When was the last time you heard someone wake up in the morning and say, "I think I want to go finance a Nissan GT-R with a sequential transmission today." Something like this would be impossible for all of us - in real life, at least. However, in Japan it's a different story. Global Auto is a powerhouse automobile dealership in the Kansai region that puts all other car dealers to absolute shame. Yes, folks, if you've heard stories of dealer lots filled with tuned Japanese supercars for sale, it's not just a tall tale. Global Auto does not hold back the punches when it comes to selling modified Skyline GT-R, Supra, RX-7, Lancer Evolutions, and Impreza. We're not talking about cars with a lip kit and different shift knob, either. These babies are equipped with big name parts and shop affiliations any JDM fanboy would go crazy for. A dealership this boundless in caliber proudly needs a flagship vehicle to represent its philosophies and standards, hence, this stunning R34.
The owner of Global Auto (who wishes to remain anonymous) has owned every RB26-powered GT-R possible, not to mention an R35 as well. But when it comes to looks, pure driver feeling, and a weapon of choice for the track, nothing beats an R34 according to the owner. So soon after the acquisition of this '99 Skyline, it was built and primed exclusively to race at the annual Okayama Tuning Festa, followed by time attack sessions at Suzuka, Fuji International Speedway, and Autopolis to name a few. In idiosyncrasy, the Japanese must have a varying definition of what a "street" car is than the rest of the world since this time attack machine is claimed to be a street/circuit vehicle. It's all good since the term "900hp street car" alone will never be a legitimate reason to drive on a public road, however completely and unquestionably valid—only in Japan.
The famed shop Autoselect in Osaka put together much of this machine with the majority of the tuning emphasized on a lightweight and balanced setup. The brains behind the engine work was Autoselect's very own Eiichiro Sawa, who managed to pump out 920 hp and 694 lb-ft of torque by first increasing displacement to 2.8L. Starting with the head assembly, Sawa gave it his signature treatment as various oversized and titanium HKS valvetrain components surrounded the reworked RB26 head. The key tuning component within this assembly is the implementation of the coveted HKS V CAM system, which authentically adds a variable valve timing feature on the intake side that will be required to work in concurrence with the existing factory exhaust side variable valve timing. No other company has even attempted to develop such ingenious product or has even succeeded—HKS has enabled tuners boundless power buildup from the low-rpm band as well as improved fuel efficiency. The nearly impossible feat of adding VVT onto an engine as well as producing the item and making it available to the consumer market should be highly praised. If this sounds like a shameless plug for HKS products, it really isn't, because the hefty price tag of these kits plus installation and a capable tuner can run upwards of $10,000 U.S. dollars... Dayum!
The highlight of the bottom end of the engine block is the full HKS 2.8L stroker kit. It increases the bore to 87 mm and stroke to 77 mm, making up 2,771 ml of displacement. Global Auto tells us the kit is the "Step III," however upon research, the HKS catalog only lists the kits up to Step II, which consists of forged pistons with nickel-plating as well as molybdenum coating on the skirt area. The rods are also WPC treated with fully counterweighted, hollowed pin crankshaft journals. This is the whole shebang! We've heard the Step III is the holy grail of RB26 stroker kits customized by HKS themselves and is rumored to have the capability of pumping out 1,000+hp and massive torque gains that are virtually off the charts. We should also mention that a Nismo N1 spec block was used as a base, the strongest special edition RB26 block known to humankind. Basically this motor is the tits and you can't build an RB26 as robust as this!
The turbo specs are kept confidential; however, we do know it's a custom HKS unit labeled "Sanai Spec," bolted to a Trust 74mm turbo manifold, and a custom "wagiri" (slice and weld) titanium inlet and outlet piping. The rest of the forced air concoction consists of tried-and-true components such as an ARC intercooler, Trust wastegate, and a shop original 48mm oversized throttle body. Before slushing inside, a custom fuel collector tank and Nismo fuel pumps supply the HKS fuel rail and 1,000cc injectors full of juice, regulated by a SARD fuel pressure regulator. A standalone fully programmable HKS F-CON V Pro controls all the fuel components plus the Okada Projects coils and HKS twin power ignition system.
How many clutch plates does it take to hold a thousand horsepower? An Exedy carbon-fiber triple-plate, of course! But what kind of transmission can properly and effectively be able to harness this massive power and torque? The one and only Holinger sequential six-speed. These straight-cut gears inside the transmission enable clutchless shifting, where you forcefully crunch through six speeds with a pull of a lever, accompanied by that trademark "because race car" whine. Power distribution is remedied by the combination of an OS Giken rear 1.5-way and Nismo front one-way limited-slip differentials.
The vehicle wouldn't be complete without Autoselect Wangan SPL coilovers, made to handle both the high-speed compression bumps at 300 km/h (186 mph) and low-speed body sway at the circuit. These coilovers, although displayed in a simplistic nature, have mammoth technology adopted in them like the use of a special Silkolene-based oil, commonly used in Formula One. The oil is blended to keep consistency of the shock piston despite rising temperature produced from resistance against inside the aluminum casing. The rest of the suspension goodies consist of Ikeya Formula arms, ARC stabilizer bars, and Autoselect strut bars. You can guarantee all these parts together can adjust the suspension in every axis and angle possible to suit endless road conditions. The owner proclaims that despite the beastly power output, the machine handles crisp, like a go-kart.
Massive Endless monoblock six-pot front and rear brake kits clamp the Seidoya GT600 pads to bring the vehicle to a halt, putting most exotic cars to shame of their braking capacity. The Volk Racing TE37SLs powdercoated in yellow consist of 18x11" square setups in all four corners with varying compounds of Hankook tires depending on driving conditions.
Many will agree that the exterior of the R34 GT-R is plentiful yet exhibits this beautiful, destructive type of vibe to it. However, small accentuations such as the Nismo Z-Tune aero kit, Hasemi side steps and rear bumpers enhance the exterior styling while still maintaining the factory Nissan lines. Look further, and you'll discover hidden beneath the Bayside blue paint is the Electra CPS dry carbon doors, roof, hood, and trunk to cut the Skyline's curb weight.
Imagine stepping out for groceries, getting sidetracked, and coming home with a 900hp R34 GT-R. Is it worth sleeping on the couch or eating Top Ramen for the rest of your life? Most definitely. U.S. car enthusiasts should be thankful that dealerships such as Global Auto do not exist anywhere within our vicinity. Because the next thing you know, any one of us might just stop by to take a look and end up coming home with a real Godzilla.