NISSAN SKYLINE R36 GT-R
Wondering when Nissan was going to stop flogging the R35 horse? We may have some information for you. It isn’t slowing down its supercar assault, according to several international sources leaking information about the R35’s replacement. From what we’ve discovered so far, there will likely be a new shape, known as the R36. And there’s more … As hybrid technology develops and sees significant gains in torque and total power, Nissan would be left behind if it retained the VR38DETT engine, which produces a lazy 447kW (600hp). Just
It’s not often we see a promising young talent make the sort of splash in the BMW E30 championship that young Reid Harker wrought during the second weekend of the New Zealand Festival of Motorsport at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Harker qualified competitively on the Friday by setting the fastest time in his group, not an easy feat considering there were 22 cars in the session, half of the 45 E30s entered. The fourth race of the weekend included all of them, and was said to be a ‘fun’ look at the recently unveiled Honda (Acura) NSX, which runs a twin-turbo V6 along with three electric motors, and is said to produce earth-shattering torque. To combat — or should we say absolutely destroy — cars like that NSX, the R36 GT-R will apparently be released with hybrid technology pushing power output to around the 596kW (800hp) range. This power, combined with an all-wheeldrive drivetrain, will most likely create another record-breaking daily driveable and somewhat fuelefficient monster. race, with no points being scored for the series.
Entrants started in time-handicapped groups, and everyone knew the race would be a nail-biter. Reid started in an intimidating 40th position, but nevertheless pushed on, overtaking fellow competitors one by one until 14 laps in, when he had passed all 39 of the cars in front and was looking to further the gap — which he did, taking the win with a six-second lead.
If Harker keeps this up it would be fair to say this won’t be the last time we’re talking about him.