GT-R THE GODZILLA
About The Car
Nissan Skyline GT-R won 6 years in a row between 1989 to 1993 at the Japanese Touring Car championships, Won the Spa 24 hours race in 1991 and won 3 years in a row in Australian touring car championship beating cars like BMW M3, Ford Sierra, Porsche 964 Carrera, Audi V8 Quattro, etc. Around this time the Australian media called it “Godzilla” and that name has stuck
The Intentional Misnomer
GT-R stands for Gran Tourismo – Racing. Yes the Japanese used an Italian name – a marketing ploy that speaks volumes about italian racing pedigree of the time
The Not-So-Subtle Flex
GT-R has won drag races against cars that cost twice as much. Audi R8, Porsche 911, Lamborghini and Ferrari to name a few. Godzilla’s name seems apt even today.
How Is It So Fast?
GT-R’s prowess is due to a lot of factors. One of the major one being its rear biased 4 wheel drive powertrain. Rear bias means the front will receive power only when it loses traction. This prevents oversteer in full 4 wheel drive systems.
GT-Rs prowess is also due to a smaller V6 engine instead of a heavy V8 or V10. This gives it a near perfect 53/47 weight distribution. Of Course credit also goes to the electronics.
Making The Engine
Every GT-R engine is hand built by one of the four special craftsmen called Takumi. They put their names on every engine.
GT-R R35 was advertised with a comic. Japan has a culture and love for comics. When it was launched in the US, they wanted to explain the history of GT-R to Americans this way.
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1993 JTTC Race