HKS is a globally renowned auto-tune company located in Fujinomiya, Japan. The company’s passion, skill and achievements with the second generation skyline GTR are completely incomparable. Car enthusiasts, racers and those alike will certainly not argue this truth.
In 1992 HKS appeared in the Japan Touring Car Championship when they raced the BNR32 GT-R. The engines of most cars at the championship were maintained by factory backed Staffs, this left HKS as the only company with their very own maintenance crew. In 1993, even though the auto-tune company raced as a privateer, HKS won the pole position twice.
The 1993 HKS T-002/ BCNR32
After winning the third race at Suago in 1993, as “developing a BNR32 that can beat European tuned complete cars, such as RUF and Alpiner” as their concept, HKS souped up the RB26DETT up to 268cc. The Japanese auto-tuning company took the vehicle’s balance into consideration by moving the fuel tank up behind the rear seat. They unveiled the almighty two seater vehicle as, “ZER O-R”.
HKS then developed an aero-dynamically superior special body, and repeated a series of tests at autobahn and Nürburgring, where they built a complete BNR32, that can “easily break 300km/h”. The “second generation GT-R tuning specialist” HKS, developed the record breaking “T-002” vehicle in 1995. The first target for the record breaker was to break the lap record of one minute at the Tsukuba Circuit. The specifications of the machine that achieved this incredible record was a set of two 2.7 litre, 719ps, 81 kg HKS GT2530 turbine engines.
After breaking the fastest lap time at the Tsukuba Circuit, the second target for the T-002 BCN R33 was the fastest zero to 300 kilometres per hour acceleration time at JARI, which at this time was the Yatabe High Speed Course in Ibaraki. HKS updated the car from the fastest circuit model to a maximum speed model, and although encoded troubles along the way they clocked “17.64 seconds”. This incredible time absolutely broke their original time goal of just 20 seconds by a wide margin.
The 1995 HKS T-002/ BCNR33
During January of 1995 a car was delivered with the chassis number “BCNR33-001275” as its basis. From the months of January, through to June the Japanese auto-tuning company finished the initial phase of development. In winter, when the temperature dropped and became easier to record a good time, the time attack was performed.
Toward the end of 1995, whilst Shuji Matsuda was driving, they recorded an astonishing 58.715 seconds… Not only could the GT-R tuners in Japan, but tuners from all around the world were shocked by this astounding accomplishment. By achieving this great record the auto-tuning company solidified their status as “GT-Rs HKS.” The specification of the machine that achieved this incredible record was a set of 2.7 litre, 920ps/ 84kg HKS GT3037 turbine engines.
After all of it’s sheer success the T-002 that broke the fastest time and made such incredible records was put up for auction. The car was completely restored and updated to be exhibited at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon in the HKS booth. Both the interior and exterior have been updated and the engine has been replaced with an RB26DETT, which has been kept in stock condition. The engine used to break the fastest time, was almost gone on the first try so it has been replaced with a normal engine. Many HKS quality tuning parts such as, the GTIII 5R turbine engine, were used in the vehicle.
The record breaking vehicle was sold successfully during an auction for 12,210,000 Yen. The car is now a retired racing vehicle and has been completely restored and updated as a “show car”. The phenomenal vehicle will always be remembered by it’s incredibly fast record breaking times and as a real racing legend.