.: Simon Godfree's Nissan Skyline R34 "Z-Tune"

Brand:

Tamiya

Scale:

1/24th

Modelling Time:

30 hrs

PE/Resin Detail:

none

Comments:

"Easy to build kit.
Finished in Humbrol Enamel "

Nissan Skyline (& the R34)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some History about the Nissan Skyline
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Nür 001.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Prince
Nissan
Production 1957–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact (1957–1989)
Sport compact/Midsize (1989–2002)
Compact executive car (2003–present)
Chronology
Predecessor Prince Sedan (1952-1957)

The Nissan Skyline (スカイライン in Japanese) is a line of compact carssports cars and compact executive cars originally produced by the Prince Motor Company starting in 1955, and then by Nissan after the two companies merged in 1966. After the merger, the Skyline and its larger counterpart, the Nissan Gloria, were sold in Japan at dealership sales channels called Nissan Prince Shop.

The Skyline was largely designed and engineered by Shinichiro Sakurai from inception, and he remained a chief influence of the car until his death in 2011.

Skylines are available in either coupé, or sedan body styles, plus station wagoncrossoverconvertible and pick up[disambiguation needed]/delivery van body styles. The later models are most commonly known by their trademark round brake and tail lights (as of 1972). While not distributed in the United States until its importation as the Infiniti G, the Skyline's prominence in video games, movies and magazines resulted in many such cars being imported there from 1989 to late 2005 via Motorex.[1] The majority of Skyline models arerear-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive being available since the eighth-generation's debut.

The 11th-generation Skyline (V35) was another major turning point for the nameplate, as it dropped some of the previous generation Skyline's trademark characteristics such as the straight-6 engine (replaced with a V6) and turbocharging, and eventually separated the GT-R into its own line. Nissan decided to retain the Skyline for the luxury-sport market, while its platform-mate, the 350Z, revived the Z line of pure sports cars.[2] The V35 was the first Skyline made for export to North America, being sold under Nissan's luxury marque Infiniti as the G35. The Skyline (V36/J50) is sold in Europe, North America, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Middle East as the Infiniti G37.

On April 11, 2010 a Guinness book of records event took place with 225 Skylines taking part in a parade lap at the ISTS at Silverstone UK which produced two World records the first being the most recorded Nissan Skylines at one meet at one time and another being the Most Nissan Skylines on a track at the same time.

Nissan Skyline Logo

Prince Skyline ALSID-1/ALSID-2/BLRA-3

Prince Skyline ALSID-1/ALSID-2/BLRA-3
Prince Skyline ALSI-1 001.jpg
Overview
Production
  • 1957–1963
  • 33,759 units sold
Assembly Mitaka, Japan
Designer
Body and chassis
Body style
Layout FR layout
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,535 mm (99.8 in)
Length 4,280 mm (168.5 in)
Width 1,675 mm (65.9 in)
Height 1,535 mm (60.4 in)
Curb weight ~1,300 kg (~2900 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Prince Sedan

ALSID-1

The first Skyline was introduced in April 1957,[4] by the Prince Motor Company, and was marketed as a luxury car. It featured a 1.5 L (1,482 cc) GA-30 engine producing 44 kW (60 hp) at 4,400 rpm.[5] It used a de Dion tube rear suspension and was capable of 140 km/h (87 mph). The car weighed around 1,300 kg. Prince Skylines were produced as four-door sedans and five-door station wagons. Its appearance seems to be influenced by a popular luxury car during the same time period, called the Oldsmobile 88. Reflecting popular appearances found in North America, the Skyline used a styling feature on the front bumper, called "Dagmar bumpers".

The Skyline also spawned a pickup truck and a delivery van marketed as the Prince Skyway.

R34

R34
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Nür 001.jpg
Overview
Production 1998–2002
64,623 units sold
Assembly Musashimurayama, Japan
Designer Kozo Watanabe (1996)
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door coupe
Layout Front enginerear-wheel drive /four-wheel drive
Related Nissan Laurel
Nissan Stagea
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L RB20DE I6 (GT)
2.5 L RB25DE I6 (25 GT, GT-X, GT-V, GT-4)
2.5 L RB25DET Turbocharged I6(GT-T)
2.6 L Twin TurbochargedRB26DETT I6 (GT-R)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,665 mm (104.9 in)
Length 4,705 mm (185.2 in) (sedan)
Width 1,725 mm (67.9 in) (sedan)
Height 1,375 mm (54.1 in) (sedan)
Curb weight 1,536 kg (3,386.3 lb) (GT-R)
1,410 kg (3,108.5 lb) (GT-T)

In May 1998, the EN34, HR34, ER34 and BNR34 marked the introduction of the more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly RB25DET NEO engine. The RB20E engine was discontinued in the R34 base model (GT), and the RB20DE, after last being used in the R32 Skyline, was reintroduced in updated NEO guise. The R34 GT powered by theRB20DE NEO, coupled with a five-speed gearbox, became the most fuel-efficient straight-six Skyline to date (of any shape). " The 4-speed automatic transmission available on some models in the previous two shapes were discontinued. In its place, Nissan produced a 4-speed Tiptronic transmission for all of the automatic versions (Except the base 2.0L, which has a standard 5-speed gearbox). Only the GT-T coupe variant was sold in New Zealand and Hong Kong from 1997 to 2000 respectively. They were the only two countries besides Japan that sold the R34 GT-T model Skylines new. All Japanese Nissan Prince Store locations that sold the Skyline were renamed Nissan Red Stage.

Models:

1998 Nissan Skyline sedan (Japan)

GT-R

Nissan Skyline GT-R used in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The GT-R reappeared in 1999, with a revised chassis and other updates. The R34 turbos received a ball bearing core. The R34 N1 turbos had a metal exhaust wheel, and ball bearing center section. The turbo outlet pipes were changed from cast to formed metal outlets. The intercooler outlet side and rear turbo dump pipe had temperature probes fitted in the V-spec models. The biggest feature and most significant feature to the R34 GT-R that wasn't seen on any other model skyline was the display unit at the top of the dashboard. This display unit was very significant for the car at its time. This display showed many of the cars engine stats including boost pressure, oil temp, water temp and more. As a 1999 car this kind of technology was very rare and advanced at the time. The display was capable of showing the G-force that the car was under when driving and there was also a lap timer that could be started by a button that was located near the gear lever. There was a computer jack lead hidden underneath the left passenger side skirt that could be used to transfer driving data from the car to a laptop. This could only be done with a Japanese version of windows and Japanese software, which today is very hard to come by. Other features such as the battery being located under the back seat of the car made more room available in the engine bay. The Nissan Skyline GT-R rivals are the Toyota Supra and the Mazda RX-7

Models: (all 4WD)

  • GT-R – 2.6 L RB26DETT twin-turbo I6, 332 PS (244 kW, 392 Nm) (advertised as 276)[42]
  • GT-R V-Spec – Additional aero parts, brake ventilation ducts, diffuserLSD.
  • GT-R V-Spec II – As above + carbon fibre hood with NACA duct.
  • GT-R N1 – Blueprinted N1 motor, no A/C, no stereo, no rear wiper, basic interior trim. (only 45 made)
  • GT-R M-Spec – Leather interior, softer suspension with "Ripple Control" dampers, heated seats.
  • GT-R V-Spec II Nür – As above V-Spec II + N1 motor, 300 km/h speedo. (only 750 made)
  • GT-R M-Spec Nür – As above M-Spec + N1 motor, 300 km/h speedo. (only 253 made)
  • GT-R NISMO S-tune- The s-tune was an M-spec but with further modifications to components in the engine block.
  • GT-R NISMO R-tune- Same as the s-tune, the r-tune was a different style m-spec
  • GT-R NISMO Z-tune – 2.8 L (bored and stroked) RB26DETT Z2 twin-turbo I6, 500 PS (368 kW, 540 Nm) Z1 and Z2 (Only 19 made)

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