September 26, 2022

Unusual and dream-like issues occur in Finland. Tony Hakku had all the time dreamed of proudly owning an R32 GT-R however, as you possibly can see, these wishes stretched additional than merely shopping for and having fun with a bone-stock Skyline. Right here is his gorgeous modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R.

Function taken from Banzai journal 2019. Photographs: Jape Tiitinen

One of many Nissan Skyline GT-R’s most notable options is that its energy goes to all 4 wheels. That’s the place the legend sprang from, and the way it managed to dominate each race collection it entered earlier than being banned as a result of it was simply too good.

Aha, however that’s the place this outlandish modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R differs from the norm: it has a switchable drivetrain, permitting it to run rear-wheel-drive on demand – therefore why you possibly can see it pulling enormous burnouts in our images. Now, for a few of you this will increase additional questions: if you would like a RWD R32, why not simply get a GTS-T? That’s two-wheel-drive from the manufacturing facility, proper? However this quite misses the purpose – if you would like a GT-R, you need a GT-R, with all the main points and heritage that go along with it; the RB26DETT motor, the badge, the provenance, the bloody lot!

For Finland’s Tony Hakku, it needed to be a Skyline GT-R or nothing, the acquisition of which was the catalyst for the screaming insanity you see earlier than you; in essence, the challenge’s been all about downsizing – the variety of pushed wheels, the variety of turbos and the burden of the shell – so it’s fascinating that a lot of it has additionally been about upscaling too. Definitely with regards to the width, the footprint, the ability and the highway presence, all that’s been vastly elevated. We’d higher hit the rewind button and see simply the place all of this got here from…

Modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R side profile

“My automotive pastime began early in life, with principally Hondas coming underneath the knife, though there was room for Ame rican vehicles and a few VWs too,” Tony explains. “These rides had been good, however nothing in comparison with my childhood dream of an R32 GT-R. When the time was proper and with a rising automotive fever, I all of a sudden seen that I used to be already chatting on-line with the proprietor of a gray R32 that had been spiced up fairly a bit. Earlier than lengthy I used to be on my technique to Kärkölä to test-drive the Skyline.”

The automotive that confronted him upon arrival was a little bit of a combined bag. The three-spoke Tremendous Advans and mismatched paint weren’t actually tickling his pickle, however his eyes lit up when the bonnet was lifted: the single-turbo conversion dominates the bay, the vendor assuring Tony it was good for 650bhp on the wheels, and a fast blast up the highway was all he wanted to be scurrying to the financial institution to extract the money. Fairly merely, he had to purchase this automotive.


“I cruised round in it for a few weeks, however then it was time to start out correctly constructing the automotive,” Tony grins. “Whereas I used to be planning what sort of rims I wished, I seen the unhealthy rolling work on the rear arches, and came upon that there was additionally some rust. At this level concepts began flowing in my head and it was then that I acquired the concept to construct a Rocket Bunny R32, since I’d by no means seen it accomplished over right here earlier than. The rust could be chopped off within the course of of constructing bigger arches, however there was one huge concern: there have been no arch flare kits out there for this automotive on the time! I made a decision to go along with Nissan S13 gadgets, with the thought that in the event that they didn’t match, I may promote them on.” So having ordered the package he returned to the wheel purchasing, setting his sights on one thing good and broad, and shortly deciding on the staggered WORK VS-XX rims you see right here. Purchased second-hand, they required a little bit of restoration, so Tony sourced a recent set of lips whereas the centres went off to the powdercoaters for a spot of satin black.

“The arch flare package lastly arrived, and after I began to suit them to the edges I discovered that they wouldn’t match in any respect on the GT-R’s curvy physique,” he remembers. “However I wouldn’t hand over on them simply but! By reducing and shaping the components they slowly began discovering their place on the automotive, and for the ultimate contact I needed to collect some braveness to chop into the GT-R’s unique steel. I agonised over it for a month, whether or not I ought to do it or not, however after I began I didn’t remorse it a bit!”

In any case of Tony’s chopping it was just about simply the faces of the unique Rocket Bunny package left, with all the pieces behind being his personal customized fabrication – utilizing an entire number of instruments and supplies, from tape to clay to his girlfriend’s previous leggings! All the fibreglassing was a nerve-wracking course of because the wheel lips nonetheless hadn’t arrived, so a number of the width was primarily based on estimates, however fortunately all of it got here good when the WORK wheels had been bolted collectively and fitted in place.

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Modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R wide wheel arch

Considerably annoyingly, whereas all of this was happening, Rocket Bunny introduced its new Pandem package for the R32, which didn’t actually assist with the motivation points Tony was experiencing from having put a lot advanced work in. He known as to investigate about costs, however the Pandem was method out of his price range, so he determined to complete what he’d began. What the hell, no less than it’d be distinctive. He definitely did this one the exhausting method!

Efforts started anew on the arches, and the bonnet was swapped for a carbon fibre merchandise, and earlier than lengthy issues had been beginning to look prepared for paint.

“Summer season was about to start out, and an invite dropped within the mailbox for Fitted Fest that was going to happen in August,” says Tony. “The modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was taken to WTP-Coating in Pornainen for a paint job. The color was already determined after I purchased the automotive, so there was no confusion with what shade it needs to be painted! After a number of days we went to choose up the automotive after which it was time for the reassembly; when the GT-R was in a single piece, it was time for the present, and that day couldn’t have ended higher as a result of the automotive was awarded a trophy on its very first show! It made up for all of the hours spent within the storage.”

Modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R interior

Naturally, as with so many builds of this form of scope of ambition, such plaudits are only the start. Nearly instantly, Tony sourced a Cusco rollcage which acquired powdercoated in cherry purple and mated to some Martelius entrance bars, and by the tip of the present season because the vehicles acquired tucked away for the winter, he was itching to do one thing in regards to the rear spoiler. The inventory merchandise simply regarded bizarre with the fats arches, it wanted one thing greater, so Tony went all-in and fabricated some chassis mounts for a colossal carbon GT wing. He drew up plans to start out making some bespoke carbon splitters, and added a set of NISMO carbon sideskirts from an R33 GT-R and a non-spoiler carbon bootlid. By this level the R32 was just about unrecognisable from the GT-R he’d purchased; some say ‘ruined’, which is all simply extra gas to Tony’s fireplace as he relentlessly strives for perfection and uniqueness.

“I used to be filling my calendar with occasions that I wished to go to,” he enthuses. “I even dared to take the modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R to the monitor, the place I beat the automotive with out mercy. From that occasion I went residence with a High 5 trophy, and at a distinct occasion I additionally tried out how rushing a quarter-mile felt; the primary quarter-mile of my life acquired timed at 12.160s, and on the second strive I blew up my gearbox! After that unlucky breakdown I shortly discovered an R33 transmission and acquired the automotive operating once more. At this level I used to be already wishing for a purpose to take the engine out and begin engaged on that, since I’m now happy with the seems. I’m not going to eliminate the automotive, not ever, so this story is not going to finish right here. The subsequent mod in my thoughts is to make it run on ethanol.”

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Modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R front facing

So it seems that, whereas this modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R has had its very nature basically altered by advantage of it being switchable from 4WD to RWD, that’s only one a part of the story. The new RB26 was operating huge numbers when Tony purchased it, and with a fascinating roll-call of upgrades it’s greater than prepared for the subsequent section of energy. The distinctive physique is a labour of affection, representing infinitely extra effort and reward than merely shopping for an off-the-shelf arch package. And as a fulfilment of a childhood dream? Nicely, simply think about the joy if Tony’s younger self may have identified what was coming…

Tuned R32 Skyline GT-R photos

Tech Spec: Modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R


RB26DETT 2.6-litre straight-six, single-turbo conversion with Garrett GT4082S turbo, 600x300x100 intercooler, GReddy/Belief top-mount manifold, HKS-style 50mm wastegate, GReddy Profec B Spec II increase management, GReddy MAF Y-pipe, A’PEXi race air filter, twin Z32 MAFs, straight-through 3.5-inch exhaust system, Sard 720cc injectors, Aeromotive gas stress regulator, Walbro gas pump, A’PEXi Energy FC, R33 GT-R transmission, ATS triple-plate clutch


11×18-inch (entrance) and 12×18-inch (rear) WORK VS-XX wheels – powdercoated satin black with gloss black lips, 255/35 (f) and 295/30 (r) Yokohama Advan Neova tyres, 30mm (f) and 40mm (r) spacers, Tein fully-adjustable coilovers with EDFC controller and BC Racing 14k springs, Cusco brake cylinder bracket, pillow rigidity rods, entrance and rear suspension help package


Cusco/Martelius rollcage, NISMO short-shift, Alcantara seats, OMP 4-point harnesses, Momo suede steering wheel, Belief gearknob, Motamec battery tray, PLX DM6 touchscreen multi-gauge, PLX SM-AFR wideband, PLX SM increase module


Customized Rocket Bunny widebody package, Seibon carbon fibre bonnet, carbon boot, NISMO R34 sideskirts, N1 bumper vents, customized chassis-mount carbon GT wing, customized canards and splitters, full repaint in OEM color


“Because of WTP-Coating, Kaarinan TR-työstö, Uudenmaan Sooda, Martelius, Markku Vesalainen, Jani Niskanen, and my father and household for understanding my ardour.”