Attention whores? Look just a little closer and you'll see they're far from trailer queens, though yes, it's true; these colorful Nissan yell for attention on the outside. You're lookin' at two street- and track-driven warriors. Neither is stanced out and they both share similar modifications on the chassis and motor-no crazy engine conversions or forced induction kits but just the right level of mods to boost the car's ability to attack the road course while still keeping the reliability and luxury level for the street. The GT-R and Z may also be reader-built rides, which makes them that much sweeter to showcase inside our annual Nissan issue.
2012 nissan 2009 and GTRtoday to the Nissan GT-R. The R35 is actually a balanced, basically and powerful turnkey track car. It performs leagues past other similarly priced competitors, giving any Godzilla owner the most significant bang with regard to their buck. If you earn more than what we should do here, and while it still has a price point of $100K brand-new, pre-owned R35 are dropping into the $40K-range so there's grounds to get one more than ever-that is! But for people who have the means and can appreciate the GT-R for what it is, they have a vehicle they are able to really take advantage of like Tim Pu from Irvine, Calif. He acquired this '12 model and already knew what to expect. The GT-R is a fast car! he exclaimed. But I also wanted to have that 'wow' factor, too. Furthermore, it had to be a streetable car that served track duties a few times annually. And what better place to modify the autosimply sexy machines coming out of their shop, for example last year's Nissan issue cover car. So with the mission to make Tim's GT-R pop about the street, nothing says take a look at me much better than bright yellow, right? Precisely! There's possibly no color that screams for attention a lot more than the yellow wrap used on this R35. But beneath the vinyl is the reason why this car special-a mash-up of carbon-fiber body parts. The top bumpers, side skirts and hood come from Top Racing-ultra-rare in the GT-R community and all of made of carbon-fiber. Based on the R's Tuning these parts were actually the first Top Racing R35 parts imported into the Usa. The madness didn't stop there with Password JDM fenders, also constructed of carbon-fiber and modified from the R's Tuning to flow. The back fenders are from Wald, while the diffuser is something to admire-a mix of Wald and Difflow pieces-even though the Seibon dry carbon-fiber trunk features a monstrous spoiler from Kognition. It's hard to think that with all these different companies used on the outside, a car would come together nicely. But it definitely makes it one of the more recognizable GT-Rs we've ever come across.
The fly bodywork is only just a piece of this R35's puzzle though. The R's Tuning continued through to develop the right handling package for the car. First, the chassis received a KW sleeve kit designed to do business with the factory struts and mounts, also giving the GT-R a tad sportier ride. New camber arms were also thrown into help align the car with -2.5°-an ideal setup for the car's street and trackextremely hard to fit passengers in the back seat anyways, we approve the custom cage and harness bar by The R’s Tuning.
The twin-turbo V6 already puts down more than enough for any guy like Tim using a factory-rated 530hp and 448 lb-ft of torque, concerning power. But who doesn't like more? Without going overboard, The R's added an MxP downpipe and exhaust, an upgraded fuel pump, HKS Cobb and intake Tuning flash. With some ECU tuning by SP Engineering, the 3.8-liter improved to 545hp and 535 lb-ft.
Even though many might have a look at Tim's spec list and consider it minor, it's carried out with the right purpose. The car breaks necks since it did within the Mackin Industries booth at SEMA just last year. It's also a solid car to spend hours cruising on a long road trip, since the GT-R proved traveling backwards and forwards from Orange County to Las Vegas for SEMA. And lastly, it can dominate on the track as it posted some of the best results and lap times in last year's Optima Challenge. If you ask us, straight up all-star status!
The Porsche 911... It just doesn't get old. But even when it will, its design is timeless; stunning in most its variations. So, each time we see one, we think about vehicular perfection. The Porsche 911 will always be the one, although there are other cars we lust after.
Even though it can be challenging to sift through the submissions we receive or builds we come across, not wanting to disappoint anybody who's poured their heart within their own car, sometimes the decision is easy. Go ahead and take 1978 Porsche 911 SC you see here, for example. This makes us want to sell everything we own simply to park it outside our office. Owner Bill Earon can be awill be the wrong word. Bill's successful in business, which has allowed him to feed his motorsport addiction. He races a 996 Cup Car in the Pirelli Driver's Cup Series at tracks country wide, and placed second in his class last season. Even though he isn't the hands-on wrenching type, Bill means himself as more of a general contractor when it comes to his 911, giving direction and input during its lengthy restoration.
Bill repainted his SC, as is blatantly obvious. But you might not rememberwhen considering out this way! The Cobra seats blend perfectly
Before I bought the Cup Car, my SC was a very competitive racer, he revealed. But after driving an actual racecar, little else could compare, so I chose to turn the SC right into a street car.
As a result, the race-prepped '78 was torn down and, upon its reconstruction, Bill became painfully aware that his beloved P-car needed many parts replaced. After Bell's fixed and replaced so many parts, I eventually decided to replace everything to really make it like-new, he recalled. A great deal for just a paint job!
The original narrow-body fenders remained intact, but the addition of Getty Design's hood, bumpers and deck lid added the racing touch the 911 needed. And as a result of Bell's, the fit and completeSome Fikse FM/10 wheels, finished and staggered in matte black, work perfectly underneath the 911, especially with meaty 275-section Toyo R888 race rubber poking out back.
Upon first glance, you're instantly aware it is a special car. It's not merely another restoration project, and thanks to BBi Autosport around the corner in Huntington Beach, CA, the exhaust fabrication has generated a symphony you want to hear over and over again.
At its heart, the 911 boasts a 270hp 3.2-liter flat-six with 964 cams. It was fully refurbished and isThe truth is, the only orange lick is seen on the big Brembo calipers that keep your car in check.
With a peek inside, it's as minimalist as it was supposed to be. A set of fixed-back Cobra race seats were re-upholstered, along with the headliner and door cards. A dated Momo steering wheel and tall motorsport shifter were the only other accessories it required.
After a year of labor, and itching to get behind the wheel, Bill sat down with Loren Beggs at 911 Design in Montclair, CA. During their conversation, he was persuaded to permit some final touches. Loren removed the motor to re-plate all exposed metal, Bill explained. Additionally, they fine-tuned the look, worked on the tiny details, and polished an already stellar job.
It's funny that what was meant to be a dedicated racecar has transformed into such a fun street car, Bill laughed. People always ask what exactly it is because you can't just purchase a car such as this. It's so special and unique.