Skyline GT-R V-Spec 400R 2.7 T88 MOTEC. FULL TUNE. by Hot Staff!!
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Skyline GT-R V-Spec 400R 2.7 T88 MOTEC. FULL TUNE. by Hot Staff!!
This Skyline GT-R is absolutely the most unique and best prepared R33 we've seen at any auction since opening for business in 1998. Brutally beautiful with no stone left unturned in the quest for perfection, this car was extensively prepared by Hot Staff at Kyushu Island as their demo car and featured just as it was completed - Option Magazine in 2005 August (Scanned copy is available). As the cover car it was featured as a fire breathing 720 bhp road / track car with a Motec M4 controlled full 2.7 race engine set up to perfection. Make no mistake. If you've been looking for the holy grail of an ultimate GT-R and can understand the value of buying a ready built car that's been engineered to perfection, then don't miss this car. If you do, then please don't ask us to find another this special again.... You know we know we can't!!
A GT-R this special, deserved a lot of digging to get all the information relating to the build of this car. Hot Staff are a highly respected tuning company in Kyushu, whose engineering tallents are well known amongst Japan's elite tuners. They're also known for creating Japan's first F20C (S2000) engine gearboxed AE86's amongst many other stunning driver's cars. They're seriously knowledgeable and experienced engineers as you'll see from the specification of work detailed -from the build which was completed in summer of 2005, less than 6,000 miles ago:
Comprehensive Engine Spec: In preparation for the build The head was completely overhauled, skimmed then inlet exhaust ports were machined (Gas flowed) with the roof section also modified. 2 3 angle valve seats were cut, with set length adjustment and brand new oem bronze valve guides valve spring seats were combined with Tomei A type valve springs, Tomei lifters and shims in preparation for the Trust camshafts of spec: Inlet: 272 (10.5mm lift), Outlet: 280 (10.8 lift) with Greddy vernier cam pulleys.The block was ultra-sound cleaned and treated to a full race spec. Naprec water jacket modification inclusive of oversized jacket (core) plugs. The block was dummy-head bored, honed and lightly skimmed. A Tomei extended high capacity sump was also fabricated. A Tomei full counter crankshaft with modified key way and a complete set of bottom end PWR Black Metal Race bearings is mated to Tomei H Section forged conrods, Apexi 87 Forged Pistons. To keep the crankshaft safe for higher rpm, an ATi pulley is employed. Needless to say, components have been plastiguaged, checked and balanced to perfection before putting the engine together carefully. HKS strenghtened bolts have been used throughout with even the flywheel bolts uprated bearing in mind the power and rpm limit this engine's built to take. Tomei (1.2mm / 87 bore) head, intake and exhaust metal gaskets have been used and of course there's a Nismo N1 water and Tomei oil pump fitted. A Trust timing belt with new idler and tensioer were also fitted. Racing plugs used in the build are by Trust. A specially machined PAS bracket was made too and the engine cover was custom chromed with Hot Staff's ornament plate added to show this is their version: RB27.Intake to Exhaust:The turbo's a modified internal T88-34D with polished compressor housing combined with a Trust 45 bore exhaust manifold. Intake air is sucked through a Trust filter, forced through a Trust R-SPL 3 layer intercooler with custom 100mm diameter alloy piping through a Nismo polished intake plenum. When needed, twin HKS BOV's dump boost. A Trust Type C high flow wastegate feeds to a 90mm front pipe and via an N3 catalyser adaptor for the enlarged front pipe - feeds into an Apexi Super Catalyser. The exhaust's a full titanium Ganador system with a main 90 bore section exiting to a 120mm diameter tail. Fueling Electronic Control: To keep fuel smells out of the car, the twin Bosch racing fuel pumps have been mounted beneath the boot floor with an additional Tomei fuel pump. There's a Nismo surge tank mounted in the boot to avoid fuel starvation and aero grade braided hosing is used. SARD 1000cc injectors are fed via a Tomei type-A fuel pressure regulator and Trust fuel delivery pipe. A Motec ignition expander is combined with a Motec M4 ECU / Advanced data logger / M4 Sensor set and harness / Version Up spec. This M4 hasn't been locked after mapping - so it can be adjusted in the UK by Owen Developments or the customer's choice of experienced Motec tuner. Motec needs no introduction. It's known to be the best ECU within professional racing circles. Boost is controlled by an ever excellent no nonsense Trust Profec B II unit.
Cooling: 49mm Tabata racing 3 core aluminium radiator with remote air seperator tank, Samco silicone hoses for in / out and heater, an Essential oil catch tank / washer reservoir is fitted and clear hose used. Note the HKS 13 row oil cooler located just behind the vent in the Nismo bumper, complete with alloy shrouding. This engine was run in on an engine dyno then the ECU set, using Japanese fuel and CDX octane booster where it ran at 1.8 bar boost maximum. For safe road use maximum boost was set to 1.6 bar, which gave 720 bhp at 8,100 rpm with a rev limit of 9000. Torque measured was 71.6kg.m / 7,000 rpm. The settings are currently all stored with Hot Staff, but the ECU has not been password protected, so can be remapped in UK if required for UK fuel.
Clutch Gearbox: The gearbox has been overhauled with an OS Giken input shaft and 1-3 cross mission (Close ratio). A GTS-4 5th speed is employed to give a relaxed cruising gear, although there's so much torque above 4,500 rpm that an ATS 1350K carbon triple plate clutch was needed. Original V-Spec diffs are retained with standard gearing.You'd be forgiven for thinking all the effort and a large pile of wedge had been spent on the engine, but there's more....!!!!!!!!Chassis Modifications: Nagisa Auto under supports are fitted in combination with a 15 point Cusco Safety 21 roll cage expertly swathed in uncut black Cusco foam cushioning to make this a super stiff street car. A full array of Nismo suspension components replace the standard items, inclusive of upper lower rear arms, and upper fronts, tension rods, circuit links, Quantum RS Street Dampers are fitted mated to Cusco pillow ball upper mounts at the front and an RB adaptor kit. A Titanium Ganador front brace is also fitted. The HICAS system has been deleted using a Nagisa Auto kit. Wheels, Tyres and Brakes: The most expensive wheels available for a GT-R are fitted, Split Rim 18 x 10 Forged alloy BBS LM's shod with nothing but the best street tyre currently sold in Japan: 265/35R18 RE-01R's. If you think the power of the engine will be incredible, you'll giggle at the sheer retardation available from the middle pedal. STOP!!!!!! - No drama... Front: AP Racing 6 Piston racing brake setup, Rear: AP Racing 4 Piston racing brake setup.
Interior: Open the doors and immediately you're struck by the quality of fitment of the cage. They've even put fabric tape where feet would usually rub, so the foam won't be damaged. Note the air purifier on the ceiling - these guys must've planned this car for years, whilst building many customer's cars!!R34 GT-R seats in perfect condition cosset you perfectly. A Nismo steering boss is mated to a Momo steering wheel with excellent ergonomic feel. A full set of Nismo's discreet black gauges inclusive of centre console replaced the low mileage originals as the car was completed. An array of six of Defi's latest Black Face gauges meet you and perform a celebration salute as you switch on the ignition (Fuel Pressure, Boost, EGT, Water Temp, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure). The engine turns and starts with no drama and the beast springs into life with a rock hard 6-7kg/cm2 oil pressure from cold. Idle is slightly lumpy as to be expected, but livable with. Rev it and it the difference in acoustics from the Titanium exhaust quickly makes it loud and clear this is no ordinary RB engine... We'll let it warm up whilst we examine the body!
Nismo 400R Bodywork has been expertly fitted and it's evident the body was completely entirely stripped inclusive of chemically treating the engine bay to ensure paint would adhere. Nismo 400R arches were then perfectly bonded to the bodywork. Quality is so good that members of the GTR OC examined it and believed these were original steel! There's also Nismo bumpers, skirts, wet carbon rear blade and spoiler end caps complete with 400R stripes for each side. Note this isn't a genuine 400R, but something way better that a factory example (Only 33 400R's were created, so it would be sacrelidge to butcher an original!!!!!!!!!) Bonnet is an original Top Secret item. There's a set of carbon style mirrors with blue LED marker lights that turn orange when the flashers are employed. Perhaps better replaced with GT-TC style Craft Square Carbon race items or Ganador electric items. Side repeaters should then be uprated to clear, to match with the D speed fronts. Note that even the headlights were upgraded with not just main beam HID, but high beam too. Gotta find out where those headlight trims are made - We'll be supplying these for sure. Super mean looking GT-R...
It would have been rude not to show up in this car at a Daikoku meet, although it wasn't us who drove it there. Needing no introduction, Dino Dalle Carbonare the best JDM photographer had use of it that day to shoot it in a small italian village in the centre of Tokyo.... Many of the (reduced size sharpness due to compression) photos you'll see in the slideshow are taken by him of this car to be published in various magazines he's contracted by from around the world. In time you'll see his complete writeup on this car no doubt. But if you want his opinion, Check his blog! Unfortunately, he did chip the front lip climbing a ramp which is why on some pictures it shows and on others it doesn't. A small price to pay for his skills :)!
Dino mentioned the car was very quick.. We only got to test it on the way back from Daikoku along the Wangan Doro. With 4kg/cm2 showing on the Defi oil pressure gauge the engine was nice and warm. It was obvious it was going to be quick, but nothing prepared us for the onslaught of this beast. Even at 1.2 bar of boost it completely anihilates everything in it's path. Cruising in 5th, with the low revs you think you're doing maybe 100 mph. No, the Speedo shows 140 with no effort at all. Boost comes on strong from 4,500 rpm all the way to the 9,000 redline (We only took it to 8,000 not knowing the specs when testing it). Stamp the brakes and giggle... Imagine the sledgehammer retardation on the end of a Bungee rope and you'll get some idea...Eyepopping but lacking in drama. Brake feel is good, progressive and professional. Did notice the front brake discs start to grumble when they get hot, so would benefit from being replaced. The only mechanical fault, due to wear and tear from track testing. Handling is tight, but well focussed. Well driven, very quickly on empty open roads only something very special will keep up with this anihilator..
It would take a good while to tally up the total cost of making a car this special, but as a rough figure, inclusive of labour costs and the base car (A low mileage R33 V-Spec), around £75,000 worth of work went into this car. Although we know Saurus and other tuners well, we've never yet seen and R33 GT-R this well prepared. There's some minor chips as shown in pictures, which we'll be repairing (incl. respraying the front bumper). Note there's some wear to the handbrake gaiter - so this could be replaced.
We hope this car will go to someone with previous GT-R ownership ,experience and maturity who can really appreciate it and look after it. For this reason we request that interested individuals contact us with offers of over £35,350 ll be inclusive of 12 month's warranty (Some items are not covered under warranty due to high levels of modification), 6 month's road tax, paintwork repairs, front disc replacement and full valet. Note that Motec mapping can also be arranged with the customer's preferred tuner.
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