Oh, how the other half live. I’m dreaming about one day owning a mint Nissan GT-R, while the fella I’m on my way to meet, has not only bought one, but gone and spent a shed load more on modifying it to suit his own personal taste. Talk about a different world!
The lucky fella, who’s not in any of the pictures, is our mystery owner – we’ll just call him ‘MO’ for short. Why is he a mystery owner, we hear you ask? Well, simply put, he’s asked not to be named, and as this car runs at 750bhp, he’s very likely to catch up with us if he wants to. So, as you can imagine, his wish is our command.
Between him and his cousin, MO owns a list of supercars as long as your arm – as MO himself says: “if you can think of it, we’ve either had it, or got it.” This GT-R was welcomed into the family 18-months ago, after MO successfully persuaded his cousin that nissan’s latest iconic car would be a better birthday present than another car or flat in London.
“In the Capital, you see plenty of Ferraris and Bentleys but not so many GT-Rs, plus we’re speed freaks who really like to drive our cars and not just have them looking pretty, so the R35 was a great choice,” the company director confirms.
The day they got the car, MO and his 21-year-old cousin drove it to Paris and back on a road trip and loved every minute, but after a month of driving the car around in blighty, boredom had set in and a change in looks and power was in order.
“We started looking at adding carbon fibre parts, then found companies that did exclusive kits and the more we looked into it, the more we liked what Wald international could do for the GT-R,” MO says as we shoot the car under the famous Wembley Stadium arch.
The sideskirts and rear arches were originally left in gloss black, but MO wanted the kit to blend in with the rest of the car, so matched it to the Nissan’s OEM white shade. He then had the mental, Modular Design split rims colour-coded, while the car was given to Litchfield imports for a hike in power. “Litchfield took the car to 750bhp with their Stage 5 tuning kit, which we’re having fun with at the moment,” MO says, “and they could have taken the car to well over 1,000bhp, but we didn’t want the car away any longer, so called it back.”
The result is a seriously one-off R35 that turns heads of all ages, and although some people think that messing around with a GT-R is borderline sacrilege, MO assures us he’s only had positive feedback for his stunning £115k creation: “I’ve had Ferrari 599 owners give it a second look; nannies like it, kids like it and we can hear people on the pavement guessing as to what car it actually is!” he laughs.
MO reckons a cage is next on the horizon for the GT-R, and where he’s taking it, he’ll need one too. That’s right, the car is being exported to MO’s other property in South Africa, where the car will see more action than it’s currently treated to over here in the wet and windy UK.
“It’s annoying waiting for a couple of hundred yards of space in front of you along Park Lane to put your foot down, and my cousin is banned from driving here, so it’s going to Sa where it can get some good use.”
So there you have it: take a good, hard look at these supreme shots of MO’s ‘roided-out GT-R right now, as more than likely, it’ll be the last you ever see of it before it’s taken away to continue the good life over the other side of the equator. blimey – how the other half live, eh?
TECH SPEC NISSAN R35 GT-R
WALD International Black Bison Edition bodykit by Premier Auto Design including front bumper, angel-eye fog lights, carbon grille cover, front lip, carbon side duct, side-skirts, carbon rear diffuser, carbon bootlip spoiler and rear wheel extension; bodykit resprayed in OEM white.
Litchfield custom ball-bearing turbo conversion with billet compressor wheel; Forge front-mounted intercooler with hard piping kit; Litchfield 1100cc Bosch injectors; K&N filter; Litchfield large-bore performance intake kit with larger MAF housing; Milltek Y-pipe; 90mm Milltek rear exhaust system; improved boost control with custom Ecutek code; larger chrome Forge header tank; Forge recirculating dump valves; revised ignition control, variable valve timing and fuel maps; Litchfield RACEROM switchable maps for enhanced ‘economy’ mode and full ‘race’ mode; Litchfield custom launch control settings when used with gearbox software; 2011gearbox software upgrade.
22-inch Modular Design 3-piece wheels; Pirelli PZero Nero 265/30xZR22 (f), 315/25xZR22 (r) tyres; Alcon 400mm front discs; Alcon rear discs; RS29 brake pads.