The Nissan Skyline GTR R33: A Superb Sports Car From Japan
The Skyline GTR is a Japanese sports car considered to be the truest contribution of Japanese automakers to the world of supercars.
Built with superb top-quality Japan-made technology, the GTR series blazed a long line of success after winning several motorsport events.
The original Skylines were manufactured from 1969 to 1973; however, the early generations were unsuccessful due to the gas crisis that hit the 1970s.
Its revival in 1989 brought the Skyline GTR back on track and dominated Japanese motorsports.
It won 29 straight victories without experiencing a single loss.
This beast also reached international success when it won international championship cups for four years in a row.
The successful Skyline GTR R32 that propelled the series to superior status was followed by the R33 GTR produced between 1995 and 1998.
With a venerable predecessor, the Skyline R33 GTR had an almost identical engine with the R32. Its engine is the 2.6L RB26DETT I6 with a new ATTESA ET-S 5-speed manual transmission.
The R33 code came from the chassis model number, E-BNR33.
Skyline GTR R33 Tweaks
Improvements of the R33 GTR include the stronger syncros and the corrected oil pump drive collar. With a wider collar, the R33 can perform in high power applications without showing any signs of failure. The same turbochargers and gearbox specifications were carried on to the R33 from the R32.
The body style of the Skyline R33 GTR is available as a 2-door coupe or as a 4-door sedan. Its engine is located in front capable of both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations.
The base model of this sports car weighs 1,540 kg (3,400 lb.), which is 110 kg heavier than its predecessor.
Skyline GTR R33 Race Inspired Versions
Aside from the basic configuration, the R33 also had the V-spec model which had a sportier suspension for lower clearance from the ground.
With a four-wheel antilock breaking system (ABS) through an independent channel, this car can be handled more easily on slippery surfaces and other challenging terrains.
Another model, known as the R33 GTR V-spec N1, was a streamlined version made lighter by excluding the ABS, the air conditioning system, and the sound system.
A special edition of the R33 was released in 1997 known as the NISMO 400R designed particularly for racing.
It has a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) with a power output of 300 kW (400 hp).
Only 44 units of this racing model were produced. Standard models produced amounted to a total of 9,871 units.
The R33 was the first production car to lap the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes.
I have my suspicions that I have about the 2013 R35 GTR that I wrote about here.
There is a cool video here someone filmed at our local track of an R33 trapping 137