Life is full of difficult decisions: Chicken or beef? Super-size "it" or super-size your stomach? Mac or PC? Xbox or PS3? Fake or real tittays? Beer or beer? Tricky, but these are nothing compared with the toughest question faced by Michael Korsinczky: R33 or R34 GT-R? It must be the mother of all decisions - but it's also one that everyone reading this would like to make. These straight-six bullet trains have become one of the true legends of the motoring world. And not solely because of lengthy racing histories dating back to the silent film era; this is purely because they're massively fun to screw with.
Nissan's beast lends itself perfectly to a level of modification that is, in real world terms, totally unnecessary but very necessary. Japanese tuners have shown that there's room for well over 1,000 ponies under the hood - and that's a truly beautiful thing. Michael's Godzilla quandary came down to the choice between a highly-modified R33 and a near-stock R34. Not an easy call to make, but boys will be boys, and he couldn't resist the prospect of having far more power than was needed, um, for just about everything. So he got both.
I think we can all agree that he made the right call. GT-Rs have been getting heavier in their old age, and made it all easier for Michael to go balls-out with the R33 instead because it's already been lightened, tightened and super-tweaked, perfect for use as his street and track weapon. He's owned a host of hot Japanese metal before - a 400hp Mitsubishi 3000GT (GTO in Aussie); a 470hp Nissan 180SX (mmm, drifty); even a 600 horsepower Abflug Supra. So how do you beat a back-catalogue like this? Simple, add 1000 horsepower.
The 1995 V-Spec got a happy ending stroking courtesy of an HKS 77.7mm crank with matching rods and 87mm pistons, slotted into an N1 block, transforming the RB26DETT into the new "RB28". The 2.8L is tucked up neatly under a GT Auto ported and polished head sitting on top of a 1.6mm thick HKS gasket, tied down with ever-effective ARP head studs. Tomei cams run the valvetrain, with matching Type B springs and titanium retainers. HKS 1000cc injectors feed the beast off a custom rail that's in turn fed by a dual Bosch 044 pumps, through Dash8 piping and a Sard fuel reg. Spark comes courtesy of an HKS Twin Power ignition system and Splitfire coilpacks.
Force-feeding Japanese girls may be a hobby for some, but this chick is quite special and has very particular tastes. Back to the HKS catalogue for the insanely huge T51R SPL ball-bearing turbo, as well as a Veilside 100mm throttle-body and JUN intake manifold. The other side is a massive ARC 5-inch titanium exhaust, and an HKS GT2 external wastegate with its own 4-inch dump pipe. A MoTeC M800 makes sure all of this gear is behaving itself, as well as providing anti-lag and launch control. It all adds up to an impressive 972 horsepower, at the wheels, when it's sucking up 1.8 bar (26.5psi).
A PPG 'dogmission' five-speed gearbox boasting a large input shaft was chosen, with an ATS triple-plate carbon clutch and lightweight flywheel playing middleman to a NISMO Pro 1.5-way limited-slip diff and an ACP carbon tailshaft.
Slapping this kind of grunt to the ground is vital in a big horsepower car of any sort, and Michael likes to spend a lot of time blasting the GT-R around circuits like Queensland Raceway and on the state's fantastic roads (yes, Californians and most likely the rest of the US, it's 100% street-legal. When we last spoke to him, he'd just stripped 100kg of weight from the vehicle to further improve its already sledgehammer-like performance.
So the joy of motorsport dictated the suspension, with Ohlins race-spec coilovers that were matched to Cusco camber arms and tension rods. The R33 sits dropped on 10.5-inch Volk Top Secret LE37s wrapped in 275/30/19 Dunlop race tires for track duty. Pulling the staunch black GT-R to a standstill couldn't be less of an issue with Brembo six pots on 370mm rotors at the front and four pots on 340mm discs at the back.
The inside is all business, Recaro seats, Sparco wheel and a full complement of Defi gauges - boost, fuel and oil pressure, oil and water temp and a tachometer, which integrates nicely into the slick NISMO dash.
But it's the massive array of hardware dominating the back of this Godzilla that really makes it stand out: An ARC Magic rear wing with an intricately-made Top Secret carbon diffuser giving it a crazy 'winglet' look with a Top Secret front bar, NISMO side skirts and Ganador carbon wing mirrors. The unique body kit obtains the fullest effect when it pulls out next to you and Michael drops the hammer; it takes off so quickly that it never seems to stop as it disappears into the distance.
While the easiest and obvious choice may at first have seemed most logical with a R34, we foam at the mouth joyously by the sight of the customized RB28DET that Michaels' R33 houses proudly. A thousand horsepower ain't too shabby either.
1995 Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R V-Spec
Owner Michael Korsinczky
Hometown Brisbane, Australia
Power 972hp (726kW) at the
flywheel and 1.8 bar boost
Engine RB28DET; HKS 77.7mm crankshaft, connecting rods, 87mm pistons, rings, 1000cc injectors, fuel rail, T51R SPL ball-bearing turbo, Twin Power ignition, 1.6mm head gasket, oil pump, cam gears and timing belt; Tomei camshafts, lifters and Type B valve springs with titanium retainers; GT Auto ported/polished head, exhaust manifold, 1000hp twin fuel system and overflow system; JUN Auto intake manifold; Veilside 100mm throttle-body; ARC 5" intercooler, 5" titanium exhaust with 4" cat, catch tank, muffler and wastegate plumbed into dump pipe; Trust Type-R blow-off valve, 7.5L sump and twin oil coolers; N1 block and water pump; ARP head studs; PWR radiator; ATI pulley kit; twin Bosch 044 fuel pumps, fuel filters and Dash8 fuel piping; SARD fuel regulator; Splitfire coil packs
Drivetrain PPG 5-speed dogmission with large input shaft; ATS triple-carbon clutch and lightweight flywheel; NISMO Pro 1.5-way LSD with NISMO shaft; ACP carbon tailshaft
Engine Management MoTeC M800 with launch control/anti-lag; HKS EVC IV
Footwork & Chassis Ohlins track spec coilovers; Cusco camber arms and tension rods; ARC titanium strut brace
Brakes Brembo 370mm rotors, six-pot calipers (F) 340mm rotors, four-pot calipers (R) and pads
Wheels & Tires Volk Racing Top Secret-edition LE37 (19x10.5 +22); Dunlop 275/30R19 tires
Exterior Top Secret front spoiler and rear carbon diffuser; NISMO side skirts; ARC Magic rear wing; Ganador carbon mirrors
Interior Cusco bolt-in rollcage; Defi gauges: boost, fuel pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, water temperature and tachometer; NISMO dash; Recaro seats; Sparco Racer 2 steering wheel
Audio the sound of the RB28DET at 8000rpm
Thanks you Dave Lenthal; Alex Yang; Dave Johnson and Tim Hung from GT Auto
www greddy.com; gtautogarage.com.au; hksusa.com; mackinindustries.com (Volk/ARC)