Close on 15-years after the launch of the R35 Generation Nissan GT-R, the agility it demonstrates with its heady mass and large proportions is still unfathomable – hardly surprising when one recalls just how far it shifted the goalposts when it was unveiled in 2007. It’ll form the basis of JRM’s GT23, “a track-focused road-legal exotic car.”
Located just 40 minutes from Silverstone Circuit, JRM Group in Daventry believe that the R35 GT-R could form the basis of an exceptional track-focused road car. With experience in advanced engineering and bespoke manufacturing solutions to the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, marine and medical Industries, they know a thing or two about what it takes to design and engineer exceptional machines…
Their motorsport division was formed during the heyday of rallying and they then went on to become 2011 FIA GT1 World Champions with the Nissan GT-R, followed by 6th place in LMP1 Le Mans, so they certainly understand the ins and outs of ‘Godzilla’.
Inspired by the racing heritage at the pinnacle of GT and Sportscar competition, the JRM GT23 will be limited to just 23 units for the discerning customer who wishes that they could pop out to the shops for some milk in their purpose-built GT3-car.
The engine has been placed lower and further back than in the road-going Nissan GT-R due to the removal of the second driveshaft and differential that sits beneath the engine – thus making the GT23 rear-wheel drive.
The GT23 gets the GT3-car’s full 503 kW twin-turbocharged 3,8-litre V6 engine, with the option to turn it up to a monstrous 559 kW. The targeted weight of 1 350 kg allows for an impressive 373 kW/tonne power-to-weight ratio.
Of course, racing cars aren’t made for everyday use, and as such the engine’s internals have been redesigned and are more durable now with stronger turbos, pistons, conrods and camshafts.
As one would expect from a stripped-out racing car, the interior features a bit of Alcantara stretched around some interior elements, but other than that, the GT-R’s plush and cosy interior has been removed.
Polycarbonate side windows, carbon groundwork and huge competition-specification rear wing let people at the kerbside coffee shop know that you’ve wandered from the track with some serious machinery, just in case the whining of the pneumatic six-speed sequential transmission doesn’t give it away.
JRM have not announced pricing just yet, but the first prototype (pictured) has been completed and will be used as a demonstrator for prospective customers.