OK, a friend of mine sent me a few pics of a couple of his old cars for your viewing pleasure. Here’s a brief history of the cars…
This car, I remember from when I first started driving, and started getting into the ‘scene’, it was one of those cars that just made you think “wow, I can’t wait until I can drive stuff like that…” The car started out standard, and had basic bolt-ons, an exhaust, filter, and 1 bar of boost. In this form, albeit minus the full leather interior, it went on to run a 12.55s @ 108mph on the 1/4 mile.
However, during a turn of luck one night, the head gasket decided to say it’s goodbyes. When the head was removed, it was found the liners were corroded. Cue a rebuild… Said rebuild consisted of CP forged pistons, Eagle rods, and a knife edged crank. The head was also fully rebuilt, ported and polished, and a Garrett GT2871r turbo was strapped on. The exhaust…? Straight out the front bumper. There was a Forge front mount intercooler cooling charge temps, along with methanol/water injection, and a 13 row oil cooler to keep things in check.
A Fidanza flywheel and Exedy clutch put the power through the gearbox, while a Hi Spec 330mm brake kit provided ample stopping power to the R888s. Suspension came in the form of GAB adjustables with Whiteline front and rear anti roll bars and camber kit.
The interior was fully stripped, with a pair of Cobra seats, and Schroth harnesses. The tank for the methanol injection, and the battery were located in the boot.
The car was sent to Horsham Developments for mapping, and came back making 380bhp @ the fly, at 1.3 bar of boost. This was enough to propel it down the 1/4 mile in 11.7s @ 118mph.
After selling the car, Chris knows that it was remapped by RC Developments to run 1.7 bar of boost, enough to make 470bhp @ the fly. After this, however, the car seems to have dropped off the radar.
The R33 GTR
This was bought whilst the Pulsar was off the road for a year being rebuilt. It was a GTR V Spec, with a relatively standard engine. Just simple air filter and exhaust upgrades, a front mounted intercooler, upgraded ECU, and ARC relocated oil filter and catch tank. The car made a respectable 400bhp @ 1 bar. Enough to run a 12.3s 1/4 mile @ 112mph, and apparently 190mph had been seen on the clocks.
Running Ohlins suspension, and Volk TE37s means that it sat nicely, looking as purposeful as you’d expect.