The organisers of the Japfest show, which will be held for the first time this year at Silverstone, carried out an independent survey among its social media followers to identify the most iconic performance model of all time in Japanese car culture.
Of the 110 responses received, the Nissan Skyline GT-R took 30 percent of the total votes, the runner-up Toyota Supra received 12 percent and the third-placed Subaru Impreza WRX garnered 10 percent.
The clear winner was a car that first came to prominence as the star of the Gran Turismo console game and went on to inspire the Playstation Generation.
Like the game, the Skyline GT-R was developed through multiple generations, each one faster and more advanced than its predecessor. The name has since become synonymous with Japanese performance tuning in the UK and beyond, with a bumper turnout of Skylines expected at this year’s Japfest events.
Japfest has moved to Silverstone after reaching capacity at its previous venue with over 16,000 attendees and 3500 cars on display or on the circuit. The extra space at the home of British Motor Sport means more track time and more features than ever before. The new, more central venue is a significant part of Japfest’s broader expansion, as the most firmly established series of Japanese car events in the UK.