Nismo's restoration service for the Skyline GT-R won't come cheap
Thanks to the rising popularity (and not to mention prices) of the Skyline GT-R, Nissan's motorsport division, NISMO, launched the Heritage Parts Program a few years back. With the program, GT-R owners from around the world could now purchase hard to find parts brand new directly from the factory. Nearly everything you can think of can be ordered – from weather seals to even a brand new engine.
Now, NISMO has taken support to the next level by offering full factory restorations for their legendary halo car. By full factory restoration, they mean changing everything down to the nuts and bolts. Just check out this newly restored BNR32 Skyline GT-R. Despite being nearly 30 years old this 2020, it looks as if it just rolled out of Nissan's production plant.
To bring the Skyline GT-R back to life, each unit undergoes an extensive restoration process. To start, the vehicle is stripped down to a bare metal shell with every bit of rust and damage repaired. NISMO even goes as far as reapplying the sealant and electro dipping the chassis. Once dry, the body is tested for torsional rigidity and will be reinforced appropriately. All the sealants, sound deadening are then reapplied before the car undergoes repainting, be it in its original factory color or another chosen by the client.
While that's going on, NISMO technicians tear down the engine, drivetrain, and suspension for a complete mechanical overhaul. The 2.6-liter twin-turbo RB26DETT straight-six will then be reassembled using OEM parts or more powerful NISMO units, depending on the customer's request. Once reassembled, the engine is broken-in via a dynamometer before being fitted back into the car.
As for the interior, NISMO can't use the same upholstery materials as before due to regulations. So the best they can do is clean it. If that's not enough, Nismo will replace them with materials used in the R35 GT-R Nismo.
Before being handed back to the customer, everything is tested out on test courses with a Nismo driver behind the wheel. A special plate is fitted to show that the car was restored by Nismo.
Want to have your Skyline GT-R restored by NISMO? The cost varies depending on what needs to be done, but they did list a reference price of 45 million yen, or PhP 20.7 million on their website, and includes a 1-year warranty. While the photos here show a BNR32, NISMO says the restoration service is also available on the BCNR33 and BNR34 Skyline GT-Rs.