Nissan Skyline R34 Sedan Uses an LS3 to Drift the Torque Wave

Now that we have a new week ahead of us, we chose to tick one of the essential boxes for us here at autoevolution and bring you an answer to a question nobody asked.
LS3-powered Nissan Skyline R34 drift car 1 photo
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We’ll obviously start with the question - how would a Nissan Skyline fitted with an LS3 perform regarding drifting moves in a competition that takes place over in Europe?

The cosmopolitan answer comes from the contraption in the video below. We’re talking about an R34 Nissan Skyline sedan. Despite its visual connection with the previous-generation GT-R, this was a much less impressive car in production trim.

Don’t jump to conclusions, let the driver handle the rushing part

Forget about the RB26DETT turbocharged six-cylinder heart and the ATTESA E-TS intelligent all-wheel drive of the Godzilla. None of these were probably present on the base car for this project. This means that we are not dealing with one of those “ruined Skyline” cases (they are rare, anyway). On the contrary, this project has taken the Nissan it used as a starting point to new heights.

Having taken the pressure of the engine swap off our shoulders, we’ll mention the V8 powerplant under the hood. In standard specification, this delivers around 350 hp, but few of these mills remain stock when fitted to such cars.

Nevertheless, it’s the good old twist that matters here - check out the footage below, which shows the machine in action and you’ll notice how the driver rides the torque wave, drifting at relatively low revs. The resulting aural side is rather delightful, so we're inviting you to turn up the volume for this one.

The Skyline pulled its sideways stunts at an event that recently took place in Italy. We get plenty of tire smoke, as well as the usual extreme slip angle shenanigans that we’ve learned to associate with such episodes.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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