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Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car '98
Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car '98
Appears in Gran Turismo 2
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4 Prologue[1]
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Type in GT5 ST[2]
Interior in GT6 Simple[3]
Manufacturer Nissan
Displacement 3496 cc
Drivetrain MR[4]
Aspiration Turbo
Engine 3.5L Twin Turbocharged V8
Max Power 641 BHP
Performance Points 657 PP
Max Torque 72.00 kgf.m
Top Speed 225 miles per hour (362 km/h)
Length 4720 mm
Width 2000 mm
Height 1140 mm
Weight 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb)
Power/Weight Ratio 1.56 kg (3.4 lb) per horsepower

The Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car '98 is a race car produced by Nissan. It appears in every mainline game since Gran Turismo 2, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport.

The car appears to be the #32, driven by Aguri Suzuki, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, and Masahiko Kageyama, who has finished the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans in 3rd place overall.

In-game descriptionEdit

"Developed specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this race car scored the first podium finish for Japanese drivers at the historic race."



Nissan, in an effort to claim the ever elusive title of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, developed a GT1-class machine in 1997 with TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing). Tony Southgate created the basic design and placed a VRH35L, a twin turbocharged 3.5 liter V-8 which is a favorite from the days of Group C cars, into a carbon monocoque body and added an orthodox suspension.

That year, the R390 was entered in Le Mans without sufficient testing and did not fare well. To rectify their mistake Nissan made big changes to the R390 for the following year, including adding ABS and TCS. Also, the stock gearbox was swapped in favor of one made by X-Track. With adequate amounts of testing, Nissan engaged in a full assault at the 1998 race with four R390s. The No. 30 car was driven by John Nielsen, Micheal Krumm, and Franck Lagorce, the No.31 by Jan Lammers, Eric Comas, and Andrea Montermini, the No.32 by Aguri Suzuki, Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Masahiko Kageyama, and finally, the No. 33 by Satoshi Motoyama, Takuya Kurosawa, and Masami Kageyama.

Porsche, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW were all present at that year's Le Mans, making for a fierce struggle. In the end, the Porsche cars were too strong, posting 1-2 finish. but the No.32 R390 managed an impressive 3rd place. This marked the first time an all-Japanese team had made it to the podium.

AcquisitionEdit

GT2Edit

Players can win this car by winning the Gran Turismo World League. It has a 1/4 chance (25% probability) to come as a prize car.

GT3Edit

This car is not for sale in the Nissan Dealership. Players can win this car as a random prize by completing the GT All-Stars event in the Professional League. It has a 1/4 chance (25% probability) to come as a prize car.

GT4Edit

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Nissan R390 GT1 Black Edition, featured in GT4

The R390 GT1 Race Car is worth 4,500,000 Credits at the Nissan Classic dealership. The Black Edition of the car can be bought at Used Car Showroom 2 (Late 90's) at days 694-700 for 2,924,999 Credits.

GTPSPEdit

This car can be purchased for 3,500,000 Credits. The black version is not featured in the game.

GT5Edit

As a Standard car, the Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 2,928,673 Credits. It is a Level 23 car.

GT6Edit

In Gran Turismo 6, the Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car '98 can be bought for 1,700,000 Credits. The car has a simple interior view.

TriviaEdit

  • In early versions of GT2, this car was known as simply the R390 98, then later the R390 GT1 Le Mans '98.
  • In Gran Turismo Sport, a photo of this car can be seen in Nissan's Museum in Brand Central, referencing its Le Mans achievement. However, the car itself does not appear as a playable vehicle in said game.

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Real lifeEdit

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NotesEdit

  1. As a hidden car, inaccessible through normal means
  2. Appears as a Standard Car in Gran Turismo 5
  3. Appears as a simple car in Gran Turismo 6
  4. Mid-engined; Rear-Wheel Drive