Nissan Skyline R34 “Paul Walker Tribute” drives down highway in immersive POV test
EA capitalized heavily on the success of the film by giving everyone the chance to drive the cars they saw in the film, not to mention customizing their appearance however they saw fit. For the most part, that was the closest thing to tearing him apart in a Supra or a Skyline, but it turns out some people are luckier than others.
You might already call AutoTopNL’s Max a lucky man considering how he constantly takes fast cars on the freeway, but not a minute after this video starts and you can tell driving this Nissan Skyline R34 is a special occasion for him.
Having grown up with the “Fast” saga, Max has a weakness for everything related to this universe, and this Skyline does not hide the car it is trying to copy. However, don’t call it a replica of Paul Walker’s R34 from “2 Fast 2 Furious” as it doesn’t try to be anything more than a tribute. A fairly quick and glorious tribute.
It didn’t even start life as a GT-R: it was actually a GTT converted to a GT-R after its RB25 engine was replaced by an RB26. Thanks to a series of modifications (bigger turbochargers, new intercooler, remap and bigger injectors), the legendary twin-turbocharged inline-six now develops around 450 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.
By today’s standards, these are the high-end figures of the non-M BMW 3 Series, so quite disappointing. But this car was manufactured in 1998, which means it is more compact and considerably lighter than modern vehicles, so it will be completely different. Also, it’s a tribute to Paul Walker, so that alone will dramatically improve the overall experience.
The interior, on the other hand, will do everything in its power to take away some of the glamor of this otherwise very unique occasion. It looks awful, and to top it off it is also poorly maintained (read “dirty”). There’s a handful of screwdrivers sitting in the armrest compartment, which isn’t exactly a source of confidence, and the shifter bangs against the ashtray when weird gears are engaged. Still, you won’t hear Max complaining, and we suspect a lot of people would do the same at his post.
After a few passes through an extremely short tunnel to enjoy the sound of the engine and exhaust combo, the Skyline reaches the highway for the mandatory drag race. Instead of going all the way (although he does reach 270 km / h), Max focuses on a few 100-200 km / h (62-124 mph), which was probably a wise choice.
You can see him shifting gears in a rather conservative fashion, with at least 2000 RPM all the way to the red zone, which is probably his way of showing the respect that a car of this age deserves, especially one that has been significantly modified (apart from the engine, it also received a manual transmission to replace the original automatic).
Driving a car like this would probably be the highlight of the automobile for 99.9% of the licensed population, so we are grateful for the opportunity to share this experience, even if it is not. is that through a screen. Yet, if there is any justice in this world, this interior needs a serious overhaul.