The Nissan GT-R Nismo 400R is a Gran Turismo legendFew cars can claim to have been in every single version of the video game Gran Turismo but this car can -- and for good reason.
[SOUND] [FOREIGN] [MUSIC] If you're more of a Paul Walker than a Vin Diesel, keep watching. If you're the kind of person for whom the word Skyline makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up Definitely keep watching. This is one of only 44 Nismo 400R's ever built, and it's the only one in the UK. And these are the keys. [MUSIC] They celebrate the 1995 and 96 appearance of the skyline at Lamar. This will put together this car. This truck focused beast was one of the iconic cars available in the first ever grand tourism. [MUSIC] It's hard not to drive this car like you're in a video game. And it can be easy to forget that often this thing can't be undone by hitting reset. The [UNKNOWN] engine provides more than enough power to get yourself into trouble And the intelligent four-wheel drive system [UNKNOWN] do their best to keep you out of it. This car might be pushing 20 years in age, but things like carbon fiber wing, bonnet, and driveshaft make it feel [UNKNOWN] modern. In 1996 the standard R33 Skyline would get you about 280 brake from its 2.6 liter twin turbo straight six engine. Now the 400R had its engine bored and stroked to 2.8 liters and the power went up to, well you guessed it, 400 ps, that's about 395. Great horsepower. Nismo also fiddled with the twin plate clutch, the exhaust, the intercoolers. Pretty much everything on the car has been improved. Now, if you compare this to a modern R35 GTR, it's night and day. Whereas in one of those cars, you feel like You feel like you're at the helm of a video game. Everything is controlled by computer and you barely feel like you're having any input on the experience. Yes, it can drive circles around this car, but it's the car doing the driving. [MUSIC] This is a real driving experience. I mean, don't get me wrong, a modern GT-R is fun, a lots of fun. But this, this is real driving. Now, this is the only one in the U.K., and I'm being very careful Not to bend it. But this thing just begs you to drive faster. [SOUND] That sound is unbelievable! The sound is one of the defining parts the drive. You feel you can hear every single mechanical action happening under the bonnet. And it can't fail to put a smile on your face. Now the name SkyLine has been with us in automotive terms since 1955 and in fact is still in use today in Japan. But there's only a thin sliver of time where that word Skyline is associated with some of the most sought after Japanese muscle. [UNKNOWN] had been set up in the mid '80s as. Nissan's motorsports division. And they've done some amazing work, but this was the first time they've had the chance to really show what they could do with Nissan's flagship sports car. [MUSIC] Now this car is Is an incredibly rare sight. [SOUND] Specially on the eShores. This one has been imported by a company called Torque GC. [SOUND] I'm very loving the captain maintained in this well frankly track ready state. I believe it's already been sold to a collector who I absolutely hope is gonna I'm gonna take this out in the track and spank the hell out of it. Cuz this is a car that's meant to be driven. We do not want to see one of these tucked away in a garage somewhere. [MUSIC] [UNKNOWN] this car in Gran Turismo. We're doing something that would be almost impossible to do in real life. get behind the wheel of a car that despite the fact that they tried to make 100 stopped production at 44. 44 of these to share amongst the entire world is not enough. Thankfully, there are millions of virtual copies flying around on Playstation disks. And I've said before in cars, if you ever get the chance to drive it, do it, but with this, frankly, your chances are next to zero. That said, if you ever do drive one of these, please don't wrap it around a tree. [MUSIC] The Nismo 400 R is a special version of a special car from a special era and even though quite pedestrian sports cars now can run rings around it, It doesn't matter, this reminds of us of an era when cars were amazing. It's the reason why it's been in every single Gran Turismo. These are the kinda cars we're going to worship forever. Long may they live. [MUSIC]