Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R: When Godzilla Ruled The World

24 February 2017
They called it ‘Godzilla’ with good reason. Nissan’s R32 Skyline GT-R was indeed the monster from Japan which destroyed everything in its path. It was the definitive Group A touring car.

Given the clear superiority of Audi’s revolutionary all-wheel drive Quattro in dominating the World Rally Championship in the early 1980s, it was no surprise to see the same traction advantage being exploited in touring car racing before the end of that decade. However, the definitive example came not from Germany but from Japan in the form of Nissan’s R32 Skyline GT-R.

There’s no denying Audi successfully adapted its four-paw technology to circuit racing, with development of a V8 Quattro-based Group A tourer that won successive DTM (Deutschen Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) German touring car titles in 1990-91 against smaller and lighter domestic opponents from BMW (E30 M3) and Mercedes Benz (190E Cosworth).