The R34 Skyline GT-R’s First-Ever Best Motoring Battle [Video]


The R34-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R is an automotive legend now, but back in 1999, it had to prove itself. That meant a Best Motoring track battle at Tsukaba Circuit against two Honda NSXes, a Mazda RX-7, two Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Vs, and the R34’s predecessor, the R33 GT-R. We’ve said it countless times before about this show, but this battle is truly real-life Gran Turismo 2.

Best Motoring started the R34 GT-R in fourth place, only ahead of the two Mitsubishis, so winning the race proved to be an uphill battle. It worked its way up the field, setting the fastest lap of the grid in the process, but it never managed to get around the light, nimble RX-7.

Still, that’s an impressive result for a car whose bones were ten years old at that point. The R34 GT-R was an incremental improvement over the R33, which itself was just a revised version of the R32. It’s a testament to the 1989 Skyline GT-R that a closely related car was still putting up a fight a decade later.

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