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...before Craig Lieberman got his rice-picking hands on it and turned it into the 2F2F monstrosity.

Special thanks to VQuick for being the only one to find the underlying theme of my other thread and actually post it.



Motorex Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R

By Jared Holstein
Photography: John Thawley, Josh Jacquot




In the three months spent at MotoRex being tweaked, prodded into compliance with U.S. regulations, each Skyline inevitably gets a nickname, says MotoRex's Sean Morris. It is little surprise, then, that the name "Blackbird" titles the sharply raked windshield of this R34 Skyline GT-R V-Spec.

The SR71 "Blackbird", love child of the Cold War espionage program, remains the fastest (publicly acknowledged) plane in the world, capable of flying from New York to London in about two hours. Even 32 years after its introduction, the Blackbird remains the aerial epitome of brute force and exotic construction.

Though some of us might prefer a lighter, simplified R32 Skyline for flogging duties, for those interested in the most essential of G-rides, we present you with Mr. MotoRex's personal transport, the R34 Blackbird. By simply owning a Skyline, you are ensuring yourself a large degree of exclusivity; should you find the performance insufficient, MotoRex offers a variety of services and modifications that enhance performance, aesthetics and driver experience. This car showcases a happy compromise between ultimate cruiser and racetrack bruiser.



MotoRex left well enough alone with the interior, adding only wonderfully bolstered and supportive Recaro seats. To satisfy the G-ride quotient, the Blackbird received a collection of Eclipse stereo components that combined produce rich, clean sound, full of punchy, tight bass and clear mids, even when playing MP3s. Those born of the video game generation will feel at home in the R34's cockpit. Apparently, some Nissan engineers are as car geeky as we are, because the Skyline features a large color LCD display in the middle of the dash, telling you just about anything you could want to know about the RB26DETT's status and performance, even allowing you to change critical values in real time.

With a stance best described as the visual result of a threesome between Darth Vader, a Kirosawa character, and a dominatrix, the Blackbird demands visual consideration. Starting with the most Rubenesque of the Skylines, MotoRex bedecked the R34 with a body kit designed in conjunction with C-west (for whom MotoRex is the exclusive importer).

Unlike many body kits that crack and shatter at the thought of strength or aerodynamic testing, these same ground effects are used in the N1 Endurance Series in Japan. Though many of us joke about 95 percent of decklid spoilers on the market making roughly 1.2 lbs of downforce at 180 mph, the scary part about this car is that you could probably test this hypothesis, and then some. The C-west GT wing adorning the Black Bird is carbon fiber through and through, including the beefy uprights.

Many times, you wonder whether the huge jump in dollars spent on a very trick double or triple adjustable coil-over system is worth it, because you often end up with a car perfectly suited for the track, and absolutely miserable on the street.

Not so with the ueber-pricey, but hugely effective, Oehlins remote reservoir coil-over suspension. Although when following the car on the street, it was evident the car was stiffly sprung, this rigidity did not translate to an unbearable ride. The suspension still exhibited abundant travel when substantially lowered, removing all drama from the occasional brush with a berm.

Just how effective is the suspension system? For about 10 minutes, the Blackbird held the SCC record for the slalom at 72 mph. This is in a car that weighs almost 3,800 lbs. On street tires. Only the Lancer EVO 6 with large, very sticky prototype Pirelli DOT-legal race tires bettered the R34's speed.

As much fun as I was having listening to tunes and watching Morris play with the LCD, it was indulging in the common fantasy of flogging a Skyline that I came for. After engaging the very touchy Tilton twin-plate clutch, we were off through the esses, turbos whirring. My planned slow-speed familiarization laps became fast ones, as the car's drive-me-hard, I-make-it-easy attitude shone through. Shifting into third was a bit tricky entering the back straight for this right-hand-drive rookie, but relaxing a bit quickly solved this problem.

Coming out of the very tight, slow Zorro turn was the perfect place to evaluate the Blackbird's powerband. Smartly sized ball-bearing turbos provide both tractable low-end grunt, and from the mid-range, a big kick-in-the-pants that never falls off until the 8000 rpm redline.



1999 Motorex Nissan R34 Skyline
Chassis

Chassis Code : R34

Engine

Engine Code : RB26DETT
Type : In-line six, aluminum block and heads, twin turbocharged and intercooled
Internal Modifications : APEXi N1 fuel pump, 256 cams, cam gear
External Modifications : APEXi 550cc injectors, Power F/C, Type C adjustable fuel pressure regulator, APEXi 2530 ball bearing turbos,GT intercooler, N1 front pipe kit,Super Suction kit

Engine Management

Modifications : APEXi EVC, F-Con V and harness
Horsepower : 400 whp (claimed)

Drivetrain
Layout : Longitudinal front engine, all-wheel drive
Drivetran modifications : HKS Twin Plate clutch

Suspension
Front : Oehlins remote reservoir coil-overs
Rear : Oehlins remote reservoir coil-overs

Brakes
Front : Endless brake pads
Rear : Endless brake pads

External
Wheels : Work Meisters, 18 x 10-inches
Tires : 275/35ZR-18 Toyo Proxes T1-S
Body : C-west/Motorex N1 body kit and carbon fiber spoiler

Performance
Acceleration

0-30 mph : 1.5 sec.
0-60 mph : 4.0 sec.
30-50 mph : 1.7 sec.
50-70 mph : 2.0 sec.
Quarter Mile : 12.3 sec. @ 112 mph

Handling
Lateral grip
(200ft skidpad) : 0.94g
Laptime : 53.8
Slalom Speed
(700 ft slalom) : 72 mph

Braking
60-0 stopping distance : 111 ft.


At higher boost, the Blackbird was tested to pull 0-60 in just 3.6 sec, the 1/4 mile in 11.4 sec. and a top speed of 190 mph at 520 hp.


 

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LaoSiFu said:
Please my auto TT 6th gen vtec-i with NOS will beat that in a 1/4 mile and outdrift it.
I bet when the throttle is barely cracked the trany will say f*ck it :laugh:

Since the Skyline is such a bad azz car, why don't they sell them here in the US? Why do the Japanese auto makers only sell the sweet high performance cars in their domestic market or Europe? Is it because of the the Tank (SUV) or truck syndrome here? I think the Skyline is a nice car that would sell well here.
 

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murphman331 said:

Since the Skyline is such a bad azz car, why don't they sell them here in the US? Why do the Japanese auto makers only sell the sweet high performance cars in their domestic market or Europe?
u're right that the skyline is bad a$$, but do u really think they would sell well here in the US?
look at what happened to SupraTT and RX-7, they were bada$$ too...and if those weren't sold here in the US, u would ask the same thing about those cars as well....and i dont think the skyline was built to suit US regulations

Be patient, the GTR will come soon:D
 

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murphman331 said:
Since the Skyline is such a bad azz car, why don't they sell them here in the US? Why do the Japanese auto makers only sell the sweet high performance cars in their domestic market or Europe? Is it because of the the Tank (SUV) or truck syndrome here? I think the Skyline is a nice car that would sell well here.
From what I heard, there were many Japanese car models that never came to the US because domestic car companies (Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, etc. etc.) would lose their business, i.e. everybody would buy imports...

That's not the trend anymore (I guess), since now there are cars like G35 and Lancer Evo in the US :)
 

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safety regs, mostly. skyline bumpers=pWned by american laws.

nice car tho.
 

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I bet when the throttle is barely cracked the trany will say f*ck it :laugh:

Since the Skyline is such a bad azz car, why don't they sell them here in the US? Why do the Japanese auto makers only sell the sweet high performance cars in their domestic market or Europe? Is it because of the the Tank (SUV) or truck syndrome here? I think the Skyline is a nice car that would sell well here.
they do sell it here, its the infiniti g35
 

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yea I love this car. I know that the g35 is the american version of the skyline but I still woluld love an r34 I have seen this car in person on the street and i fell in love with it. I will also own one someday. Btw true the supra did not sell too well but take a look at how many people want them now and how much they go for.
 
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