Jonathan - Nissan R34 Skyline GT-T
Because the Skyline was not a GT-R, I had to modify the car completely from interior to exterior
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Hi, my name is Jonathan.
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T
I used to live in a small town called Ashford near Heathrow airport, however, I now live in the city of Macau in Asia. I record most of my life with my Nissan R34 Skyline GT-T on Instagram.
My first car was a Mazda RX-8 in red. It was a fun, compact sports car especially with the high revving rotary engine. But the strict emission test was a real headache to deal with, also the condition of the car when she was first purchased was particularly poor. However, I still really enjoyed the RX-8 and she was My first step into entering the JDM community.
After a while, I managed to fix every single little problem with the RX-8. But soon after, a friend of mine showed me the sale advert for the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T. Despite me really liking the Skyline at the time, I had to turn away from her due to the high price. Let's fast forward a few months. I saw the same Skyline for sale and (luckily) she was not yet sold! I fell in love with her at first glance! I cannot describe what I felt when I finally managed to touch her after dreaming about a Skyline for almost 20 years! It was then that I realised I had to really tighten my belt in order to make the purchase possible.
An introduction to the R34 is not really necessary as it's a dream car to most 90's kids like me. I remember growing up and playing games such as Gran Turismo 2 and watching movies like the Fast and the Furious where the legendary Paul Walker. Seeing him thunder across a bridge with his R34 Skyline sparked my passion for the car. This passion and love for the R34 did not come from just Hollywood and media influence.
Back when I was 12, my parents decided to ship me off to the UK for education purposes and just hours before boarding the flight (with no return) I begged them to buy me a 1/18 scale Nismo Z-Tune R34 Skyline model. Since then that model has stayed with me throughout my childhood.
Because My Skyline was not a GT-R, I had to modify it completely, from interior to exterior. The start of this process was of course the search for parts. I have flown to Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many more places just to source the parts I required. In the meantime I stripped down the car completely to remodel her into my childhood model car - The Nismo Z-tune R34 Skyline "
Considering the age of the car (close to 20 years old), I decided to rebuild the engine. Because of the engine rebuild and the other work I did on the car I only managed to drive her properly about a year after I first bought her. But, all the time, effort and money paid off well and the sensation of sitting in her is worth all of that!
List of modifications up to date:
- Custom-made Carbon Fiber Z-tune style body kit
- Custom-made Carbon Fiber Cooling Slam Panel
- Tein Flex Z suspension
- HKS Silent Hi-Power Exhaust
- HKS Super Power Flow intake
- Autobahn88 intercooler
- Autobahn complete Silicone Hose Kit fits
- Advan Racing GT Forged 18’ wheels
- AP Racing Pro 5000R Brakes set
- Recaro Racing seats
- Original R34 GTR Multi-Function Display
- Original R34 GTR Steering wheel
- Nismo R34 GTT automatic Dashboard
- Nismo Radiator Cap, Oil Filler Cap, Fuel Filler Cap
- Nismo Z-tune R34 GTR decals
Due to the very conservative regulations, the Macau Transport Bureau prohibited the importation of second-hand cars. It's because of this that the only option of converting the GT-T into a GTR was the only thing I could not do.
But, my next step would be performance upgrades. Also, I am currently waiting for the Government approval to convert the R34 into a manual transmission. Yes I know, another huge challenge to battle with the Bureau. However, this all being approved will enable me to upgrade the Skyline closer to a GTR-Spec as the GTR is manual transmission only.
I actively participate in numerous car shows and car meets but considering her age, I'd rather keep her in healthy condition than being over-tuned. This year I am applying for a parade show drive during the half-time period at the Macau Grand Prix (that's if the Coronavirus has gone). For those who haven't heard about the race, it was first held in 1954 and is still being hosted during the second week of November every year. The street circuit – Guia Circuit; is the only street circuit racing event in which both cars (formula 3) and motorcycles participate. Whilst being one of the FIA designated race circuits, many well-known drivers participated in the event during their early careers e.g. Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Edoardo Mortara. One of the less-known stories was that in 1990 an R32 Skyline GTR driven by Masahiro Hasemi conquered the Macau GP championship and outran the second place by over a lap. Since then the Skyline earned the renowned nickname of “Godzilla”.
I'd recommend you all visit Macau and its car scene.
Thank you for your time reading my story.
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