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Old 1st September 2010, 11:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R - now available in LHD



Designed and developed over an 18 month period by Nissan R&D staff:
Zero compromise conversion, retaining all original equipment.
First deliveries to be made in early 2011.

Much more details and photographs to follow when we get back from the show!

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Old 2nd September 2010, 06:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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not a bad idea for the left hand drive market. What have you done with the window controls. Is the main switch pack on osf door or has that been moved to the nsf?
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Old 2nd September 2010, 08:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There is going to be a 2011 R33!? Or i'm guessing you can send your car away for them to do the conversion and have it back by then ?
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Does it come with a working OBDII system?? Thats about the only thing keeping the R33's out of the states
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Old 2nd September 2010, 08:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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interesting....

PM with more info please!!

Edit: If this has official Nissan paperwork, ill be VERY VERY interested.
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Old 2nd September 2010, 09:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds interesting, but why only R33's
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Sounds interesting, but why only R33's
I assume that the LHD dash exists for the R33. I guess that there is no R32 dash and the maybe no R34 or it's just too expensive at this stage.

If I were moving to 'wrong side of the road' land then this might even make me want an R33.

If the headlights are done too then it could be a very nice car especially if some (legal) solution to the silly US import laws could be found.
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Old 2nd September 2010, 03:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Not only the US, even some of the EU can benefit from this!

If this has some kind of official support from Nissan EU somewhere, and one dealer can talk to another, to place an order, i can see this working out amazingly well for people stuck in stupid countries with stupid laws about driving RHD cars.
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Old 3rd September 2010, 08:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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In 2008/2009 many R33 where sold from UK to europe because of the weak GBP. I got one to, just one third cheaper compared to 2007.
If the conversion kit is not to expensive, it will sell like hot cakes.

Most of the german Nissan Silvia / 200SX drivers sold or broke up their cars and are now Skyline owners.
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got a lot of pics from this conversion from last weekend, but you guys are missing a lot still. The window wipers are still RHD, the indicators are still on the wrong side of the steering wheel, the window controls are still wrong etc.etc. Still a lot of work to do guys, but anyways, good job! I'm also converter an R34 to LHD, it's not that difficult it's just a LOT of work!
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I've been there too. I drove 1000kms this weekend only to see the demo car. This three things you daid are true. But more important to me was the fact, that this conversion is made from professionals. This is no semi-pro conversion which will rust you big holes in the car the year after.

The guys are on the right way. I'm sure this conversion will be worth the money.
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I'd be happy with a proper lhd headlight kit
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got a lot of pics from this conversion from last weekend, but you guys are missing a lot still. The window wipers are still RHD, the indicators are still on the wrong side of the steering wheel, the window controls are still wrong etc.etc. Still a lot of work to do guys, but anyways, good job! I'm also converter an R34 to LHD, it's not that difficult it's just a LOT of work!
Hi, nice to meet you (or your friend, i'm not sure) at the show.
You are correct, the demo car was missing a few details. All these items have designs/solutions existing, but we didn't have the time before this show to fit the parts.
We are updating the website very soon and will add photographs of the car in great detail.
Good luck with your R34 conversion.


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I've been there too. I drove 1000kms this weekend only to see the demo car. This three things you daid are true. But more important to me was the fact, that this conversion is made from professionals. This is no semi-pro conversion which will rust you big holes in the car the year after.

The guys are on the right way. I'm sure this conversion will be worth the money.
Hello Stefan, very nice to meet you at the show and thanks for all your comments and feedback. I was so humbled to hear that you drove all the way from Frankfurt to Assen, just to see our car!
We will continue the pursuit of unrivalled quality.
Hopefully we will take the car to Germany soon so that people can test drive the car!

Please keep in touch and good luck with the T88/emissions problem!

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I'd be happy with a proper lhd headlight kit
I've converted the headlight by myself. Just two Hella Lights, two aluminium plates with the shape of the original low-beam glas and there you go.
Costs 80 Euro and half a Day handicraft work. I cant post it here, but if you want, I can mail you some pics. (R33)

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Hello Stefan, very nice to meet you at the show and thanks for all your comments and feedback. I was so humbled to hear that you drove all the way from Frankfurt to Assen, just to see our car!
We will continue the pursuit of unrivalled quality.
Hopefully we will take the car to Germany soon so that people can test drive the car!

Please keep in touch and good luck with the T88/emissions problem!

Regards, Ian
Like I said, very neat car. I liked that. The details with the Wiper/winker, door panels and so on are time intensive but ease to do. So for me not so important.

There are a few more things I thought about later when I was already home again;
Maybe you can tell me; Among other things...What ehm "Lenkgetriebe", I think in english its "steering gear" did you install? That from 300ZX /Z32?

What I mean is the part with the active components of the power steering.
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I've converted the headlight by myself. Just two Hella Lights, two aluminium plates with the shape of the original low-beam glas and there you go.
Costs 80 Euro and half a Day handicraft work. I cant post it here, but if you want, I can mail you some pics. (R33)



Like I said, very neat car. I liked that. The details with the Wiper/winker, door panels and so on are time intensive but ease to do. So for me not so important.

There are a few more things I thought about later when I was already home again;
Maybe you can tell me; Among other things...What ehm "Lenkgetriebe", I think in english its "steering gear" did you install? That from 300ZX /Z32?

What I mean is the part with the active components of the power steering.
Thank you.
Steering gear is special.

My history includes design engineer for Nissan.
I designed hydraulic power steering system.
As such i have contacts in Hitachi Japan, so they produced steering gear with the same specification (torsion bar stiffness, hydraulic valve characteristics and gear ratio) as R33 GT-R for us.
It is different to 300ZX gear used by most people!
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I've converted the headlight by myself. Just two Hella Lights, two aluminium plates with the shape of the original low-beam glas and there you go.
Costs 80 Euro and half a Day handicraft work. I cant post it here, but if you want, I can mail you some pics. (R33)



Like I said, very neat car. I liked that. The details with the Wiper/winker, door panels and so on are time intensive but ease to do. So for me not so important.

There are a few more things I thought about later when I was already home again;
Maybe you can tell me; Among other things...What ehm "Lenkgetriebe", I think in english its "steering gear" did you install? That from 300ZX /Z32?

What I mean is the part with the active components of the power steering.
I have factory zenons so not sure if you have the same..if you do any info you have would be appreciated.

I have seen conversions where the internals have been machined to alter the beam.. but I would rather keep the original internals..
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this conversion has been around for quite a long time, a company in america did it first unless im mistaken...
read about it in a gtr book, The Legendary GTR or something like that
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this conversion has been around for quite a long time, a company in america did it first unless im mistaken...
read about it in a gtr book, The Legendary GTR or something like that
All LHD conversions are unique to their maker, there is no kit.

Our goal from day one was to strive to acheive Nissan levels of quality...

Please see some photos of our conversion that i've managed to pull together, despite the ongoing work on the cars.


Showing the European spec wiper / indicator switches (following the feedback from JAF show)










It's not 100% perfect yet, but it will be when we get ready to deliver cars in January 2011.
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Nice work Ian.
I told Alex about your work (My co author of the 2 Nissan GT-R books). He's the guy that built a LHD R33 and R34..
Wish i had known about this a while ago for various reasons. Could have made the IP mould at work. Let me know if you have any future plans for stuff like that.
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