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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

    WRC Group A 1991
    Round 4 Round 6 Round 9 Round 14   FINAL
     
    39th Martini Safari Rally Kenya
    38th Acropolis Rally
    41st 1000 Lakes Rally
    47th Lombard RAC Rally
      7th
    Stig Blomqvist
    5th DNF (differential) 8th DNF (suspension)   24th
    David Llewellin
    DNF (accident) 9th 10th     54th
    Mike Kirkland
    7th         40th
                 
    WRC Group A 1992
    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
    6th
    Stig Blomqvist
      3rd   DNF (engine) DNF (accident) 21st
    Tommi Mäkinen
    9th   DNF (accident) DNF (gearbox) 8th 40th
    François Chatriot
    7th   6th     27th

    Thank you to https://www.ewrc-results.com/ for their awesome data!

    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.

    WRC Group N 1992 Round 3 Round 4 Round 6 Round 8 Round 9 Round 12 Round 14 FINAL
     
    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
    1st
    Grégoire De Mévius
    3rd   1st DNF (late for start) 3rd DNF (engine) 2nd 1st
    Hiroshi Nishiyama
      3rd   2nd   1st   2nd

     

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