1999 Mine’s Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1

1999 Mine's Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1

1999 Mine’s Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1

Of Japan’s best tuned Skylines is this Mine’s V-Spec N1. It’s been tuned, not so much for show, as much as to lap Japan’s tracks as fast as possible. It was made famous after an appearance on Best Motoring where ‘drift king’ Keiichi Tsuchiya and Manabu Orido did some hot laps in the car and where surprised by its raw power and responsive handling.

Before the test, Michizo Niikura from Mine’s compared this Skyline to the subtle tuning they’ve performed in the past and explained, unlike before, that the engine had been extensively tuned. But despite the huge increase in power – nearly double – Niikura said that the main focus of the car, like earlier ones, was on ”balance and response”.

In the almost stock looking bay, the engine retains its factory pistons, but uses new high-lift camshafts and two HKS GT2530 Turbos to produce over 600 bhp. Accordingly, the whole intake and exhaust systems are revamped, as is the engine electronics.

To keep all this power in check a ‘Mine’s Force’ suspension is installed which includes a 3-way adjustable damping system and Mine’s anti-roll bar. Braking is by enhanced with larger discs that sit behind Mine’s 18 inch magnesium wheels.

Outwardy the Mine’s Skyline is different, with many pieces crafted in carbon fiber such as a rear wing, front diffuser, side skirts and radiator shroud that all make this car distinct.

During their tests, Tsuchiya and Orido were taken with the performance of this Skyline, and if the rpm gauge was any indication, this is one of the fastest ever made for the road. They said ”it’s so fast that even a dead man will scream.”

Story by Supercars.net

In Detail

tagsr34, nissan, gtr
submitted byRichard Owen
typeProfessionally Tuned Car
built atJapan
engineWater Cooled RB26DETT Inline 6 w/Mines Intake, Exhuast, High-Life Camshafts
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin HKS GT2530 Turbos
valvetrainBelt Driven DOHC 4 valves / cyl
displacement2568 cc / 156.7 in³
bore86.0 mm / 3.39 in
stroke73.3 mm / 2.89 in
power469.8 kw / 630 bhp @ 7200 rpm
specific output245.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight378.15 bhp per tonne
torque587.07 nm / 433 ft lbs @ 5400 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsFull Time 4WD
wheel typeMine’s Evolution (Magnesium)
front tires265/35R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R
rear tires265/35R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R
front brakesDiscs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakesDiscs w/4-Piston Calipers
front wheelsF 45.7 x 25.9 cm / 18 x 10.2 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 25.9 cm / 18 x 10.2 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Speed Sensitive Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Addional Link, Lower A-Arms, Coil Springs, Mine’s Dampers & Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionMulitlink w/Coil Springs, Mine’s Dampers & Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1666 kg / 3673 lbs
wheelbase2665 mm / 104.9 in
front track1480 mm / 58.3 in
rear track1490 mm / 58.7 in
length4600 mm / 181.1 in
width1785 mm / 70.3 in
height1360 mm / 53.5 in
transmissionGetrag 6-Speed Manual w/Carbon Twin-Plate Clutch
gear ratios3.827:1, 2.360:1, 1.685:1, 1.312:1, 1.000:1, 0.793:1
final drive3.545:1