When you have adopted the JDM tuner-verse for the previous few many years, then HKS’s Driving Performer is a automotive you’ll doubtless be accustomed to.
Again in 2006, this was the test-bed and demo automobile for the V-Cam system, which for HKS was on the core of making a cushty but explosive RB26 setup for the road. I really ran a narrative on the R34 Skyline GT-R in 2009.
With RB-series GT-Rs exploding in reputation round a decade after, HKS pulled the R34 out from the depths of their storage storage and used it once more for R&D, this time to develop the brand new lineup of GTIII turbos. Then, a number of years later, it helped develop and longevity-test HKS’s present RB28 Excessive-Response full engine providing.
With near 25 years of use, this would possibly simply be HKS’s longest-serving demo automotive. Nevertheless, that is how I discovered it after I spied the Skyline tucked away within the nook of one of many firm’s new warehouses. May it’s the top of the road for this well-known BNR34?
It’s sitting with protecting sheets of plastic across the bumper and fenders, and at present lacking its engine and transmission.
After all, the originally-fitted bronze Advan AVS Mannequin 5s have been changed a very long time in the past, this set of Advan Racing RSIIIs doing the rounds for a few years now.
The Robson Leather-based-clad inside stays, however there are a number of objects lacking across the cabin.
However as I held the important thing to this legendary automotive once more, I used to be relieved to listen to from the HKS guys that this GT-R goes for use for one other spherical of R&D.
They couldn’t actually inform me what that can contain, however because the RB28 Excessive-Response engine is out, maybe another RB-based power-plant is on the playing cards.
In case you recall, final 12 months HKS constructed a really curious RB26 prototype known as ‘Superior Heritage’. The purpose was to inject as a lot trendy tech into the engine, to assist house owners of neo-classic GT-Rs get pleasure from them effectively into the longer term. An attention-grabbing record of technical options have been adopted, issues like vertically-mounted turbochargers for higher movement and catalizer effectivity, a dual-chamber consumption manifold for elevated movement and knock resistance, twin injection and pre-chamber combustion design for extra environment friendly gas atomization, and an ignition improve to spice up response and decrease emissions.
The purpose was 600hp, but have the engine have the ability to return 20km/L gas consumption, which is just about a dream for GT-R house owners.
Seeing the BNR34’s Getrag 6-speed transmission on the ground, I did marvel if the following RB26 within the automotive could be mated to a twin-clutch transmission for optimum management.
No matter HKS are planning on doing with its new RB examine and the R34 Driving Performer is sure to assist GT-R house owners hold working their beloved automobiles into the longer term.
I’ll be taking a better take a look at the automotive later within the 12 months when testing is scheduled to start, however within the meantime, I’m trying ahead to extra RB-related updates at HKS’s 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon sales space later this week.
For now, take a look at the short video I shot within the HKS Storage by hitting play above.
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