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Nismo Showroom, R391 Feature

Nismo Showroom, R391 Feature

Building on my previous post introducing the Nismo Showroom I could not hold back on my photos of the R391 on display. This is one of two R391s built for the 1999 24 hours of Le Mans. It was the only one to make it the race after the other was serious crashed by Eric van de Poele in qualifying. It was Nissan's only venture into the Le Mans Prototype class. The engine is a specially developed VRH50A, a 5 litre V8 that gave away the twin turbos the previous VH had in 3.5 litre capacity (as run in the R390).

Driven by Comas, Motoyama and Kageyama this car did not finish the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans due to electrical problems but had success in the Fuji 1000km, an event run by the Le Mans organising body. Nissan pride was high after beating its main competitor, the Toyota GT-One.


Blog posted from Tsurumi, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-0063, Japan View larger map