You Can Be a Dad AND Have a Sick GT-R R34 - Mr. Azizi’s Nissan GTR R34 V Spec II Nür
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This GT-R belongs to a father of four. Just let that sink in for a while. This is proof that you can have both a family and a sick project car at the same time. I spent my labour day in Melaka to get up close and personal with this Nissan GT-R R34 V Spec II Nür. Thank you, Mr. Azizi, for taking your time to show me around the car and for sharing your story with me.
This car has been with Azizi for a very long time. He has owned the car since 2008 and has had a long history of cars including a Proton Putra, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX before owning the GT-R. Younger Japanese car enthusiasts usually gained their interest through the famous animated series, “Initial D”. Unlike younger enthusiasts, the main influence that got Azizi hooked on cars was the kung-fu-fighting-stunt-man movie star himself, Mr. Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan is known to be a big time Mitsubishi fan. He starred in the Mitsubishi-filled action film from 1995, “Thunderbolt”, and his film “Who Am I?” featured possibly one of the most iconic car chase scenes in film history using a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV. There are also special “Jackie Chan” editions of certain Lancer Evo models to show you just how closely related Mr. Jackie Chan and Mitsubishi are.
So, you kind of get why Azizi messed around with Lancer Evos* for a while. For those of you who don’t know, the Proton Putra is basically a Mitsubishi Mirage Coupe so other than the GTR, he has only been meddling with Mitsubishis & Mitsubishi-like cars (Thanks to Jackie Chan).
*Evos have permanent All-Wheel-Drive whereas the GT-R’s AWD only kicks in when the rear tyres slip.
Why did he get the GT-R?
He started with a Proton Putra (1.8) which later received many modifications. After that, it was an Evo VIII, which also received many modifications. When he purchased the Evo IX, he promised himself not to modify the car at all. He managed to keep his promise, until… he was challenged by a VTEC Honda while he was driving the Evo IX. Apparently, Honda’s VTEC (especially the K20) can give you a run for your money when it kicks in (yo!). That provoked him to start modifying the Evo IX, and history repeated itself. But even after extensive modification, the Evo IX still is, and will always be, a mid-sized sedan. It didn’t look like a sports car to him. It has four doors and his thought at that time was that he could take his family with him in the Evo (because it had four doors). His family got bigger and he ended up purchasing an MPV for the family. This brought along 2 good news. The first being the MPV was more comfortable and had more space to accommodate his kids. The second good news being he could finally get a 2-door sports car for himself. And that’s when he decided to get the GT-R.
The Unexplainable Bond Between Car & Driver
Photo shot during prep night for Retro Havoc 2018
The R34 is his prized possession. He loves his car. It’s his stress reliever, his eye candy, and his trophy car. When I hopped in the car on that Tuesday afternoon, it was drizzling. But he didn’t turn on his windscreen wiper. The uninitiated will never understand that behaviour. This is a different level of loving your car. I’ve mentioned this type of behaviour previously in the AE86 article. Why do these guys in insist on not turning the wipers on? Because, it will leave the typical windscreen wiper mark on the windscreen which ruins the clean look of the car. I would just turn my wipers on in my RM24,000 Axia (E) even if it’s a drizzle, but who knows how I would act if I owned a GT-R R34.
The wheels are ‘Omori Spec’ Nismo Wheels which are manufactured in Nismo's Omori factory. (There only 1000 pieces of the Nismo ‘Omori Spec’ wheels so that makes 250 sets only). Even if you had the money, the wheels may no longer be available. The ‘Nismo’ engraving on the wheels expose the original material colour.
Front brakes are AP Racing 8 pots monoblock. Rear brakes are AP Racing 4 pots monoblock.
The level of care that Azizi gives to the GT-R is proof of just how much he appreciates the car. The GT-R was not an easy purchase to make. To me, it seems as if the GT-R is his way of personally immortalising his achievements. Of course, nothing in this world lasts forever, but the human heart tries its very best to cherish & immortalise certain things in life. For some of us, it’s collecting souvenirs from the places we travel to, collecting jewellery, collecting watches, collecting sneakers, collecting marathon medals, having ripped bodies, or even collecting action figures. For Azizi, it is the work he puts into his GT-R R34 V-Spec II Nür.
It is a trophy. And that means the car doesn’t get driven much. Azizi is in his 40s, runs a successful business, and has 4 sons to raise. The GT-R has only managed 14,000km on the odometer throughout his ownership (10 years). That’s what I did in 9 months with my 2007 Proton Persona (which I’ve sold). The GT-R is a weekend car, and after every drive, he wipes the car with his preferred cleaning product. There is one particular area of concern when wiping the car, and that’s the rear bumper and taillight where the exhaust sticks out. It gets stained by the exhaust fume after very long drives and that’s just something common with the R34 GT-R.
Despite having 4 sons, none of them seem to show interest in the car. The kids are more interested in electronic gadgets. So, the car is really just his own project and his own retreat. It is kept well in a garage and occasionally gets driven hard. His eldest will soon be old enough for a driver’s license* and Azizi will make sure his son knows how to drive a stick shift (standard manual car). One thing’s for sure, his son won’t be learning in dad’s beloved R34.
*For those of you unfamiliar with Malaysia’s driving test, you have the option between driving an automatic or a manual car. If you pass the manual test, you can legally drive both auto & manual. If you pass the automatic test, you can only legally drive an automatic car.
What is unique about this R34 GT-R is the carbon fibre front end. The hood, bumper, and fenders are all made of carbon fibre. This saves 20 kilograms from the car’s overall weight. People still occasionally ask if it’s a carbon wrap, but it’s not. It’s real carbon fibre.
The long carbon fibre hood then leads up to a carbon fibre side mirror to go with the carbon fibre parts in front. Of course, these are less practical for daily use, but this isn’t a daily driven car. During one stage, this car even had carbon fibre doors, but the addition of a side bar inside made it impractical so it was reverted to a standard door again.
The trunk and spoiler have also been replaced with carbon fibre parts. Azizi still keeps the original trunk lid and spoiler and rumour has it the value of these things have gone up. Some people are stocking up on R34 GTRs, anticipating until it becomes legal in the United States. (The US requires second-hand imports to be 25 years and older to be road legal).
I stepped into the driver’s seat to get a feel of what it’s like. The Nismo steering wheel is small and fits snuggly in your hand. Being an older car, all gauges are analogue. The clutch pedal is hard, just like it should be and a short-shifter has been installed for the 6-speed manual transmission. The seats are original semi-bucket seats for the GT-R which make entry and exit very easy.
The gear knob is made of titanium, and the shifter feels hot since it sits right on top of the transmission. (You don’t get this feeling in a front-wheel-drive car). Long drives on hot afternoons will require you to wear gloves. The original GT-R shifter was aluminium so it’s just as practical.
The Famous In-Line 6
Everybody knows Nisan’s famous series of in-line 6 engines – The RB series. And the most sought-after RB engine you can get is the RB26DETT. This one is tuned by JUN and JUN sent their mechanics over to Malaysia to have it assembled in his car. The engine is capable of handling 1000hp but for street purposes, this one is tuned to make 700hp. You can always opt for bigger turbos to get more out of the engine.
I casually asked “Why does the R35 use a V6 instead?” and received a very insightful answer. Apparently in the in-line 6 configuration the intake manifold is very long, causing imperfect air delivery into the combustion chamber. Even oil distribution can be tough for the standard oil pump. Sometimes it doesn’t reach the last cylinder. A V6 configuration solves this issue in the R35.
The solution for the RB engine is to get an aftermarket oil pump from TOMEI, JUN, or NISMO. Oil also tends to collect in the engine head. It seems to be a common issue with the RB in-line 6 engine. For this, you can install aftermarket ‘O’-Rings from JUN Orifice in the oil line to reduce the collection of oil in the engine head.
This R34 has also been equipped with an aftermarket clutch by OS Giken with a light flywheel. When idling, you hear this clanking sound as if the car is going to stall. But it won’t. At the end of this 700hp system is a 100mm ARC exhaust tip, making this car very loud. A catalytic converter is absent from this set up (Malaysia boleh).
Why Not Get an R35 GT-R Instead?
Admittingly, the R35 GT-R is way better than the R34 GT-R. It is more technologically advanced and is a worthy predecessor of the R34. The electronic gear shift in the R35 is quick and it is more comfortable than an R34. It is also much easier to increase the power output from the R35. However, the R35 has become a little ubiquitous*. R35s are usually wrapped in some matte colour scheme and usually belong to younger wealthy guys. R35s are easier to handle (more modern driving aids) and are easier to drive (Paddle shifter and Auto Transmission). The dual clutch in the R35 shifts faster than any human being, even a professional driver, so we're not dissing the fact that it doesn't come with a standard manual transmission. But it does mean that the R35 is easier to drive.
You can suck at driving and drive an R35 GT-R.
You cannot suck at driving and drive an R34 GT-R.
Looks is a very subjective matter. To me, the R34 has one of the best looking front profiles of all time. It’s a matter of opinion.
*ubiquitous = present, appearing, or found everywhere
Just look at that face
I’m just gonna go back to my title, and tell you, you can be a dad AND still own a sick GT-R. For some of us younger guys, we might think success is way out of reach for the time being. It’s just going to need a little more work, a little more patience, and a little more luck. It is possible. This man did it and so can you.
Always keep in mind that this is our ‘Feature Cars’ section where purchases and modifications don’t have to be sensible. For more sensible and critical views on cars meant for daily driving, please head on over to our ‘Car Reviews’ section.
Mr. Azizi was also kind enough to share a full list of modifications done to the R34 GT-R, just in case you'd like to know.
- Complete JUN RB26 DETT Special engine (2.7 EX Kit) (For full specs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 1000cc fuel injector x 4
- JUN custom fuel rail + fuel surge tank
- Nismo intake manifold
- ATI damper pulley
- GReddy pulleys
- ARC oil catch tank
- Power timing belt
- Power fan belt
- HKS FCON VPro 3.24
- HKS EVC5
- Apexi timer
- Nismo MFD Display
- Nismo speedometer
- NGK-10 Racing spark plugs
- SplitFire ignition coil + HKS TwinPower
- SARD batt relocation kit
- SARD fuel buffer tank
- 2x SARD fuel pump
- SARD intank fuel pump
- HKS TO4Z complete turbo kit + HKS Wastegate + HKS Downpipe
- ARC 100mm titanium exhaust (Complete limited edition)
- TABATA R2 aluminium radiator + samco radiator hose
- HKS GT intercooler + piping kit
- HKS oil cooler kit + oil filter relocation kit
- Stock BNR34 gearbox
- OS Giken triple plate clutch
- HKS carbon propeller shaft
- Original Nismo cf hood + cf air duct
- Original Autoselect cf fenders
- Original Autoselect cf bumper + autoselect cf lip
- Original Autoselect cf canards
- Original Autoselect cf air duct
- Original Nismo signal light side and front
- Original Nismo Tail lamp
- Original JUN cf rear boot
- Original craftsquare cf side mirrors
- Original Voltex type5 gt wing 1700mm
- Original superior cf rear bumper trim
- Nismo side skirts
- Nismo rear fender trim
- Nismo steering wheel
- Moonface titanium gear knob
- Nismo cf rear view mirror
- Original Nismo LMGT4 omori spec sports rims 18x10.5 et-15
- Original Nismo wheel nuts
- Hankook rs3 z221 tyres 275/35R18
- Quantum Racing suspension
- ARC strut bar
- Nismo strut bar bottom
- Nismo Front lower arm
- Nismo Rear lower arm
- Cusco front adjustable caster rods
- Cusco rear hicas replacement bar
- Front : AP Racing 8 pots calipers, 380mm rotors and steel braided brake hoses
- Rear : AP Racing 4 pots calipers , 345mm rotors and steel braided brake hose
He has also sent me a PDF file for the full specs of the JUN RB26DETT. If you’d like to see that just drop me an email at email@example.com
Hint on our next ‘Feature Car’: It’s a purple RWD car that caused a little ruckus in Putrajaya and went viral.