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The Anti-Stance: R32 GT-R drag car

By  June 22, 2011

This R32 Nissan GT-R, seen at the Straight Stance show, was what I would consider the antithesis of stance, a drag car with stock body panels.  No stretch, no poke, just Bridgestone skinnies on Work Equips up front, and Mickey Thompson ET Streets on what look like Weld Prostars on the rear.

With this car having larger tires on the rear than it had on the front, at first I couldn’t be sure whether this car was born a GT-R, and was later converted to rear wheel drive, or whether it was a rear wheel drive GTS-T with a GT-R body, or again, if it was a GT-R and they just said to hell with the drivetrain and just threw the wheel and tire package on.

Later on, I remembered reading somewhere that the R32 GT-R has a type of all wheel drive system that can be temporarily disabled (for the most part), and that they have a fuse for the all wheel drive that can be pulled to make it run in rear wheel drive. Simple enough. There’s even ways to make it permanent, by removing the front axles and replacing the clutch as well as a few other parts. So, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s a real GT-R.

I probably wouldn’t have put so much thought into all that if this car were a more common new R35, or the R33 (well, okay that’s a lie, I love R33’s). As of a few years ago, you could have had an importing company, like MotoRex (the most sucessful) among others, import R32, R33, and R34 models of GT-R, assuming you had the cash. Unfortunately, they were apparently doing some shady things to get them in, so now the R33 is the only one among those three generations that can be legally imported (at great expense of time and money). That is, until the R32’s turn 25 in a few years and become collector cars. Of course, this particular R32 could  also be here… because racecar, but that’s another story.

It was fun, looking through the stance cars, but this was really the icing on the cake for me. To put it simply, this car is extremely rare in the United States right now, so I felt very privileged to stumble upon this opportunity to shoot it.

Until next time, stay classy.

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