The Nissan R390 GT1 was a mid-engined super car built in Atsugi, Japan. It was designed primarily to gain a suitable racing entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 1998. It was built to race under the grand tourer style rules, requiring a homologated road version to be built. Therefore, the R390 was built originally as production road car, then a racing version of the car was developed after. Continue reading for more cool facts about the supercar.
5. Only Two Road Cars Exist
Only two R390 road cars were ever built. One was sold through a private auction, without any record, and the other one is stored at Nissan’s Zama facility.
4. Capable of Achieving 220MPH
The road car was capable of 220 mph, which initially surpassed the Jaguar XJ220 and RUF CTR2 in 1997, but was shortly superseded by the McLaren F1’s 241 mph record in 1998.
3. Cost $1-Million
As previously mentioned, only two known R390 road cars were ever built, each of which Nissan originally offered for a price of $1,000,000. One is stored at Nissan’s Zama warehouse. The other was sold to a wealthy car enthusiast by auction.
2. Comparable to Other Supercars at the Time
The street-legal road car is capable of running 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.5 seconds. The 1/4 mile is accomplished in 11.1 seconds at 145mph.
1. Fastest Japanese Production Car Ever
The Nissan R390 recorded a top speed of 220mph, making it not only the fastest Japanese production car ever manufactured, but also the 3rd fastest production car in its time, behind the 1998 TVR Speed 12 (245mph) and 1995-1998 McLaren F1 (231mph), but surpassing the CTR2 (217mph) and the XJ220 (213mph).