Sweet Dream | Nismo R35 800R

Sweet Dream | Nismo R35 800R

Sweet Dream | Nismo R35 800R

by January 27, 2016

To Japanese car tragics or Gran Turismo fans, the Nismo 400R will need no introduction.

It’s one of the rarest and most legendary GT-Rs ever produced. Back in 1997, Nissan’s motorsport arm NISMO was given the task of creating a special R33 GT-R and it delivered in spades.

Key to the transition was a new engine. The venerable RB26DETT was given a thorough going over, so much so that it carried a new designation, the RBX-GT2.

Bored and stroked to 2771cc, upgraded rods, polished ports, high-lift cams, an upgraded oil system, a larger exhaust manifold and stronger turbochargers lifted power to a claimed 294kW/470Nm. This was good enough for 0-100km/h in just over four seconds and a top speed on the high side of 300km/h.

Externally, a new bodykit, including a carbon fibre rear wing, improved cooling and increased downforce, while wheels were upgraded to 18 x 10-inch Nismo LM-GT1s at all four corners. One hundred examples were originally planned, but only 44 were eventually built before R33 production ended in 1998. In GT-R terms, only the R34 Z-Tune (19 built) ranks as rarer.

While Nismo has recently released its own version of the R35 GT-R, we reckon it’s being a bit timid – time to be let off the leash.

All business in here. Lightweight fixed-back buckets are your only seating option with six-point harnesses holding you in place. The rear seats are binned, as is most of the sound deadening, while air-con and a roll-cage are options.

Such an extreme car is never going to be a volume seller. A price of A$260,000 would limit the 800R to diehard Nissan fans, but there should be few issues shifting 250 units globally.

Aero package more or less a straight lift from the Nismo ‘N Attack’ GT-R, which set a blistering 7min08sec lap of the Nordschleife – any more extreme and road legality is getting sketchy.

Balanced and blueprinted VR38 scores upgraded internals to handle more boost, lifting outputs to 588kW/800Nm. Real-world 0-100km/h time drops to 2.5sec with 0-400m disappearing in 10.6sec.

With no 20-inch R-spec tyres currently available, Yokohama saves the day with bespoke 265/40 front and 295/35 rear AO50 competition tyres wrapped around 20-inch lightweight rims inspired by Nismo’s GT3 race car.

Strengthened clutch packs and hardened gears will do nothing for the GT-R’s already grumpy low-speed driveability, but will stop an explosion of metal fragments when putting the monstrous power to the ground.