This Skyline R32 GTR has a dirty secret in its engine bay

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“1320 Videos” is a well-known YouTube channel focusing on modified streetcars. We are constantly getting high-quality content from both the US and abroad, which also includes organized events. This time, we are taken to Australia, where just three miles outside of Sydney there’s a rather slippery drag strip.

Someone Put A Ford Engine In A Nissan Skyline GT-R!?!?
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Two events – “Drag King” and “G-TR Challenge” – are being held on the same day. As you may have guessed, there are plenty of Nissan Skyline GT-Rs around from all generations. However, if you skip to about 9:30, you will see a very interesting Skyline R32 GTR. At first glance, it looks like your typical modified “Godzilla”, but there’s a dirty secret.

Under the hood, or should we say bonnet, there’s a turbocharged straight-six engine. But it’s not the one you would expect.

It is unclear what happened to the original RB26 DETT engine that you normally find in a Skyline GT-R, but the owner has decided on a very unorthodox engine swap – a Ford Barra straight-six. For those not familiar with this engine, it is a 4.0-liter straight-six, you normally find in cars like the Ford Falcon. It was manufactured by Ford Australia from 2002 to 2016 and comes either as a normally-aspirated engine or with forced induction.

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The unit also features DOHC and Variable Cam Timing (VCT). Essentially, it’s the Australian RB26/2JZ, capable of high horsepower figures. In this case, the Skyline “XR32”, is capable of 975 horsepower, but in order to be more usable, the owner has turned down the boost to around 20 psi, so it now makes around 800 horsepower.

The car is also rear-wheel-drive only and the owner has finished it in a very neat bronze color from a BMW M5.

Of course, we get some onboard footage from the Ford-swapped R32 and we see the owner of the car working the sequential gearbox.

Despite the lack of traction, the driver of the Skyline managed a best time of 11.2 at the quarter-mile.
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The Barra engine still sounds like most inline-sixes, while having a distinct soundtrack – something Kyle immediately recognizes, which prompted him to talk to the owner in the first place. Meanwhile, the owner of the modified “Godzilla” shares that you have less-revs to play with since the engine isn’t as rev-happy as the RB26. Nevertheless, the engine looks at home, even if “it’s a bit snug”, as the owner says.

So there you have it. One of the more unusual engine swaps out there and, undeniably controversial, for the die-hard JDM fans out there. Nevertheless, it fits and works perfectly in the engine bay of this Japanese icon, and now you’ve learned of another capable inline-six engine, you can potentially use for your project.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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