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Steane Klose | Jan 23, 2009

It's no secret that we're big fans of Nissan's R35 GT-R. Any way you look at it, the GT-R offers exceptional 'bang' - if you can come up with the bucks that is.

Much of this admiration stems from the GT-R's highly developed VR38DETT engine and ATTESA ET-S drive system. But if you had aspirations of adapting either of these to your own ride, you're in for an unpleasant surprise.

Nissan will continue its history of refusing to offer crate engines and gearboxes to all but a few select Nissan dealerships. This blanket ban on fun extends to electrical and fuel systems as well as chassis components.

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Nissan has explained that the parts withheld are "highly engineered, using technologies unique to Nissan". So, it reasons, who receives them should be closely controlled to protect Nissan's intellectual property.

This is a real shame. Those dreams you might have had of a VR38DETT mill nestled under your bonnet have just gone out the window.

We've got no doubt that there will be ways around this though... and sooner or later we'll come across an R34 GT-R with the R35's donk shoehorned into the engine bay. Rest assured, when it happens, we'll let you know.

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