「There’s something… weird about this R35 GT-R!」A shocking R35-faced R34 Skyline!
An unlikely intergenerational mashup of styles
A surprising yet rather pleasing matchup
Perhaps not immediately noticeable to the untrained eye, Skyline fans will see that this 25GT-t R34 Skyline has had the front end of an R35 GT-R transplanted onto it.
The owner of this car was looking for a tuned car and found this one by chance on an internet sale. He bought it without total confirmation, almost on a whim, but luckily the car was just as advertised.
If you look carefully, you can see this is not such a simple face swap. The body of the R35GT-R is quite different in size from the R34, so some of the base vehicle’s frame is cut and custom mounting brackets to accomdate the R35 face. Blister fenders at the rear help the body lines flow more naturally with the face swap.
The bonnet and font lip are made from genuine carbon fiber. An intercooler lets everyone know this a tuning car. From this angle, we can get the impression this is a sports tuned R35.
The sideskirts help maintain a natural silhouette by linking the front and rear sections. The high-mount GT wing also plays a role in amplifying the volume at the rear to balance out the big front face.
Also adding balance to the volume at the front are offset fenders at the rear, converting to widebody at the rear. There is mesh inserted at the widebody openings to complete the look.
Under the hood, not a VE38DETT, but the R34’s RB25DET stays. This is a decidedly light engine tune, with most of the work done with the intake and exhaust. Since its an automatic, the owner is thinking of swapping to manual next.
“I felt the R35 GT-R is a bit out of my price range but I can enjoy its spirit in this car!” says the owner.
It will be interesting to see how this car evolves and what tuning work will be put into it next. One thing is for sure, keep the car in control or you may incur some large repair costs if you ding the front end.
(From OPTION2 January 2015 Issue)