The R31, the seventh-generation Skyline, was launched on August 19, 1985. The 6-cylinder twin-cam engine, last used on the C110, was reintroduced with the R31 and together with its breakthrough HICAS 4-wheel steering system and card entry system (both world firsts), this model attracted much attention.
At launch, the R31 was available as either a 4-door sedan or a 4-door hardtop, but in May of the following year a coupe was added to the lineup. On August 21, 1987, the GTS-R - base car for Group A races - was launched as a limited-edition model (800 units). The GTR-S was a pure sports model, equipped with a Garrett high-caliber turbocharger and stainless steel exhaust manifold, increasing engine output from the GTS's 190PS to 210PS (both net values).
The vehicle shown was a racing car manufactured by NME - Nissan Motorsports Europe, the subsidiary established in England as a European base for Nissan Motor Sports International. It was used by Allan Grice and Win Percy to compete in the 1988 European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).
At the 24-hour Spa-Francorchamps race in Belgium, one of the world's three top endurance races, Anders Olofsson - a member of the Nissan team for the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship (JSPC) - joined Grice and Percy and the trio came in 6th overall.