Attention whores? Yes, it's true; these colorful Nissan yell for attention on the outside, but look a little closer and you'll see they're far from trailer queens. You're lookin' at two street- and track-driven warriors. Neither is stanced out and they both share similar modifications to the chassis and motor—no crazy engine conversions or forced induction kits but just the right amount of mods to improve the car's ability to attack the road course while still keeping the reliability and comfort level for the street. The GT-R and Z are also reader-built rides, which makes them that much sweeter to showcase in our annual Nissan issue.
Let's face it; there isn't much that compares on the road today to the Nissan GT-R. The R35 is a powerful, balanced and basically turnkey track car. It performs leagues past other similarly priced competitors, giving any Godzilla owner the biggest bang for their buck. And while it still has a price point of $100K brand new, pre-owned R35 are dropping into the $40K-range so there's a reason to get one more than ever—that is, if you earn more than what we do here! But for people who have the means and can appreciate the GT-R for what it is, they have a vehicle they can really take advantage of like Tim Pu from Irvine, Calif. He picked up 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. It also had to be a streetable car that served track duties a few times a year." And what better place to modify the car than The R's Tuning in Tim's own hometown?
The R's Tuning is a fairly new tuner but we've been seeing nothing but sexy machines coming out of their shop, such as last year's Nissan issue cover car. So with the mission to make Tim's GT-R pop on the street, nothing says "look at me" better than bright yellow, right? Precisely! There's possibly no color that screams for attention more than the yellow wrap used on this R35. But underneath the vinyl is what makes this car special—a mash-up of carbon-fiber body parts. The front bumpers, side skirts and hood are from Top Racing—ultra-rare in the GT-R community and all made of carbon-fiber. These parts were actually the first Top Racing R35 parts imported into the U.S. according to The R's Tuning. The madness didn't stop there with Password JDM fenders, also constructed of carbon-fiber and modified by The R's Tuning to flow. The rear fenders are from Wald, while the diffuser is something to admire—a combination of Wald and Difflow pieces—while the Seibon dry carbon-fiber trunk features a monstrous spoiler from Kognition. It's hard to believe that with all these different companies used on the exterior, a car would come together nicely. But it definitely makes it one of the most 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 on to develop the right handling package for the car. First, the chassis received a KW sleeve kit designed to work with the factory struts and mounts, also giving the GT-R a tad sportier ride. New camber arms were also thrown in to help align the car with -2.5°—an ideal setup for the car's street and track duties. For rollers, 20x11" Volk Racing G25 wheels along with 285-series Nitto NT01 tires provide impeccable grip for the all-wheel drive beast.
As for power, the twin-turbo V6 already puts down more than enough for a guy like Tim with a factory-rated 530hp and 448 lb-ft of torque. But who doesn't like more? Without going overboard, The R's added an MxP downpipe and exhaust, an upgraded fuel pump, HKS intake and Cobb Tuning flash. With some ECU tuning by SP Engineering, the 3.8-liter improved to 545hp and 535 lb-ft.
While many might look at Tim's spec list and consider it minor, it's done with the right purpose. The car breaks necks as it did in the Mackin Industries booth at SEMA last year. It's also a solid car to spend hours cruising on a long road trip, as the GT-R proved traveling back and forth 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. Straight up all-star status if you ask us!
2012 Nissan GT-R
Engine HKS intake and spark plugs; MxP downpipe and exhaust; Deatschwerks fuel pump; Cobb Tuning AP005 software flash; tuned by SP Engineering
Footwork & Chassis KW sleeve coilover kit; The R's Tuning camber arms and rollcage
Brakes Project Mu steel braided lines; dry carbon-fiber front brake ducts
Wheels & Tires 20x11" +15 Volk Racing G25 wheels; 285/35R20 Nitto NT01 tires
Exterior Top Racing carbon-fiber widebody front bumper, hood and side skirts; Password JDM carbon-fiber widebody fenders; Wald International rear fenders and carbon-fiber diffuser (top section); Difflow 5 Element diffuser (lower section); Seibon dry carbon trunk; Kognition rear wing
Interior Recaro Pole Position seats with The R's Tuning brackets; Schroth six-point harnesses; AutoTecknic shift paddles
Other awesome R35 GT-R's featured in Super Street history:
While only featured in the Fast & Furious 6 for a few seconds, this BenSopra-kitted R35 is still one of our favs. Not just pretty on the big screen, it's also 800hp and was handpicked by Paul Walker to be in the movie.
Capable of 1000hp with a JUN 4.0-liter stroker kit and Trust/GReddy turbos, plus carbon-fiber body kit and custom blue paint, this JDM GT-R is pretty hard to beat!
Featured a few years ago, this GT1 racer is swapped with a 5.5L V8 and converted to rear-wheel drive. How badass!
We wouldn't have guessed it but two-time NBA champion Andrew Bynum rolled around in this widebody Wald GT-R. It's too bad he was traded off the Lakers and hasn't been as good since!