Creating off-road versions of regular street cars isn’t a new thing. Since the time there was a distinct difference between the two, owners have swapped and changed components to create weird and wonderful cars that can go places they were never intended to go. Sometimes it’s a full body swap, which is a bit of an easier project when adding a body over another car’s ladder-frame suspension, but sometimes a project will see a proper conversion take place by combining the good bits from both cars. The first thing like this that I ever saw was in a year I refuse to name back in Kempton Park when I was a kid. There was a chap in the neighbourhood who put the body of a Nissan 1400 Champ onto the underpinnings of a Suzuki SJ to create a lifted version of the half-tonner LDV that was capable of going wherever the driver wanted to go. There was also a chap who used to fit old-school Beetle bodies on short-wheelbase Land Rover ladder frames. These days there’s a renewed interest in streetcars that can play in the dirt thanks to Porsche creating the 911 Dakar based on a new 911. It was about time because for years classic Porsches have been given this treatment by fans around the world. With Lamborghini joining the fray with their lifted supercar in the form of the Huracán Sterrato, more people have an interest in these kinds of cars. When famous YouTubers join the party, it puts these cars even more into the spotlight and we think that 2024 will be littered with lifted car projects. One that will no doubt soon be seen more and more this year is Adam LZ’s Nissan R32 GT-R Safari. It’s brilliant!
Take a look at the YouTube video showing the first outing of the custom-built, one-off Nissan R32 GT-R Safari. With automakers creating cars like this, it was only a matter of time before we'd see workshop builds in the same vein. Using an R32 GT-R is a great idea, and by the looks of things it will be just as cool as what Lamborghini and Porsche have recently released, if not cooler. Hopefully, this will spur the SXdrv big boss on to put his Mk1 Audi TT safari-style project into motion: Taking my R32 GTR Off-Road | Adam LZ
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