NZ Performance Car - - Your Shots in Print -

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.”

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