this would be pretty unique on an R34

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I would have done it if we had more time


That's the point!)


Looks really, really pretty in green Dino. Surprisingly bright and tasteful at the same time!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thank you!


I think it looks nice. To me, however, it is the little details that stand out and make this wrap job so special. The way you've integrated the different logos underneath the wrap for an embossed look... it's hot, you can subtly call out sponsors while maintaining an "Ooh, so clean!" look. I love that.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yep, that was Narita-san at Tokonatsu Factory and Nakamura-san of Nukleheds that came up with that. Thought it was super cool


As Taylor Swift would say:


I actually like it more in green than in blue, looks different but yet cool and refreshing. Are you going to leave it like this?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I'll keep it for a while for sure! Enjoying the freshness!


The colours is perfect! Very unique also, I havent seen so many green GTRs around. Love it!


DINO!!! This is AMAZING!! Like everyone, I'm a huge fan of the classic Bayside Blue, but I'm a sucker for green and this colour is so unique and different. The whole point of customizing is to have your own unique style and that's not always seen in GTRs. But this...this is great. I love the clean look. Still custom, but not all up in your face. LOVE IT!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Glad to hear you like it! Getting a ton of positive feedback on it so quite happy with it all


"Your elemental power is.... Greeeeeennnn"

Looks fantastic!!


I love it! Makes me want to do BRG for my bmw! Love the wheels and wide tires!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Go for it!!


The color reminds me a lot of the Chevrolet light teal metallic color that my truck came with. Granted, it was more teal with blue flip, but all greens are good. This one especially; it looks fantastic with the gold bbs.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's got a lot of cool reflections under the light so turend out awesome for the show


It seems like 2018 is the year for the color green! Car looks awesome Dino!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah I'll try and keep it on for most of the year!


As much as I really didn't think a Skyline could pull off any shade of green, you go and wrap it green. Gotta say, it actually looks really good with green. Something I never expected.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It worked in my mind, but I didn't expect it to actually look this green. I was shitting myself as I thought it would end up looking a little cheesey. Glad it didn't!


This is a great build i'm excited to see the post on the engine

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah gotta get through TAS coverage firts, the RWB Museum and HKS Premium day. Then I can start sharing the various steps the car has been through :)


The origins of British Racing Green can actually be traced back to Ireland. On a side note Nissan did bring out a metallic green based on BRG it was on Silvias and was called Emerald Green (i'd like to think in homage to Sonic but more likely to Ireland).

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Ireland IS very green isn't it

Matthew Everingham


Dino Dalle Carbonare



Typo in first sentence of article.

Love the look of the car.


British Racing Green Everything!
I too chose a variation of this color for my car. Liquid Vinyl tho , instead of sheets of vinyl.

GREAT COLOR! Love it! Cant wait for the engine update post.


i'll say this once, if you want green better go with Hasemi Primera Green :D


lol Tamiya kit


The stance and wheel fitment are absolutely spot-on.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Function is best ;)


Looks great, but if you REALLY want it to stand out, do it in a green velvet wrap. Mmm, silky. ;-)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Next year maybe? Then people can draw big penises on the bonnet lol


cool car but the wrap reminds me of shitty 2014ish stance builds

Dino Dalle Carbonare



I don't have a problem with the color; only the fact that it's a wrap.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

What's wrong with a wrap?


I can't really put my finger on it, it just doesn't seem as right as paint to me. Probably because it's too easy, and also too trendy. Everywhere you look everyone is doing freakin' full-body wraps for everything; when I start seeing people use vinyl tape for the base color, it just feels fake somehow. Also some of my favorite racing liveries come from 1990s NASCAR i.e. before full-body wraps became a thing.

Also, upon looking it up, it seems that wraps have trouble with door jambs, engine bays, that kind of stuff, plus you might have seams, thus paint will always come off as a higher quality job at least if you have your hood open at a show. And I've seen at least one wrap that was just a terrible job with visible scraps and patches on surfaces that should have been smooth. Up close, it looked terrible, far away, it looked... still terrible, because matte-pearlescent purple is ew.

Honestly, it really does feel fake somehow. It takes all the skill and quality out of the job of changing your car's look, and turns it into a triviality served up on a platter. Lot of things operate that way at this point in time, and I really don't consider that to be a positive thing.


Loving everything. Nothing to critique. 10/10!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Much appreciated!


Looks great Dino!


It looks simply amazing in this color, and man I love those wheels, i saw them in real life at the nurburgring one year ago and I fell in love immediately!!!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah all about function. I was surprise how much clearence they allow for big brakes


Dare I say you should keep it this way?? It'll look cool with the red wheels too.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Wrap is staying for a bit, wheels are already gone


Looks clean. But you're missing your front right wheel cap!

; )

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's becasue the front drive shaft is too long and protrudes. Reason I've never ran center caps on my wheels. Rears are fine


Love the colour Dino. A nice take on BRG. This version should be called Matcha something.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Haha good call, Emerald Matcha


I love the color combo but also slightly miss the Bayside Blue!!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's under there hehe


Did you get any pictures of the car before it was wrapped with those wheels??

Dino Dalle Carbonare

No they wheels were fitted a few hours before the show


The combination that usually seen on bmw. Well done dino. Car look good and hopefully drive better.

Dino Dalle Carbonare



18-inch BBS are absolutely perfect!


Hey Dino. I'm going to Japan a bit later in the year and I'd love to know some of the must visit spots for a car guy in the country if you've got any.


at first it was like WHAT ? ? ? but as you said the goal is for people to take a look into the car. And the color really does that. It separates its from other GTRs make it unique. And people will need a lot of convincing with the color that its a GTR but when you see the pictures out on the Makuhari New Town it just makes all the sense and start to fall for it. GREAT mind Dino great one.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I can confirm it worked well at the show


Truly Classic and though style. Nice work Dino!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thank you!


"When Hashimoto-san told me that my car would be running a set of classic gold BBS Motorsport wheels for this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon show, visions of old race cars running the iconic 2-piece design conjured up in my mind. And that’s when the idea came to me: I should go for a take on British Racing Green."

Well my mind took me to the E30 M3 wheels (don't know the style code).


Such a great thing to drive this beautiful car,its madly insane colour but its looked great to this that gtr


Bravo Dino! It looks incredible man... the color is perfect, the wheels are perfect. To me, this look destroys the blue and red combo. I'd love to see my LSB E46 M3 with that wrap!!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Go for it, it's a fun thing to get your car wrapped, makes it all so fresh again!


Looks fantastic Dino. You're spot-on about it being the green equivalent of Bayside Blue - the colour has the same kind of depth and brightness to it. Any lighter or darker and I don't think it'd work.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah right? That's the frist thing I thought when I saw the roll of vinyl


Totally unexpected to see that color! At first glance I was thinking "meh" but the more i look at the photos the more I like it. And working in the wrap business I can definitely tell they did an amazing job around the corners and everywhere! And the carbon emblem is pure awsomness!
I hope you'll enjoy the new upgrades to the max!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah they said the 34 is one of the hardest cars they worked on, so many 90-degree corners all over the place. The Nismo bumper was a total bitch!


I absolutely love the colour. It's incredible!!! At least it's a wrap so it doesn't piss off any R34 purists. Personally even though I'm a bit of a purist, it is amazing to look at. Looking forward to seeing more of it soon :)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

The purists can go away. I do what I like with my car.


Looks great!


Dino the car looks amazing bro! nice color combination... and the wheels OMG! just perfect!


Great color combo. Reminds me of my old Mazda Mx-6


how did you fall out of love with an r34 gtr??

Dino Dalle Carbonare



Hey Dino, happy new year!
Can't say I'm a fan of the colour at all - reminds free of the Australian cricket team! - but the application and finish are excellent from your photos and as long as you're happy, that's the main thing!
Hope you had fun at TAS!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Lol I had to reseatch that


Green, Gold, and with a hint of Red?

Reminds me of Shenron!!

Love it man!! :D

Dino Dalle Carbonare

haha awesome!


Looks superduper fresh <3


Shades of Blend 37 Laguna, for me. I like it.


I liked it earlier. That to me is the best version of a R34 . Really Dont like the color and not a big fan of those BBS Classic Rim's . Bring the old look back PLEASE !!!! Love the Functional mods that you've put into it though .

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's a wrap and the wheels are gone already ;)


congratulations Dino, really really great job... you are one of the person that makes car culture amazing.


Looks absolutely amazing on the E88. Well done!!!!


i love the green. there aren't enough green cars these days, especially done right. i think the wheels look great with it as well. green for the money, gold for the hunnies! haha.


Colore azzeccatissimo!! Grande Dino!

Richard Clayderman

That looks really flat and tacky. How confident are you about not finding razor scratches in the paint when you peel off the vinyl? Total garbage. Also, everyone else's opinions are total garbage. Wraps are an outside "maybe" for a laugh, but I thought you really cherished this car? Look at the horrible texture on that closeup. You can achieve better results with cheap rattle cans. Also the carbon badge is chintzy AF. It could be 300 layers of hand-laminated virgin whale hymen set in unicorn ivory but it would still look like the got money equivalent of rainy afternoon ebay pocket money mod. Perhaps Kim Jong Un will drop a nuke on it soon enough anyway.

7/5; would park a good paint job next to it to show it up

Anyone who disagrees with me is an idiot.



I've never once thought about any shade of green on a GTR. I've seen emerald green but it was far too dark. This shade is like the goldilocks zone level of goodness. Just perfect. I'm also a huge fan of colored rims with a polish and the wheel choice alone is great and matched with the green it's superb. This is definitely one of my favorite R34 builds.


I liked the aged blue wheel nuts


What happen to your Mine's aero mirror dino??