From Japan to Le Mans: The Nissan R390 GT1’s Journey to Racing Glory

The Nissan R390 GT1 is a racing car built by Nissan for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 1998. Nissan only ever made one R390 road car, which was never intended for sale and was instead used as a prototype for the creation of race cars.

The sole R390 GT1 and the #32 R390 GT1 race vehicle from 1998 are both presently kept in Nismo's Zama facility.

A twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V8 engine that developed 641 horsepower propelled the R390 GT1 race vehicle from 1998.

The Nissan R390 GT1's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V8 was its power source. The R89C prototype utilised the same VRH35L twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the R390 GT1. Directly behind the driver, the engine was mounted longitudinally. It was connected to a six-speed transmission, which transmitted torque to the back wheels. The Nissan R390 GT1's peak speed in racing configuration exceeds 200 mph.

A racing vehicle called the Nissan R390 GT1 was produced in Atsugi, Japan. Its main purpose was to get an appropriate racing entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 1998. It had to have a homologated road version because it was designed to compete under grand touring-style rules.

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