Having a 1990 R32 Skyline is what many of us can only dream of. For Patrick Rice, it's a dream come true. "I wanted the car since I first saw it. I remember having one in the original Gran Turismo for Playstation. I started reading about them and watching videos of what the Japanese racers were doing with them and I knew I had to have it. Besides, I'm a sucker for late 80's, early 90's body styling so it was a no-brainer."
Rice has owned nothing but RWD cars, which are fun in their own right (slides, burnouts, etc.) but he admitted that going to AWD is a whole new world. "AWD launches are almost orgasmic!"
Though the car itself is not thought to be unique, Rice is in love with it. "I love talking about it with people and showing it off because I was just like them. If I saw one I was all over it. A lot of people don't think they're anything special but I didn't buy it for them. This is a present to myself."
After the Skyline GT-R was cancelled in 1973, Nissan revived the GT-R again in 1989. At this time, Nissan was competing in Group A Racing with the Skyline GTS-R. Once they decided to retire the GTS-R, the R32 was born! Under Group A regulations, a turbocharged engine had to multiple its engine displacement by 1.7, putting the new Skyline in the 4000 cc class, and requiring 10-inch-wide tires. Customizing the car as AWD was determined by the size of the tires.
The plan is to continue fixing and replacing bits and pieces on the exterior and interior with OEM parts. Rice would like the Skyline to look as close to factory as possible inside and out, with the exception of wheels and exhaust. "I have been gathering everything I need for a 2.8L stroker build and will be building that to handle around 1000 HP which I would like to run around 700 HP regularly. That's the goal at least." By the looks of the car now, we can tell that he is well on his way to accomplishing exactly what he strives for.
R34 twin Turbos