Nissan has launched a teaser for an electric Skyline GT-R. No, it’s not speculation for an R36, but a classic R32 GT-R that will be converted to an EV. So far there’s very little about the project, which is commencing on March 28. Oddly, the accompanying video has the soundtrack of an internal combustion R32 GT-R starting and idling.
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Nissan says the project was started by an engineer who joined the company out of admiration for Godzilla. Now they’re going to pour all their technological know-how into this legendary car. Since the GT-R is famously AWD, it would seem that a dual-motor setup driving the front and rear wheels would be likely. In order to keep the body of the classic R32 in tact, the battery pack would have to fit under the hood, in the trunk, or where the rear seats are.
The real test for Nissan will be whether they can retain Skyline GT-R’s handling characteristics when the conversion is complete. Is this a clever way to keep a classic on the road, or is it sacrilege? It’s probably no coincidence that the R32 EV project comes on the heels of Toyota’s electric AE86, which got a lot of press after the Tokyo Auto Salon. We’re quickly approaching a Group A revival, just without the engine sounds.