1993 Nissan P35

Images courtesy and copyright Yoshi Suzuka, Andy Galloway, Chris Randall, Chris Willes, Larry Sietsma and Ryan Hicks
Text copyright Michael J. Fuller
The Nissan P35 was the final Nissan prototype designed by Yoshi Suzuka and the culmination of a 10-year development cycle.  The last generation GTP and Group C cars were the pinnacle of peak aerodynamic downforce.  The efficiency and downforce levels will probably never be seen again.  And while the Nissan P35 does not have a racing record to speak of, the fact that it was the last of a series at its peak performance in and of itself lends it to inspection.

For this article Yoshi Suzuka and Andy Galloway graciously opened their archives providing images and wind tunnel data in detail never before seen for any racecar.  Many thanks to both Mr. Suzuka and Galloway as well as Johnny O'Connell, Chris Randall, Larry Sietsma, Ryan Hicks, and Bob Chapman.

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The Nissan P35 story

Nissan P35 Story

Johnny O'Connell interview
Johnny O'Connell on driving the Nissan P35

Nissan P35 Technical

1993 Nissan P35 Specifications
Nissan P35 test chassis, Daytona 1992. Drawing by Ryan Hicks
Nissan P35 proposed NPTI livery. Drawing by Ryan Hicks
Designer: Mechanical Design: Trevor Harris
Aerodynamics: Yoshi Suzuka
Layout: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Monocoque: Chassis #1-2: Aluminum monocoque with carbon roll over hoop
Chassis #3: Carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque with carbon roll over hoop
Engine: 3499 cc Nissan VRT 35 V12, normally aspirated, 70░ degree cylinder angle, 4 valves per cylinder
Horsepower: Claimed 630 hp @ 11600 rpm, actual closer to 520
Torque: 289 lb.-ft. @ 9200 rpm
Gearbox: NPTI 6-speed
Clutch: 3-plate carbon
Steering: Rack-and-pinion steering
Suspension: Unequal length A-arms front and rear with pushrod-actuated coil springs
Tires: Goodyear
F: 25.5 x 13.5 x 17.0 dia
R: 28.5 x 16 x 17.0 dia
Length: 4775 mm
Width: 1989 mm
Height: 1016 mm
Wheelbase: 2870 mm
Front Overhang: 864 mm
Rear Overhang: 1054 mm
Front Track: 1641 mm
Rear Track: 1580 mm
Frontal area: 1.69 m^2 (18.19 ft^2)
Weight: 750 kgs.
Tank Capacity: 100/120 liters

ęCopyright 2003, Michael J. Fuller