Car Legends: Nissan GT-R Skyline R33 LM

Car Legends Nissan GT-R Skyline R33 LM

It was in the mid-90s and according to FIA regulations a racing car for the GT1 category had to also have a street version. This regulation was the cause of some of the most epic and wild street cars like the Porsche 911 GT1 Stra├čenversion, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and others, such as the Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R LM.

Car Legends Nissan GT-R Skyline R33 LM

The fourth generation of the GT-R was introduced in 1995, two years after the concept that had been presented at the Tokyo auto show. In 1996 Nissan decided to race with the GT-R in the 24-hours of Le Mans, in the GT category and that is how the Skyline R33 GT-R LM was born. The car is a one-off and it is currently parked at the company’s Museum in England.

It was equipped with the famous RB26DETT six-cylinder engine, which was tuned to produce 300 hp. Rumors, however, indicate that the car’s actual horsepower was 375 hp with 373 Nm torque. The power passed on the rear axle, with the front differential being removed to save weight, while the engine was combined with a six-speed manual transmission.

Aesthetically, the car had a fairly aggressive body kit, that was almost the same as the body kit of the racing version. It had big side skirts, a large rear spoiler and air intakes on the bonnet, while its interior was almost the same as that the simple R33, having also a Nismo racing wheel.