|When it was white|
|NHTSA Bond Release|
Motorex though JK Motors filed their petition that 1990-1999 Nissan Skylines would be able to be brought into compliance with FMVSS(Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards). VCP-17 wasn't published into the Federal Register until January 19, 2000.
|At Willow Springs|
Magazines and by then MotoRex themselves used the car for tests and driving impressions. At one point, prior to the final decision by the NHTSA, the officials there, were asking for a fourth crash test. In this fourth test, they wanted to see an unbelted front impact test. This test could be done non-destructive on a sled, but Big Bird was the car that was going to be up for it. However, the NHTSA decided that the fourth test was a little excessive, and they did not require it.
This document announces the decision by NHTSA that 1990-1999 Nissan GTS and GTR Passenger cars not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards are eligible for importation into the United States because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with such standards.
|At SEMA IAS in the Dynapak booth|
|Pikes Peak poster from Nissan|
The turbo was repaired, and the car was dropped off to the movie car office. The next time we saw it, it was yellow, and stickered up. Now the question was, what would we do with a repainted yellow R33 with odd stickers on the side? The car was still under a TIB, and bringing it into compliance was not high on the list of things to do.
By now it was 2002, MotoRex had been legalizing cars under VCP-17 for over two years. Put another stock engine in the car, with a set of 2530's, and tried to get it tuned on the nitrous. Best pass was 551 horsepower, but the nitrous was very inconsistent. We later attributed the inconsistency due to unequal lengths of the direct port. The inner two cylinders would hit first, and the car would stumble before going. Broke the front diff(no oil, thanks Tatsu), so the car sat again.
During the 10.7 pass, I killed a turbo, I guess it really didn't like ~34 psi much. We had a set of 2540 turbos, so I gave the 2540's a try. Less area under the curve, about the same amount of power. Still the car hadn't been brought into compliance, and honestly it had mostly been forgotten. Lots of other customer cars coming in, and being brought into compliance. Other than always dealing with Hiro's over promising, and his lack of any real work ethic, MotoRex was going as smooth as 60 grit sandpaper. So one more time, got the car ready, and took it out to Arizona. The car was a bit slower, and the tech inspectors were giving us a bit of a hard time over some of the safety equipment for the speeds we could run. During the weekend, #6 cylinder was hurt, and when the car got back, the engine was pulled again. The transmission was loaned to a customer, and the car sat again.
Justin Beno. Justin purchased a new engine, a new transmission, and got the car back together. It took him several years, but eventually the car was in a driveable condition. Justin put a ton of time and money into the car, restoring it to as it looked during the Fast and Furious.
At the end of MotoRex, there were about 30 customer cars, that had been imported, but had not completed the NHTSA compliance process. The NHTSA bond released these cars without the owners having to bring them into compliance with FMVSS.
A couple of links.
0-60 Magazine article on the rise and fall of MotoRex.
Hiro's Fraud Investigation
Whats Going On At MotoRex?
Was That Vehicle Imported Legally?
Importing a Nissan Skyline
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