Some people tend to take little things like moving their fingers or holding hands with somebody else for granted, but what happens when those “little things” are taken away? What happens when you can no longer hold something with your hands because you no longer have them?
Some people may head into depression, but some people, like Bartek Ostalowski, continue living their lives like nothing ever happened.
Back in 2006, Ostalowski lost his arms in an accident, but didn’t stop him from continuing his dream to become a professional racecar driver. Not only did he become one, but he also became pretty good at it, having competed in the Polish Championship Rally Raceway Cross and the Polish Cup, not to mention, his apparent skill as a drifter.
In this video, you’ll see how Ostalowski manages to drift his Nissan Skyline GT-T R34 using his two feet and his shoulder. For people who can’t even drift with all their limbs intact, what Ostalowski is doing is amazing, dumbfounding, and downright inspirational.
Long before the Nissan GT-R wreaked havoc on the roads and earned its nickname, Godzilla, its predecessor was considered one of the most important cars in Nissan’s history. It was one that paved the way for a generation of drivers to, in their own words, "chooses the path of racing.”
Ever since the Skyline and the GT-R names were split, which led to the complete disappearance of the former in favor of the latter, not a lot of people have given the Nissan Skyline its due credit as one of the fiercest cars in the 1960’s.
In this video, we take a stroll down memory lane to reacquaint ourselves with how the legend of the Skyline was born all the way back to the 1964 Suzuka Grand Prix. This is where the earliest models of the Skyline, then a relative unknown model built by Prince Motor Company, took the fight to the most supreme machine of them all, the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.
No, the Skyline didn’t win that particular race, but what it did was serve notice to just about everyone that this was a car that meant serious business.
We’re not gonna spoil you any more info from the mini-documentary because no amount of words will do justice to seeing the video for yourself.
The car isn’t being produced anymore, which adds a certain element of allure to it, particularly if a tuning company like SP Engineering has their hands on one. So here it is, a 2002 Skyline R34 GT-R that has been modified to insane numbers that even the GT-R has to bow to.
Aesthetically, SP Engineering took the time to add an aerodynamic kit to the Skyline R34 GT-R, which includes a new Nismo front bumper, a carbon-fiber lip, an under tray, an FRP aero hood, new side skirts, a rear wing, ARC rear under-diffuser, Nismo carbon-fiber door pillar covers, and a new set of 19" Volk Racing alloy wheels with a Brembo GT brake kit. The interior also gets its share of new goodies, including a Nismo gauge cluster, floor mats, a suede steering wheel, Works Bell quick release, and dry carbon panels.
Then, there’s the engine modification, which to say the least, is eye-popping. SP Engineering managed to put some insane juice on the Skyline’s 2.5-liter RB26DETT straight 6-cylinder bi-turbo engine to the tune of 982 horsepower and 660 lb/ft of torque with the use of a few choice elements. These include Garret twin GT35 turbos, an HKS exhaust manifold, DLI II Twin Power ignition amplifier, and a GReddy Type R three-row front-mount intercooler kit. Other features of the engine remodel are Type R blow-off valves, a Hypertune intake manifold, an SP Engineering intake, 8 Denso 1,000cc injectors, TITEK Innovations high-flow fuel pump, and an ARC radiator. Last, but not least, a Hollinger sequential transmission was fitted with an OS Giken triple-plate.
Just in case people have forgotten the Nissan Skyline, SP Engineering has reminded us once again just how unbelievably awesome this Japanese monster is.
Now that the clock has finally run out and just hours away from the first showing of Fast Five - the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise - we felt like it’s the right time to give proper respect to the characters that have made this movie franchise as fun as it has been since the first movie came out in 2001.
And if you think that we’re talking about resident leading men, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, guess again. This list has very little to do with them, or their other co-stars for that matter, but more so about what they were driving during the first four movies. Yes, dear friends. This is a list to honor the Top 10 cars of the Fast and Furious franchise!
Do take note that we compiled this list based on our opinions so if you have any sort of reaction on the cars we chose and the number we gave them, you have the floor in the comments section to let us hear about it.
JAPO Motorsport GmbH is bringing back some unique old school style with the release of their Skyline R34 GT-R JAPO edition. Taking a 1999 R34, JAPO spent three and a half months stripping it down to its base and rebuilding it bit by bit using the legendary “Z-Tune” as a base. Some may remember the Skyline R34 GT-R “Z-tune” created as the 20th Anniversary model for NISMO (NISsan MOtorsports International) in 2004. This model was put together as a special edition and offered in a limited number of 20 vehicles. The same will be said for the R34 GT-R JAPO edition which will also be limited to 20.
The most exciting piece of information for the R34 GT-R is the modifications that were made under the hood. The standard 2.5-liter RB26DETT straight 6-cylinder bi-turbo engine has been worked over with an HKS treatment. Two GT RS turbo chargers have been added as well as an intercooler, elbows, half pipe, racing suction and chamber kit, injectors, ignition plugs, and cylinder head gaskets, all made by HKS. The JAPO Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R also comes with Stoptech brakes with 355/35 millimeter discs and four-piston callipers in front as well as 355/32 millimeter discs and two-piston callipers on the rear. This brings the R34 GT-R’s numbers to 516hp and 597 Nm of torque. The beautiful sound from the engine will be heard through the ARC-4 inch titanium exhaust system.
Hit the jump for the full story plus the official press release.
You have to check out this video! Mark Berry with Hi Octane Racing was out testing the Advan/HiOctane Racing Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R on the Eastern Creek International Raceway in preparation for the World Time Attack Challenge. This challenge, the first ever of its kind, will test the speed of not only Australia’s World Time Attack teams, but also teams from the U.S. and Japan. The race will be held at the Eastern Creek International Raceway on Friday, May 21, 2010 and Saturday, May 22, 2010.
A representative from SuperLap caught up with Mark Berry and when asked if he was not chasing speed due to the corners on the tracks, Mark Berry replied,
“We’re chasing speed everywhere. It’s ALL about speed, we’ll be up against the top teams in the WORLD, these guys are incredibly fast and we can’t afford to lose a second anywhere.”
That’s the kind of response we here at TopSpeed like to hear.
The Nissan GT-R is by all means a bona fide super car and , however for anyone who is too old to have used a Playstation has been left in the dark about the cars that made those three letters so significant over the past two decades. That is because the most contact most people in the U.S. had with a Nissan Skyline GT-R was when playing Gran Turismo, or at an auto extravaganza like SEMA, and there were two fine examples on display this year in the Las Vegas Convetion Center. These were ultra exotic all wheel drive sports cars powered by a revolutionary low displacement high revving twin turbocharged straight six that pushed the Japanese Government’s limits with a reasonably priced package that was able to trump quite a few super cars of its day. Adding to the lore of the old Skyline GT-R ; the ones that did make it to America with a DOT approval all came from the same import company, and they were found out to be crooked.
In 1989 the Japanese automaker revived the GT-R nameplate from the 1970s with the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R. At the time the GT-R was a two door version of Nissan’s popular Skyline luxury sedan, something we were introduced to in America as the Infiniti G35 some years later. Back in the ’90s Nissan had to advertise their budget super car at 280 PS (275 HP) but Godzilla has been dyno’d to reveal closer to 350 HP coming from the RB26DETT under the hood. What was even better is that these car’s could easily be boosted to produce closer to 500 HP and there are even a few recorded 1000 HP runs by tuners who never had to crack the head gasket. In the U.S. the baddest car you could buy and then modify was a Toyota Supra, there are even models that can race against a Suzuki Hyabusa and win at 150 MPH, in Japan they said that when you got over your Supra you bought a GT-R.
This year’s SEMA Show featured two of the latter examples, one white on gold R33, a model that was made from 1995-1998 and got more curves and a bigger turbo. The other jaw dropping piece of high performance machinery was the highly coveted six speed R34, although Nissan ended production of the car in 2001 they came back with a rare proposition for 2004. Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Nissan Motorsport International, the manufacturer offered to buy back 20 low mileage models which were stripped down and rebuilt to be Z tune GT-Rs. Making 600 PS from a race engine and shod with a set of beautiful black GT500 style Volk racing TE-37s, simply exquisite. Although the late model Rotora car is wearing a different set of wheels, it does have the Z tune style fenders with the vents at the top. It’s tuners cars like these that gave the GT-R its super car credibility; so now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
Nissan completely redesigned the Skyline model when they introduced the GT350 back in 2001. Gone was the classic boxy shape of the 1990s models which gave way to a 350Z inspired curvilinear Infiniti G35 . The luxury car was well appointed and like all of Nissan’s VQ35 powered vehicles, the new Skyline had an exhaust note to die for. The next update for the R35 Skyline came in 2006 when Nissan’s engineers sharpened up the design and bumped displacement up to 3.7 Liters for the world renowned V6 engine. Although the current Infiniti G37 is still a very attractive sports car, the now classic two swoop shape is due for a major update in preparation for the 2012 model year.
When the Japanese automaker unveiled the Infiniti Essence concept car at the Geneva motor Show, they were laying out the floor plan for their future model lineup both aesthetically and mechanically. So with no better inspiration for the future Skyline in sight, it would appear that the new Nissan Skyline could be the first production model to speak the Essence concept’s design language. However it is not expected to adopt the working show car’s hybrid drive train. Instead the 2012 Skyline will feature a 3.7 literV6 to produce a total of around 450 HP. However we won’t find out any time soon because Nissan is rumored to be preparing a Skyline Coupe prototype for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show with a production version slated to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2012.
Lately we have been showing you what the Japanese tuner Top Secret can do when they want to build a signature one off automobile that changes the way enthusiasts think about cars. Well this is a perfect example of Nagata-san working his magic on a car that changes the way we think about the tuning industry. This is the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R based Competizione R built for a private customer. Originally the owner wanted a daily driver that could still tear up a drag strip or embarrass the competition on the wangan, but after many years of being a GT-R owner was infected with the track day bug, and the Competizione R once again underwent a complete transformation.
It has taken seven years for the Competizione R to become the dark gray blue pearl vehicle you see before you. While it used to wear a Top Secret body kit, the front end has been replaced with a full Nismo front end. This is made up of a Nismo Z-tune front bumper and flared fenders as well as a Nismo R-tune dry carbon hood while the wet carbon front lip from Top Secret has remained. The side skirts are from Do-Luck and have been molded into the new wings. Out back there is a Nismo dry carbon adjustable lip made to work with the Top Secret diffuser and vortex generator. and the stock GT-R spoiler has been lowered out of the slipstream using a set of custom Top Secret mounts.
The heart of the beast, Nissan’s iron block RB26DETT has been increased in size thanks to an HKS 2.8 Liter stroker kit and in an interesting move, the engine original had a pair of reasonably large GT3037S turbochargers while now it makes use of smaller GT2835Rs for their quicker spool up and ability to make more power down low where the owner wanted it for the track. The little black box in front of the engine is an HKS V-Cam Pro; this system gives the RB26 variable cam control on the intake side, which makes more power at every RPM. The compressed air is fed into the engine through a Nismo GT plenum, the same item that was used on the old R34 JGTC racecars. The package has been tuned to make a much more track friendly 700 HP. Keeping the Competizione R going in a straight line down the front stretch at Fuji Speedway is an adjustable Nitron Pro racing suspension from the U.K. combined with a host of highly adjustable Ikeya Formula suspension links that allow the suspension to be fine tuned.
Have you ever lusted after Japanese sports cars? Only to be disappointed by the manufacturers not offering them for sale here in the U.S. Although a little unconventional, you can still get your hands on these high-performance machines. Thanks to companies like PicknBuy24 us Americans can take advantage of the Japanese government’s dislike for old cars (they tax the heck out of old cars to promote the sale of newer models) and pick them up at almost ridiculous discounts. For example: this R32 Skyline GT-R would look be perfect next to my turbocharged 240SX and at only $7200 plus shipping makes this early 90’s super car fit any budget.