Let's go out on a limb and just assume that you're not financially sound enough to own a Nissan GT-R. There's nothing wrong with that, you just happen to be like the majority of the Super Street reader demographic. The GT-R is the pinnacle of Japanese automobiles. Like most cars that are at the top of their respective class, they just aren't financially accessible to most of us. Nevermind real life, we have to save up just to be able to dip inside a GT-R in a video game! We are all automotive enthusiasts, but most of us would rather spend $70K-plus building our own dream car instead of buying one off the lot. Even if you somehow managed to save up that kind of money, you would be on an instant ramen diet for the majority of your life and bleed so much sodium that you wouldn't even have time to think about what baller parts to get for your GT-R.
Let's look at a few quick pros and cons shall we? Pros: It's a Japanese tuning marvel that makes 480 turbocharged horsepower from the factory and all-wheel drive. Your chances of getting any girl you want are also greatly increased (Correction. You mean your choice of any Nissan fanboi. - JW). Oh and it's a Nissan R35 GT-R.
Cons: Your bank account hates your guts because you don't give it money anymore. Your wallet has never been thinner, much to the chagrin of your dream girl that you used the R35 to get in the first place. Mods are the last thing on your mind, the only thing you're saving up for at this point is gasoline.
There are those of us who can afford Nissan's supercar though. These individuals are not only capable of owning one, they can also build them. While many would wonder why anyone could even fathom the thought of modifying a car that's already perfect from the factory, there are some who choose to build on greatness to shape something all their own.
Brian Gee is one of those guys. Not only is he the owner of an R35 GT-R, he also decided to build the hell out of it. The hater in you may be itching to hulk out right about now, but it should be noted that Brian also holds the bragging rights to having the first complete Wald-outfitted GT-R in the U.S. He's also a member of one of the country's premier car clubs, TWCompetition, and the previous owner of three BMWs and an E55 Mercedes Benz. Read on, because it only gets better.
Though the Wald International brand has been around for years, their direction has always been geared towards the luxury VIP crowd. When the Wald "Black Bison" aero kit was introduced, GT-R owners were greeted with a kit that was not only aggressive but still possessed the elegance that we have all come to know as the Wald line. The complete kit isn't the easiest to get a hold of, being that it had yet to see U.S. shores, and unless you're Andrew Bynum or Brian, you probably aren't getting one. Luckily for Brian, the opportunity landed on his lap when he discovered that luxury parts importer, Jonari, was looking to bring one over to debut at the 2009 SEMA show.
Unlike the actual Wald demo car, this GT-R is not two-toned. Brian chose to go with the cleaner, more subtle look and had the entire chassis and Black Bison kit re-sprayed a brilliant custom pearl white paint. Other than a pair of Ti-TeK carbon hood ducts, the exterior is all Wald-equipped; including the massive wheels. Brian is doin' work on 22-inch Wald Portofinos, staggered 9.5 inches up front and 10.5 inches in the rear. Dub-deuces may seem a bit excessive when you think of Nissans (or imports in general), but these cars come with 20s from the factory so the even larger Portofinos are right at home on this GT-R. The suspension remains mostly untouched except for a set of Swift springs which help bring Gee's coupe down a couple inches.
With a complete exterior makeover like this, there's no possible way Brian would leave the VR38DETT motor untouched. The only problem was the GT-R was brand-new in the US at the time, so parts were not only hard to come by, but most companies hadn't even begun to develop products for it. Cobb Tuning however, was already hard at work. They even had a JDM GT-R imported a year before the car was released here so they could get a head start on reverse engineering the ECU. Brian went directly to Cobb Tuning's lead GT-R guy, Tim Bailey for advice on how to maximize the potential of his motor. He wasn't ready to do any major turbo upgrades yet, so squeezing all the power he could out of the stock units was the key. Bailey and the Cobb Tuning Surgeline staff created a new map and with basic bolt-ons like Cobb Tuning intakes, Deatschwerks injectors and Arqray exhaust, Gee's VR38 was able to produce over 600HP to the crank. Not only is that over 100 horsepower more than what came from the factory, other GT-Rs with similar tunes from Cobb run high ten-second quarter-mile times all day long!
If at this point you're not completely bloated from all the haterade you've been consuming throughout this read, congratulations, you're not totally envious of another man who owns a 10-second, 500 horsepower-plus R35 Nissan GT-R, that happens to be the first in the U.S. with a complete Wald Black Bison kit. Hell, it has some parts that we can't even pronounce the names of. If that's not ballin' out of control we don't know what is. Whatever Brian Gee does for a living he's doing it right. What people think of him is of little consequence to him because he's too busy hurting feelings. On that note, it's time for us to get back to building our own GT-Rs; the knock-off Duracell batteries in our Xbox 360 controllers don't last very long.
2009 Nissan GT-R
Owner Brian Gee
Hometown Vancouver, WA
Engine 3.8L Nissan VR38DETT; dual Cobb Tuning air intake set-up; Deatschwerks 800cc fuel injectors; Arqray Schaferhund exhaust system and mid-pipe; HKS Super Fire Racing sparkplugs; Amsoil engine oil; Ti-Tek carbon-fiber valve cover and engine cover
Engine Management Cobb Accessport
Footwork & Chassis Swift Springs Sport lowering springs
Brakes Brembo "S" big brake kit
Wheels & Tires 22x9.5'' Wald Portofino; 255/30-22 Falken FK-452 (front); 22x10.5'' Wald Portofino; 295/25-22 Falken FK-452 (rear)
Exterior Custom Pearl White paint by Platinum Motorsports; complete Wald Black Bison aero kit (front bumper, carbon-fiber front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear bumper, carbon-fiber rear diffuser, trunk spoiler and rear mid-wing); Ti-TeK carbon-fiber hood ducts; graphics by Instyle Graphics
Props Lisa; family and friends; Jonari; Wheel Experts; SP Engineering; TWC; Falken; Wald; Platinum Motorsports; Cobb Tuning/Surgeline