The world of automobiles is packed with legends, with every page in this industry’s more than a century old history talking about some legend or another, and trusts us; every single one of them is of utter significance and has played a huge part in making this field of engineering and business, driven by such incredible passion. However, among all these legends, there are a few who stand tall and with the their legacy so high that they have become the superstars of their eras and great legends for eternity, among such hero’s is the Nissan Skyline GTR R32, or as we all know it, the Godzilla.
In the mid 80’s the Japanese company was struggling and the Nissan R31 Skyline was also proving to be a lackluster offering in the market. To deal with this, Nissan’s management decided to change the game by signing off the successor of the R31 in the form of the R32 Skyline that was to be designed with the racing spec GT-R model from the onset, giving birth to what is now known in the history books as the Nissan Skyline GTR R32. And it was unveiled to the world in 1989 and it was created with only one thing in mind, to dominate Group A Racing. The car was powered by a race spec 2.6 Liter Straight-Six engine that produced a mad 600bhp, this 2.6 Liter engine meant that the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 could be admitted into the class with a minimum weight of 1260Kg. Understanding that they have a monster of an engine in a comparatively lighter car, the engineers at Nissan knew that just going around with a rear wheel drive setup would not help in achieving their targets, so they developed an innovative race spec all wheel drive system which they called, ATTESSA E-TS. This system was very much similar to the one on the Porsche 959 used an electro-hydraulic clutch to split torque between the front and the rear, however, on the Nissan Skyline GTR R32, this system helped the car to remain rear wheel drive until the rear wheels lost traction as against the Porsche’s system that split torque based on the car’s weight distribution on the move.
This innovative and highly complex all wheel drive system meant that unlike the Porsche which suffered with a bit of understeer, the Nissan Skyline GTR system kept the car fully rear wheel drive at corner exit to preserve maximum grip of the front tires. This gave the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 incredible agility out there on the track and when the car hit the race tracks, people sat watching in awe how the car kept breaking the records at will and kept rewriting history wherever it went racing.
The Nissan Skyline GTR R32 had a monstrous diet for race victories and it showed its hunger by winning all 29 races of the Japanese Touring Car Championship from 29 race starts the car entered, it also took victory at the 1991 Spa 24 Hour race and still hungry for more, the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 decimated the competition in Australian racing.. Australia became the favourite hunting ground for the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 ever since it became the first market where the car was exported to, before the rest of the world got to see the monster in flesh eating up the circuits as its rivals, Australia witnessed the wraith of this Japanese monster when in 1990 the car entered the Australian Touring Car Championship, and knocked the venerable Ford Sierra Cosworth off the podium, which it had held for a considerable amount of time, and won the Bathurst Classic in 1991 and 1992, this was not all, the Nissan Skyline GTR won three Group A Championships between 1990-1992 also.
It was then, the Australian auto press began to call the Nissan Skyline GTR R32, “Godzilla”, since this new monster from Japan was not jut supremely powerful, but it was also unstoppable, and the name quickly spread. And then, the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 became Godzilla.
Watch this beautiful video below from EVO, where British auto-journalist Richard Meaden talks about how the brilliant turn-in agility of the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 followed by how this car was able to put all its power down on the way out of corners made the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 such a formidable weapon on the track. As always do let us know what you think about the ‘Godzilla’ in the comments section below.
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