When Group A rules changed in 1987, it rendered the year’s Skylines non-compliant. However, to correct that, Nissan was allowed to produce a minimum of 500 ‘evolution’ models reflecting the new rules. That’s how the GTS-R (R31) was born, kicking off the reintroduction of the GT-R nameplate in the following model (R32). The owner of this particular example, Shannon Thickpenny, is something of an older Nissan and Datsun connoisseur, and now owns number 643 of a total 823 cars produced. It features the coveted RB20DET-R, which differed from the standard model by way of a unique J-pipe intake, and made use of a Garrett T04E and larger throttle body. Most unique to the GTS-R was the front-mounted intercooler located under the radiator support panel.
Sam Khamis stepped up to the plate this drag season after importing the seven-second ZoomMagazine RX-3, and has already managed to crack an 8.96 at 235kph in testing