US-R35: Braving the skyline

Published on January 31st, 2012

Nowadays, it has become a norm for car owners to be different than others. It’s the same with more and more individuals going all out to be different; having tattoos and more tattoos and a whole lotta other ways to be different than others.

Here in Malaysia, despite the global economic meltdown that is expected to hit the world earliest this year or the next, put aside the dying economy of Europe and the States, the more we can see supercars and performance cars being modded, pimped-out both in performance and outlooks. Turned out, individuals with mo’ money are more than willing to spend on their beloved rides and be a wee bit different than others.

butt-ugly...

it is certainly not!

this is obviously not Kenneth's garage!

skyline with wings!

What we have here is an R35 which was transformed to Mil-Spec, as it was popularly called in the Europe. But instead of getting it camouflaged, the owner went on  a brave front and got it all matted-out military-green with emblem of US Airforce on its side. The owner even got a specially-done number plates for the photo session as well. All thanks to the intricate works of Motorsport Playground wrapping the Godzilla to perfection.

bullet-laden with scores for keeps!

Being a purist instead of a full-fledged modder, Kenneth kept its modification to a minimal. With monstrous power underneath the bonnet that comes as standard, he improved the breathing with HKS air filter, an ECU upgrade which he declined to name and a custom made exhaust bringing the numbers to 500hp on wheel. I’d say he took the initiative not to adhere to the heavy right foot syndrome he’d always have since birth.

the spoiler doubles up as wings with a push of a button

To complete the desired looks, a change of wheels is compulsory and so he opted for a 20″ Advan wheels replacing the standard wheels. When asked is there any plans to further modify the R35, Kenneth duly said, “Nope, I’m looking for another speed demon to complete my garage.”

Technical Specification US-R35:

Engine:

3799cc VR38DETT engine, DOCH V6, Two parallel Ishikawajima-Nek-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI) turbochargers, HKS air filter, remapped ECU, rear mounted six-speed BorgWarner designed dual clutch semi-automatic transmission by Aichi Machine Industry, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC-R), ATTESA E-TS system, Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), top speed 311km/h, 500hp on wheel (owner’s estimation).

Rolling stocks:

20″ Advan Racing wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza, Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Preview Braking, two-piece floating-rotor 15-inch front and rear discs with diamond-pattern internal ventilation, 6-piston front/4-piston rear monoblock calipers, 4-wheel independent suspension with Bilstein DampTronic system with three driver-selectable modes: Normal/Sport (for automatic electronic control of damping), Comfort (for maximum ride comfort), and R mode (engages maximum damping rate for high-performance cornering).

words: Hage’  pix: Hazwan Najims

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