1997 NISMO 400R

1997 NISMO 400R

1997 NISMO 400R

On November 3, 1997, NISO released a racing version of the Skyline GT-R simply known as the 400R. It was comprehensively upgraded in every area. Many of these were inspired by the GT-R LM NISMO fielded in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It use a larger version of the RB26DETT engine called the RBX-GT2. This had a larger bore and stoke which meant the block and cylinder head had to be reinforced. Other upgrades included forged connecting rods, a forged crank shaft, reshaped pistons, an N1-spec turbocharger. This produced around 400 bhp and was unique to the 400R.

To match the engine a new intake, exhaust and intercooler system was fitted.

The interior had a leather-wrapped SRS steering wheel, titanium shift knob, monoform bucket seats,

Body upgraded consisted of wider fenders, side skirts, rear bumper, front bumper with bigger air scoops, redesigned hood and rear spoiler made of carbon fiber. 18 x 10 inch wheels called NISMO Nismo LM-GT1 were fitted.

When R33 production ceased in 1998, NISMO had produced and sold 44 units for the Japanese domestic market.

Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
price $$ 100,000
engineRBX-GT2 Inline-6
aspirationTwin Turbo
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement2771 cc / 169.1 in³
bore87.0 mm / 3.43 in
stroke77.7 mm / 3.06 in
power298.3 kw / 400 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output144.35 bhp per litre
bhp/weight258.06 bhp per tonne
torque469 nm / 345.9 ft lbs @ 4400 rpm
body / frameE-BCNR33 Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels4WD w/Front, Rear & Side to Side Torque Controller
wheel typeNismo LM-GT1
front tires275/35R-18
rear tires275/35R-18
front brakesVentilated Discs w/NISMO Pads
rear brakesVentilated Discs w/NISMO Pads
front wheelsF 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18.0 x 10.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18.0 x 10.0 in
f suspensionMulti Link w/Bilstein Gas Shocks
r suspensionMulti Link w/Bilstein Gas Shocks
curb weight1550 kg / 3417 lbs
wheelbase2720 mm / 107.1 in
front track1500 mm / 59.1 in
rear track1510 mm / 59.4 in
length4675 mm / 184.1 in
width1830 mm / 72.0 in
height1330 mm / 52.4 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.214:1, 1.925:1, 1.302:1, 1.000:1, 0.752:1
final drive4.111:1
top speed~318.7 kph / 198.0 mph
0 – 100 kph~4.0 seconds
fuel capacity65 litres or 17.16 gal.