How The Nissan Skyline GT-R Came To Be Called “Godzilla”


Here’s a bit of trivia for you; The term “Godzilla” in reference to Nissan GT-R’s originated with the R32 GT-R in Australia. Australia was the first market the new GT-R was exported to, before eventually reaching the rest of the world.  In 1990, the GT-R was introduced to the Australian Touring Car Championship, and knocked the venerable Ford Sierra Cosworth off the podium, which it had held for a considerable amount of time, and won the Bathurst Classic in 1991 and 1992.

The Australian auto press began to call the car “Godzilla” because it was a new monster from Japan, and the name quickly spread. The car had such an enormous winning potential, that it actually broke apart Group A Racing in Australia because of its dominance, much like the original Audi Quattro did in Group B Rallying.

Even the Japanese Touring Car Championship had to be broken up into new classes because of the R32 GT-R. The car won 29 races from 29 starts, and won the series title each year between 1989 to 1993. As a result, the JTCC had to be broken up into the new classes of Super Touring, and GT500 which exist today. From 1991 to 1997, the R32 GT-R had won 50 races from 50 starts in the N1 Super Taikyu series.

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