As a result of the 7'59" lap time, Nissan engaged in a media campaign which highlighted this 21 second difference, starting with this TV commercial:
And here is the promotional video that was shown at Nissan dealerships all around the country when the car went on sale:
I've never been interested in any of the pre-production GT-Rs, 33 or otherwise, until now. That's because this week at the Nissan Gallery at Nissan's Global Headquarters, I spotted this being displayed (cars that are stored in the Nissan Heritage Collection at Zama are rotated on a 2-3 week basis):
|Initially, I have to admit I was more interested in the Z31 - haven't seen one since I was a teenager back in the USA.|
|But wait a minute - what's up with the red brake lamp in the bumper??|
So this is the ACTUAL CAR that did the 7'59"!! Factory test car, chassis number 000055!
I posted these photos to my Facebook account, and I think some of my R33 Facebook friends were just as excited - some of them were asking for more close up photos... so I went back down later and took the following. (Note, I did NOT open any doors or step over the barriers - hey I follow the rules!)
|You can make out the padded rollcage showing in the left A pillar and front of the roof lining.|
|Better view of the rollcage - and barely used seats. Note the degradation of the door rubber though.|
|Best view of the rollcage set-up|
|Brakes look like the OEM 4 pot Brembo calipers|
Underneath the car - I did look under the FRONT side as well, but it looked very OEM. The rear underside, however, was interesting:
|Note the oil cooler on the right|
|And this exhaust. Looks OEM - 2 pipe muffler, but from the down pipe to the muffler itself that looks like about 90mm...!|
And what about mileage? How much has this car run?
|Oh, the 300km Speedometer is interesting...|
Anyway, I'm still curious about what other mods this car had. From what I could see, looked pretty stock except the exhaust pipe suggests not all is stock in the powertrain. Maybe a personal visit to the Heritage Collection is in order soon.
Meanwhile - here are a few more photos for Z31 fans. Pretty cool car, considering at the time it was sold I thought it was a bloated, tech loaded and slow car.
|That turbo scoop and pop up lights are pure awesome!|
|T-Roof, leather seats... and auto transmission. Yeah, rich housewife's car|
|Please, someone tell me what this "Bodysonic Amplifier" is!!!|
Actually, thanks to Mr. Google I know what this is. Very cool feature! Ah, the 80s....
PS - I found an article about Gan-san and his trip around the Nurburgring in a 33...enjoy!