The Wildest R35 GT-R In The World

The title is a big call, I know, but if it’s ever completed I’m pretty sure that this GT-R will live up to it.

The renderings you’re seeing are what Ando-san’s car was supposed to be before he decided to build his World Time Attack Challenge Lancer Evolution. With Escort in charge of building and developing this car and Voltex taking care of the aero package, this was going to be the most advanced track-going R35 GT-R out there, save perhaps for the Super GT, GT1 and GT3 variants.

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But then progress halted as the team discovered that the build was going to take a lot more time than they had. Ando wanted to contest the WTAC Pro class with a competitive car from the get-go, and the Evo was the proven platform to start working on quickly. So the R35 idea was put on the back burner, and nothing was heard about it for a few years.

Until now.

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Nakajima-san of Voltex was at Sunday’s R’s Meeting with this, the dry carbon center section of the car that he’s been working on in his spare time.

It’s a reminder that while this project may have been given an indefinite timeline to complete, things are still moving along. Nakajima says that he’s still very much studying and researching how best to approach it all, as it’s beyond anything anyone has ever attempted with the R35.

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The one-piece carbon fiber section is a hint at the underlying chassis being a mix of unibody and tube frame.

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It’s skeletal at best, extremely thin and there only to act as a cover rather than a stress-carrying part of the car.

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The section around where the doors shut is the most complex, everywhere else the carbon fiber looks to be no more than a millimeter thick.

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Given it probably only weighs around 10kg, it’s no surprise they had to strap a weight to it to ensure it didn’t fly away in a gust of wind.

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The most curious part was the square opening on the left side of the roof section. I’m not sure what this would be for; it’s obviously not an ejector seat for the passenger side…

While it’s still very much in the early stages of development, it’s nice to see that the project is still actually progressing. I really hope they do bring this car to fruition, not only to see just how far the R35 platform can be pushed, but for all the technical solutions needed to create a fast and competitive time attack car. Gamatte to all involved!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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dino@speedhunters.com

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1

The wildest for sure and the work is fabulous even if it takes a decade. But i can't agree with you classing this thing under the R35 family/platform, it's more like a silhouette.

2

If he wants to compete at WTAC it will need standard floor pan and firewall, by looking at this it looks like it will be grafted on to it.

3

I have to agree with you, once you go away from stock chassis rails its no longer what it was.

4

Is it going to be a full tube frame car, or maybe he’s incorporating the factory frame rails/floor pan.

5

The left opening is probably for a cabin air intake

6

No, in fact this a "safety system". If the driver or anyone can't open the door, they can extract the driver with this opening. In GT3 this is compulsory and this is closed with max 7 bolt.
You can see it in a Ferrari 488 gt3 for instance

7

It’s a right hand drive car and the hole is on the left.

8

Why do you assume its right hand drive?? Its a cleansheet racecar, the organic ballast will sit where its deemed to be best for performance :).
Definitely a safety extraction opening

10

Dear Dino, if you use hyperbole in so many of your articles, it diminishes the effect of what you're trying to say. Beautiful photos as usual :)

11

Dino is Italian. Hyperbole is compulsory starting just after birth. I would be disappointed if he was LESS hyperbolic.

12

I would bet the hole in the roof is part of some safety hatch system as seen in GTE Pro cars and DTM.

13

no shit sherlock.

14

Dig it up Holmes

15

Said it like "no shit" as in duh. As in anyone with half a brain knows that. Sorry if that was unclear.

16

The opening on the roof is similar to what some GT3 race cars have. It's there to extract the driver in an emergency.

17

The GT500 GT-R is a silhouette car as well, having a carbon tub and for a few years even a I4 engine. Hopefully this will have at least the powertrain related to the R35.

18

How about, it is some nice carbon fibre work. Click bait title.

19

It looks like a wilder version of the ATS-V.R, especially in the opening photos. There are some bodywork similarities when it's modified to that degree.

20

This should have been the new Supra.

21
Jay Soh Tsu Chung

If this thing ever gets completed, I'd dare say this will be the fastest track GT-R ever built. The render has it to look like a Super GT machine, but if it does come with a VR38 engine, I'm pretty damn sure it will output more power than even the GT3 racer. I'd consider it a GT500 Evo.

22

The opening in the roof is NOT to extract the driver, because it is way too small for this. It has the same use as in GT3 /GT4 cars all over the world: To take off the helmet of the driver after a crash where there could be damage to his spine. If the paramedics have to, they can even stabilize the driver with some kind of rail through the roof-hole.

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