Posted Feb 9th 2013 6:00PM
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.