The Car Lovers Guide to Japan, The Nissan Heritage Museum

This is the R89C Group C prototype. Unlike previous Nissan Group C cars that started life as March chassis, the R89C was built by Lola.  This year group C cars got a break that allowed for larger engines and the 89C sported a 3.5 liter 800 hp VRH35 V8.

The R90CP prototypes along with the R91CP and the R92CP were chassis based on a Lola design but were produced 100% in house by Nissan.  These cars dominated Group C racing for 3 years from 90-92.  The are powered by the VRH35Z an twin turbo 3.5 liter V8 with 800 hp.

Here is Nissan’s foray into the GT1 class the R390GT1.  It is powered by the VRH35L, a 650 hp twin turbo V-8. It finished 3rd in the 1998 LeMans race.  To be homologated into GT1 a street version of the car had to be built.  We had it at Nissan USA for a while while I was there for testing and it got shipped back to Japan.

The R391 was built to race in LMP1 during the open cockpit years of the formula.  It was powered by a 5 liter naturally aspirated VRH50A engine.

Here is the first generation R34 GT-R JGTC GT500 car.   I had the chance to run on the track with these cars in the Dog Car at the one USA JGTC race back in 2003.  The poor dog car got so smoked it wasn’t even funny.


  1. The first couple of cars are actually based on Austin 7. It’s an evolution of that model. As for the BTCC Nissan Primera: That brigs back memories. I used to work on that one. There are actually parts bearing my anagram.

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