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1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) - The Legend Continues

Tsukuba Time-Attack Hero spotted roaming the streets in the Pacific Northwest

Micah Wright
Sep 18, 2019
Photographer: Daniel Piker

Meet Mark Wang, who's brought to our attention this R34 GT-R—a race-bred Japanese monster. And, according to its new master, "...it's just over the top." With a dry carbon roof and stitch welding from the engine bay all the way up to the transmission housing, this R34's preferred party trick is track extremism and it's one of the more memorable V-Specs we've encountered on American soil.

1999 Nissan Skyline GT R V Spec ATTKD Front Bumper 01 Photo 30/30   |   1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) - The Legend Continues

Originally built by Japanese tuning specialist ATTKD, this Godzilla comes almost entirely armored in carbon, and all that pricey material isn't there for looks, either. From the bespoke dry carbon hood and GT500 wing with matching boot lid beneath, to the rear diffuser, this R34 is a sight to behold. The ATTKD team also replaced the entire roof with the lightweight material. With the rear of the cabin gutted, the Skyline achieves a curb weight of 3,150 pounds—roughly a few hundred pounds lighter than stock.

Perhaps the thing that made Mark most excited about this Skyline was its show-ready appeal. The car's dash has been wrapped in Alcantara, while the center console's components and door cards come clad in carbon. Custom carbon door cards mirror the one-off canards out front, while things like plexiglass windows add a functional feel.

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Mechanically, this R34 puts down around 650whp and offers a surprisingly linear powerband. Mark explains this feat is accomplished in part by a pair of HKS 2530 turbos, which, in his eyes, are the perfect size for the 2.8L stroker engine and aggressive HKS cam.

When we asked for a comparison, he told us this R34 hits boost faster than a modified R35 GT-R with bolt-ons—a car with one extra liter displacement. Mark notes that his car has a unique differential ratio thanks to the final gear borrowed from an R33. Due to the shorter gearing, the car produces more torque across each gear, translating to far quicker shift response and a peppier throttle feel. Combine this with the vehicle's low weight, fueling upgrades and the suspension and brake enhancements, and you can see how he's able to beat cars with 100 to 200 more horsepower.

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As for the history of the car itself, after competing on some of Japan's most revered race tracks—including setting a 56.9-second lap at the 2015 Tsukuba Championship and beating the infamous Mine's R34—it ended up with a car collector who had 14 R34s in his garage before it finally landed in North America.

An interesting fact: This particular machine is one of just 140 R34 GT-Rs ever offered in Active Red, making it almost unicorn status. Despite the vehicle's undeniable rarity and race-inspired conception, it is surprisingly easy to drive. Even from a dead stop, applying the throttle to start the car is virtually unnecessary, and the bite points along the driveline are liquid smooth.

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To enhance street drivability, Recaros were borrowed from the NISMO Juke RS to replace the heavily bolstered race bucket. The Enkei wheels that came with the car were replaced with much lighter LMGT4 rollers, all in the name of staying true to the car's JDM roots.

You're not likely to see this former time-attack hero hitting the track on a regular basis anymore, but don't be surprised if it pops up at a local car meet. Mark is the founder of a new app called CarMeets that aims to streamline and coordinate get-togethers for enthusiasts. It's something Mark is spearheading in the hopes of bringing car communities closer together, and something we can definitely get behind—especially if there's a slight chance this legendary V-Spec GT-R shows up.

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By Micah Wright
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1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) - The Legend Continues
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Driver: Mark Wang
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Carmeets CEO, Serial Entrepreneur
Instagram: @markwang_cargarage
Power: 650 hp, 570 lb-ft of torque
Engine HKS 2.8L stroker kit, 87mm forged pistons, H-section forged rods, lightweight crank, GT2530KAI turbos, V CAM Step Pro, intakes; ATTKD turbo outlet, titanium downpipes, exhaust, intake piping and battery stay, carbon pulley cover, oil catch can; NISMO intake plenum; Spitfire coil packs; HKS 800cc injectors, fuel rail, oil cooler; collector tank in trunk; SARD fuel pressure regulator; Teflon fuel lines; ARC intercooler, radiator, separator tank
Drivetrain: Getrag six-speed manual transmission; ATS carbon twin-plate clutch; CTG TORQline carbon propeller shaft; ATS ATTKD 1.5-way limited-slip differential
Engine Management: HKS F-CON V Pro, EVC6 boost controller
Footwork & Chassis: ATTKD coilovers with 14K front, 12K rear springs, roll center adapter, suspension link collar, member collar, control arm cancelation rods; ARC titanium tower bars; Kansai titanium lower bar; spot-welded chassis
Brakes: Endless 370mm front, 355mm rear rotors with front and rear six-piston Monobloc calipers
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5 +15 NISMO LMGT4 wheels; 265/35R18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
Exterior: ATTKD front bumper and canards; Garage Kagotani front wings; Hasemi Sports side skirts and rear spats; GT500 dry carbon rear wing; dry carbon roof and rear diffuser; Craft Square carbon mirrors; NISMO LED rear lights; acrylic driver and passenger glass
Interior: Recaro NISMO Juke RS seats; Takata four-point harnesses; Cusco six-point rollcage; Sunline Racing carbon door cards; Sparco steering wheel; dash upholstered in Alcantara; Robson Design carbon MFD cover and heater control panel

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