|～ The Legend Begins with 50 Wins ～
At the JAF Grand Prix race in May 1969, the Nissan Skyline GT-R (PCG10), which was just released in February, made its debut in race-spec trim. At the heart of the 4-door sedan was the 2000cc S20 4-valve DOHC inline-6 cylinder engine. After winning its debut race, the car went on to dominate the podium at the Japan Grand Prix race in October. One year later, in October 1970, the high-performance 2-door hardtop (KPGC10), which was both lower and had a 70mm shorter wheelbase than the 4-door sedan became the basis from which race-spec cars were built. The car quickly ran up an impressive 49 wins, and although the Mazda Savanna (RX-7) thwarted its bid for 50 wins at the Fuji TT 500 Mile Race in December 1971, the GT-R would not be denied. Win number 50 came at the opening race of the Fuji Grand Championship Series in March of the following year. Soon afterwards, with regulations regarding vehicle emissions tightening and the oil crisis, Nissan downsized their racing activities and the GT-R disappeared from the podiums.
～ Crossing Boundaries and Categories ～
However, that was not the end of the GT-R legend. The 2nd Chapter of the story began in March 1990, at the All-Japan Touring Car Championship's opening race. The 2nd generation BNR32 was the first car in 16 years to bear the GT-R name and had debuted in May of the previous year. Featuring a 2,600cc 4-valve DOHC twin-turbo inline-6 cylinder engine and an electronic 4WD system, the car was designed to conquer the Group A class. The R32 GT-R, decked out in Calsonic colors, breezed to a pole-to-finish win, lapping all other cars and cutting 2 seconds from the course record while doing so for a dominant performance. Later that year, another GT-R with Reebok livery was entered, and together the two GT-Rs claimed pole-to-finish wins at all six races. GT-Rs continued to outclass all rivals, and by the end of the 1993 All-Japan Touring Car Championship season, the car had racked up 29 straight victories.
The GT-R was also quite successful abroad, with a Castrol Skyline GT-R winning the Group A category at the Macau Grand Prix in November 1990. Other GT-Rs swept the FISA N-class podium at the Spa-Francochamps 24 Hour race in July 1990, and a Nissan works machine in Zexel colors took the first overall win for a Japanese car there the following year.
The 2nd generation R32 GT-R continued to evolve, and was followed by the BCNR33 in January 1995 and the BNR34 in January 1999. Racing success also continued as the car took part in the All-Japan GT Championships from 1994. A Calsonic Skyline (R32) took the championship 2 years in a row, the Pennzoil GT-R (R33/R34) won it in 1998 and 1999, and the Xanavi NISMO GT-R won in 2003. GT-R production ended in 2004, and race teams continued on with the Fairlady Z.
However, many private teams still used the GT-R in the N1 endurance race class, a class which allowed less modifications and where a street-spec car can really shine. From 1992 to 1995, the GT-R won every single race, and the streak continued to the Super Taikyu race series that began in 1998, with a final tally of an amazing 90 consecutive race wins.
■1/24 Calsonic Skyline GT-R Gr.A (Item 24102)
■1/24 Zexel Skyline GT-R Gr.N (Item 24105)
■1/24 Castrol Skyline GT-R Gr.A (Macau GP Winner) (Item 24113)
■1/24 Pennzoil NISMO GT-R(R34) (Item 24216)
■1/24 Xanavi NISMO GT-R (R34) (Item 24268)