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2011 Nissan Skyline GT-R - Like A Boss

There's only one way to do things in this world.

Big Mike
May 17, 2012
Photographer: Eric Kieu
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You are not allowed to know whom these cars belong to. You are not allowed to know the owner’s name, age, exact location, occupation, hobbies, or what motivated these ridiculously amazing builds. Seriously. Why? Well, because that’s how they want it. Quite out of the ordinary, I know. You better believe that it would take quite an extraordinary set of circumstances for us at Import Tuner to even give this type of situation a second thought much less actually go through with it. But sometimes you just can’t say no. Sometimes the situation is so captivating and the car (in this case, cars) is so sick that you are willing to make an exception, throw convention aside, and just do it anyway. And this, my friends, is one of those situations.

So exactly what type of situation do we have here? Well, the gist of it goes something like this.

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2018 Nissan GT-R
$99,990 Base Model (MSRP) 16/22 MPG Fuel Economy

SP Engineering, located in Southern California, was contacted and told to purchase not one, but two brand-new Nissan Skyline R35 GT-Rs and build them no matter what the cost. Read that again and let it sink in. That’s right—purchase two brand-new Skylines and build them to their satisfaction no matter how much it costs. Once built, SP was told to ship them to the customer in the Middle East—like a boss. Seriously, though, that’s essentially how it went down. And that is pretty much the only information we can share with you about the customer. So, since we can’t elaborate on that, let’s first uncover the shop that did the builds, and then the builds themselves. It is quite clear that it takes a certain caliber of business and a certain amount of clout to be looked to for something of this nature. So take a quick look at SP Engineering and its history so that you can understand how it is that they have gotten to the point where this type of situation can even exist.

Founded in 1996, SP Engineering opened its doors with just three employees other than the owner. The 4,800-square-foot building that the facility was located in was a great start for the new proprietor, but relatively modest compared to the other larger, more established local tuning shops that catered to the same market. Nonetheless, it wasn’t long before SP began to develop a reputation for their work, exemplified through their customers’ cars. Many magazines, including IT, began to keep an eye on the vehicles that came out of the facility for potential features. As SP’s reputation grew, so did its client base, eventually leading to the company’s relocation to a much larger 13,000-square-foot building containing five lifts, an in-house dyno, as well as larger office and warehouse space—all necessary to meet the ever-growing demand for their services. Originally focusing solely on the Japanese aftermarket industry, SP worked on the entire spectrum of Japanese vehicles, ranging from Honda Civics to Toyota Supras and Nissan Skylines. Eventually, SP branched out into the European and exotic car markets, becoming a trusted tuner for vehicles ranging from BMWs to Porsches to Lamborghinis. In addition to customer cars, SP’s personal builds—ranging from their 1,000hp 2JZ-powered FD RX-7 to multiple R33, R34, and R35s—became quite well known in various circles throughout the years.

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The customer told them to build the vehicles to make 1,000 awhp. You know, like a boss would.

A more than respectable history that spans over 15 years, you have a feel for the type of business capable of handling this tier of clientele. It was SP’s work, exemplified over the years through these various chassis that drew the customer to contact them to build the Skylines you see before you. Now on to the builds.

The customer only provided three simple points of input for what they were looking for from each car: horsepower, aero, and color. Anything and everything else was left to the discretion of SP. Similar to how one would seek out a famous tattoo artist, presenting the premise for the tattoo, sitting back, allowing the artist to make that vision a reality. It really isn’t any different here. The customer presented the premise of what they wanted built with three points, and then sat back calmly and waited for the artist—SP Engineering—to make it a reality. And they did, starting off by purchasing two brand-new ’11 Nissan Skylines, one black and one white.

First: the horsepower. The customer told them to build the vehicles to make 1,000 awhp. You know, like a boss would. Achieving that horsepower number required taking the already amazingly engineered VR38DETTs to a whole other level entirely. Using the information that they have gathered from extensive R&D, the setup was decided on and the process began. The blocks were sent to Japan to be fitted with Greddy dry sleeves and then reassembled by SP with Greddy-spec JE pistons mated to Greddy 92.4mm stroker cranks by way of Carrillo Pro H-beam connecting rods. The combination yielded 4.3Ls of displacement. The heads were sent to Port Flow in Southern California to be massaged and upon their return were reassembled using Ferrea valves, springs, and retainers as well as Tomei ProCam 280 intake and exhaust cams. The heads were then reconnected to the blocks using ARP custom age 625+ head studs with Greddy head gaskets. All of this work was to prepare the long-blocks for the SPE1000R turbo kit package. Greddy TD06 turbochargers were modified to flow in the 1,000-plus all-wheel horsepower range without sacrificing response. SP accomplished this by equipping the turbochargers with 67mm billet compressor wheels and 11 blade turbine wheels, as well as upgrading the turbine housings from 8 to 10 cm2. Fuel is pumped to ID2000 injectors by dual HKS fuel pumps working in conjunction with a custom third SP fuel pump. To put the power to the ground effectively and reliably, SP upgraded to an OS Giken TCD rear differential and Dodson Motorsport/Exedy Promax 10-plate clutch. A Greddy DCT cooler keeps HKS DCTF-I transmission fluid cool. And finally, to tune the monstrous setups to achieve the power output that the customer wanted in a reliable manner, HKS EVCs and AFKs as well as a Cobb AccessPort were installed and tuned. And just to make it clear, this motor and transmission build wasn’t created solely for these projects. Any customer can have a comparable build done to their R35, for oh, in the general vicinity of $75,000. This particular customer just had them do it twice.

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Second: the aero. For the black chassis, a beautiful wet carbon Black Bison body kit by Wald was chosen to grace the exterior. Any customer can also own this for around $13,500. For the white (now gold) chassis, the stunning wet carbon Tommy Kaira Ebbrezza-R aero kit was chosen. The price of that kit? Around $22,000.

Third: the color. The OE black chassis was to remain black, so it was sent to Superior PV Auto Body to have the Wald kit installed and then draped in matching black paint, with certain styling cues in the way the paint was laid in certain places per SP’s direction. For the white chassis, it was decided that that vehicle would be gold. So what did SP do? They contacted the one and only Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata of Top Secret, and had the coveted gold paint shipped to them in its raw form directly from Top Secret Japan. Now it’s SP’s turn . . . Like a boss! The chassis was then sent to Superior PV Auto Body as well to have the Tommy Kaira aero installed and then the entire vehicle slathered in the gorgeous Top Secret Gold hue.

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There are so many more aspects to these builds, but I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. In those pictures are two incredible GT-Rs that you can’t help but gawk at. The two cars demand attention, and if you don’t give it to them from just a glance, the sounds of the vehicles’ firing up and taking off will enter your soul through your ears and rip the respect right out of you.

So have you been throwing around numbers in your head as to how much it cost to create each of the cars? A rough estimate on the value of each car would be about $250,000. Yes, each. That’s half a million dollars in one order. Like a boss.

Behind the Build

A rough estimate on the value of each car would be about $250,000. Yes, each.

Name.
Mystery Millionaire

Location.
Ball so hard, you wanna fine me

Build Time.
Six months

Hobbies.
Ballin’

Feedback.
You wish.

’11 Nissan Skyline GT-R (Top Secret Gold)

Engine VR38DETT, 4.3L, 99.5mm bore; SPE1000R turbo kit; Greddy SPE-modified TD06 turbochargers, turbo manifolds, elbow, downpipe, blow-off valve, Type-R wastegate, Type 29R XL intercooler, intercooler piping, 98mm head gasket, dry sleeves; 92.4mm stroker crank, fuel rail; HKS dual fuel pumps, M45 spark plugs; Injector Dynamics ID2000cc injectors; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; Tomei ProCam 280 camshafts; Ferrea 1mm oversized valves, springs, retainers; ARP custom age 625+ head studs; JE pistons 98.5mm pistons (Greddy spec); Carrillo Pro H-beam connecting rods; TiTek titanium race exhaust, race mid pipe, carbon engine cover, carbon cooling panel; Carbing aluminum coolant reservoir tank; Samco radiator hoses; SP Engineering custom third fuel pump, air intake, dress-up bolts

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Drivetrain OS Giken TCD rear differential; Dodson Motorsport/Exedy Promax 10 plate clutch; Greddy DCT transmission cooler; HKS DCTF-I transmission fluid

Suspension HKS Hipermax III coilovers; Swift 34mm with 8mm sidewall hollow front sway bar, 16mm solid rear sway bar

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Wheels/Tires Advan RS-D 20x10 (front), 20x10.5 (rear); Toyo R888 285/35-20 (front), 315/30-20 (rear); TiTek race lug nuts

Brakes Factory 6-piston Brembo (front), 4-piston Brembo (rear)

Exterior Top Secret Gold paint, carbon hood; Tommy Kaira Ebrezza-R full “wet carbon” Aero Kit; TiTek carbon trunk; T1R towhook; paint by Superior PV Auto Body Shop

Interior Bride Stradia II front seats, Type RO rails; Personal 330mm Grinta steering wheel; MCR carbon paddle shift kit; TiTek carbon center gauge bezel, lower shifter bezel, side dash vents, custom interior carbon overlay (A/C vents, door handle bezels, radio bezel)

Electronics HKS EVC6, AFK; Cobb AccessPORT

Gratitude SP Engineering, Greddy USA, HKS USA, Swift Springs USA, Mackin Industries, LOT USA, TiTek USA, Superior PV Auto Body Shop

’11 Nissan Skyline GT-R (Black)

Engine VR38DETT, 4.3L, 99.5mm bore; SPE1000R turbo kit; Greddy SPE-modified TD06 turbochargers, turbo manifolds, elbow, downpipe, blow-off valve, Type-R wastegate, Type 29R XL intercooler, intercooler piping, 98mm head gasket, dry sleeves; 92.4mm stroker crank, fuel rail; HKS dual fuel pumps, M45 spark plugs; Injector Dynamics ID2000cc injectors; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; Tomei ProCam 280 camshafts; Ferrea 1mm oversized valves, springs, retainers; ARP custom age 625+ head studs; JE pistons 98.5mm pistons (Greddy spec); Carrillo Pro H-beam connecting rods; TiTek titanium race exhaust, race mid pipe, carbon engine cover, carbon cooling panel; Carbing aluminum coolant reservoir tank; Samco radiator hoses; SP Engineering custom third fuel pump, air intake, dress-up bolts

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Drivetrain OS Giken TCD rear differential; Dodson Motorsport/Exedy Promax 10 plate clutch; Greddy DCT transmission cooler; HKS DCTF-I transmission fluid

Suspension HKS Hipermax III coilovers; Swift 34mm with 8mm sidewall hollow front sway bar, 16mm solid rear sway bar

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Wheels/Tires Advan RS-D 20x10 (front), 20x10.5 (rear); Toyo R888 285/35-20 (front), 315/30-20 (rear); TiTek race lug nuts

Brakes factory 6-piston Brembo (front), 4-piston Brembo (rear)

Exterior Wald Black Bison body kit; T1R towhook; paint by Superior PV Auto Body Shop

Interior Bride Zeta III Type-L gradation front seats, Type RO rails; TiTek carbon center gauge bezel, lower shifter bezel, side dash vents; SP Engineering custom carbon gauge pods

Electronics HKS EVC6, AFK; Cobb AccessPORT

Gratitude SP Engineering, Greddy USA, HKS USA, Swift Springs USA, Mackin Industries, LOT USA, TiTek USA, Superior PV Auto Body Shop

Sources

GReddy Performance Products
Irvine, CA 92618
949-588-8300
http://www.greddy.com
Mackin Industries
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-946-6820
http://www.mackinindustries.com
SP Engineering
City Of Industry, CA 91745
626-333-5398
http://www.sp-power.com
Titek
San Gabriel, CA
877-333-8613
http://www.titekusa.com
HKS USA
Los Angeles, CA 90061
310-491-3300
http://www.hksusa.com
Swift Springs USA
http://www.swiftsprings.net
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