R33, R34 Added To Nissan NISMO Heritage Program

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Remember when GT-R was a suffix instead of a standalone nameplate for the Japanese automaker’s flagship sports car? Nissan does, and so do the enthusiasts who bring these things in the United States under the 25-year-old import legislation and Show or Display rule.
After one too many years of neglecting the R33 and R34, Nissan decided to add these models to the NISMO Heritage Program that already features countless parts and replacements for the R32. The Yokohama-based automaker together with Autech Japan joined hands to support owners who can’t settle for anything but the best for their cars.

Another highlight of the program is “studying the remanufacturing and resupplying process of discontinued Skyline GT-R parts,” which already number 80 or thereabouts for the R32. From essentials to much rarer components such as weather stripping and the power window switch, Nissan is much obliged to sell what your car needs.

“The total number of available parts has doubled to about 160,” according to Nissan, “making the NISMO Heritage program the largest selection of parts for these models in Japan.” The automaker also tells that an expansion of the program is possible based on the “input and requests.”

Launched in 1989, the R32 gained the nickname Godzilla from the motoring media of Australia for its on-road and on-track performance. This generation of the Skyline managed to turn Group A Touring Car racing onto its head, with the FIA deciding to phase out the category after the 1994 season came to a closure.

The R33 came out in 1993, taking the technological game one step further than its predecessor thanks to goodies such as an active limited-slip differential and Super HICAS that used electric instead of hydraulic actuators to steer the rear wheels. Fast-forward to 1998, and that’s the year the R34 came out with up to 500 PS (493 horsepower) for the GT-R NISMO Z-Tune.

Known as the R35, the current generation of the GT-R dropped the Skyline name despite sharing the signature taillights with its predecessors. Design boss Alfonso Albaisa claims the R36 will be the hottest super sports car in the world," adding that the engineers are still working on the vehicle architecture of the newcomer. This time around, electric assistance will be integral to the performance of the GT-R.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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