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Nissan Skyline GT-R - No Limits

Proving that ad slogans are more than tired clichés, Rob Hane from No Limit Motorsport built a Skyline GT-R to be all it can be.

David Pratte
Dec 1, 2008
Photographer: Eric Tong

In a world saturated by advertising slogans, chances are you’ve heard them all. “Just Do It.” “Be All You Can Be.” “Accelerate Your Life.” “Impossible Is Nothing.” “The Power Of Dreams.” The list goes on and on, and the central themes of many of these slogans include living up to your potential, living life to the fullest, and approaching life as if it has no limits.

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Clearly these are philosophies shared by Rob Hane, owner of No Limit Motorsport and the man who decided to “just do it” so that his incredible V-Spec 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R could “accelerate his life” and “be all it could be”. Ok, ok, I’ll ease up on the ad slogans, but you get the point. Rob is an uncompromising kind of guy, and his R33 GT-R is a reflection of his pursuit of excellence and appreciation for living life to the max.

Back in 2001, Rob started No Limit Motorsport as a home-based internet business, selling performance parts online to go-fast geeks like you and me. In 2002 he opened up a retail location and expanded his web business, and over the following four and half years No Limit grew so quickly that he eventually moved into his current location in Medford, New York (about an hour from NYC), where he and his 7 full-time and 4 part-time employees not only sell performance parts but also install them and offer dyno tuning services on their AWD Dyno Dynamics machine.

While building No Limit into one of the leading performance parts vendors and tuning shops in the northeast, Rob was also working on acquiring a Skyline GT-R for himself. “At the time [2004], nothing else really appealed to me, had the kind of serious power I wanted, and was different from what everybody else was driving”. After an aborted attempt to buy a GT-R through RB Motoring and Motorex, a buddy of Rob’s pointed him towards a R33 GT-R for sale in Pennsylvania. As Rob described, “I went to look at it on a Wednesday and drove it home on a Friday. It happened that fast.”

Buying a full legalized and plated R33 GT-R is a dream come true for most of us, but for Rob it was only the beginning. “I daily drove the car for about the first two years, leaving it basically stock, but then I upgraded to a single turbo setup, built the motor for big power, and kept on going from there.” The “be all you can be” RB26 engine build is based around many of the top shelf tuner parts No Limit sells, including a HKS T51R ball bearing single turbo kit, 60mm race external wastegate, 4-inch downpipe, high flow fuel rails with dual inlets, Twin Power DLI ignition amplifier, and 272 degree camshafts. In order to handle the huge boost pressure this setup is capable of producing, the bottom end has been reinforced with Wiseco 87mm pistons with upgraded wrist pins and coating, Carrillo I-beam rods with Carr bolts, Nismo main and rod bearings, and ARP main and head studs as well as a Cometic 051-inch head gasket. Airflow and RPM capabilities have also been improved via Supertech 1mm oversized intake and exhaust valves along with Ferrea dual valve springs, titanium retainers, and seat locators and locks. And as you’d expect with a build of this quality, all the other fuel, oiling and cooling mods required to make big power are also in place.

Controlling this monster RB26DET, which pounds out over 600whp on pump gas and 900whp on race gas (go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_cvb_1SLuE for video evidence), is a Apex’i Power FC and FC Datalogit tuning box with anti lag, all tuned to perfection by Rob himself on the No Limit Motorsport dyno, along with a little help from the PLX wideband air/fuel and boost sensors. According to Rob, “with 610 wheel horsepower on the street, this thing is crazy fast. It’s really easy to get up to 140-150 mph before you know it.” Saabs may be “Born from jets”, but clearly this Skyline can fly!

As impressive as the power output from Rob’s R33 is, what really hits home with a lot of enthusiasts, whether they see this Skyline roll by on the streets or at a HIN show, is its super clean looks. No flashy decals. No blingy wheels. Just a high quality respray in BMW M3 ‘Gunmetal Silver’, custom painted logo and shaved key hole on the trunk, clear side markers and turn signal covers, and a paint-matched OEM front lip along with a gorgeous set of 19-inch Gunmetal Volk TE37’s. Real GT-R connoisseurs may also spot the ’98 GT-R HID projector headlights, and the Seibon carbon fiber hood, exposed Sparco fuel cap, and D2 Racing big brake kits blend in perfectly with the subtle yet aggressive exterior styling of this meticulously built R33.

Under the hood and inside the cockpit, Rob’s GT-R has an appealing show quality that contrasts yet compliments the all-business exterior treatment. The engine bay has enough polished surfaces and carbon accents to make an astronaut jealous, and inside the custom Alcantera-wrapped headliner and sun visors provide a rich look and feel to go along with the sporty Bride Vorga seats and custom Bride-wrapped door panels, rear seats, center console cover, shifter boot and e-brake cover. Add to that a full compliment of Sparco controls including steering wheel, peddle set, and shift knob, an assortment of carbon fiber trim pieces on the center console, dash, and door sills, and a killer Alpine audio system and you’ve got an interior that has been modified in every conceivable way. And since Rob has every intention of beating on his Skyline at the track, there’s also a custom 6-point roll cage and Sparco fire suppression system onboard, to go along with the Nismo 11,000 rpm/320 km/h gauge cluster and torque split/oil temp/boost sub-gauge cluster.

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Living up to the name of his automotive performance shop is no small feat, but Rob Hane is walking the walk and living the dream with his truly awesome R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R. It’s clear from the way Rob has built this machine that there were no limits imposed, other than sticking to his vision of a clean street machine that could blow the doors off just about anything on the road and still take home trophies at the local car shows. To Rob and his whole crew at No Limit Motorsport, we say thank you for building a R33 that has inspired us and our readers to believe in the limitless potential of our own automotive dreams and to “just do it” when building our ride of choice.

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PULL QUOTES: The “be all you can be” RB26 engine build is based around many of the top shelf tuner parts No Limit sells, including a HKS T51R ball bearing single turbo kit. Controlling this monster RB26DET, which pounds out over 600whp on pump gas and 900whp on race gas, is a Apex’i Power FC and FC Datalogit tuning box with anti lag.

No flashy decals. No blingy wheels. Just a high quality respray in BMW M3 ‘Gunmetal Silver’

Vehicle:
1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Engine:
2.6-liter RB26DETT turbocharged inline-6

Engine Modifications:
HKS T51R single turbo kit, 60mm race external wastegate, 4" downpipe, high flow fuel rail, Twin Power DLI ignition amplifier, velocity stack, and 272-degree camshafts; Greddy 5" race intercooler, 4’’ Ti exhaust system, oil catch can, cam gears, clear timing belt cover, and 12,000 rpm oil pump; Tial 50mm BOV, Power Enterprise 1000cc fuel injectors, Nismo timing belt, main and rod bearings, thermostat and N1 water pump; Wiseco 87mm pistons, Carrillo I-beam rods, ARP main and head studs; Cometic 87mm 051’’ head gasket, ATI crank pulley damper, Supertech 1mm over valves, Ferrea valve springs, retainers and seat locators/locks; Aeromotive FPR, 1500hp in-tank fuel pump, and fuel pump controller; Hypertune intake manifold and 100mm TB; Samco heater and rad hoses; Koyo aluminum radiator, ARC Ti cooling plate.

Engine Management:
Apex’i Power FC and FC Datalogit with anti-lag.

Drivetrain Modifications:
Exedy triple plate clutch kit.

Suspension:
D2 Racing coilovers, Cusco strut tower bar (f), Whiteline camber kits (f/r).

Wheels, Tires & Brakes:
19x10.5" +22 Volk TE37 Gunmetal wheels, Falken 285/35-19 tires, Muteki blue lug nuts, D2 Racing 8-piston (f) and 6-piston (r) big brake kits.

Exterior:
BMW M3 Gunmetal Silver paint, custom airbrushed trunk logo, shaved trunk key hole, custom painted GTR badge, Seibon CF hood, 1998 GT-R HID projector headlights, clear side markers and turn signal covers; color-matched OEM front lip, Sparco fuel cap and custom filler neck.

Interior:
Custom 6-point roll cage, custom Alcantera-wrapped headliner and sun visors, Sparco steering wheel, peddle set, shift knob and fire extinguisher; Bride Vorga seats, floor mats, wrapped rear seats, door panels, center console cover, shifter boot and e-brake cover; custom carbon fiber pillar covers, a-pillar gauge pod, center console, door sills, door pulls and door trim; Takata harnesses, PLX DM100 52mm gauges (x2), SM-AFR wideband air/fuel sensor, and SM-boost vacumm / boost sensor; Alpine DVD single din deck, 6" speakers (f/r), 12’’ sub, and 1000w amp; Nismo 11k rpm / 320 kph gauge cluster and Torque Split, Oil Temp, and Boost sub-cluster.

Numbers:
610whp on pump gas, 900whp on race gas on No Limit Motorsport Dyno Dynamic AWD dyno.

Special Thanks:
Everyone at No Limit Motorsport, Jenn, Vinny, Scott @ MarketTuned.com, Danny @ HPI, Luke, Pinky, and all NLM customers...

By David Pratte
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