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2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R - Violent Grip

Everything You Need To Know About M Speed's Time Attack Tsukuba Killer

Joey Lee
Jun 17, 2010
Photographer: Fly

There is no doubt that the Nissan Skyline lineage and namesake is the icon of Japanese motorsports. From video games to movies and everything else related to the tuning cars of Japan, the Skyline is the king of the mountain. Even though we've grown quite accustomed to them here in the United States, we're still quick to point one out to the person next to us when we spot one on the highway. The Skyline is still the stuff legends are made of.

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When one is capable of creating something that precedes its reputation, then they become legends in their own right. M Speed from the Nara prefecture of Japan did exactly that. They've not only taken the Skyline to unparalleled heights; they have also immortalized their very own BNR34 as the 2008 Rev Speed Time Attack champion. Not only that, with a 54.481 second lap time, they also hold claim as the fastest Skyline ever to lay rubber on the equally as legendary Tsukuba Circuit.

Simply put, the M Speed R34 is a beast. There's nothing attainable about it and you would never see this thing roll out of your neighbor's garage. Its sole purpose for creation is to seek and destroy lap times.

What's most recognizable about this Skyline is the colorful livery. The combination of the bright yellow paint and even brighter green center-locking TE37Mag wheels create a visual resembling a vehicle that might only appear in a video game or as a toy. The near paper-thin ground clearance provided by the Quantum dampers and Hyperco springs give it an R/C car-like appearance.

The M Speed R34 may not look like your conventional Skyline because it's received a full platter of FRP body armor. Deemed by M Speed as the "Armor of Wind", the complete aero kit transforms the entire exterior of the Skyline into a much wider, track-ready missile. You wouldn't think that such a unique kit would be available to the public but indeed it is. M Speed limited production to just 10 sets but if you have 872,000 Yen (about $9,300 U.S.) and a R34 Skyline, then it can be yours too. The M Speed aero is available only as a complete set and comes with an FRP front bumper, front diffuser, side skirts, rear bumper and front/rear fenders that bring the Skyline out another 140mm. It doesn't end with the kit though; this particular R34 also has a plethora of dry carbon pieces. All remaining OEM metal body panels have essentially been removed and replaced with carbon-fiber

Inside the cockpit, as expected, contains nothing but the absolute essentials. All unnecessary panels, electronics and carpet have all been removed. What remains is a complete carbon-fiber dashboard with a MoTeC digital display. Next to the MoTeC unit are ABS and LSD indicators as well as a shift-light to let the driver know when to change gears on the Hollinger sequential transmission. The nifty original equipment navi unit and radio are long gone and a custom electrical switch panel sits in its place. A single Recaro seat is made available to the pilot while a custom M Speed fabricated rollcage provides driver-safety and further chassis reinforcement.

Holding the throne as the fastest Skyline on the Tsukuba Circuit is definitely no easy feat. To accomplish this, M Speed needed a perfectly balanced chassis and enough power to get it to its record-breaking 54-second lap time. We're going to go out on a limb and say that they have their own secrets but what we do know is that the RB26DETT has been stroked to 2802cc (2.8 liters) and the majority of the 720ps comes by way of twin AX53B60 A'PEXi turbochargers. All metal work and piping, including the manifolds and downpipe, are all done in-house at M Speed. The exhaust is noticeably absent from the rear and now runs out under the passenger-side door.

Getting all that muscle to the pavement is a serious issue; what is even more important, is stopping power. Housed behind the true center-locking Volk magnesium wheels are massive front and rear Brembo brakes. Endless brake pads bite down hard on the 380mm rotors up front while sticky Bridgestone RE55s tires makes this BNR34 ride like its on rails around Tsukuba.

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It would be an absolute understatement to say that we would ever own such a beautifully crafted piece of machinery. We would be foolish to even imagine. The wonder of such a marvelous creation is exactly how god-like it truly is. The M Speed BNR34 Skyline is pure violent poetry in motion. It's the guy in the movies who walks into a room, guns blazing and takes out every opponent in sight, all the while classical music is playing in the distance. You'll never be that guy in the real world, but it's definitely a joy to see him in action.

Tuning Menu
2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Owner M Speed
Hometown Nara, Japan
Occupation Crafting The Fastest Skylines On Earth
Power 720ps 90kg-m/6500rpm

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Engine 2.8L (2802cc) RB26DETT; 2.8L stroker kit; twin A'PEXi AX53B60 actuator-type turbines; M Speed turbo manifold, downpipes and twin-exit exhaust; ARC intercooler and oil cooler; Calsonic radiator; NISMO surge tank; M Speed air cleaner; Omega engine fluids

Drivetrain Hollinger transmission; AP Racing clutch; M Speed flywheel; ATS 1.5-way limited-slip differential

Engine Management Motec Ems

Footwork & Chassis Quantum dampers; Hyperco front and rear 17.0kg/mm springs; M Speed custom rollcage

Brakes Brembo 8-pot front/4-pot rear brake calipers; Brembo 380mm front brake rotors and 355mm rear brake rotors; Endless brake pads

Wheels & Tires 18-inch Volk Racing TE37Mag center lock wheels; 265/35-18 Bridgestone Potenza RE55S tires

Exterior M Speed FRP front bumper, front under panel, front brake ducts, widened front fenders, side skirts, widened rear fenders and rear bumper; M Speed dry carbon hood bonnet, trunk, doors, rear wing and front canards

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Interior Complete carbon-fiber dashboard; Recaro racing seat; custom switch panel; MoTeC digital display

www; (ARC/Volk Racing)

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