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Group C race car was developed by Nissan to participate in the World Sportscar Championship and All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, as well as the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Replacing the original March built R88C, the R89C was part of Nissan's increased involvement in the project. Developed in conjunction with the Lola firm, the Kevlar and carbon-fibre based monocoque chassis featured a mid-mounted Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L V8 DOHC engine which featured twin turbochargers mounted directly into the chassis for better rigidity, producing up to 950bhp. The VRH35Z was an improvement on the 3.0L VRH30 used in previous years.

In the 1989 World Sportscar Championship season, Nissan struggled to find not only reliability, but also pace from the new chassis and engine. With this, the R89C was only able to score points in three races, but was able to finish 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 3rd 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 R90CP and R90CK. R89Cs would be passed on to privateer teams, with Courage Comp├ętition managing to finish 22nd in the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans with an ex-factory R89C.





Dimensions of the JNissan R89C :
Lenght: 4800mm, Width: 1990mm, Height: 1110mm, Wheelbase: 2794mm


Models for Nissan R89C/ R90C
Manufacturer Model Scale Dimensions (LxWxH) Wheelbase Front spur Rear spur
Hasegawa Nissan R89C Calsonic 1/24 99.9x82.0x39.0 99.9 80.5 81.5
Tamiya Nissan R89C Calsonic 1/24 99.9x82.0x39.2 99.9 81.5 82.0
Tamiya Nissan R90V Cabin 1/24 99.9x82.0x39.2 99.9 81.5 82.0

niss #25 Nissan Motorsports International (Europe) 1990
Participated in:
Le Mans 24 hrs Group C, Le Mans

Colors: blue/white/red
Tyres: Dunlop
Sponsors: JECS/NISSAN
Driven by: Kenny Acheson (GB)/Olivier Grouillard (F)/Martin Donnelly (GB)
listed, never drove: Gianfranco Brancatelli (I), Mark Blundell (GB)
Result: did not finish (Gearbox) - 0 laps
Grid: 5th(3:35.760)
Photo by: Laurent Chauveau Endurance Info
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