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

typeRacing Car
built atJapan
engineVRH35L V8
valvetrainDOHC
displacement3495 cc / 213.28 in³
power478 kw / 641.0 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output183.4 bhp per litre
bhp/weight641.0 bhp per tonne
torque706 nm / 520.7 ft lbs @ 4400 rpm
front tires280/35R18
rear tires335/40R18
front brakesCarbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakesCarbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
front wheelsF 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18 x 11 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in
f suspensionDouble Wishbones
r suspensionDouble Wishbones
curb weight1000 kg / 2205 lbs
wheelbase2720 mm / 107.1 in
front track1710 mm / 67.3 in
rear track1640 mm / 64.6 in
length4720 mm / 185.8 in
width2000 mm / 78.7 in
height1090 mm / 42.9 in
transmission6-Speed Sequential