The R34 GT-R, the last of the actual Skyline GT-Rs, is one of the most epic cars to ever come out of Japan.
Popularized through the Gran Turismo video games series and then later by the Fast and the Furious movies, the R34 is a cherished car and a rare sight in most parts, so it’s particularly painful to watch this video from YouTube user nordschleife96.
It was taken during a recent public day at the Nürburgring and shows the driver of what appears to be a pristine example losing control, running off the track and then slamming into a barrier. Fortunately there weren’t any serious injuries and the car appears to hold up pretty well despite the violent impact. We’re sure it will be fixed up and back on the road.
R34 Nissan Skyline GT-REnlarge Photo
R34 Skylines, including the GT-R, were only built between 1998 and 2002. Production ended with Nissan’s plans to drop the aging RB series of inline-6 engines which by then were heavy and producing too many emissions compared to the much more advanced VQ and VR V-6 engines that replaced them.
The most potent of the RBs, the twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter fitted to the GT-R, was officially rated at 276 horsepower because of the “Gentlemen's Agreement” among Japanese automakers to cap engine output. However, it’s well known that Nissan understated the engine’s true output.