Skyline GT-R and Jeremy Clarkson
Car fans, or “gear heads” as they are often called the world around know that Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of the famed BBC television series Top Gear, is the man to go to for advice about cars. The critic pulls no punches and gives a raw honest opinion of the price versus quality of both reasonably priced cars and supercars. So when Clarkson named the Skyline GT-R one of the best cars in the world (you know you just read that in Clarkson’s trademark style) the world took notice.
Flagship of Nissan Performance
The first Skylines were produced from 1969 to 1973 and after a 16 year stop the GT-R was revived in 1989 with the Godzilla! ( also known as the Skyline R32 by the Australian magazine Wheels) Skyline has showcased many advanced automotive technologies throughout the years. The ATTESA E-TS 4WD system and the Super-HICAS four wheel steering. A relatively inexpensive car, the extraordinary performance makes it popular for drag racing, circuit track and time attack events.
- Wheelbase 2in
- Length 173.2in
- Width 65.6in
- Height 53.9
- Curb Weight 3,425.1 lb
The first generation of Skyline GT-R was known internally as PGC10. The Nissan dealership network Nissan Prince Store had sole rights to the sale of the cars when they were released in February 1969. The original format of the car was a 4-door sedan debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1968. The coupe model came available in March 1971. The in Japanese pop culture the GT-R was often referred to as Hakosuka (Box Skyline)
The second generation of Skyline GT-R brought a 5-speed manual gearbox that powered the rear wheels of the car. Also boasting both front and rear disk brakes. The car took on a more aerodynamic design with soft curves and a low roof. This is one of the more rare GT-R as there were only 197 of them built at the end of their production run. This was the last GT-R for at least a decade, until well after the gasoline crisis of the 1970’s.
1989: The Return of the Skyline GT-R
This time, the GT-R came into the world competing in a Group A race. Experience taught them it was time to retire the GTS-R and introduce a more competitive motorsports supercar. It was at this point, due to the 10-inch wide tire requirements that Nissan chose to make the care all-wheel drive, and so the motorsport AWD was born. Ultimately through trial and error the Skyline Nismo was developed and went on to be one of the top vehicle engineering teams in the motorsport world.
One of the best cars in the world
Nissan’s attention to detail throughout the development of current generations of Skyline GT-R is part of what sets the car apart from the rest. Now a days they are spaceship like personal transportation devices filled with lap timers, G-Force meters and boost pressure measurement options. This beautiful piece of machinery will go down in history as definetly one of the best cars in the world.