The Nissan Skyline has been named as the most iconic Japanese cars ever by followers of a popular show celebrating the country’s cars
The Nissan Skyline has been named as the most iconic Japanese cars ever by followers of a popular show celebrating the country’s cars. The Skyline will be most familiar to many from when it rose to prominence in the Gran Turismo PlayStation game around 20 years ago. Indeed, it was the model made famous by the ‘PlayStation Generation’.
The award comes from followers of Japfest, which has been held for the first time this year at Silverstone. Organisers carried out a survey among its social media followers to see which performance car was seen as the standout in Japanese car culture.
And the Skyline came out clearly on top. Although it came to prominence in its mid-1990s form thanks to the computer game, the Skyline has been around for much longer – the name actually dates back to 1955.
Through the decades the Skyline got sportier and meatier and morphed into the legendary sports car that it became. It’s a car that continued to be developed through many generations, each faster and more advanced than the last.
The Skyline name became synonymous with Japanese performance tuning in the UK and beyond and, although the name no longer exists, the bloodline continues with the Nissan GT-R.
A bumper Skyline turnout was expected at Japfest’s new home for the event on April 24. Event Manager Katherine Chappell said: “The Nissan Skyline is one of the cars that really kicked off the Japanese tuning craze in the UK, so it’s no surprise to see that it’s been named as the most iconic Japanese performance car of all time.”
The runner-up in the survey was the Toyota Supra, with the Subaru Impreza WRX in third position.
Japfest moved to Silverstone after reaching capacity at its previous venue, with more than 16,000 attendees and 3,500 cars on display or on the circuit. The extra space at the home of British motorsport means more track time and more features than ever before, organisers said. The new, more central, venue is a significant part of Japfest’s broader expansion.
If you missed the Silverstone event, Japfest Rock! – the new name for Japfest 2 – returns to Rockingham Motor Speedway on June 26 and also has track time available, while a brand new third Japfest event has also been added to the calendar, Japfest Motorsport Heroes.
Taking place at the Hop Farm near Paddock Wood, Kent, on September 11, Japfest Motorsport Heroes will be a special event celebrating some of the most iconic and significant Japanese cars from the world of motor sport, along with their road going equivalents.