LS Swap Insanity: 1995 Skyline R33 GTS-T

In case you think you’re reading the wrong magazine, don’t worry, you’re not. This is definitely, and this a for real ’95 Skyline R33 GTS-T. Why is this Japanese tuner car in our magazine? Take one guess.

The headers are of Spasov's own design, and we think they look great!

If you guessed that it has our favorite alloy mill under the hood, you would be correct. Factor in that this car’s owner, David Spasov, from Canberra, Australia, and it would only make sense that the LS ‘plant in this Nissan is none other than an Holden HSV-spec version of the LS2.

The 6-liter has been left largely untouched save for an aftermarket camshaft upgrade that’s intended for nitrous use. Spasov fabricated the one-off headers himself, and they spec out as 1-7/8-inch primaries that “step” into 2-inch collectors.

Oh, did we say nitrous camshaft? We sure did, and a Nitrous Outlet LSX plate system will be getting bolted up to the LS2 along with a Edelbrock Pro Flow fuel pump in the tank, to help keep the air/fuel ratio in check.

Since Spasov is still working on the Nissan, the plan is to have dual 3-inch pipes flowing into high-flow cats and high-flow mufflers, and he’s counting on a 4L65E and a 3,000-stall torque converter to get his car down the street or strip in a hurry.

Spasov will be utilizing a TCI/FAST transmission controller, TCI launch control, and a tail shaft loop to back up the 4-speed gearbox. Out back, a locking differential with 4:11 gears are called up to spin the rear wheels.

Stopping power will be the factory brakes, a system that he says are “more than capable,” while adjustable coil-overs will be called upon to keep the tires planted at the dragstrip and on the road course. Spasov has managed to retain the power steering and air conditioning, and the idea was to have a car that was fast, yet still streetable. 

Although the Nissan won’t be finished for another two weeks after press time, we think this car represents the power, technology, and ingenuity that General Motors had designed into the LS engine. Ironic isn’t it then, that import enthusiasts from all over the world held praise for the Skyline’s technology over that from America not so long ago?

Not a swap that's performed every day, the LS2 slid into the Skyline's engine bay with little effort.

About the author

Rick Seitz

Being into cars at a very early age, Rick has always preferred GM performance cars, and today's LS series engines just sealed the deal. When he's not busy running errands around town in his CTS-V, you can find him in the garage wrenching on his WS6 Trans Am, or at the local cruise spots in his Grand National.
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