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    World Rally Championship Works Team - Group A

    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 did not enter a full WRC season, instead they only competed in selected rallies during both years (ones that Nissan Japan thought had the highest potential for podium results). The unrealistic immediate success expected by head office was not forthcoming, and rather than developing the car over several seasons, they completely abandoned the GTI-R campaign in 1992 after competing in only 9 rallies. Even though they made the podium in their 6th event, and the cars finished in the Top 10 in every rally they completed, and racked up a total of 8 Stage wins, factory development stopped there, and the NME 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 NME GTI-R Group-A failure. The most notable being the significantly 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

    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
    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
    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 amazingly detailed WRC history database!

    WRC Group N - Champions!

    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 FIA Group N Championship 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 - Results

    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
    Grégoire De Mévius
    3rd   1st DNF (late for start) 3rd DNF (engine) 2nd 1st
    Hiroshi Nishiyama
      3rd   2nd   1st   2nd









    Edited by GTI-R Registry

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