Ask any true Japanese car enthusiast which car would be their dream machine and 90% of them would tell you a Nissan Skyline, many would tell you it was through watching countless JDM videos online, some will tell you it’s because of reading magazines like Max Power and Fast Car growing up which drummed the GTR brand into our brain’s but a select few will tell you it was through blasting the nights away on Gran Turismo.
The owners of the R32 GTR and R34 GTR we have on display are some of those’s people who constantly blasted their PlayStation’s into the early hours of the morning honing their pixel GTR’s on course’s like deep forest raceway and the autumn ring.
I can fully relate to Lewis’s (R34) GT addiction because it was me that pushed him into it! We went to school together and Lewis was one of my brothers friends and we would spend endless weekends trying to achieve that elusive super licence.
So it was etched in Lewis’s mind from then, that one day he would have to own a R34 GTR at some point in his life.
At the same time Jimbles (R32) was hatching his own plan to own a GTR but he preferred a GTR that would be less electronically intrusive and what he describes as the “Original Godzilla” something Lewis dismisses very comically whenever Jimbles brings it up.
Jimbles and Lewis met (pre GTR’s) at Uni through a friend of a friend, they hung out regularly and they naturally became good friends, it was Lewis that persuaded Jim into the GTR, one blast in the R34 made Jimbles’s mind up for him, Jimble had always wanted a R32 but the trip along the back roads had fully focused his mind on what he wanted.
The R32 GTR you see here is the one he picked, imported by New Era in 2012, now before we go further, if you know your importers you will know who New Era are and what they stand for, which is cars of the highest standard!
This bayside blue 32 is immaculate! Starting with the exterior, the car is pretty much how it comes from the factory bar the intercooler vents, bonnet lip and rear boot lip spoiler.
The 32’s footwork is taken care of by Ray Volk’s and their CV pro wheel in 18″
In the cabin Jimble’s GTR rocks a Nismo driver’s seat, titanium gear knob, OEM GTR mat’s
And an Impul wheel on a work’s bell snap off boss.
Under the bonnet is where its start’s to get interesting
The standard RB26 has had some advanced ECU reprogramming by Impul in Japan
HKS hard pipes help the intercooler flow the air into the turbo’s
But some of the nicest additions come in the form of some discontinued ARC goodies
First up is the super rare and pretty much impossible to find titanium strut brace,
the welding on it is awesome!
ARC blowoff vales help to keep the turbo’s spinning and an ARC cooling panel tidies up the bay nicely
While the ARC intake just looks amazing! If you don’t have an ARC box in your life you are missing out!
A Nismo coppermix clutch helps transfer the power the RB produces through the gearbox and out to the four wheels for the drive.
The 32 gets its growl from one of thee nicest exhaust’s I have ever snapped
The Tomei Expreme Ti is a work of art, just look at the colours!
Jimble loves the 32’s lack of electronics which is quite ironic as he is an electrical engineer lecturer but thats how he likes it ha!
unfortunately the R33 GTR was always the ugly duckling compared to the R32 that came before and the R34 which came after, which is a shame as it has similar potential to these two but the R34 GTR is the “playstation generation’s” choice and it was Lewis’s first choice for definite!
Those hours whiled away in charge of a pixelated R34 GTR hadn’t prepared him for the reality of having a GTR for real though!
We featured Lewis’s R34 before but we couldn’t resist seeing what he had done to it since then and also find out what he had planned for its future
Lewis’s GTR was brought into the country by another well know importer of only the best car’s, Jm-Imports, the owner himself Jurgen has his own GTR but its a 1300 BHP JUN tuned R35, so he was definitely in a position to pick the best GTR for Lewis
Originally the car came pretty standard bar the 18′ BBS’s the car still sits on, lewis decided to add some of his own touches
Exterior wise Lewis has added the Top Secret front end, a product Lewis fully loves and from a company he really loves (some more on that later on) He also added some Nismo side spat’s along with the carbon rear spats and extended carbon spoiler mounts.
He also added an extra carbon splitter on the front to save his beloved TS front aero.
Suspension is taken care of by HKS with the Hipermax coilovers
On the inside Lewis has made the cabin more comfortable with the addition of Top Secret gearknob and super awesome Top Secret floor mats, the rest of the interior is how it comes from Nissan which is pretty epic, the Gran Turismo link doesn’t stop because the guy who designed GT also helped with the design of the R34’s digital display.
Like Jimble’s car, under the bonnet of Lewis’s car is where the excitement happens
The standard RB26 is joined by a host of ARC product’s
The air box, catch can and carbon cooling panel all come from ARC
along with HKS hard pipe kit,TS oil cap and Blitz Rad cap
Blitz blow off valves and a Nismo water pump have also been added to the RB
The engines power gets pushed through a Nismo twin plate clutch and ECU duties are taken care of by Apexi.
So what does the future hold for Lewis’s GTR? Lewis has never been shy when talking about his GTR and a trip last year to Japan helped him get one step closer to his Gran Turismo dream.
The Gran Turismo dream is truly alive and just like GT there can only be one winner!