Eternal Life: NISMO Heritage Program Building New Spare Parts for the GT-R
Nissan R32 GT-R owners in Japan will be able to enjoy wheeling their treasured rides around a lot longer, thanks to a program making new replacement parts available.
The parts will go on sale in Japan the first week of December as part of the new NISMO Heritage program, meaning that poorly modified R32 Godzillas hacked together in the wake of each Fast & Furious movie can now be properly restored.
The program is a joint activity of Nissan, NISMO, Autech Japan, and their suppliers. As a first step, NISMO Heritage will offer parts for the R32 Skyline GT-R, which was produced between August 1989 and January 1995.
The GT-R has a cult following around the globe, with the R32 starting to show up in limited numbers on American highways (now that it’s finally eligible for import).
NISMO has a good rap for supporting Skyline GT-R owners. Now, after studying the remanufacturing and resupplying of discontinued parts for the R32 – especially ones that are indispensable for the car to drive or to pass regular vehicle inspections in Japan – NISMO has decided to sell about 80 parts at the outset of the program. These include harnesses, hoses, emblems, and other exterior components.
If the project goes well, further consideration will be given to expanding the range of R32 parts on offer, as well as broadening the program’s scope to include the R33 and R34 GT-R models. When certain parts can’t be reproduced due to operational difficulties at original suppliers, NISMO will consider methods of replacing these parts using substitute, rebuilt or overhauled products, as well as NISMO-tuned parts.
In Europe, the R32 took the overall victory in the Spa 24 in 1991. It won the Australian Touring Car Championship for the first time in 1991, followed by another championship in 1992. The model saw Bathurst 1000 victories in both years. In Japan, the R32 scored wins in every Japanese Touring Car Championship race during the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons. Gamers will surely know that the car’s inclusion in Gran Turismo served to cement its status as a fan favorite.
The new NISMO Heritage parts will be on display at the NISMO Festival, held this weekend at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.
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