This completely over-the-top NASCAR V8 powered Nissan Skyline GT-R was doubtless the eye stealer of the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan’s largest automotive customizing present that wrapped a few weeks in the past on the Makuhari Messe advanced simply east of Tokyo.
No people, the GT-R you see right here just isn’t an iteration of the newest R35 model of Nissan’s legendary GT-R. What one customizer in Japan did was to take a primary era 1970 Skyline GT-R and squeeze a NASCAR spec V8 into its engine bay.
This basic Skyline may be owned by Osamu Hamanaka, however the seemingly bonkers undertaking was conceived and constructed by ex-champion D1GP drifting driver Daigo Saito at his workshop in Tokyo along side notable customizer Path Motor Apex Racing. The tip product is the one-off ‘Pandem Widebody V8 Hakosuka’ (with ‘hako’ which means boxy and ‘suka’ refers to Skyline) primarily based on a primary era Nissan Skyline GT-R. Now whereas the ultra-wide blacked out, flared fenders look completely insane, these fenders home over-sized tires which are greater than needed for this orange beast.
Why? As if these 8 suspicious pipes poking out of the hood don’t give the sport away. Fitted with a Rocket Bunny physique equipment, this GT-R packs a thumping Dodge NASCAR-spec 5.7-liter V8 engine pumping out an unimaginable 1,145-hp. The high-revving V8 is married to an RTS G-Power four-speed gearbox and is fitted with a Sikky/Winters quick-change rear-end. Customized management arms for the rear suspension have been provided by Kei Miura. Whereas the automotive can’t be pushed on public roads, TMAR say they are going to be performing some testing within the close to future with the objective of ‘racing it.’ Nonetheless, precisely the place and when they may race it’s nonetheless underneath wraps nevertheless it appears honest to say that Saito, the man who constructed the automotive, will ultimately take it drifting.
Nissan solely made 1,945 so-called ‘Hakosuka’ GT-Rs and phrase on the road is that round one-third of them survive as we speak. In comparison with the Pandem Widebody V8’s 1,145-hp, the unique GT-R C10, which received a number of touring automotive races in Japan, was powered by a 2.0-liter straight-6 engine producing simply 160-hp, however nonetheless appreciable energy for these days. Race variations of those vehicles as we speak can fetch upwards of $300,000 on account of their rarity and race-winning historical past. Simply how a lot this one-off V8-fitted GT-R would value is anybody’s guess.