In May 1989, the automobile industry took a back-seat as the R32 Skyline made its debut as a two door coupe or a four door sedan (hardtop). Although this particular version of the Skyline featured numerous engine versions related to the straight-6 RB-series engines that boasted enhanced heads coupled with Electronically Concentrated Control System or ECCS injection system.
The car became synonym with raw power that produced 320 PS designed exclusively to spit out 500Hp, however in order to keep the racing trim, the car was muzzled and attached to a boost restriction, which was a an electronic boost control system inserted into the control lines and discernible in yellow in order to for the owners of the vehicle to remove them if they prefer to and indulge in extra factory spec boost allowing the car to go from zero to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds and touch the quarter mile line within 13 seconds.
This creates the question as to why or how the Skyline R32 was attached to so much power, well the answer to that question lies in The Porsche 959 which was Nissan’s benchmark during the design process of the GTR.
The Porsche was made the benchmark due to Naganori Ito’s (chief engineer during that time) who intended to ensure the GTR’s place in Group A racing, and he did just the thing as the R32GTR went on to dominate the JTCC winning every single one of the Japanese Touring Championship (29 races).
Eventually the GTR was introduced to the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1990 when Ford Sierra Cos-worth reign was ended dramatically by the GTR’s stellar performance that subsequently even won the Bathurst 1000 classic for two consecutive years (1991 and 1992) earning the car the moniker Godzilla or “monster from Japan” due to the car’s superior control mechanisms and awesome power.
The Nissan R32 is often modified by enthusiasts both at home or in workshops, as they are a very simple car to work on, and electronics were not as advanced as in the later R33 and R34 models, workshop manuals for the Nissan Skyline R32 are available online for free.
It was the dominance of the GTR that lead to the end of the of Group-A Touring Car racing which evolved into Super-touring and the much acclaimed GT500 that we have today.
If you thought that this success would have given the GTR engineers the satisfaction of ravaging the auto industry with such a powerful car, think again because the world was about to be introduced to Godzilla II, the Skyline GTR 33.