After 6 months of seeing scary R32's 33's and 34's cruising around my home town I finally lined up against an eager racer in his R33.
A bit of background - Skylines are plentiful in Australia. They are often sold with GTR bodykits, and you can never be sure if the Skyline you are looking at is a Godzilla or a faker. There are also plenty of 600hp+ GTS-Ts around to make up for the low GTR ratio. I get a bit nervous when I see them, as sometimes it seems that a WRX is the prey of choice for some of the higher end Skylines.
The R33 I raced on the weekend was a mate. We were on our way out to a club cruise with a posse of wicked cars when we catch a quiet outer-city light together. I know this R33. It not only looks beautiful but has a rebuilt engine and a turbo the size of a small washing machine which doesnt come on boost until about 4K. Once there it howls, nay - screams like an unpaid hooker.
Back at the red light, we have quickly agreed to race and I have about 3 seconds to pump my WRX up to full boost.
With my window down I can hear this R33 firing up and coupled with the roar of my flat four through its 3" turboback the sound is awesome. (Very 2F2F!)
The light changes and I launch hard, brutally slipping the clutch from 5 thousand. Im slung back into the stock Recaros and Im gone.
I press it hard, changing gears very seriously, and have about 5 cars on him by the time I get to 130km/h when I shut down. It almost seemed like he wasnt racing, but when speaking with him later, he said he was. He also reiterated how hard it is to launch a RWD R33 with a dyno chart that spikes like the Eiffel Tower. Either spin or bog.
In any case, now have two things:
I have bragging rights until Im stupid enough to race him from a roll,
and a clutch plate with about 6 months taken off its life expectancy.
Worth it though.