The Nissan GT-R is a popular base car for all sorts of speed-chasing tuners and crazy car-modders, but we reckon that this particular version from South Africa pretty much takes the cake—at least where the bodywork is concerned. Designed to take part in hill-climb events, the Franco Scribante Racing GT-R has undergone a few not-so-subtle modifications in an attempt to make itself go a lot faster than any vanilla production versions out there. The result is a speed machine that looks almost cartoonishly unreal, but packs a proper punch under all those wings.
This Godzilla definitely has more wings than most airplanes do, and it needs them to be able to be fast around the many twists and turns that hill climbs are usually made up of. If it reminds you a lot of some Pikes Peak entrants, then that’s probably not a coincidence, as the team behind the car went there last year to figure out what it takes to build a winning land rocket. Once back home, they started by ripping out the front fascia of the GT-R so that more cooling air could get in, and then mounted a freakishly big combination of a ground-scraping splitter and a giant wing up front.
The rear doesn’t look any less dramatic, with one huge double-decker box-type wing throned above a massive rear diffuser. Most new aerodynamic aids are made from carbon fiber to keep the weight down, but the bodywork isn’t the only area of the car that was modified. The 570 horses that the car rode out of the factory with had to squeeze together and make room for over 1,000 more of their kind. The people behind the vehicle said on their Facebook page that up to 2,200hp would be possible, but that in the current hill-climb setup, it sends about 1,600hp to the wheels.
As crazy as the car might look, it seems the team who built it knew what they were doing. Owner and driver Franco Scribante just won this year’s edition of the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb in Knysna, a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. No doubt his competition was left as speechless as anyone else who comes across this monster.