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Modified Nissan Pulsar GTi-R

Fast Car Mag at 09:48am April 20 2011

Make: Nissan

Grant McKelvie’s modified Nissan Pulsar GTi-R

Everyone loves a bit of sunshine in their life and Grant McKelvie is no different from the rest of us. Whenever he feels the need, Grant can turn to this blistering quick Nissan Pulsar ‘Sunny’ GTiR to brighten up his day.

“I’ve always had a thing for unusual but quick cars,” Grant smirks. “I even got rid of a Lancia Delta Integrale to buy the GTiR!” That was back in 2001 when Grant found this suitable Pulsar in Newcastle. The previous owner had rebuilt the engine to an impressive spec but Grant took no chances and had it off to Greersport, who have a fine reputation when it comes to big power Jap cars. They stripped and rebuilt the engine and gearbox to a higher spec while Dandreas Coachworks tidied up the paintwork.

Wilwood 4-pots were added up front along with Hi-Spec rears to improve braking massively. When the work was complete, Grant drove away with what felt like a new car. Boasting over 350bhp, the Pulsar’s performance was rapid and being a ‘weekend toy’, it was more than enough to keep him happy for a few years.

Over this time, a few further tweaks were made but the excitement wore off as Grant became used to the power. There were two options: sell or take it to the next level. Once again, the appeal of something extreme kicked in and the Pulsar was on its way to Greersport for a showdown.

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With a tricky target of 500bhp set, the stripped engine was sent to Agra Engineering in Dundee for rebore work, heat treating, lightening, balancing and gas flowing the head. When it was returned, Bill Greer assembled it with a host of goodies such as Mahl oversized pistons, Eagle conrods, ARP bolts, racing bearings, HKS cams and adjustable pulleys.

He then bolted on a GT3040R turbo for good measure with a HKS external wastegate and custom tubular manifold. To harness this power an OS Giken twin plate clutch was required along with a freshly built Quaife gearbox. Did someone say extreme?

Hell yes!

But that wasn’t even the tricky bit! Having such a big turbo meant the lump didn’t quite fit any more. Some major fabrication followed to cut and re-structure the front crossmember area. And even then, Grant faced a painstaking 1,000 run-in miles before the car could be fitted with an Apexi ECU and mapped to suit.

The results were incredible though: 510bhp with 430lb/ft of torque at 1.9bar.

All that was left to do was see how it performed on the road. “The acceleration is amazing and it’s an absolute animal when it comes on boost at 4,000rpm,” Grant laughs. “It sounds like a WRC car too with the banging, popping, gearbox whine and the screamer pipe. I absolutely love it!”

Think we can safely assume Grant has found the ultimate in his quest for rare and quick cars as they don’t come much hotter than this hatch.

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