The Car Lovers Guide to Japan, The Nissan Heritage Museum

Here is the famous S12 White Lightning car.  The chassis was fabricated by Nissan but the engine, the LZ20BT, a distant relative of the L series engine found in stateside Nissans was developed by Tomei.  It was 2000cc’s and put out 570 HP with a Garrett turbo.

This is the famous ZX Turbo that dominated the GTP class in IMSA in the late 80’s and early 90s. winning the drivers and manufacturing championships from 89 to 91. It was powered by a twin turbo SOHC VG30 putting out 750 hp from 3000cc.  The chassis was built by March and extensively modified by Electromotive for more downforce.

Here is a Japan Touring Car Championship series BNR32 GT-R. The class was for 4 seat production cars with a minimum production run of 2500 units or more. Of the 29 races held in the series from 1990 to 1993, every single one of them was won by a GT-R!

Here is a current JGTC GT500 class R35 GT-R. The CFD modeled bodywork is bordering on bizarre.  Looks for a detailed article on it in the future.

Here is a R98C Group C Prototype from 1998.  It is powered by a VRH30 which is a 3000cc twin turbo V8 designed specifically for endurance racing. The chassis was built by March but modified by Nissan for more downforce.


  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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