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Nissan Skyline GT-R Calsonic race car driven by media for first time ever

Posted Feb 9th 2013 6:00PM

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You are looking at one very special Nissan Skyline GT-R. The Calsonic Skyline GT-R was one of several GT-Rs that absolutely dominated touring car racing across the Pacific in the early 1990's. Skyline GT-Rs dominated everything else in the field solidifying thier cult status around the world, this particular car won both the 1990 and 1993 Japan Touring Car (JTC) in the Group-A class... and recently, Evo Magazine got to drive it!

For four years straight, the Nissan Skyline GT-R won every single race it entered in JTC (later called JGTC and now Super GT) for a total of 29 consecutive wins. The accomplishment made it the most successful touring car of all time but the success wasn't limited to Japan. The Skyline GT-R scored back-to-back wins in Australia's challenging Bathurst 1000 and then snatched the SpA 24 hours title in Europe ahead of a stunned field of European "supercars" and the nickname Godzilla most certainly became appropriate.

If you were a gamer from the 1990s, you'll remember this was the car to have in Gran Turismo on Playstation in 1998. For many, this was the first glimpse or simulated experience with the Japanese supercar that was never officially exported outside Japan. Although, Nissan has expanded the GT-R franchise worldwide with the R35, many will never have the thrill to drive this R32 chassis or the later R33 and R34 versions.

Fortunately, yours truly has driven them all and even owns a heavily modified 1989 GT-R, but nothing like this. The Calsonic Skyline has never been driven by the media, until now and we're as jealous as the next gearhead.

Check out this memorable drive of a racing legend in the video below.

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News Source: Evo Magazine via YouTube

Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Dave Pankew / AOL

Category: Aftermarket, Nissan, Japan, Videos, Motor sports, Racing, Performance

Tags: calsonic, calsonic skyline, JGTC, nissan, nissan skyline, race car, skyline, super gt, test drive, video

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Sean Morris

Group A R32's are my favourite. Did you ever see the FIA Group A paperwork that I got? Pretty cool stuff if you are a GT-R nerd.

February 10 2013 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply