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Godzilla!

Lego Nissan GTR Nismo

A huge reputation, a legend of the car scene for almost as long as there’s been one, and incredible attention to detail… Firas Abu-Jaber and the Nissan GT-R have much in common.

This, as you may have guessed, is Firas’ latest build; a faithfully recreated replica of Nissan’s 2017 Nismo GT-R. The current GT-R is an old-age pensioner by car design standards, but like that elderly ex-marine at the bus stop, or your Mom in the buffet queue, you wouldn’t mess with it. Launched a decade ago in 2007, Nissan’s replacement for the much-loved R34 Skyline GT-R took the well known all-wheel-drive turbocharged formula and thoroughly Spinal Tapped it.

A hand-built 3.8litre V6 engine fitted with twin parallel Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries turbochargers gave the GT-R just under 500bhp at launch, a figure which when combined with Nissan’s trick all-wheel-drive system allowed the GT-R to obliterate almost any other car off the line and in the corners. Hypercars included.

Lego Nissan GT-R Nismo Firas Abu Jaber

Since its launch the GT-R’s power has steadily increased, with standard models up to 545bhp by 2012 and this, the 2017 Nismo version, reaching almost 600bhp. That extra 50bhp doesn’t come cheap though, as the Nismo GT-R costs around 50% more than the standard model, making it surely one of the worst value-for-money special editions in automotive history.

We’ll stick with the standard car thanks Nissan, which is genuinely still something of a bargain, and we’ll leave the Nismo GT-R, its mad carbon-fibre aero, and its even madder sticker price, to Firas Abu-Jaber’s spectacular Model Team recreation.

Firas has made an extensive gallery of stunning images available, including several showing the interior inside the opening doors, and the realistic twin-turbo V6 engine under the opening hood. See more of the legend for yourself at Firas’ photostream, and you can read our interview with the builder as part of the Master MOCers series by clicking here.

Lego Nissan GT-R Nismo

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Nismo GT-R

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

Nissan’s R35 series GT-R is getting – in car terms – pretty ancient now. It’s been 10 years since the design launched and yet, despite the continual price rises and the advancement of newer rivals, the GT-R is still capable of dispatching supercars costing three times as much a decade later.

The GT-R does feel its age inside though, where it’s miles off the pace compared to a modern design, and – oddly – it doesn’t actually feel as fast as it is, so hushed is the engine by the twin turbos forcing air into it.

It is though, an absolutely cult car, helped hugely by Nissan’s partnership with all manner of racing game developers which has immortalised the GT-R in pixels, but it’s also a car that seems to rarely feature in Lego form.

Previous bloggee (and one half of Master MOCers LegoExotics) Jens Matuschek has decided a Lego version was way overdue, and he’s built a spectacular replica of the GT-R in 2008 NISMO specification. The car features opening doors, hood and trunk, and includes a beautifully detailed engine and interior.

There are loads more superb images available to view at both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to see the full Nissan GT-R NISMO gallery.

Lego Nissan GT-R NISMO

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Nismo Is No More

Lego Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Nissan’s recent Le Mans adventure has been rather short-lived. First the brilliant looking Deltawing ran the ’00’ designation for experimental vehicles, but was sadly involved in a crash forcing it into retirement, then Nissan’s Nismo team returned with this; the hybrid GT-R LM.

Built to take on Audi, Toyota and Porsche in the LMP1 prototype category, the GT-R LM Nismo competed in just one race before the whole project was canned.

MOCpages’ Alexander Pachoaletto remembers one of motorsport’s most recent high-profile failures with his tidy Model Team recreation. complete with some of the most ingenious headlights of any model to appear here. There’s more to see of Alex’s Nissan GT-R LM Nismo at the link above.

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Godzilla’s Grandad

Lego Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R

Nissan’s current GT-R (previously called the ‘Skyline’) is a seriously impressive supercar killer. But we don’t particularly desire it. We’d like to have a go, sure – but to own… it’s just a bit… dull.

Not so the original Skyline 2000, which we want so much that it hurts. Even more so if it’s like this one. Davanchi M has retro-fitted his gorgeous retro Skyline with an RB26DET twin-turbo straight-six engine from a late ’90s Skyline GT-R, meaning it would go as good as it looks. Which is to say, very well indeed.

Davanchi has uploaded a full gallery of images to both MOCpages and Flickr – click the links to spool up your turbos.

Lego Nissan Skyline GT-R 2000

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