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I can't count how often I have found on forums "Why not rally a Skyline?". Because it is bloody useless! Err, no, now I am lying to myself - I love the Skyline way too much to leave it at this. I personally rate the Nissan Skyline the most beautiful and technically interesting car that ever came out of Japan! However I doubt it is suitable for rallying. It just is too big and especially too heavy. It is a motorway racer and although its handling might be very good, it is not designed for bumpy, curvy roads. On top of all this, the 2.6 6-cylinder engine with 2 turbo chargers sounds intriguing, but 280BHP can be reached with a lighter, less complicated turbo engine.

In 1990 later Nissan Sunny GTI-R groupN regular Hiroshi Nishiyama put the idea to the test and immediately got the FIA into trouble. The well working idea of using turbo air restrictors was still relatively fresh, a 40mm air restrictor was the norm for groupN in 1990, but with a twin turbo, 40mm air restrictors wouldn't harm in the slightest. Especially for this car the FIA created an appendix to the air restrictor rule over night, demanding cars with 2 turbos to have 28mm restrictors!

Hiroshi entered the Skyline in the Tour de Corse 1990. He finished a disappointing 46th overall and the car was never seen again. The point was proven, that the Skyline is not suitable for rallying. However, we have to give the Skyline, that Hiroshi choose the worst event for it. We have never seen a Skyline on gravel, but the Tour de Corse is about the slowest, narrowest, bumpiest, hilliest and twistiest event of the whole calendar. I doubt the Skyline could have turned into a rally winner, but I am confident it would have been better than 46th on any other event. (There actually was one entry in the Rally Acropolis, however that ended in retirement and it only had a small 4-cylinder engine, not in the Skyline spirit.)

However, although the Skyline GT-R is an absolute dream car of mine, it somehow fills me with satisfaction to see all this 4-wheel-steering, anti-jaw-control, all this Gameboy engineering failed to make this car competitive. 46th overall and 29th in groupN, when the class N1 winner, a Peugeot 205 Rallye 1.3 manages 20th overall and 8th groupN, you somehow run out of excuses for your super car!!!!

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Nissan Skyline R32 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R (90-90) 280/6800 392/4400 4600.1785.1360 1540 (5.5) 4x4 (2665)

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Nissan Skyline R32 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
46th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse H. Nishiyama M. Nagayama #50 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Nissan Skyline R32 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1982 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Kojimoto P. Tilbury #29 [UNKNOWN] SS33 crash