GTP Cool Wall: 1989 Nissan R89C

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1989 Nissan R89C

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Poll 1324: 1989 Nissan R89C nominated by @maxb7

Racing Class: Group C
Engine: 3.5 VRH35 DOHC
Power: 950 hp
Torque: 578 lb-ft
Weight: 960 kg
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Drivetrain: MR
Country: Japan
Additional Info: In the 1989 World Sportscar Championship season, Nissan struggled to solve not only reliability problems, but also to find pace from the new chassis and engine. As a result, the R89C was only able to score points in three races. Even though, it finished the season fifth in the team's championship. In the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, the R89C suffered the same fate, unable to compete with its developed Porsche and Toyota opponents, leaving Nissan to finish the season third in the championship. Meanwhile, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three R89Cs were entered into the race. However, all three failed to finish the race due to mechanical problems.

For 1990, the R89C was campaigned by Nissan for the first race of the World Sportscar Championship until it was replaced by both the R90CK and R90CP. 2 R89Cs would be passed on to privateer teams, with Courage Compétition managing to finish 22nd in the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans with an ex-factory R89C (chassis #01). Chassis #03 was modified by Team Le Mans to become known as R90V. It ran JSPC with a best result of sixth before being retired. It also ran at Le Mans in 1990 retiring at about 7.00 AM.

R89C chassis #02 was rebuilt as an R90CP for use by Nismo at Le Mans and in the All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship.


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More Group C? Sure, why not. Not as cool as the 962 from last week, but still a pretty nice looking car. High Cool.


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I am more familiar with the R92CP than the R89CP from my "Gran Turismo 4" playing days. When my brother was studying mechanical engineering, a textbook he was using had the Nissan R89CP on the front. My thoughts on the R89CP is the same with the Mercedes-Sauber C9 from a previous Cool Wall post- Sub-Zero, though I wish I knew more about this car. I am just not giving out automatic Sub-Zero calls just because it's a race car; it some racing machines can be mediocre or didn't amount to much. Like, we could have some insignificant backmarker race car, or maybe something like the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO for instance. I take looks as well as character into my calls. And for this one, it's Sub-Zero.

A little more than I wanted to say, but yeah. Sub-Zero. Carry on, mates...