1988 Nissan R88CSOLD

Group C Le Mans Race Car

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Doors: 2
2996 cc

Reference Number 206585

as of 10/17/2014

Overview
Car 1988 Nissan R88C
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

One of four R88C Group C Race chassis, this car competed at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1988 plus six races at Fuji and Suzuka. Always carrying the no.23, it was normally driven by Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Kenji Takahashi. They were joined by Win Percy for the Fuji 1000km in May 88. For the LeMans 24 Hours Hoshino was partnered by Takao Wada and Aguri Suzuki with the car completing 286 laps until the engine failed.

RACE HISTORY:

03/03/88 Fuji 500km K.Hoshino/K.Takahashi DNF

10/04/88 Suzuka 500km K.Hoshino/K.Takahashi 6th

01/05/88 Fuji 1000km K.Hoshino/K.Takahashi/W.Percy 7th

12/06/88 LeMans 24 Hours K.Hoshino/T.Wada/A.Suzuki DNF

24/07/88 Fuji 500miles K.Hoshino/K.Takahashi 5th

28/08/88 Suzuka 1000km K.Hoshino/K.Takahashi/T.Suzuki DNF

09/10/88 Fuji 1000km K.Hoshino/K.Takahashi/A.Grice 9th

 

SPECIFICATION:

Overall length / width / height:

4,780/1,990/965mm

Wheelbase:

2,800mm

Track (front/rear):

1,600/1,550mm

Curb weight:

Over 850kg

Engine:

VRH30T (V8, DOHC), 2,966cc

Engine Max. power:

Over 551kW (750PS)/8,000rpm

Engine Max. torque:

Over 735Nm (75.0kgm)/5,500rpm

Transmission:

March 87T (5-speed)

Suspension:

Double wishbone (front & rear)

Brakes:

AP 14in. 4-pod (front & rear)

Wheels:

Front 13x17, Rear 14x19

Tyres: 

Front 320/30R17, Rear 350/40R19

 

NISSAN IN GROUP C RACING:

In the mid-eighties, Group C cars (prototypes) started contending for the title of World Champion, and in Japan these championships became a popular replacement for the Super Silhouette (Group 5) races.

As a way of providing technical support to leading teams, Nissan started participating in this category. It began to develop C cars using the technological expertise it had built up while working on the high-capacity, turbocharged machines of the Super Silhouette events.

The first C cars were based on the domestic Le Mans LM03C chassis, with the Skyline, Silvia and Fairlady entering races. Later, there was a switch to the UK-made March Engineering chassis, and the Silvia won its first victory in the 1985 WEC in JAPAN. In 1986, it also won for the first time at Le Mans. From 1989, when a Lola Cars International chassis was adopted, the Silvia started racing in the World Championships, where its best result was 2nd place. In 1990, Nissan took responsibility for the entire design, including the chassis, achieving 3 victories in a row (1990-92) in the championship races in Japan.