#2 - Nissan Skyline GT-R (R35) Calsonic Impul - Gran Turismo 5 (PS3, 2010)
Used in the Suzuka Circuit 1000km Endurance Race, in which I won first place.
For pretty much as long as the series existed, there has been a Calsonic Skyline in it. It is, arguably, the most famous livery of the JGTC/Super GT, matched only by probably the yellow and black Pennzoil Skylines that used to race in the 90s.
The newest version, the R35 GT500, was first featured in Gran Turismo 5, and it was the 2008 version. It was this version I used in the Suzuka Circuit endurance race to great effect, and racked up more miles on this car than any other I used in the game. So, when I think of this game in the series, I normally first think of this Skyline.
The car in question (I know, this is a shot from GT6 and not GT5, but you get the idea)
I used Tamiya's new kit, which fits amazingly, but unfortunately doesn't match this car exactly as it's a Fuji Speedway winning version.. so there's a few differences. (No canards on the front, bigger arches, different mirrors, decals that aren't in the kit for this car but are on the car in the game.. etc.) So really, it's more of a homage to this car, as it's not a perfect replica.
I decided to make it as a "post-race" version, with light weathering. Thankfully, it didn't rain during the race on the game, so I didn't have to do any hard weathering - as it's the most expensive kit I've ever bought, it would've been a shame to make it too dirty. I had to custom make some canards, they're not perfect, but I'm not really a scratch builder and they'll do the job for me.
So without further ado, and with my obligatory GT Collection licence plate.. here's the Calsonic R35.