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HKS R32 GTR: The Nissan Skyline of our 90s JDM Dreams

HKS R32 GTR: The Nissan Skyline of our 90s JDM Dreams
he's already peed rompió Kazuki if we Tito HKS got something they also think what's up guys Claire Chen here welcome to another episode of hoonigan autofocus behind me is the Godzilla the original the HKS group a r32 and we are at HKS look at that amazing background this is like a dream scene right here you guys know I'm a big

Nissan

guy I'm a big

skyline

guy this is pretty much it this is the top this has inspired so many generations of tuners just car enthusiasts in general we got Messiah right from HKS hey he's here to kind of talk to us a little bit about the car where are you from and what do you do for age okay so I'm based out of the office in the United Kingdom so I oversee the operations of each case your app which handles the distribution of HKS parts for Europe and Africa you and pretty much everyone that I've met that works at HKS are actual enthusiasts oh yeah I think you have you have to be to be able to work in an industry like this I think as as much as people think you know a job is a job right so it's always gonna mean so and this industry has its unique challenges so unless you really love what you do I don't think you know you can last it in same for you guys right yeah no for sure I I don't like my job and I don't think I'm gonna go anymore if we didn't get excited seeing this kind of stuff then we should quit our jobs but we're here I saw it at the show at Tokyo Auto Salon just briefly but to be...
hks r32 gtr the nissan skyline of our 90s jdm dreams
able to kind of look at it smell it hear it touch it feel it all of that give me like a refresher of the history of this thing so this is a as you say it's a group a racing

skyline

so the regulations were pretty restrictive at the time the cars themselves each my line is very similar to to each other there's a lot of standardized parts that had to be used in all of the car so if you think look at things like the wheels a lot of the suspension components they all had to be fairly standardized so whether it's this any of the other group a car that ran in Japan or the cars that dominated Bathurst in the early 90s which gave it the original Godzilla Monica when when we went over to invade their in terms of that it's actually quite a similar specification what differed quite a bit most of the teams in Japan that were running the the group a

skyline

they're all having their engines built by Reinecke who were I believe they're a subsidiary of

Nissan

who were building these no specification engines but as part of our project we decided that we would take on our own engine and turbo development and so we were the only team on the grid in the years that we competed in 1992 and 93 that used our own engines and actually that worked out really nicely for us because we Baxter produced more power than those guys and we were very much known as the fast cars at least in a straight line we competed for I believe two years right in that and in that time we did manage to...
hks r32 gtr the nissan skyline of our 90s jdm dreams
get one pole position and and one race win in 93 at Sugo circuit which considering that you know our competition was worked Nissen as well I think we did manage to do pretty well out of it as you can see appearance-wise from the outside it's very much a

skyline

hard 32 when you think about race cars you know you think of crazy Aero and all these things that seem to happen and given that the cars would typically run around 600 horsepower and engrave a trim you can imagine how scary a drive that must be that most people will talk about of all the race cars that they've driven if they've driven in Group A that was one of the scariest experiences they've had in their racing career it's so much about the iconic livery the feel it's almost like yeah you could put this livering on any car but this was like the one I feel like that really made these colors fly do you know where the original colors come from where this black green and blue so this was something that we did when we started selling our oils so the oil cans came in this color and as part of the promotion of the the GS super oil range that's when we colored the cars in this and then of course we did that not only with this car look with our drag cars at the time and all the motorsport activities that we did all had this coloring and that's where that spread from whilst we've not sold oils that much especially in the western part of the world so you've probably not used to seeing the...
hks r32 gtr the nissan skyline of our 90s jdm dreams
cancer much but within HKS we've always called this the oil colors you learn something new every day I mean this is really one of those things where it is a showstopper anytime I see a car especially from HKS with this livery you just can't go wrong you know there's just those iconic liveries in the world like the golf livery the martini Advan livery you know but but you have something like this on any car and I feel like it looks really good one of the things though in terms of appearance this car carries a number 87 anything that we do pretty much all our racing activities if we get a choice of number we run number 87 and this was the first car that HKS did which ran that number so this was the the beginnings of us running the number 87 so this has been refreshed a little bit now so it's not the exact engine that was raced back in the early nineties appearance-wise it's very much similar to how it looked the you know there are v26 iconic engine from what I understand they actually designed this two point six liter engine to conform to the group a specification at the time so that's

Nissan

's work obviously which might seem a little odd you know most people think well why not make it two and a half liters why not making three liters apparently it was very carefully calculated when isn't specifically for this we pray the entire chassis in fact all the sizes the dimensions the tire sizes that would fit under the current would work ideally for it...
were designed to suit the grip a regs it's not uncommon to see on the street even like at the parking areas like if you go to daikaku and you see these

skyline

s that are built that's way crazier than this that's just a street build but back then I could not imagine how insane this car was and the interior is pretty simple - I mean this safety would just not pass today and it's crazy to see that one bar across the door as the door bar is enough to pass technical inspection yes we've come a long way in 25 there's actually a lot of things that are original like this is the original - out of our 32 that hasn't been changed and it's just been the center console is all this is all original up to this point as an r32 only you you know probably better than I do how much of it remained but again you know it's you can see very much you know most of the original car that was in place and that was typical of motorsport at the time that you had you know the base car and then you would do the modifications necessary for motorsport and it's not a ground-up you know build where you're building like a pipe frame chassis from from nothing but even as this stock rear view mirror that's so cool to me like that this was in this trim it was doing a full-on race you know with other vehicles of the era and these wheels - yeah I think that's um a standard group a wheel I think most of the teams ran on this thing well you can see it's the centre...
lock conversion on the hobbs there a lot of the suspension arms at the time of the race car were a standardized part that was made for the for the group a race cars I think now in order to keep the car rolling and running it's it's been replaced with some different arms now so these are your car tires for competition use only you guys probably take this out it does go out for the occasional demo run here and there still okay oh wow that's actually a pretty big fuel cell yes I believe the race is back then were required of quite a distance so they they ran quite a large fuel tank lots of fuel pumps yeah that's quite a few pumps around with the size of these fuel tanks some of the drivers used to say that the the balance of the car used to change significantly from when it was full to when it was to emptied you know modern cars they tried to push the fuel tank closer to the center of gravity so that makes less of a difference didn't have that luxury back in 1992 oh my god that smell that sound so good well that's an RV all right yeah yeah there's some compromise you have to make because if you want to leave it absolutely original then of course it's it's hard to leave it in running order you can't have a 20-something year old engine that doesn't really do anything to run like that so you have to sort of make a decision as to you know what are you going to do to it or not but I think overall being able to run it you know once in a...
while just possess its heritage that a little bit longer thank you so much to HKS for having us thanks again to Yokohama Tire and kido B suspension for inviting us to Japan we still have a couple days left which is awesome we're gonna keep shooting and we're gonna keep pushing hard to show you guys the best car culture in Japan that's a wrap for today