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.
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.
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.
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.
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.