Nissan R88C

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Nissan R88C
Nissan R88C front-left 2012 Suzuka Circuit Time Machine Exhibition.jpg
Body and chassis
Classrace car
Layoutmid engine/rear drive
EngineVRH30T Twin-Turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V8
TransmissionMarch 87T 5-Speed
Wheelbase2,800 mm (110.2 in)
Length4,780 mm (188.2 in)
Width1,990 mm (78.3 in)
Height965 mm (38.0 in)
Curb weight850 kg (1,874 lb)
PredecessorNissan R87E
SuccessorNissan R89C

A distinguishing feature of the Nissan R88C was that it was powered by a new engine, the VRH30, developed for racing at Le Mans. The car too had evolved considerably, featuring a longer wheelbase to improve driving ease and Nissan’s original cowl design.

Racing History[edit]

Driven by #24 YHP’s No.1 driver, Masahiro Hasemi, it took part in the 1988 and 1989 JSPC races (up to the 2nd round in 1989). In the 1988 season, it came in 3rd in the 1st round (Fuji) and 5th round (Suzuka). In 1989, it was 3rd in the 2nd round (Fuji) and 4th in the World Sports Prototype Championship (WSPC) 1st round (Suzuka). It came in 15th overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1988.