We are at the forefront of one of the biggest shifts in car culture since the 90’s and early 2000’s. In fact, it is the lasting influence of these decades that is controlling the cars we drive, modify, and restore today. The classic “bubble era” JDM tuner cars that were made popular by the Fast and Furious movies, Import Tuner magazine, and the Need For Speed series of video games are now becoming affordable (and drivable) options for people who grew up around this nitrous and underglow fueled pop culture. While cars like the Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra, and Nissan 300ZX earned their respective places amongst the ranks of the greatest performance cars of all time, one car stands alone as the quintessential JDM trophy car. The Nissan Skyline GTR.

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We are at the forefront of one of the biggest shifts in car culture since the 90’s and early 2000’s. In fact, it is the lasting influence of these decades that is controlling the cars we drive, modify, and restore today. The classic “bubble era” JDM tuner cars that were made popular by the Fast and Furious movies, Import Tuner magazine, and the Need For Speed series of video games are now becoming affordable (and drivable) options for people who grew up around this nitrous and underglow fueled pop culture. While cars like the Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra, and Nissan 300ZX earned their respective places amongst the ranks of the greatest performance cars of all time, one car stands alone as the quintessential JDM trophy car. The Nissan Skyline GTR.

Kaizen is a Japanese term which translates to “continuous improvement.” While the R32 GTR was a fantastic car, it’s successor, the bulbous yet beautiful R33, was able to improve upon its nurburgring lap time by a massive 20 seconds. Here’s why. To start, The R33’s body was completely redesigned, with new aero lowering the stance of the vehicle, eliminating the R32’s issues with front lift and unpredictable handling around corners. While some enthusiasts may not be a fan of the smoother, more contoured body lines of the R33 Skyline, the improvements in handling can’t be ignored. The second major issue that Nissan’s engineers addressed was the R32’s weight and weight distribution. The R33 had many weight saving measures implemented to help even out the 60/40 weight distribution of the R32 GTR. Some of the major changes involved replacing the metal fuel tank with a plastic one, relocating the battery from the engine bay to the trunk, changing the headlight housings from glass to plastic, and removing excess materials from door panels, and interior trim. This left Nissan engineers more room to add weight with the addition of stronger reinforced chassis bracing to help further improve handling and create phenomenal track times.

Kaizen is a Japanese term which translates to “continuous improvement.” While the R32 GTR was a fantastic car, it’s successor, the bulbous yet beautiful R33, was able to improve upon its nurburgring lap time by a massive 20 seconds. Here’s why. To start, The R33’s body was completely redesigned, with new aero lowering the stance of the vehicle, eliminating the R32’s issues with front lift and unpredictable handling around corners. While some enthusiasts may not be a fan of the smoother, more contoured body lines of the R33 Skyline, the improvements in handling can’t be ignored. The second major issue that Nissan’s engineers addressed was the R32’s weight and weight distribution. The R33 had many weight saving measures implemented to help even out the 60/40 weight distribution of the R32 GTR. Some of the major changes involved replacing the metal fuel tank with a plastic one, relocating the battery from the engine bay to the trunk, changing the headlight housings from glass to plastic, and removing excess materials from door panels, and interior trim. This left Nissan engineers more room to add weight with the addition of stronger reinforced chassis bracing to help further improve handling and create phenomenal track times.

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