The world of automotive customization is so expansive that the practice has almost become an art form in and of itself. With so many options and elements that can be chopped and changed at will, there’s plenty of potential for car enthusiasts to express their creativity and personality. One group of budding customizers spent thousands of hours taking their ride to the next level – and the results are simply stunning.
If you know anything about cars, you’ll know that the Nissan GT-R is one of the most highly coveted vehicles around right now. You’ll also know that it costs upwards of $100,000, so it’s not one that customizers are too hasty to risk modifying.
That daunting price tag didn’t stop one group of enthusiasts from taking on the challenge, of course. The guys at Kuhl Racing in Japan have a reputation for killer designs, winning multiple awards for their work – and the GT-R would prove to be their pièce de résistance.
While many GT-R customizers would perhaps settle for replacing the wheels and tuning the already capable 3.8-liter V6 engine, the guys at Kuhl decided to go a step further. A long journey lay ahead, with thousands of hours of labor involved, but the team knew what they had to do.
They began by meticulously laying out their design for the bodywork with masking tape. It was fiddly work and there was no margin of error on a car this expensive – they had to be precise.
While these markings are usually the sort of thing you’d find on a vehicle that was about to undergo a regular paint job, the team at Kuhl had something far more impressive in mind. This stage of the process was monotonous, no doubt, but it was imperative for what would later become a spectacular transformation.
Once the masking tape was laid down, the final artwork was sketched out across the entirety of the car’s bodywork. Those familiar with car customization might be thinking the guys were preparing the GT-R for some highly elaborate pin-striping. In fact, they were getting it ready for something else entirely.
After drawing out the incredibly detailed design, things suddenly took an extreme turn. The guys got out the power tools and started engraving the design straight into the body panels of the GT-R. Just to remind you, these are the body panels of a $100,000 car we’re talking about. “Calamitous” probably wouldn’t be a strong enough word to describe any kind of mistake at this point.
Thankfully, the responsibility didn’t rest on the shoulders of just one man. The engraving process was a team effort and steady hands were required all round.
As the project started to come together, the stunning complexity of the design became apparent. The amount of man hours put into even a single panel is amazing – the concentration levels and tension in the workshop must have been palpable. Nobody sneeze!
This wasn’t just about engraving the existing car and calling it a day, however. The guys also bought a custom kit to give the car’s body even more individuality, before engraving each of those panels too.
The engine of the car was removed while the engraving work went on. New turbo turbines were added, helping boost the car’s already awesome 550 bhp output to an asphalt-blistering 820 bhp.
The exhaust was also modified, with titanium mufflers added. The whole system was welded to accommodate the changes to the rest of the car, which took plenty of effort all on its own.
The new panels installed by the guys at Kuhl gave them the option of upgrading the wheels, too, with a much wider body than the standard GT-R. Wider tires would add another level to the handling of this already amazing ride.
The final product is a feast for the eyes. While it might strike some as too blingy and over the top, it’s hard not to appreciate the astonishing level of detail and effort that went into transforming this car into something truly unique. But the guys weren’t done there.
It seems that just one amazing feat of engineering wasn’t enough for the team at Kuhl. They proceeded to do the whole thing over again with a second GT-R – but this time, with a difference. The second car was finished in gold rather than chrome.
Each car was fitted with a unique set of wheels, capping off the individuality of the rides. By the car’s very nature, there’s probably no such thing as a subtle GT-R owner. These works of art simply take that concept to the next level.
The finished exhaust system proved to be more than a match for the insane amount of detail that went into the body, even if it was hidden away underneath the car. While the new system helps boost performance, it also looks pretty awesome too.
The cars are now out on the road, being shown off to the public at events all over the world. It’s difficult to really appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into each car without seeing them in person, but these photos give you a pretty good idea.
The world of automotive customization has been taken to the next level with the creation of these GT-Rs. Their design may not be to everyone’s tastes, but they’re certainly a unique pair of vehicles and a testament to the skill level of the guys at Kuhl.