Sunday, March 18, 2018

Nismo 400R

Today, what was supposed to be a quick stop by NPCT to pick up some new parts (more on this soon) turned into an up and close encounter with the holy grail of BCNR33s, the NISMO 400R.

This specific car is actually owned by Nissan factory driver Tsugio Matsuda, who competes in the Super GT GT500 class and is also a regular at NPCT.

With the car all opened up, how could I resist? I just had to get close and dive in the details.

Something that this car has plenty of, starting from the engine bay.

Where the 2.8L RB-X GT2 engine takes the center stage literally and figuratively.

Nonetheless, it is surrounded by a plethora of Nismo bespoke part, like the titanium strut tower bar.

“Nissan Racing Technology by Nismo” - love it!

The standard air box is gone, replaced by twin high-flow filters.

While additional cool air is channeled inside the engine bay thanks to these carbon fiber guides.

A theme that continues on the exterior of the  car, with another lightweight guide in front of the intercooler.

Also loved the vintage NISMO racing radiator cap.

The all important 400R badge.

And, of course, the serial number plate, certifying that this is chassis number 27.

The car is obviously equipped with original brakes and rotors.

And, to my surprise, I discovered that the Bilstein dampers were part of the original set-up, along with Nismo springs.

One part that I was never a fan of are the three-piece forged wheels, or rather their color. I think they would look ace in black or dark titanium silver.

The NISMO theme continues on the inside, with a bespoke speedometer and steering wheel.

And seat headrest stitching - this logo works so well on the 400R!

We live in an era where whole wheels can be made out of carbon fiber, but the old school construction of the hood is something else.

As well as the two-pieces, adjustable rear spoiler.

Nice little touch, the bespoke logo on the exhaust.

This model is also finished in Sonic Silver, one of the best colors in my opinion.

The vintage, properly aged Nissan Prince sticker tells us that this car was delivered to its original owner in Yamaguchi prefecture, southern Japan.

How cool is this? Here they are, 22 years apart, the maximum expression of Nismo know-how sitting side by side.

I know which one I would take.

Until next time.


  1. I just love how that 400r has all the correct period parts. It looks like it is well cared after car but yet the odometer confirms that it is enjoyed by its owner frequently. all skyline gtrs should be treated like this 400r

  2. Couldn’t agree more: the best cars are the ones that get both used at the right times and well cared for. That’s how they develop their character and how you, as an owner, develop that man-machine bond that make the whole experience so special. Garage queens (unless prototypes or historic models) are soul-less.