11 November 2019

More than an old car #123: Nissan Skyline R32 GTR

Legendary race cars have made their mark on the classic car scene, and in the 80s, Japan was the place to be. The love for JDM cars started from this era, with revolutionary vehicles that changed the nature of racing. One of the pioneers would be this 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR!

The Nissan Skyline was a series of passenger cars which was first released in 1957 as the Prince Skyline. Its name is derived from the 'ridge line' separating the mountains and the sky. However, the GTR itself only emerged in 1969 after the merger of the Prince company into Nissan operations. GTR stands for "GT Racer" and it paid homage to the 1964 Prince Skyline S54A.

After cancelling of the GTR name in 1973, Nissan revived it in 1989: it wanted to find a more competitive vehicle to take part in Group A Racing events. Various modifications were made to the base R32 generation, including converting the car to a special all-wheel drive system known as ATTESA E-TS [Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain with Electronic Torque Split], a rear-wheel steering system known as HICAS [High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering] and introducing a larger engine. All these provided low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability, thus it was no surprise when it did a clean sweep in pole position for many races.

Its reputation as a race-destroyer originated in Australia, where it was given the nickname of
Godzilla due to it being a 'monster from Japan'. The R32 GTR ironically led to the demise of Group A racing due to its overpowering dominance. It was powered by a 2568 cc RB26DETT straight-6 engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 180 km/h with an acceleration of 4.9 seconds [0-100 km/h]. It was 4545 mm long and weighed 1480 kg, while fuel consumption was noted to be 7 litres per 100 km.

Production of the R32 GTR ended in 1994 where it was replaced subsequently by the R33 GTR. 43,924 units were made in total, of which 40,390 were the standard specifications. This particular unit was one of the first few to be registered: around 1 week after Nissan released it for sale in September 1989. Only 2 are known to exist in Singapore, where the other unit is a 1991 model in Gun Grey Metallic. This blue colour is not original: it used to be white, then grey. Back then, R32s in general were not sold officially by Tan Chong Motors, so this unit would have been imported directly from Japan.

There is a nice touch added with the fitting number plate and the fact that it is very rare here makes it all the more amazing. It does not come out on the roads often but I understand it usually resides in a workshop somewhere in Jurong. It may look like an ordinary old car at first glance, but with this information, I hope it has educated you on how extraordinary this is!

1 comment:

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