1998 Nissan R390 GT1


1998 Nissan R390 GT1

1998 Nissan R390 GT1

The R390 GT1 was the works machine raced by Nissan, returning to Le Man after an absence of seven years. It faced disappointment in 1997, when the best result was 12th overall (Hoshino, Comas, Kageyama).

In 1998, in its second attempt at Le Mans, the R390 GT1 was represented by a total of 4 entries: No.30 (Clarion), No. 31 (UNISIA JECS), No. 32 (Calsonic), and No.33 (JOMO). Its proved to be a difficult race, with only 23 cars completing the course, but all the Nissans made the top-ten ranking, with car No.32 (Hoshino, A. Suzuki, Kageyama) coming in 3rd overall, thus demonstrating the machine’s reliability.

 

In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Japan
engine VRH35L V8
valvetrain DOHC
displacement 3495 cc / 213.28 in³
power 478 kw / 641.0 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output 183.4 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 641.0 bhp per tonne
torque 706 nm / 520.7 ft lbs @ 4400 rpm
front tires 280/35R18
rear tires 335/40R18
front brakes Carbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakes Carbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
front wheels F 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18 x 11 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in
f suspension Double Wishbones
r suspension Double Wishbones
curb weight 1000 kg / 2205 lbs
wheelbase 2720 mm / 107.1 in
front track 1710 mm / 67.3 in
rear track 1640 mm / 64.6 in
length 4720 mm / 185.8 in
width 2000 mm / 78.7 in
height 1090 mm / 42.9 in
transmission 6-Speed Sequential