Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO 400R (1997): R33 best ever created?
The Nissan Skyline saga is possibly best represents sportsmanship Japanese. He born in the 60s, but its peak of popularity were the 90s, a decade in which coexisted three mythic generations: R32, R33 and R34. When the name was accompanied by Skyline GT-R stands, we knew things were going to get serious ... until it was NISMO. Nissan official preparer lived its golden age, creating the best cars of Japanese origin. He Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO 400R It was possibly his best creation.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO 400R was released in November 1997 in a very limited number. Really limited: only 44 units were manufactured. Today, it is a modern classic collector, whose value does nothing but appreciated. The reason for his release was to pay homage success in competition and Nissan NISMO in 1995 and 1996, especially in Le Mans. The Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO 400R It was based on the GT-R V-spec, already the maximum evolution of GT-R, openly focused to a use circuit.
A NISMO did not seem enough. They displaying his Japanese obsession with detail and maximum performance, they created an almost completely new car starting from the V-spec. A car that would the swan song of the R33 Skyline, since in 1998 they would be launched the R34, the last generation to use the Skyline name, at least in these latitudes. Although NISMO also engages in aesthetic sell kits for SUVs, we must not forget his legacy, and this masterpiece on wheels was one of his best creations.
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The first thing he did was talk to NISMO Reinik, the internal division of Nissan Powertrain responsible for producing racing engines. Instead of using the RB26DETT engine - one of the most legendary Japanese engines of all time - They used their racing version, called RB-X GT2. This engine was used by Nissan in Le Mans or Pikes Peak, without going any further. His turbochargers were more resistant, and design used both block and reinforced internal components designed to withstand the rigors of racing.
Reinforced mounted on supports, the displacement of this six line was nearly 2.8 liters. Instead of 280 hp that developed the GTR with RB26DETT engine, RB-X GT2 developed 400 hp at 6,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 470 Nm at 4400 rpm, with turbochargers blowing at 1.1 bar pressure. Whole car cooling system was modified, and drive shaft power became carbon fiber instead of steel. The braking, suspension, exhaust its line ... all passed through the hands of NISMO.
Its track width was 50 mm wider, some components of the front suspension were constructed of carbon fiber. The list is extensive mechanical modifications, and you can check NISMO file at this link. Aesthetically, the car also clearly differed from others Skyline GT-R. His body kit was specific, with the aim of improving engine cooling. It was sold in exclusive colors, the most intense and remembered by the public yellow.
In the Gran Turismo series it has been one of the hardest cars to get almost as much as in real life. Already he appeared in the first game of the series, and was simply unbeatable on the track. Almost as much as in reality: its AWD system ATTESA E-TS PRO with limited slip differential allowed an impressive performance, the 400R version had even further thanks to tires 275 mm section, mounted on wheels NISMO LM / GT1 lightweight alloy forged aluminum. It was quite an athlete.
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EVO has recorded a fantastic video where we tell the driving experience aboard this special beast. If there is something we should stay this test is the conclusion. A perfect combination of modern efficiency with a true feeling of the old school. A heavy steering, a hard return, a rude sound ... but some features that still astonish today. There are electronics, but not enough to tarnish the driving experience. Do not miss it.
Source: NISMO | EVO