R32 GTR – Birth of The Iconic Nissan Skyline GTR Series
The Nissan Skyline series of compact sports cars became a dominating line of racing machines especially when the Skyline R32 GTR, later nicknamed Godzilla, was released in 1989.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R series was actually a revival of the early GT-Rs produced between 1969 and 1973.
The nickname Godzilla was first used in Wheels, an Australian motoring publication, for its July 1989 issue.
Nissan Skyline R32 GTR Achievements
The tremendous power of the Japanese fictional character Godzilla was analogous to the dominance demonstrated by the R32 GTR in Japanese motorsport.
The compact sports car perfectly won 29 victories out of the 29 races it competed for.
The R32 GTR even went on to win the JGTC championship series for a straight 4 years.
From 1990 to 1992, it also competed successfully for the Australian Touring Car Championship.
Establishing Nissan quality and performance
Following the success on the racetrack, the Nissan Skyline GTR series became the company’s flagship model for high performance.
Advanced technologies were first showcased on the sports car such as the ATTESA-ETS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain – Electronic Torque Split) four-wheel drive system and the Super-HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Suspension).
To maintain utmost quality assurance, GTRs were manufactured exclusively within Japan automakers only.
The car has become an iconic machine in the international arena when Nissan began exporting the GTR to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.
It was featured in a handful of films including The Fast and the Furious.
The Nissan Skyline GTR generations
The legacy of Godzilla became prominent on its third generation.
This line of sports cars is powered by the RB26DETT engine, which is classified as a 2.6L Inline-6 type. The main engine block is carved from cast iron while the head of the cylinder is crafted out from aluminum.
Spanning from 1989 to 1994, the third generation recorded a production figure of 43,934. It had a power of 206 kW (276 hp) with a curb weight of 1,430 kg (3,146 lbs.).
The fourth generation, aptly named the R33, spanned between 1995 and 1998. The engine used in these models was nearly identical to the original RB26DETT engine used in the R32.
As an improvement, the R33 has a wider oil pump drive collar. A basic configuration of this generation weighs 1,540 kg (3,400 lbs.).
The R33 was succeeded by the R34, which is the fifth generation, beginning in 1999 and ending in 2002. It housed more technological advances and sported a 6-speed manual transmission.
The achievements left by the Nissan Skyline R32 remains a resounding legacy up until now. The R35, released in 2007, continues to blaze the trail.