「We Were Captivated by This Beast Back in the Day!」Racers Remember the Monstrous TOMICA Skyline RS Turbo【Play Back The OPTION】

Published : 2019/11/17 10:31 Modified : 2019/11/17 12:11

The Legend of the TOMICA Skyline RS Turbo

 

The super silhouette beast longed for by everyone 

 

This famed Nissan silhouette formula machine was featured in the August 1982 issue of Option Magazine. 

 

In the latter half of the 1970s, the “silhouette formula”, an almost unlimited race category based on commercial vehicles captured the attention and imagination of street racers throughout Japan. Taking inspiration from these circuit-going machines, the streets soon overflowed with highway racers that imitated ultra wide silhouette formula cars.

 

Among them was the R30-based TOMICA RS Turbo. This machine marked the first true return of the Skyline to the circuit after the Hakosuka 10 years earlier. The impact of this car consistently filled the Fuji Speedway Grandstand to the gills with fans eager to see it blast down the front straight. 

 

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SKYLINE TURBO

4VALVE DOHC RS-TURBO

 

TOMICA SKYLINE

TOMICA SKYLINE

 

The Skyline Turbo then appeared on the pages of OPTION Magazine. It was a super silhouette monster grabbing the attention of everyone. The modification on this Skyline was nothing like the wide body Porsche 935. The revival of the Skyline G & R led to the birth of this “Ultra Super Skyline”. It was devilishly low, with an insanely wide body like a rocket ship skimming along the ground. 

 

The new identity of this car was based on a monocoque chassis (body-on frame). 

 

TOMICA SKYLINE

TOMICA SKYLINE

 

This monster was armed with an LZ20B-Type 2 liter DOHC 4-valve with a giant Air Research T05B turbo. Maximum power was 570ps. 55kgm of torque was unprecedented. 

 

TOMICA SKYLINE

TOMICA SKYLINE

 

Although in its debut race it shocked everyone by suddenly going up in flames, this was a fitting first appearance by such an untamed beast. 

 

TOMICA SKYLINE

TOMICA SKYLINE

 

“We can’t take our eyes off it! We’ve waited years for a Skyline to make its return to the circuit. Long live the Super Silhouette RS Turbo!” said fans. 

 

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Propelled by its livery namesake, the TOMICA Skyline became a very popular car model in the world of Tomica, the Japanese diecast minicar company which acted as a sponsor to the real-world machine. Of course, this is also the car that the legendary racer Hasemi made history in.

 

We say “BANZAI!” to the amazing history, memories, and influence this machine had on racing culture. 

 

OPTION, Aug 1982 issue

OPTION, Aug 1982 issue

 

[from OPTION August 1982 Issue]