This Nissan Skyline GT-R has been tuned to the point of producing 1,500 hp.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a legendary car. It’s been in movies, TV shows, video games, and more. It’s been a monstrous force in the tuner scene and a killer drift racer in the drifting scene. There are posters of this car lining the walls of many a childhood home, and all this despite the fact it’s 2.6-L twin-turbo engine only put out around 330 hp.
Nissan originally advertised it as 275 hp, but they were a little off on that.
The R-34 model in particular captured the imaginations of tuner garages everywhere. But getting your hands on one can be a tricky proposition--most of them are right-hand drive with very few exported overseas.
Australia isn’t too far, so they have a bit of an easier time grabbing them.
This R-34 GT-R has been given the once-over by Sydney’s Just Engine Management (JEM), a tuning house that has quite a few projects under their belt. This build, called JEM034, is their most powerful build to date, producing 1,500 hp.
According to the video description, JEM034 has been able to run a quarter-mile drag race in just 9.3 seconds and finished at 166 mph. Frankly, we’re not sure why it didn’t end the race sooner with that kind of speed, but whatever. Maybe it’s got a weird gear ratio.
The-Lowdown.com did an interview with head tuner Adam Neish to give us the lowdown on what JEM did to get so much power of their Skyline. Modifications include a "built engine, new turbo manifold with custom hi-flowed HKS T51R, dog box, new fuel system, new Haltech setup with extra sensors and features for fine-tuning and engine protection, engine bay detailing, we even had the car resprayed black with Z-Tune panels fitted."
They also gold-plated the engine cover and exhaust manifold. Not because it made the car any faster, mind you--it just looked cool.
About 99% of the work done to this car was under the hood. The body is surprisingly very stock, with only minor modifications done to the front fender to give the wheels a bit of venting. The front and rear fascia are virtually untouched with stock head and tail lights. The iconic rear wing is likewise stock.
Inside there appears to be a new stereo and a new 5-inch screen that likely displays the car’s diagnostics. JEM also had a set of sensors installed so they can look up the car’s diagnostic data from anywhere in the world and ensure the car is still sailing smoothly.
It’s an incredible job on an already incredible car.