You can now buy Drift King's racing Godzilla
Keiichi Tsuchiya's racing Godzilla is up for sale now, and it comes with a rather hefty price tag...
Two months ago we revealed to you what made the GT-R Godzilla (click here for the full article) and one of the main reasons was that it dominated the Gr.A touring car championship in Japan. It basically won 29 races out of the 29 races held.
And now, you can buy one of those race cars yourself, if you've got enough money...
This particular one is #2, as written on the side of the car, and it's raced by STP Taisan in 1991. The two racing drivers who raced this car in 1991 is Takahashi Kenji and Keiichi Tsuchiya.
Takahashi Kenji is the man who's responsible for developing the road and race cars of the R32 GT-R; and well Keiichi Tsuchiya, is the well-known Drift King from Japan. He reached one of his career all-time highs driving this very scary machine.
The later 1993 race car was restored back to original condition by Nismo after it retired at the end of the season, and you can see the specs of the 1991 car in the video up there because there really isn't much difference between the two. Keiichi Tsuchiya described the car as incredibly scary to drive, because with 1.7 bar of boost, Godzilla can put down over 650ps onto the tarmac through it's all four wheels.
Those numbers may not sound all that exciting in this day and age, where normal road cars can achieve far better. But think about it, this is the nineties, where the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of that time only made 400-500bhp at best, so having that figure with a 2.6L engine is utter and complete chaos. The driver even had to change gears himself, unlike with modern day technology, you can just pull a pedal and the computer does that for you.
Inside the GT-R everything is stripped out as you'd expect. There is a Recaro seat which is designed to take hold drivers safely for over 500km per race under incredible speeds and corning Gs. There is also a massive 120L fuel tank in the boot of the car to make sure it can last the whole race.
On the centre console there aren't any of the digital gauges that you see nowadays, it's just gauges after gauges after gauges. Part of the alcantara on the steering wheel has unfortunately worn off after years of racing.
To be perfectly honest, this is not the fastest Gr.A GT-R there is, because this hasn't won all that many races; nor is it the most iconic GT-R race car there is, because there is the Calsonic car with the blue livery on it that's much more valuable. But it's not everyday that you get to buy one of these iconic pieces of motoring history, and what a car this is. This is the reason why the GT-R of today exists, why we still call the GT-R Godzilla, and why the GT-R is still loved by many.
The only part of this car which does not strictly match the specifications back in the days is the tyres. Unfortunately the tyres from the days were discontinued, so some N1-spec endurance tyres were fitted, which were the same dimensions but had different tread patterns.
Other than that, this car is a must-have for petrolheads who are into the history of GT-R. Because this is one of the best-kept Gr.A GT-Rs there is. This GT-R will be auctioned off at the Sound of Engine event held at Suzuka Circuit on 17-18 November. However, such legendary comes with a status, and this one is estimated at ¥40,000,000 - ¥50,000,000, which is around the US$400,000 mark. Ouch.
However, if you do wish to own a car that has practically created Keiichi Tsuchiya's all-time career highs, please do buy one, and it is guaranteed to scare the crap out of you.