Sunday, June 18, 2017

R2 Engine BNR34 V-spec II Nür Walkaround

Stopping by for a coffee at Nismo Performance Center is one of my favorite choices when it comes to kill random Sundays afternoons. During one of my recent visits Yamada-san was installing a set of refurbished Öhlins suspensions on a BNR34 and I snapped a few shots while he was carrying out the finishing touches.

This particular model was equipped with a R2 engine as well and, considering how much fascination and curiosity there is around this powerplant, I thought I'd indulge with some extra photos.

Finished in Pearl White (QX1), it was sitting on a set of Rays LM GT4, completed by R35 brakes and rotors: a combo that is really hard not to like.

The car was fitted with other goodies as well, such as a Nismo titanium strut tower bar, intake plenum and airbox intake.

The owner is surely making good use of his prized possession, as confirmed by the tick layer of dirt on the body. Personally, given the tendency of this particular hue to yellowing over the years, I would recommend owners out there to keep it clean.

A final check and the car was ready to roll out.

Speaking of goodies, Yamazaki-san showed me this freshly overhauled Nür RB26 engine awaiting to be installed back into a customer car.

The powerplant looked like it just rolled off the production line, especially thanks to the brand new N1 block, recognizable by the "24U" code. During last year Nismo Festival a Nismo representative mentioned that the latest generation N1 blocks are stronger than the old ones, thanks to a revised production process; a claim that I'm curios to investigate a bit more. Total cost of the overhaul: a whopping 3,000,000 JPY!

I love spending time in this place: it's a great way to improve my technical knowledge and the guys are really cool. More importantly, they are genuinely passionate about their craft and, as somebody who spends most of his days wearing a tie during meetings, it's incredibly fascinating watching these artisans at work.

The past couple of weeks I've been trying to make the most of the last days of clear weather before the rainy season kicks in.

I did quite a bit of driving, mostly lapping the Wangan and stopping at Tatsumi Parking Area.

Definitely one of my favorite spots for a late afternoon coffee: cool cars and the sun setting over Tokyo - a combo that is really hard to beat.

As of this weekend heavy rain is in full swing and, like every year, it will be at least a month until the weather clears up. I guess the guys at Nismo will see me a lot more.

Until next time.


  1. Is it safe to say this R2 package is almost close to the CRS car?

  2. In terms of raw performances I guess you can say that. Officially the CRS is not a complete Nismo car like the Z-tune, due to the fact that customers can choose what parts they want to be installed. What really sets apart a complete CRS is he full body restaurantio from the bare frame up. Due to its cost, no customer has ever ordered it so far, with most opting for a simple body respray.

  3. I've been looking into this place for I while now. I'm just curious, I have a LHD converted r34. would they accept to work on my car engine ?

    1. This would be difficult: they can only work on cars that can be tested on Japanese roads, which means that the car has to be registered in Japan and passed valid shaken.

  4. The whole Nismo brand strikes me as being unreasonably price gouge-y but that looks like an amazing workshop. I've lived in Kanto for quite awhile but I haven't ever had the courage to visit, fearing for the life of my credit card!


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