Pandem R32 Skyline GT-R with 700hp | Supercar Stardust

With unique McLaren paint, widebody Pandem style and colossal horsepower, this R32 Skyline GT-R is in a whole other modding realm.

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Supercars, by definition, inspire shock and awe wherever they go. The nature of the genre, ever since the term started to be widely thrown around with the inception of the Lamborghini Miura back in 1966, has been to offer something so far removed from the everyday automobile to make jaws drop and eyes light up every time such a thing heaves into view. Everybody regresses back to a child-like level of excitement when these outlandish machines are around… or, at least, they should. It’s context-bound. Because while any production-spec Aventador or 488 GTB will stop everyone in their tracks if it were to appear in a rural Hampshire village among the Corsas and Fiestas, it’s a different story for the moneyed types cruising around Knightsbridge, Monaco or Beverly Hills. Certain geographical locations enjoy a concentration of wealth, and with that inevitably comes a concentration of supercars. Driving a production supercar isn’t enough to impress in this sort of context; anyone with the ready cash can amble into a showroom and come away with an off-the-peg machine. That’s not uniqueness, that’s just shopping. So manufacturers have always had a keen awareness of the wealthy connoisseur customer, those who want the latest model but don’t want to have the one everyone else has got. Status is everything, and the rarer a car is, the more desirable it becomes. And that’s very much the ethos behind Keiran Perks’ Pandem R32 Skyline GT-R, pulling some of that supercar stardust into a revered JDM modern classic. Because you can’t make a statement outside Harrods if someone cruises past in the same car, can you?

The supercar flavour is very much in-your-face with Keiran’s Pandem R32 Skyline GT-R, thanks to that unique paint shade: it’s genuine McLaren P1 Amethyst Black, and it’s important to appreciate just how difficult it is to get hold of McLaren paint codes. They don’t exactly share this information freely, and as such this is the only R32 in the world painted this colour. A proper one-of-one.

All of this falls neatly in line with Keiran’s motoring history, as he’s been forthright about making waves in the modding scene from the get-go. “I’ve been around cars all my life, and my ownership began a few weeks before my 17th birthday when I purchased a Daihatsu Charade GTti and a Mk3 Escort Cabriolet turbo to build along with my daily at the time, an MG ZR,” he says, and you’ll have to agree that’s a pretty bloody strong start. “From that moment I was in deep, and I’ve since built over fifty cars ranging from grounded air-cooled VWs and German cruisers to plenty of early ’90s Japanese cars. Among my favourites were my static orange Mk1 Polo, previously known as ‘Taxi’ – which I believe was previously owned by someone at Fast Car! – my W123 pillarless coupe hopper low-rider, and my static B18 EG Civic, to name but a few.”

Pandem R32 Skyline GT-R

Fair to say he knows his modifying onions, then. So why an R32-generation Skyline this time? Well, why not? Having previously owned his first R32 at the age of just nineteen, Keiran already had a taste for these formidable and iconic machines, and this time around he felt that it was just something he had to do – the power and the fun they offer is unlike anything else, and he’d been planning out this build in his head for a long, long while.

“I found the car in relatively decent condition, and the previous owner had done a good job with it, but the styling wasn’t really my cup of tea,” he recalls. “I love the H20i scene in the States and I wanted to see if we could create something in the UK that resembled this look, with a @cutl00se flavour! The build has been challenging if I’m honest, it’s been difficult to retain a sense of individuality in a scene that’s done it all, and certainly Pandem R32s have a ‘repeated’ look across the world which for me is defined by average motorsport fitment, 18” WORK wheels, motorsport tyres, Bride seats, carbon bonnet, etc, etc…”

It’s been an exercise in lateral thinking, taking the established offbeat elements that have since become more mainstream, and casting them back out into the counter-culture. Job one was naturally to perfect the base, with painstaking efforts taken to refine the body, tub and strengthen the chassis, and cherry-pick just the right ingredients to make something truly fresh. The genuine Pandem widebody kit is joined by a host of parts from Knight Racer, including the bonnet, bootlid, sills and diffuser, and of course there’s that one-off supercar paint job. Don’t ask how he got the McLaren paint, just revel in the inky magnificence of it.

“Then we moved to fitment and wheels,” he says, “which, with my good friend Gaz ‘Cutloose’, we debated for weeks over 18s or 19s, single-piece or 3-piece and so on, and finally settled on some really aggressive period-correct Amistad Vs. The fitment is lip-to-arch all the way around, static with air cups, and that’s how it will stay with the right geometry, we aren’t running all this negative camber to gain fitment!”

Pandem R32 Skyline GT-R

Naturally the modus operandi of any RB26 R32 has always been to be devastatingly powerful, that’s what made it the everyman supercar in the nineties (as well as getting it banned from various race series for just being too damn fast), so this project has absolutely focused on the ‘go’ as much as the ‘show’; yes, the high-end finish, brutal aesthetic and on-point stance adds up to a show-winning entity, but there are deep swells of menace swirling around beneath that lightweight bonnet too. A fully-forged motor is joined by a single Garrett GTX4088R turbo, a hyperactive fuelling system, aggressive cams and all manner of race-derived upgrades; knocked into shape by a Link G4 ECU, it’s been road-mapped on low boost (1.5 bar) at a hellacious 680whp – which, interestingly, is near-enough bang-on what you’d find in a McLaren F1 LM. Funny how that supercar connection keeps looping back.

“I use the car for fun each weekend – in the sun, the rain, and it’s even been in the snow,” Keiran grins. “Future plans? To continue to enjoy it, and slowly but surely add to what we’ve done already… which will very soon include a new kit and new wheels.” Sure, we wouldn’t expect anything less; Keiran’s built a lot of hot rides but this is his magnum opus, fusing supercar panache with real-world thrills. And it’s a true one-off – any cash-rich playboy can buy himself brand new McLaren, but you’re not going to find another car quite like this one.

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Tech Spec: Pandem R32 Skyline GT-R

Engine:

Fully forged RB26, CP pistons, Eagle rods, ACL big end, ACL main bearings, ARP bolts, Ripz Racing balancer, N1 oil pump, N1 water pump, Cosworth head gasket, ARP main cap studs, ARP head studs, ARP flywheel bolts, extended baffled gated sump, Injector Dynamics 1050cc injectors, 6 Boost exhaust manifold, Garrett GTX4088R turbo, Turbosmart 50mm wastegate and screamer, 2x Bosch 044 fuel pumps, AN6 fittings throughout fuel side, Tomei 264° camshafts, Tomei adjustable cam gears, Supertech springs, valves and retainers, TB single inlet manifold, Grex oil relocation, GReddy 4″ intercooler, alloy radiator, ACH triple plate, Link G4 ECU, road-mapped at 680whp (low @1.5 bar)

Suspension:

Tein Flex Z coilovers, Air Lift air cups

Brakes:

AP Racing 6-pot fronts, AP Racing 4-pot rears

Wheels:

12.5×19” ET-32 (front) and 13.5×19” ET-46 (rear) Amistad V Chrome wheels

Interior:

Sparco wraparound bucket seats, Sparco steering wheel

Exterior:

McLaren P1 Amethyst Black (1 of 1), Pandem widebody kit, fully tubbed and strengthened chassis, Knight Racer carbon bonnet (painted), Knight Racer carbon bootlid (painted), Knight Racer carbon sills, Knight Racer rear diffuser, custom rear wing

Thanks:

“Big thanks to Gaz ‘Cutloose’, Luke Hollyhead, JDM Distro, Kalli Perks, Mike O Caroll, and Ricky Parker to name a few”

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New BMW M3 Touring Arrives With 503bhp

It’s been a long time coming, but the new BMW M3 Touring is finally here and represents the first ever M3 estate. Still want that Audi RS4?

As far as fast, aggressive estates go, Audi has had the market pretty much to itself for the past few years with both the RS4 and RS6. But now BMW is here with its new M3 Touring, things could be about to change.

Under the bonnet you’ll find the same S58 engine that powers the BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé, meaning it’s a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder that produces no less than 503bhp and 479lb ft of torque (available from 2,750rpm, but dies out after 5,550rpm).

New BMW M3 Touring

The only specification you can have the new BMW M3 Touring in is Competition, which is the right spec. That means you get the higher output engine, as well as M Division’s xDrive 4WD system, helping it rival Audi’s RS estates all year round. No manual option, as you’d expect as no one would buy it, instead you get the same M Steptronic 8 speed automatic gearbox.

The result of 503bhp and a sophisticated xDrive system without the need to manually change gears means 0-62mph comes in at a monstrous 3.7 seconds, or so BMW says. Of late, it’s xDrive models have been churning out closer to 3.2 seconds to get to 62mph from 0… Top speed is 174mph with the correct options ticked, otherwise you’re capped at 155mph.

New BMW M3 Touring

Surprisingly, despite the extra packaging, the new BMW M3 Touring weighs just 25kg more than its saloon brother (1755kg vs 1730kg). That extra weight sits at the rear and comes about thanks to the extra strengthening needed to keep the chassis rigid, rather than cosmetic changes. To counteract the extra weight gain, BMW has opted for slightly stiffer springs and dampers at the rear of the car.

New BMW M3 Touring

On the topic of the chassis, as with the saloon, the M3 Touring gets variable ratio M Servotronic steering with Comfort and Sport modes, Adaptive M suspension, the M Steptronic with three settings for both manual and auto modes, the M Mode button with Road, Sport and Track presets for the driver assistance, powertrain options and two settings for whichever brake setup you go for.

Inside, it’s more of a case of business as usual, being almost identical to the BMW M3 Saloon. The only difference here is that earlier M3 Saloons made do with an older infotainment sysem, while this new BMW M3 Touring and saloons from now on will include BMW’s new system found in the iX and i4. That means a 12.3 inch BMW Curved Display for the driver and a bigger 14.9 inch infotainment screen in the centre; both of which are now connected for 27 inches of glass dash.

Those interested in using this to its full potential will be pleased to know that at the rear, the boot will hold 500 litres of luggage, almost identical to that in the Audi RS4. Fold the seats down and that extends to 1500 litres. So it’s mind-blowingly fast as well as practical.

New BMW M3 Touring

The new BMW M3 Touring doesn’t come cheap, although does undercut the saloon variant slightly, £80,550 vs £80,970. Sales start in September, with deliveries expected in 2023.

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2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots and video: New track star takes to the ‘Ring

Porsche has only just launched the new GT3 based on the 992-generation 911, but the more hardcore GT3 RS variant is already nearing the final stage of testing.

A prototype has been spotted again at the Nürburgring and on some of the German racetrack’s surrounding roads, and it’s devoid of all camouflage gear seen on previous testers.

Compared to the GT3, the tester for the GT3 RS sports additional vents on the hood and front fenders which look to contain some active elements. There’s also a more aggressive front splitter, new side skirts, and a massive, dual-element rear wing with swan-neck struts. The wing also has an active element.

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The GT3 RS prototype also wears Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 265/35R20 up front and what looks to be 325/30R21 at the rear. Huge carbon-ceramic brake rotors can also be seen housed within the center-lock wheels.

The engineers have also attempted to hide the car’s side intakes which are a typical feature of the GT3 RS, but not the GT3.

Power will likely come from a 4.0-liter flat-6 mated as standard to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Peak output in the previous GT3 RS was 520 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque from the same type of engine, and we can expect a slight uptick for the new generation.

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

While the GT3 is closely related to Porsche’s 911 GT3 Cup race car, the GT3 RS takes after the more extreme 911 GT3 R racer. Porsche has also been spotted testing the new GT3 R based on the 992-generation 911, with the race car’s development likely closely associated with this new GT3 RS. Recall, Porsche’s GT3 and GT3 RS are built alongside their motorsport siblings.

One element from racing unique to the GT3 and thus also likely on this GT3 RS is a double-wishbone front suspension that’s stiffer and more stable with less body movements under braking compared to the MacPherson strut used in other 911 variants.

We expect the new GT3 RS to debut in 2022 as a 2023 model. The related GT3 R race car is also expected in 2022.

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