January Car of the Month - Skyline GT-R (R33)!! - Join in the Fun!!

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January 2015 Car of the Month
Skyline GT-R (R33)


Welcome to an new month, a new year, and another addition of the Car of the Month! This month will be the Nissan/Nismo Skyline GT-R(R33), this very well may be the least used of the GT-R's. When I think of the GT-R or use one, it will normally be the R34 or R35, many others like and use the R32. This leaves this model out in the cold so to speak, so what better way to find good tunes for it and a reason to use it? Four different versions will be used, yes there are many more but we shall keep it to ONLY these four.
As usual, feel free to post a tune or to jump in and try one and give a review!

Last month was a great month so let's follow it up with another and get this year started with some fun and great tunes!!!:)

The base model: Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97

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The Tuner: Nismo 400R '96

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The Feisty Road Racer: Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95

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The Racer: Skyline GT-R R33 Touring Car

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Have Fun and Enjoy!:D
 
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The Tunes:

by Bowtie-muscle:

Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 525pp (SH-SS) - here
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp (SH-SS) - here
Nismo 400R '96 550pp (SS) - here
Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 550pp (SS/RH) - here
Skyline GT-R(R33) Touring Car 600pp (RH) - here

by @shaunm80:
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp(SH) - here
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 550pp(SS) - here
Nismo 400R '96 500pp(SH) - here
Nismo 400R '96 550(SS) - here
Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 500pp(SH) - here
Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 550pp(SS) - here
Skyline GT-R R33 Touring Car 579pp(RH) - here

by @DolHaus :
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp (SH) - here

by @Ridox2JZGTE :
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 613pp:crazy: (CS):eek: 800hp:scared: - here

by @praiano63 :
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp (Sport Tires) - here

by @xande1959 :
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp(SS) - here
GT-R R33 Touring Car - 600pp (RH) - here

by @mgo :
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp (SS) - here
Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 500pp (SS) Diet Tune - here

by @demonchilde :
Skyline GT-R V-spec(R33) '97 600pp (SS) - here

by @Rush471 :
Skyline R33 Touring Car 600 pp (RH) - here

by @TurnLeft :
Skyline GT-R V-spec(R33) '97 500pp (SH) - here
 
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The Reviews:

by @LordJCS :

@shaunm80 Skyline GT-R V-Spec '97 - here

by @cbarbosa :
@shaunm80 Skyline GT-R V-Spec '97 500pp and 550pp - here
Nismo 400R 500pp and 550pp - here
Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 500pp(SH) / 550pp(SS) - here
Bowtie-muscle Skyline GT-R '97 500pp and 400R 550pp - here
@DolHaus Skyline GT-R V-Spec '97 500pp - here
Bowtie-muscle GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 550pp - here
@praiano63 Skyline GT-R V-spec 500pp - here
@demonchilde Skyline GT-R V-spec 600pp - here

by @danbojte :
@Ridox2JZGTE GT-R V-Spec '97 613pp - here

by @DolHaus :
Bowtie-muscle Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 525pp - here

by Bowtie-muscle:
@DolHaus Skyline GT-R V-spec '97 500pp - here
@mgo Skyline GT-R V-spec '97 500pp - here
@TurnLeft Skyline GT-R V-spec '97 500pp - here

by @TurnLeft :
Bowtie-muscle Skyline GT-R V-Spec '97 500pp - here
@shaunm80 Skyline GT-R V-spec '97 500pp - here
@DolHaus Skyline GT-R V-spec '97 500pp - here
@Ridox2JZGTE Skyline GT-R 800hp Monster - here
@praiano63 Skyline GT-R V-spec500pp - here
@xande1959 Skyline GT-R V-spec 500pp - here
@demonchilde Skyline GT-R V-spec 600pp - here
@Rush471 Skyline R33 Touring Car 600pp - here
@Thorin Cain Skyline GT-R V-spec 500pp CS - here
@mgo Skyline GT-R V-spec 500pp - here

by @mgo :

@TurnLeft Skyline GT-R V-Spec '97 500pp - here

by @danbojte :
@Ridox2JZGTE Skyline GT-R 800p Monster - here


"Suicidal Tendencies Challenege":

@TurnLeft (2:09.788) and Bowtie-muscle (2:11.003) = 4:20.791
@TurnLeft (2:11.922) and @shaunm80 ( ) =
@TurnLeft (2:12.391) and @DolHaus ( ) =
@TurnLeft (2:16.492) and @Ridox2JZGTE (2:11.828) = 4:28.320
@TurnLeft (2:10.823) and @praiano63 ( ) =
@TurnLeft (2:11.656) and @xande1959 ( ) =
@TurnLeft (2:11.997) and @demonchilde ( ) =
@TurnLeft (2:06.855) and @Rush471 ( ) =
@TurnLeft (2:09.493) and @Thorin Cain ( ) =
 
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Review copied from my own thread. More to follow as I find them.

A snippet of a review given by @LordJCS about the R33 GT-R V-spec '97 (not sure which version) taken my my page, Link to original post is here. "I've tried out your recent batch of Nissan tunes. I had a sneaky suspision that the R33 GT-R V-spec '97 and i would get along just fine, i was right. A pure pleasure to drive." (LordJCS 2014)
 
From @cbarbosa - Review below.

My apologies for double post, different subject - Reviews:

shaunm80 said
Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V-spec (R33) '97

500PP
383 BHP
1265kgs
Weight Distribution 53:47

Sports Hard Tyres
Beginner's Level Japanese Car Seasonal Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Incredibly fast and agile. Easy winner. Corners naturally, no need for hard acceleration to keep the car going... :)
Huge grip achieved on those SH.

shaunm80 said
Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V-spec (R33) '97

550PP
535 BHP
1265kgs
Weight Distribution 53:47

Sports Soft Tyres
IB License Tour of Japan Race 1 600PP Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

All the best of 500PP version with even more power and agility, combined with the SS tyres makes it bad driving proof... :)
 
Again, from @cbarbosa -

Gearbo ratios corrected, review:

shaunm80 said
Nismo 400R '96

500PP
387 BHP
1300kgs
Weight Distribution 53:47

Sports Hard Tyres
IB License Tuned Car Festival (650PP) Race 1 Alpricot Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

A challenging race. Only the AEM S2000 was the hardest, but managed to get it. Very competitive at 500PP. Agile and stable. Perhaps a top 500 car... :)

shaunm80 said
Nismo 400R '96

550PP
531 BHP
1300kgs
Weight Distribution 53:47

Sports Soft Tyres
IB License Tuned Car Festival (650PP) Race 1 Alpricot Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Easy win. AEM S2000 dominated! Extreme agile, nimble and fast. On SS it's easier to drive to the limits.

Both great tunes! ๐Ÿ‘
 
I will start working on some of these cars soon, I have always preferred the R32 GT-R's because I really like the sharper edges that it has over the R33. Over the holidays my controller decided that it would rather press all of the buttons randomly/at once so I went out and replaced it with a new one.
 
I will start working on some of these cars soon, I have always preferred the R32 GT-R's because I really like the sharper edges that it has over the R33. Over the holidays my controller decided that it would rather press all of the buttons randomly/at once so I went out and replaced it with a new one.
That was pretty much the point, maybe I am wrong but I believe most people would prefer the R32 over the R33. Personally, I prefer the R34 over the R33 and R34, but like the looks of the R33 Touring Car more. The R35 is an animal all it's own. I look forward to trying your tunes!

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You decide which you think looks better, feel free to voice your opinion!
 
That was pretty much the point, maybe I am wrong but I believe most people would prefer the R32 over the R33. Personally, I prefer the R34 over the R33 and R34, but like the looks of the R33 Touring Car more. The R35 is an animal all it's own. I look forward to trying your tunes!

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You decide which you think looks better, feel free to voice your opinion!
R32- Old school charm but not very powerful, also lacking in the handling department in stock form.
R33 - Looks great, has the old school look but with more power and better handling characteristics.
R34 - Clean looks but in my opinion, not as dramatic as the R33. Has superior handling ability and who doesn't love the epic front aero kit they have on that car..

If only you could transplant the R34 power unit and chassis into the R33 body kit and that would be almost as monsterific as the R35 turned out to be.. :)
 
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Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V spec (R33) '97

Wheel / Joypad: PS3 controller
Power: 376 BHP @ 7000 Rpm / 49.7 kgfm @ 4600 Rpm
Weight: 1232 kg
Performance Points: 500 PP
Wheels: Standard Size
Fitted parts: Front Aero A/ Custom Rear Wing
Tires: SH
Weight Distribution: 54:46

Suspension : (Height-Adjustable, Fully-Customisable Suspension)

Ride Height: Front: 105 Rear: 100
Spring Rate: Front: 5.58 kg Rear: 6.52 kg
Dampers (Compression):Front: 2 Rear: 4
Dampers (Extension): Front: 3 Rear: 3
Anti-Roll Bars: Front: 4 Rear: 3
Camber Angle (-): Front: 0.0ยฐ Rear: 0.0ยฐ
Toe Angle: Front: 0.00ยฐ Rear: 0.00ยฐ
Brakes (Racing): F: 5 R: 6


Drivetrain: (Six-Speed Transmission)
Max Speed - 186mph

1: 3.236
2: 2.193
3: 1.607
4: 1.235
5: 0.995
6: 0.840


Final: 4.111



Differential Gear: Fully Customisable Mechanical Limited-Slip Diff​

Initial Torque: F= 10 R= 10
Acceleration Sensitivity: F= 38 R= 35
Braking Sensitivity: F= 15 R= 15

Clutch & Flywheel:
Twin-Plate
Propeller Shaft: Carbon
Torque Distributing Centre Differential: 35:65


Power

Oil Change:
No
Power Limiter: 100%
Engine Tuning: Standard
Computer: Standard
Exhaust: Semi-Racing
Exhaust Manifold: Isometric
Catalytic Converter: Standard
Intake Tuning: Yes
Turbo Kit: Stage: Standard
Nitrous Oxide (N2O): No

Body

Body Rigidity Improvement:
No
Downforce: F: 0 R: 45
Weight Reduction: Stage 3
Bonnet: Carbon
Windows: Weight Reduction
Ballast: 0 kg
Ballast position: 0%
 
Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 (500PP SH) by @shaunm80 Review:

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Intermediate Level Alpricot NRC Seasonal Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Tested on Sports Hard..

Extreme competitive for 500PP. Due to the ability of use downforce, it has superior cornering ability/agility. Brake balance well organized, providing good balance on mild/hard braking. Fast stable and fun to drive. Using SS will allow drive it past the limits and achieving even easier wins.

Only noticed that the high weight (1300Kgs) hurts the car behaviour a tiny bit (on acceleration)...

๐Ÿ‘ Great tune! :)

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Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 (550PP SS) by shaunm80 Review:

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IB License Tuned Car Festival Race Alpricot (650PP) Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Incredibly competitive! Totally different from the 500PP. The turbo gives an amazing boost to it, but it also changes the car dynamics. It goes from a smooth road car (500PP) to a proper race car (550PP), translating in the need of being driven in pilot mode. Some caution in needed in low gear acceleration... Great agility and torque, a race car classified as a road legal...

Retains the same features of braking and stability from the 500PP, with an extra punch... :)

2nd version approved! :D


PS: My apologies for the shorter reviews, but time is getting shorter and shorter... But if will permit, more (shorter) reviews will come... :lol:
 
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Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 (500PP SH) by @shaunm80 Review:

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Intermediate Level Alpricot NRC Seasonal Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Tested on Sports Hard..

Extreme competitive for 500PP. Due to the ability of use downforce, it has superior cornering ability/agility. Brake balance well organized, providing good balance on mild/hard braking. Fast stable and fun to drive. Using SS will allow drive it past the limits and achieving even easier wins.

Only noticed that the high weight (1300Kgs) hurts the car behaviour a tiny bit (on acceleration)...

๐Ÿ‘ Great tune! :)

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Nismo GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 (550PP SS) by shaunm80 Review:

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IB License Tuned Car Festival Race Alpricot (650PP) Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Incredibly competitive! Totally different from the 500PP. The turbo gives an amazing boost to it, but it also changes the car dynamics. It goes from a smooth road car (500PP) to a proper race car (550PP), translating in the need of being driven in pilot mode. Some caution in needed in low gear acceleration... Great agility and torque, a race car classified as a road legal...

Retains the same features of braking and stability from the 500PP, with an extra punch... :)

2nd version approved! :D


PS: My apologies for the shorter reviews, but time is getting shorter and shorter... But if will permit, more (shorter) reviews will come... :lol:
Thank you for the review, Glad to see that the car works well in your hands. This is one reason I usual tune the same car at different PP levels. It allows for one car to be functional in many races. No worries about the short review. I appreciate any feedback/reviews given. I look forward to reading your other reviews of tunes submitted here too.
 
KUROKI Nissan Skyline BCNR33 GTR Vspec '97 ( Wangan Midnight )
Tuned to replicate Wangan Midnight Takayuki Kuroki R33 GTR 800HP-Comfort Soft




CAR : Nissan Skyline R33 GTR Vspec '97
Tire : Comfort Soft


Specs
Horsepower: 801 HP at 8100 RPM
Torque: 579.5 ft-lb at 5700 RPM
Power Limiter at : 100%
Weight: 1540 kg
Ballast : 170 kg
Ballast Position : -27
Weight Distribution : 56 / 44 as in real life
Performance Points: 613


GT AUTO
Oil change
Improve Body Rigidity ( INSTALLED in this build ) - there's no bad side effect of this, highly recommended.
Flat Floors Type A
Aero Kits Type A
Rear Wing Custom Type A or use standard wing for authenticity
Wheels : +2 Inch Up - BBS RS painted in Gold Metallic or +1 Inch Up BBS RE MG for alternate version
Car Paint : White ( stock from dealership )



Tuning Parts Installed :
Engine Tuning Stage 3
Sports Computer
Semi Racing Exhaust
Isometric Exhaust Manifold
Catalytic Converter Sports
High RPM Range Turbo Kit
Suspension Fully Customizable Kit
Adjustable LSD
Racing Brakes Kit
Triple Plate Clutch Kit
Carbon Drive Shaft
Torque Distributing Center Differential
Weight Reduction Stage 1


AERO
Rear : 100


LSD ( NISMO GT 1.5 way front and GT PRO CARBON 2 way rear - low preload )
FRONT
Initial Torque : 16
Acceleration Sensitivity: 36
Braking Sensitivity: 5

REAR
Initial Torque : 7
Acceleration Sensitivity: 30
Braking Sensitivity: 30


Torque Distributing Center Differential
FRONT/REAR = 30 : 70 - if wanted more rear grip balance, use 40 : 60.



Suspension - Buddy Club Racing Spec Coil Over
Front, Rear

Ride Height: 80 90
Spring Rate: 12.00 10.00
Dampers (Compression): 2 3
Dampers (Extension): 6 5
Anti-Roll Bars: 3 4
Camber Angle: 1.0 1.5
Toe Angle: 0.00 0.12



Brake Balance:
3/4 ( personal BB) or for ABS 0 wheel : 2/3, for ABS 1 - feel free to use your preferred brake balance.


Recommended setting for DS3 user :

Steering sensitivity at +1 or +2, all aids off, except ABS 1 ( if not comfortable with ABS 0 ) with 5/6 brake balance as starting point.



Notes :
Finally Kuroki R33 GTR can be built in GT6 :) 800HP Wangan Monster, be very careful when driving the car, she's a beast and don't like being treated bad.

UPDATE : Revised Damper, corrected weight distribution to real life spec and updated brake balance.
 
The Skyline GT-R V-Spec(R33) '97 is a cool car, i have one tuned for eiger, itยดs a fast medium 500PP car also on medium speed track. A bit lazy at the front end but nothing big.
The car have only one bug. The hand brake block all the 4 wheels.
50:50 torque distribution by any chance?
 
Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V spec (R33) '97 - 500PP SH by @DolHaus Review

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Intermediate Level Alpricot NRC Seasonal Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Easy win! The car is quite competitive at 500PP (despite being a bit heavy :)) Using the SH tyres, has superior grip and stability, but like all cars has its driving limit, which translates in a bit of understeer in fast cornering, perfectly fixed with desacceleration and light braking.

Extreme agile and very well balanced, supported by and excellent braking ability, even on hard/mash use of brakes.

Only feature less atractive was the gearbox. Although being competitive, in low gears struggled to put the power on road. In @DolHaus gearbox standards, maybe a bit more of improvement will make an even better car...

Still, a ๐Ÿ‘ great job! :)



IB License Tuned Car Festival Alpricot Race
(650PP) Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

A race with 150PP more... :scared:

Retaining the great features of the previous race, showed it value against "powerfull" cars. Not an easy win, but with enough gap to 2nd place to drive it fast and safe. Again, a better gear ratios would helped it on an easy win...


Overall, an excellent tune from Mr.D... ๐Ÿ‘
 
Kuroki R33 GTR Wangan Midnight Replica :

As posted by @danbojte in my garage :

IB Class, Supercar Festival, 630 PP or less, Sports Soft or less

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Autodromo Nazionale Monza - Won at the final straight

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Circuit de la Sarthe 2013 - Won by a few tenths

*Cockpit view, No Aids, ABS: 1, BB: 9/10 (to stop the monster ;) ),
*Tuner's settings,
*Mine has 614 PP. :P

Fantastic! I would have never thought that it is possible to win these races on Comfort Soft tires.
Beautiful! ๐Ÿ‘
 
GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 - 550PP SS/RH by @Bowtie-muscle Review

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Tested on Sports Soft:

IA License WTCC Mount Panorama (
600PP) Race Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Against some GT2/GT3 cars... What a race! Only .200 to 2nd place... relief.gif
Managed to get the win on the final curves... Behaved nicely in the bumpy track, but surely it was not designed for it... Some understeer appeared on the fast corners, due to the nature of the surface. Despite being way less powered then the AI, threw a nice balance and agility, combined with enough power to deal with the hills, the result was a incredible fun race and a great car... :)

On to a smooth surface race...

IB License Tuned Car Festival Alpricot Race (650PP) Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

A totally different machine! Superior handling, agility and grip. No understeer or tyre pressure while driving to the limits, and beyond... Excellent braking distribution, no locking or need to mash the button on hard braking...
Gearbox extremely responsive with tight ratios to keep the revs high.

Only noticed the usual oversteer on low gears (bellow 2nd), common to many other cars... :)

A very performant 550PP machine! ๐Ÿ‘
 
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GT-R LM Road Going Version '95 - 550PP SS/RH by @Bowtie-muscle Review

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Tested on Sports Soft:

IA License WTCC Mount Panorama (
600PP) Race Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Against some GT2/GT3 cars... What a race! Only .200 to 2nd place... View attachment 284473
Managed to get the win on the final curves... Behaved nicely in the bumpy track, but surely it was not designed for it... Some understeer appeared on the fast corners, due to the nature of the surface. Despite being way less powered then the AI, threw a nice balance and agility, combined with enough power to deal with the hills, the result was a incredible fun race and a great car... :)

On to a smooth surface race...

IB License Tuned Car Festival Alpricot Race (650PP) Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

A totally different machine! Superior handling, agility and grip. No understeer or tyre pressure while driving to the limits, and beyond... Excellent braking distribution, no locking or need to mash the button on hard braking...
Gearbox extremely responsive with tight ratios to keep the revs high.

Only noticed the usual oversteer on low gears (bellow 2nd), common to many other cars... :)

A very performant 550PP machine! ๐Ÿ‘
Short review but "Always SWEET!!!" thank you for the kind words, did not think it would fair to well at Mt. Panorama, but glad to hear it worked at Apricot Hill!!:dopey:
 
Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V spec (R33) '97 - 500PP SH by @DolHaus Review

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Intermediate Level Alpricot NRC Seasonal Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

Easy win! The car is quite competitive at 500PP (despite being a bit heavy :)) Using the SH tyres, has superior grip and stability, but like all cars has its driving limit, which translates in a bit of understeer in fast cornering, perfectly fixed with desacceleration and light braking.

Extreme agile and very well balanced, supported by and excellent braking ability, even on hard/mash use of brakes.

Only feature less atractive was the gearbox. Although being competitive, in low gears struggled to put the power on road. In @DolHaus gearbox standards, maybe a bit more of improvement will make an even better car...

Still, a ๐Ÿ‘ great job! :)



IB License Tuned Car Festival Alpricot Race
(650PP) Winner! ๐Ÿ‘

A race with 150PP more... :scared:

Retaining the great features of the previous race, showed it value against "powerfull" cars. Not an easy win, but with enough gap to 2nd place to drive it fast and safe. Again, a better gear ratios would helped it on an easy win...


Overall, an excellent tune from Mr.D... ๐Ÿ‘
Thank you very much for the review, glad you enjoyed the car and I agree that it could do with a transmission tune to get the best out of it, I'll fit one when I get some time. It was a quick project car but I'm happy with how it turned out, even managed to dust a few GSX's and Dinos in the recent quick race at Trial Mountain with it :lol:


I think I will take @Bowtie-muscle and @praiano63 's cars for a run and see how they stack up ๐Ÿ‘
 
Thank you very much for the review, glad you enjoyed the car and I agree that it could do with a transmission tune to get the best out of it, I'll fit one when I get some time. It was a quick project car but I'm happy with how it turned out, even managed to dust a few GSX's and Dinos in the recent quick race at Trial Mountain with it :lol:


I think I will take @Bowtie-muscle and @praiano63 's cars for a run and see how they stack up ๐Ÿ‘
Sounds good but expect it to be not as good as yours and @praiano63 :guilty:
 
I'm sure it'll do fine, I'll only be comparing it to the stock version (pp matched) rather than putting them head to head ๐Ÿ‘
Well I drove iit again last night on another track and was not the same:ouch:, adjusted it after to 500pp by changing power only and ran a few races, not too bad but needs caution.:rolleyes:
 
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