It’s never easy seeing a car destroyed through no fault of your own, and, for Luke Rosemergy, that tear-jerking moment came two years ago when a learner driver crashed into his 450kW SR20VET-powered S14. Written off and unsalvageable for the most part, Luke cut his losses and sunk the insurance pay out into this R32 GT-R instead.
“The GT-R was factory, so it obviously lacked the power that my Silvia had, and I soon got that itch to modify it,” he explains. “Over a period of three months I managed to pull 402kW on a 100-per-cent-unopened RB26DETT long block. After daily-driving it like that with no issues for over a year, I decided to take it to the next step.”
That next step meant seeking out over 500kW from the RB power plant and would mean piecing together a serious package to get it there. The bottom end has been crammed with the usual array of forged components, while, up top, the factory head has been ported and stuffed with a set of Kelford 272-degree cams, along with beehive valve springs and titanium retainers. Sinco whipped up a front-facing twin-scroll manifold to hold the Garrett GTX3582R, which pumps boost through to a Plazmaman billet intake manifold on the other side. It also makes use of all the fruit in other departments: a Link G4+ Fury for engine management, Bosch 1650cc injectors for fuel, R35 coils on the ignition, and an Accusump to ensure that the oil never runs dry.
As Luke always had the intention of keeping it a street car, exterior styling remains relatively standard GT-R, and the focus has been on beefing up what you can’t see — all arms have been replaced with adjustable units, with new bushes all round, and the diffs have been rebuilt to handle the fresh power hit.
“It will still be getting daily-driven, hence the number plate, and see a couple of drag events and track days,” says Luke. “I am a big fan of Time Attack racing so will hopefully head in that direction after some more experience behind the wheel.”