It has been a while in the making but as we always say at VAD, perfection takes time and Total Car Concepts (TCC) have absolutely smashed this build out of the park, from the body work to the Switzer engine upgrade that sits up front, this is a serious track build that is also road legal … whoever said GT3 builds will not make good road cars, we beg to differ.

We have been involved with four different GT3 road going builds, Ferrari 458, Nissan GTR, Porsche 997 & our very own BMW Z4 with each and every one proving they don’t just look spectacular road cars, but they can also be used as daily transport, and TCC have yet again proved a Nissan GTR GT3 makes one hell of a machine, with epic race looks to match that blistering Switzer performance.

We met the TCC boys through their trials and tribulations dealing with the criminal activities of Dominik Bahn and his despicable company Carbostuff Engineering, Kevin had issues dealing with Dominik Bahn, but as History shows Kevin was just caught up with a fraud specialist, but luckily Kevin and the TCC crew didn’t lose too much money and we came to the part to assist with some of the carbon race parts they were in need of, and they have also reciprocated helping us source various parts for our GTR parts line up, which has been invaluable.

So on to the build and what updates have been done since we last featured this wonderful GTR back in September 2019, well the main upgrade is it’s been painted, and we are glad to see that colour is white as its suits and shows up all of the wonderful GT3 details and how deceptively wide this aero pack is.

To enhance the GT3 style, TCC have adapted their own centre lock wheel set up keeping the 4WD set up, but using the 13x18 GT3 forged 1 piece Monoblock wheels, its details like this that we absolutely love, with the added bonus of sitting on a bespoke JRZ coilover suspension set up.

To recap on the engine side of this build, it’s been meticulously put together and the spec is mouth-watering and they offer this conversion, which also happens to be the most popular.

About The P800 Package:

Godzilla lives up to its name when it’s transformed into one of Switzer’s P800 R35 GTR models! Switzer’s P800 GTR is one of the most popular R35 GTR tuning programs in the industry, and with 100's of P800's on the roads and tracks around the world it’s easy to see why. With predictable, linear power delivery and no lag penalty compared to stock, these 800 hp road cars are ready and able to chase down anything on the road, from exotic Italian supercars to some of the fastest street bikes around … without punishing their drivers. The Switzer P800 GTR Nissan is a serious pump-gas performer that remains smooth and reliable enough to drive all day, every day.

The P800 Features:

• Switzer ball-bearing turbocharger upgrades • High-pressure wastegate actuators • High-flow intake assembly • Switzer MONSTER intercoolers • Switzer high-flow test pipes (down pipes) • High-flow fuel injectors • Switzer fuel system upgrades • P800 Calibration • Switzer racing thermostat • New cooling fluid • New engine oil + filter • Airco refill

We have enjoyed being part of this very special build and we very much look forward to seeing the next chapter of this GTR GT3, once the global pandemic has retreated.

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It’s been an extremely busy start to 2020 so getting to work on our own BMW Z4 V8 project has been difficult, so it’s been mostly evenings and weekends but with the UK weather the way it is at the moment we are not to upset that’s it’s not yet complete, and as they say perfection takes time, so what is new, and where are we at on the Z4 build.

Our main focus has been on getting the Gen 2 boot spoiler sorted, and we are pleased to say its with the dual blades mounted and the wing put in place we are extremely happy about how this beauty. most people that have seen the car in its almost complete state feel that the car should remain wingless and looking at the car from time to time we kind of agreed, that was until we seen the wing in situ, it’s a must, and now we have seen the car with both options the rear wing assembly stays, especially as its an authentic GT3 set up that fits right in with the authentic panels, next up is to get all of the bumper grills painted and fitted, set up the suspension, finish the exhaust and then fit the new GT3RR F1 forged wheel centres.

With any build especially when you have one that’s not finished and your sharing the build, you will always get mixed reviews, especially from the purists and the trolls of the world, and our build is no different, but from past builds we are used to it, but what amazes us the most is when you have people who have also built the same Z4 GT3 conversion but gone a different route to our own, but are negative of our build, and some of the comments are hilarious.

Why have we installed the LS3V8 and not the S65, we should of kept the N54 as its more tuneable, why have we fitted big wheels, why haven't we installed the race hardtop, but the best one of all, our car wont handle now we have installed the LS3 V8, even though it’s a much shorter block and sits further back in the chassis, but we ask is there a right or wrong way of building your own homage of the wonderful BMW Z4 GT3 race car, lets look in depth at why we took our own path.


There is nothing wrong with the O.E.M N54 engine, the straight 6 twin turbo set up is a great choice, it’s the easiest and cheapest option to tune the original engine, but not the option we considered because we wanted a V8. We looked into the S65 swap, as we happen to know the best V8 installer in the business, Dynotorque, he is an LS specialist and gave us the pros and cons of fitting the S65 vs the LS3 / LS7, we listened to his vast experience and knowledge in this field, it was a no brainer and the people in the know will understand why we went this route.

To the tuners and purists who prefer to tune the N54 twin turbo engine set up, no problem it’s a great engine, but not the route we personally wanted to pursue, but anyone that wants to choose that route it’s still a great engine choice, but to say that our car wont handle because we have fitted an LSV8 is a really stupid statement to make, the LS3 is not only lighter but considerable shorter than the N54, which makes for a perfectly balanced car with where the engine sits in the chassis, we should know as we have had both configurations and we know which set up we prefer, we also have a wonderful sound track to go with our amazing looks, so it’s a win, win.

Wheels. We have read online that our wheels are too big and we should of fitted 18" wheels because the Z4 GT3 race car is on an 18" slick set up. Well ours is a road car not a race car and our Z4 came on 19" wheels, so apart from the extra width and tyre height we decided to stick with 19" albeit the wheels that currently sit on the car whilst its being built will be changed to our F1 GT3RR Forged wheel.

Aero kit. / Hardtop 99.9 % of people that have built a BMW Z4 GT3 globally have fitted a fibreglass equivalent of the GT3 kit, then titivated with either the original race mirrors or race hard top, which is fine, you put into the build what you can afford, we wanted an authentic dry carbon BMW Motorsport kit, they are available but expensive, but we appreciate you buy the panels in the material you can personally afford. On the Motorsport hard top roof, we considered it as we produce one, but as we purchased the car as a convertible steel top that's how we want our build to stay, it’s a road car that will do occasional track days, not a track or a race car, BMW already build those, so if we wanted a track car we would buy the real deal.

We could sit here all day and pick faults at some of the Z4 GT3 road builds that have been put together, but we applaud anyone that's taken this build on as it’s not the most straightforward, so whether you have the original tuned engine, or you purchased a fibre glass kit from Thailand with a hard top from Germany, 18" wheels or 20" wheels … in our eyes they are all great builds and we have nothing but respect for each and every one of them.

Suspension. Seems most people have an opinion in this area of most builds, our personal preference on our own Z4 build was to work with Bilstein UK, who have built us a fully bespoke set up specifically for this Z4 GT3 conversion, they have huge experience with the BMW touring cars and BMW race cars, sorry no air ride for this build, but we can see the appeal.

This Z4 GT3 is built for us, just how we wanted it using authentic race parts, now it’s time to push on and finish for spring, just need to fit the rear wing assembly, rear diffuser and bumper grill sets, and its brand new wheel set up... roll on the spring.

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Over the last few days we have been in conversation with Jon Olsson, chatting about various cars and builds and to say he is infectious is an understatement, he has got us looking into our next build more vigorously, and now we are looking at every detail of the build, in microscopic detail, what have you done to us Jon.

Our 991R project is still in the early stages, but it’s this stage we love, putting all the details together of the build, who we will work with on various components, who we will collaborate with, we already know lots of people that will assist us with the direction we wish to go on this one, as we have made plenty of mistakes in the past, we will not make those mistakes on this build.

We will be working with JRZ on the suspension side with this build, we should have worked with them on the 997 Turbo –R & BMW Z4 GT3 V8, but Bilstein were really good to us on those builds so it was a bit of a no brainer, and they are such an awesome company to work with, and they are local which was an added bonus, but with the 991R we will are really looking forward to working with the Porsche suspension gurus JRZ, when it comes to handling perfection these boys are the best.

The body work will be our usual raw carbon fibre; the colour is yet to be decided but yellow is a very strong contender at the moment, but knowing us that could change. Exhaust will be built by our good friend Craig at Dynotorque, wheels we have chosen will be super lightweight magnesium forged 3 piece from our partners GT3RR, design will be the F1M in sizes and widths 12X20F & 14x20R, wrapped in Michelin 295/35R20 & 345/30R20 front & rear respectively.

Staying on the subject of wheels, we managed to get a sneak peek on Jon Olsson’s Audi 1000 BHP RS6 before it’s official launch a few days back we were drawn to the wheel choice Jon made for this RS6 build and it looks radical, like nothing else on the market and we love that, Jon has always had a great eye for a wheel and this choice has inspired us, Brixton Forged did one hell of a job on the design and manufacture and although we have our own wheel design locked in, we also want to run with a different look from time to time which has made us revisit D-LNG, the Turbofan maestros.

We reached out to Steve the owner of D-LNG a couple of years back when our BMW Z4 GT3 V8 was in its early stages, but we had a change of direction on the build and felt they wouldn’t be the right look for the Z4 GT3 styling, but for the Porsche it’s the perfect look and as racing history has shown the Porsche brand wears them well, and with Steve now working on his all new Gen concave 3D printed designs, this build just has to have them, more updates will follow when the build starts, 2020 just seems to getting better month by month.

For more details on our up and coming Porsche 991R Aero programe get in touch with us.

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