Tokyo Skyline – The Nissan GT-R GT1

Tokyo Skyline – The Nissan GT-R GT1

The Japanese have built some pretty legendary cars – the Subaru Impreza, Honda NSX, Mitsubishi Evo, Datsun 270z and the Toyota AE86. However, if there was one car that has become associated with high speed Japanese metal, it’s the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Pick up the controller for any racing video game and you’ll find some kind of Skyline to drive, and there is has been at least one version in every action packed Fast And The Furious film. For a car that has it’s roots in a humble 4 door saloon, the Skyline GT-R has become both globally famous and infamous.

Over time the Skyline GT-R has become more and more powerful and added bulging body panels to suit. The version launched in 2007 saw it shaking off it’s Skyline name and shortening becoming the GT-R, packing in a 3.8 litre, V6 engine pushing power through all four of it’s wheels. All this adds up to a car that can do 193 mph and hit 60 in just 3.2 seconds. Which might explain why some magazines have nicknamed the car ‘Godzilla’!

Unsurprisingly, there have been a few racing version of the GT-R, with the car competing in the Japanese Super GT series as well as GT racing championships around the world, notching up a string of wins in the process. This week’s colouring page is the FIA GT1 version, and there are three liveries for you to tackle, the JRM version, a Sumopower edition and the GT Academy paint scheme, which was featured on the car driven by winners of a competition run by Nissan and Sony to find a gamer who would be good enough to compete with professional racing drivers.