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The Skyline name first appeared in 1957 on an austere sedan, but it didn't earn the nickname "Godzilla" until 1989 with the introduction of the Skyline GT-R R32. The 8th generatin Skyline, built until 1994 only in right-hand-steering and codenamed the RNR32, symbolized the technology and exuberance prevading Japan's bubble economy of the late 1980s. Offered only as a coupe with a special aluminium hood and blistered fenders plus an enormous intercooler scoop and a rear spolier, the GT-R R32 featured NIssan's electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system called ATTESA-ETS (for Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Electronic Torque Spilt). It also used Nissan's Super-HICAS (High Capacity Active Steering) four-wheel steering system and huge four-piston disc brakes. The throbbing heart was the famed RB26DETT, a 2568cc dual-cam 24-valve inline-six with twin Garrett T28 turbo chargers. In street form, the RB26DETT made 280 horsepower per Japanese regulations and blasted the Skyline to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, but the car was developed to give Nissan supremacy in Asia-Pacific Group A racing, a restrictive class devoted to stock-body cars that were required to be homologated by small runs of limited-production "specials" available to the public.
Tuned to 600 horsepower, the racing GT-R R32s debuted in 1990 and gave Nissan 29 consecutive victories in Group A (Japan's Touring Car Championship). By 1992, the Class 1 was entirely made up of Skyline GT-Rs, vanquishing the Ford Sierras and BMW M3s. The R32 also achieved international success, winning the British and Spanish touring car cups and Australia's famous 1000-kilometer Bathurst enduro in 1991 by a full lap. In 1993, at the final Group A race at Japan's Fuji Speedway, 94,600 fans turned up to see Godzilla in its finest hour. Worried that the public and competing manufacturers would loose interest in the face of the unbeatable GT-R, racing sanctioning bodies changed the homologation rules, saddled the Skyline with weight penalties, or banned it outright. The R32 reigned supreme to the end of its racing life and has become one of Japan's most internationally respected and collectible vehicles.

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