- Regardless if you're creating a piece of art, cooking up some kickass cuisine, landscaping your backyard, or customizing a car, inspiration has to come from somewhere. Even if it may appear a bit dated or obtuse to others, that initial spark of innovation is crucial to all creative ventures, and for petrolheads, inspiration comes from a multitude of areas.
Take the Fast & Furious franchise for example. For as unrealistic, overly hyped, and ridiculous as they may be to some of us, these flicks have inspired more people to modify their cars than any other film series in history. While not every "build" inspired by these movies may have been done in good taste, there are quite a few fun ones out there that deserve some recognition.
Take this R34 Skyline GT-R, for example. If it's vibrant, carbon-encased styling and distinctive blue paint scheme don't grab your attention, then maybe the way it sits will, or perhaps the throwback neon underglow that has you either smirking or shaking your head. Bagged and boosted, this GT-R is an exercise in excessiveness, with massive JDM nadgers to back it all up. Yet despite its wild appearance, the owner of this car is the last guy you'd expect to see riding high on the back of Godzilla.
For the medical engineer behind every dime sunk into this machine, seeing Paul Walker haul ass through the city streets on the big screen was his divine moment of inspiration. Commonly referred to as "Tomu," this unassuming engineer contracted the construction of what to some would consider as the ultimate Paul Walker R34 Skyline tribute build. GT-R enthusiasts can't seem to get enough of this car, too, with Tomu racking-up over 19,000 followers on Instagram alone after posting just a few dozen pics of his force-fed street fighter.
Five years of ownership, and this R34 enthusiast has forged numerous friendships and automotive alliances in real life as well, many of which are based upon a shared love for the GT-R chassis. Always ready for a quick cruise by the bay, or a meet way up in the mountains, Tomu and his trusty steed are equal parts yin and yang, a balance between man and machine that many fantasize about, but few truly feel.
Digging into the details, Tomu's RB26DETT produces about 400whp. Not bad, considering that the car's performance numbers have only been bolstered by bolt-ons. These components include dual Trust air filters, Auto Select exhaust piping, HKS intercooler upgrades, NISMO tuning, and a Tomei titanium muffler.
As for other areas of the vehicle, things take a bit more of an extreme approach, especially when it comes to external appearance. While the lines of the nearly twenty-year-old R34 may still be considered modernistic by many people's standards, Tomu deliberately accessorized the GT-R's shell with components that would complement these curves. Heavily influenced by carbon fiber and hardcore race components, with staggered 19-inch SSR Professor SP3 wheels rolling underneath, this R34 is instantly recognizable, especially once lowered to the asphalt.
Some other notable additions include a bona fide Nismo front bumper, Ganador mirrors, and that bright blue underglow lighting. Carbon fiber externals begin fairly mild, with intricately woven NISMO door pillar covers and license plate frames, and get nuttier the deeper you go. Tomu's R34 rocks a custom carbon fiber vented bonnet with matching hood dampers, along with an F1-style front underspoiler, Auto Select cannards, and matching fenders woven from the same material. This R34's rear wing and Kansai rear diffuser with complementing side skirts are all constructed from carbon, too - aero upgrades that are both tasteful and purposeful.
Move indoors and you'll discover that the instrument panel, center console, door switch panel, and rearview mirror have all been converted to carbon as well. Meanwhile, a NISMO 320kmh gauge cluster sits flush in front of a D-cut MOMO steering wheel, with Defi gauges receiving commands from a toggle box just below. Rounding-out our tour of this blue beast are a pair of NISMO leather seats and, you guessed it, blue LED interior accent lighting.
But perhaps the most unique aspect of this automobile is the massive bottle of nitrous stuffed in the back. However, this isn't your typical jug of laughing juice that saw a massive boost after that first Hollywood blockbuster was unleashed. Instead, the bright blue bottle disguises a canister of compressed air for the car's suspension. By outfitting his GT-R with a full VIAIR suspension setup, Tomu has given himself the ability to slam it to the ground with the flip of a switch. Judging by his Instagram page, Tomu uses this feature quite a bit.
Slammed while parked, and spitting flames when in motion, this R34 is the epitome of what Hollywood inspiration looks like when pulled from the big screen, but without the corny livery. Covered in carbon, and surrounded by a bright blue halo, Tomu's GT-R is part tribute car, part early 2000s time capsule. A vehicle that was reimagined to do little more than make its owner happy—the thousands of additional social media followers that came along for the ride were a byproduct.