Tuesday, October 25, 2005

GT-R Proto Minisite goes live

For those of you who haven't been paying attention, the GT-R Proto is one of the cars that has been attracting attention at the Tokyo Motor Show (along with the Evo X concept, see previous post.) GT-R for those of you who don't know, is the Americanized name for the Japanese market Skyline GT-R, a truly legendary car. Skylines, of course, aren't sold in the US: you could only get previous versions of the car in Europe, Australia, and Japan (because they never made a left-hand drive version.) The GT-R Proto is the hopped-up version of the current model Nissan Skyline (sold in the US as the Infiniti G35) and *could* (cross your fingers) be sold in the US, possibly as an Infiniti as well.

Why is the GT-R so cool you ask?



Imagine an intelligent torque-sharing all-wheel-drive system (ATTESA), four wheel 'steering' (which is, in reality, a brake control system called SuperHICAS), aluminium and carbon fiber bodied car, all powered by an RB26DETT straight-6 engine, boosted by not one, but two Garrett ceramic-bladed turbos. Due to a 'gentlemen's agreement' in Japan which limits horsepower in cars to 276 horsepower, the 'paper' power of this car looks a little low. It's actually capable of a lot more but has been 'detuned', cars that made it to public dynos outside of Japan have seen this car made 320 horsepower (with small tweaks like removing intentional restrictions in the intake or exhaust systems which are easily removed.) Tuned versions have made as much as 500 horsepower with basically bolt on parts, there is little that needs to be changed to the major engine components in order to make this a scary road-racing machine.

Anyway, Nissan bodged together a pretty nifty little flash site that has a decent gallery, a couple of videos, and an interview with the chief designer of the Proto. Make no mistake with the name, this is basically the next generation of the Skyline GT-R (oddly enough the previous version was called the R34, the new one will be the R35, and based on the G35....coincidence?) It is the prototype (hence the Proto name) and not in final form (in my mind the design needs some cleanup) but it's a postive sign nonetheless that Nissan wants to make the Skyline a dominating car again, after a few years of absence (the R34 GT-R was discontinued a few years ago when the more tame base model Skyline was replaced with what we know as the Infiniti G35.)

There's a good article about it, and some more photos for you to peruse here.

2 Comments:

Anonymous sma said...

cool. I was looking for four-wheel steering cars when I found this.

February 10, 2007 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man its been my dream to own a Nissan Skyline GTR, but does this mean I cant get one if I live in the US? E-Mail me at bjorklund.kyle@Gmail.com Please I need to know!!!

July 11, 2008 11:18 AM  

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