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NISSAN GT-R

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    The first ever Skyline was produced by the Prince Motor Company back in 1957. In 1966 Nissan took over Prince, and the first GT-R under the Nissan banner made its appearance in 1969.  The car's S20 2.0-liter DOHC inline-6 was a detuned version of the R380 race car's engine and produced 160 bhp. The 2000GT-R was created to win the JAF Grand Prix, which it did, kick-starting Nissan's long success in motorsports.

    By the time the Skyline H/T 2000GT-R was produced, now in a coupe body style, the GT-R racked up its 50th overall racing victory. The following year, the KPGC110 hit the market, but after a production run of a mere 197 units, Nissan pulled the plug on the GT-R, citing stricter emissions standards and the international oil crisis as the main reasons. The GT-R would not be seen for another 16 years.

    After little success with the 2nd generation GT-R in the ‘70s as a result of the oil crisis, Nissan came back strong in the eighties with the introduction of the r31, 32, and 33 GT-Rs. Production on these models began in 1985, and the GT-R maintained this general body design through 2002. The R31 saw the reintroduction of the DOHC inline-six engine, producing 210 hp. Introduced in 1989, the R32 featured the well-known NISMO RB26DETT, twin-turbo 6-cylinder with AWD, capable of 280 hp. Legend has it that chief engineer Shurei Ito didn't reveal to anyone, including his team members, that this car would wear the GT-R banner until right before its debut.

    The ninth-generation GT-R was displayed at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show, but its official launch didn't happen until January 1995. Under the hood resided an improved RB26DETT. The ATTESA-ETS AWD system became standard on all V-Spec models. The R33 raced at Le Mans, taking 10th overall and 5th in class in 1995. Also in that period, Nissan made a limited-edition of the R32, named Nismo 400R.

    The most technologically advanced GT-R yet, the R34 would be the last GT-R to be powered by the RB26DETT.

    While the official horsepower of the R34 was at 280bhp, a lot of Japanese aftermarket tuners like HKS and Mine's made this engine powerful enough to give you goosebumps and sweaty hands, reaching up to 800bhp.

    The last generation of the GT-R whose production started in 2008 is the most advanced car ever made by Nissan. Each engine and gearbox of the R35 GT-R is assembled by hand, and this particularity made the cars not having the same horsepower, but the range is between 450 to 550 bhp.  The R35 GT-R lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 26 seconds,  making it one of the fastest production cars in the world.

    Like the older models, the R35 debuted in the motorsport with the GT1-spec. Up until now, events in the championship where the car has participated include Silverstone (England), Oschersleben (Germany), and the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

    Although it was the first 24-hour endurance race for the NISSAN GT-R after taking 3rd place, the team was able to showcase the car's high level of performance and reliability.


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