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1991 Nissan R91CP

Nissan started making Group C cars in 1985. At first a Nissan engine would be mounted in a foreign-made chassis (March Engineering or Lola Cars International), and entered in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) and Japan’s own endurance series. The R91CP, however, was entirely Nissan-made, and – driven by Masahiro Hasemi, K. Hoshino, and Toshio Suzuki – it captured the title in the 1992 Daytona 24 Hours, the first time that a Japanese team or Japanese car had done so.

In the 1991 season, K. Hoshino and Toshio Suzuki (Calsonic) easily won the Driver’s Championship with 5 wins in 7 races. In 1992, the same team notched up 5 wins in 6 races (the other going to YHP) in a splendid defense of their throne. This is what led to Nissan taking the double title – Constructor’s and Driver’s Championships – for three years in a row, a glorious achievement.

1991 Nissan R91CP

In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Japan
engine VRH35Z V8
aspiration HI twin turbo
displacement 3496 cc / 213.3 in³
power 596.6 kw / 800 bhp @ 7600 rpm
specific output 228.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 888.89 bhp per tonne
torque 784 nm / 578.2 ft lbs @ 5600 rpm
front tires 305/650R17
rear tires 350/740R18
front brakes Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Discs
front wheels F 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 38.1 cm / 19 x 15 in
f suspension Double Wishbones
r suspension Double Wishbones
curb weight 900 kg / 1984 lbs
wheelbase 2795 mm / 110.0 in
front track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track 1560 mm / 61.4 in
length 4800 mm / 189.0 in
width 1990 mm / 78.3 in
height 1100 mm / 43.3 in