#30 Le Mans 1998
The Nissan R390 GT1 was a racing car built to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997 and 1998; it was developed by Niamo and Tom Walkinshaw Racing Team. The 1997 model was modified for the 1998 race to generate more dowforce, thanks to a longer tail. All of the four Nissan R390 GT1s finished the race, in 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th position.
Tony Southgate, the chief designer of the R390, said once that this was not the fastest GT1, but the most reliable. The car featured a carbon monocoque chassis. The braking system came with ABS. As the Nissan was racing with a minimum weight of 1000 kilos. It could use an air restrictor with a diameter of 35 mm. The engine was a twin turbo V8, with a displacement of 3495cc. The gearbox featured an X-Trac carter, with gears produced by Nissan itself.
The leading driver of car #30 was the Danish John Nielsen, former Le Mans winner in 1990; his teammates were the French Frank Lagorce and the German Michael Krumm, who was at the time a Nissan driver in the Japanese GT Championship. This car finsihed 5th.
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