I’m sitting here in the Irish Speedhunters office thinking about this car. I attended my first ever drag event year at Rotorstock which also played host to the HKS Drag Series. As I waited trackside for the Pro Class competitors to line up and perform their practice runs, this R33 Skyline was rolled past me to the startline. A small decal across the rear bumper read ‘It’s only a GTS-T.’ I dismissed the car almost instantly as I have no passion for R33 Skylines and especially the GTS-T variant. When this car launched from the line some moments later, I was not so much served some humble pie as I had it rammed down my throat.
As far as I can research, this car still holds the record for the world’s quickest Nissan Skyline with a staggering 7.45s pass at 187.4MPH. If you watch the video you’ll hear the driver, John Bradshaw, lifting off the throttle before the finish line as the shift light had come on in top gear which had never happened before. So not only is the car the quickest, it’s still capable of more. I’m going to be visiting Abbey Motorsport in the UK this weekend to take a closer look at this very special car.