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    GTI-R WRC History

    World Rally Championship Works Team


    After producing the minimum 5000 road cars required for homologation in 1991, Nissan entered the GTI-R in the Group A category of the FIA WRC as a "Works" factory team under the banner "Nissan Motorsport Europe" (NME) in 1991 and 1992.


    Based near Milton Keynes in the UK, NME only competed in selected rallies during both years (ones Nissan thought had the highest potential for good results), but the initial success expected by Nissan Japan was not forthcoming, and they abandoned the campaign in 1992 after competing in only nine rallies. Factory development stopped there, and the GTI-R never won a WRC Group A rally. Nissan redirected funding to the development of the R390 for Le Mans, and NME moved to the FWD Sunny GTI in the WRC F2 category (A7 class) where they had better success with Alister McRae winning the 1995 BRC. Much has been written about the reason for the GTI-R Group-A failure. The most notable being the uncompetitive Dunlop tyres (while their competitors were using Pirelli and Michelin), the inefficiency of the top-mounted intercooler when engine power was increased to Group A standards (especially in hot weather), and the cultural and political issues between Nissan Japan and the newly-created Nissan Motorsport Europe. 


    WRC Group A
    Results - Group A - 1991
    Driver Round 4 Round 6 Round 9 Round 14
      39th Martini Safari rallyKenya 38th Acropolis Rally 41st 1000 Lakes Rally 47th Lombard RAC Rally
    Stig Blomqvist 5th DNF (differential) 8th DNF (suspension)
    David Llewellin DNF (accident) 9th 10th DNF (electrical)
    Mike Kirkland 7th      
    Results - Group A - 1992
    Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 9 Round 14
      60th Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 41st International Swedish Rally 25th Rallye de Portugal 42nd 1000 Lakes Rally 48th Lombard RAC Rally
    Stig Blomqvist   3rd   DNF (engine) DNF (accident)
    Tommi Mäkinen 9th   DNF (accident) DNF (gearbox) 8th
    François Chatriot 7th   6th    
    WRC Group N

    Nissan/NME did not enter Group N (production-based) cars in the WRC, but other factory-backed Nissan teams did between 1991 and 1993. Most notable was the Nissan Belgium Rally Team with lead driver Grégoire De Mévius, and a Privateer entry from Japan (Nishiyama Racing) driven by Hiroshi Nishiyama. The GTI-R dominated the Group N Championship (FIA) Cup for Drivers of Production Cars in 1992 taking 1st and 2nd places, clearly demonstrating the GTI-R's ability at production class level.

    [hide]Results - Group N - 1992
      Round 3 Round 4 Round 6 Round 8 Round 9 Round 12 Round 14 Final Classification
      26th Rallye de Portugal 40th Martini Safari Rally Kenya 39th Acropolis Rally 12th Rally Argentina 42nd 1000 Lakes Rally 24th Rallye Côte d'Ivoire Bandama 48th Lombard RAC Rally
    Grégoire De Mévius 3rd   1st DNF (Late for start) 3rd DNF (Engine) 2nd 1st
    Hiroshi Nishiyama   3rd   2nd   1st   2nd

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