After a long winter break from racing, the team at CGA Race Engineering have been hard at work have recently finished building the Steve Tandy Nissan R91CP. Basically the same chassis as the Nissan R90 which we ran to second place in the 2011 Group C historic series with Katsu Kubota; the R91 features various updates. These updates are in the aero, brakes and some suspension refinements over its predecessor.
The car has been built from the ground up, with every major sub system serviced in detail. The car now features modern engine management, dashboard and warning light system and has all the required upgrades to be a front runner this year. At the shakedown, Steve pronounced himself happy with the car and looking forward to the next performance based testing in April. Alistair Bennett of CGA Race Engineering added; “We have become recognised as specialists in these magnificent Nissan Group C racing cars over recent years… they take a little learning but once you understand them they are a remarkable piece of engineering. Running the Nissan R90 was a fantastic experience last year with the Silverstone Classic weekend particularly memorable… and with Le Mans on the calendar this year; 2012 has all the ingredients of a landmark year. Of course, Le Mans is a special place, so much history; and to be part of that on race day will really be something to remember.”
In 1991 Nissan officially withdrew from the World Sportscar Championship but a Nissan R90CP; driven by Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Toshio Suzuki and Anders Olofsson, won the Daytona 24 Hours of Daytona in 1992. This Group C sports racing car qualified 3rd and took the win ahead of Jaguar and this was to be the last ‘big’ race win.
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