In the JDM world, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is an iconic piece of motoring history. It was made popular by the rise of the Gran Turismo gaming franchise and is now known for being a stunning work of art.
Some may say that, with the R32, Nissan achieved perfection and that it mustn’t be modified in anyway. However, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and Steve Molans wanted to put his own stamp on the iconic sportscar.
With it having so many adoring fans in the gaming community, it seems right that aspects from that world should appear in the R32. To some, that may mean a sticker of their favourite game, but to Steve, that meant totally redesigning the lights and hitching them up to a NES controller key fob.
Today, we often see manufacturers fitting their cars’ lights with subtle animations for the indicators thanks to LED technology. Steve has taken that idea and turned it up to eleven. The taillights are made of tubes lined in LED strips that allow for some really freaky designs. For instance, the indicator is a trippy blend of fading light in the tubes and a swiping motion in the Skyline badge.
The NES controller key fob allows Molan to change the animation. At the touch of a button the rear lights can go from looking relatively normal to mimicking an EnChroma colour blind test with all sorts of colours flying round the tunnel-shaped lights.
If the taillights weren’t enough wackiness, the rims and headlights are also adorned with LED lights that must look positively insane whilst the car is rolling down the road. However, there’s no comparison to the hypnotic taillights that make one question life itself.
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