There is a nickname for all the GT-R that came after the R32 - 'Godzilla'. People often referred the GT-R as the Godzilla, but what was the actual story behind the name 'Godzilla'? Let's find out.
The first time the name 'GT-R' came back after the discontinuation of the 'Kenmeri' GT-R was discontinued in 1973, was on the legendary R32 GT-R in 1989. Back then, Japan was experiencing the economic bubble, everybody became rich again. The old GTS-R didn't do so well in races, so a new car was in the pipeline.
Hence the GT-R name was revived. The R32 GT-R back then, was designed to be the best road-going machine that has ever come out of Japan, and it was designed for one sole purpose - to dominate the Group A races in Japanese Touring Car Championship.
They did it by mimicking the all-wheel-drive system on the 959, it also used an electro-hydralic clutch to split torque between the front and the rear. But the tech boffins at Nissan decided that if they copied the whole system entirely, which would always send twenty percent of the torque to the front wheels, it would bring understeer. Hence the GT-R would remain rear-wheel-drive for most of the time, only when the rear wheels lose traction will the ATTESA-ETS send power to the front wheels.
Then onto the engine - the RB26DETT that we absolutely adored. At 2568cc, it was designed so that it can fit into the race regulations and maximise performance. Although the gentlemen's agreement stated that they can't build cars with more than 280ps, the GT-R sneaked in, and reported produced dyno numbers of over 300ps.
After designing the car, Nissan entered 7 racing R32 into the All-Japan Touring Car Championship Division 1 in the 1990 season, but all it's rivals withdrew after just one year, because the GT-R dominated every single race. And since then, the race series virtually became a one-make GT-R series till 1993. The GT-R beat everything in Division 1, under the FIA Group A rules, from the E30 M3, to the Sierra Cosworth that the teams used to run. They were all beaten.
It was apparent early on that the GT-R was dominant, ever since the introduction of the GT-R, it wasn't the matter of which team has got the best car, it was which GT-R was the best. The one that people remembered the most would be this blue GT-R with a Calsonic livery on it.
Not many knew, but the guy who made his name through racing an AE86 6 times in a row - Keiichi Tsuchiya the Drift King, reached one of his peak in his career racing this very red Taisan R32 GT-R. He said that the the driving experience of the race GT-R was raw, and unlike anything all-wheel-drive. At 1.7 bar of boost, which the champion cars were running at, the Gr.A GT-R can get up to 650ps, which was absurdly powerful back in the early nineties.
For more nerdy stuff about the Gr.A R32 GT-R that Keiichi Tsuchiya ran, click on the video above to see the in-depth walk-through of the actual race car.
So we know the GT-R was dominating in the Japanese Touring Car Championship, but how dominating was it you may ask. The GT-R won 29 races out of the 29 Touring Car races in the 3 years that it ran in. All of the races on the calendar. That's how dominating the GT-R was.
The dominance didn't stop there. Not only did the GT-R won all of the Japanese Touring Car races, it also participated in the Spa 24 Hours race. Won that as well.
The GT-R then participated the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1990. Won that too. Three Group A championships between 1990 and 1992 and a 1st place at the Bathurst 1000 in 1991 and 1992. It was so dominant in fact, that the Japanese Touring Car Championship and the Australian Touring Car Championship changed their rules completely, to stop the GT-R from racing ever again. The Australians then nicknamed it the 'Godzilla' as the GT-R ate everything alive wherever it go.