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Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R - 8-Second Skyline

Is The R32 Skyline The Ultimate Drag Platform?

Jun 9, 2005
Turp_0506_01_z+nissan_skyline_r32+rear_view Photo 1/1   |   Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R - 8-Second Skyline

The vaunted Skyline R32 took Japan's Group A road racing by storm winning 29 straight races and four consecutive championships from 1990 to 1993. Most impressive about the R32's winning streak is that despite numerous weight penalties the mighty Nissan just kept on winning.

The only way the JTC sanctioning body could make it fair to the other vehicles in the class was to outlaw the Nissan R32s completely. A natural progression for the all-wheel drive, twin-turbo coupe has been a tuning strategy aimed at straight-line attacks.

Australian auto enthusiasts have a long-standing straight-line tradition. With easy access to the Skyline lineup of cars, one could argue that the Aussies rival the Japanese in drag tuning.

Keir Wilson's R32 is a vivid example of how versatile the GT-R platform is. Hailing from Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, Wilson has put together a potent straight-line Skyline with only a light dusting of mods under the hood. The biggest addition being a sequential gearbox.

The stock-block RB26DETT is topped with a port-matched head with polished runners and Tomei high-speed valve springs. The stock T28 turbos were tossed in favor of GReddy T67s with 25G compressor wheels. The T67s pump through a GReddy air-to-air FMIC and into a high-volume GReddy cast aluminum intake.

The fueling strategy on this R32 is solid old school featuring 1000cc SARD primary injectors and a six-pack of SARD 740cc secondaries, all controlled by a tag-team combination of a MoTeC M800 and A'PEXi Power FC. The M800 was installed by Morepowa of Adelaide and tuned by Mike Petrov and Simon Podelowski. The Power FC unit is used for knock detection, rpm check and speedometer data. The fuel system's injector array is fed by three high-flow pumps from Bosch.

With a Blitz SBC boost controller set to 25 psi, the Nissan belted out 852 whp on a Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno. Power is funneled through an OS Giken six-speed sequential transmission, an OS Giken R4C clutch assembly and OS Giken rear differential. HKS Drag coil-overs keep the car's 275/40-17 Nitto tires planted as the silver-bullet Skyline propels itself down the 1320.

Wilson's GT-Rs has turned out an impressive 8.84 at 161 mph on street tires. Best of all, Wilson reports that temptation has gotten the best of him on occasion. He has taken the R32 out on the street from time to time.

It is no secret that stock Skylines fall short of the legend but the factory-fresh GT-R is a detuned version. Greatness is but a boost controller or a turbo swap away. Keir Wilson's stealthy R32 shows what can be accomplished with moderate boosting.


GReddy Performance Products
Irvine, CA 92618
A'pex Integration
Orange, CA 92865



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