1990 Nissan NPT-90 Group C

Built in 1990, chassis 90-03 is the NPT-90 that won the 1991 12 Hours of Sebring in the hands of Geoff Brabham, helping him secure his IMSA championship.

Its debut came towards the end of the 1990 season on the 9th September at Tampa, where it qualified 2nd and finished 5th overall. This was repeated two months later at the Del Mar Grand Prix of San Diego.

These were just a warm up act for 90-03; its greatest performance would come in March 1991 at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring, leading a spectacular Nissan 1-2 finish. A month later in April, 90-03 ran at the Miami Grand Prix where it finished 3rd, closely followed by Road Atlanta.

At Road Atlanta the Nissan suffered an incident in practice and could not be repaired in time for the race, proving to be the catalyst that put the two valve NPT-90/03 into retirement. Its replacement, an updated 1991 model and spare car, was used for the remainder of the 1991/92 season.

Initially, NPT-90/03 remained in storage as a potential spare car, ready to be updated and pressed back into action should the moment arrive. However, this moment never came, eventually being sold by the factory before being restored in the late 1990s by Matrix Motors. Once restored, it was bought by  privateer racer Peter Stoneburg who in 2002 was invited by Sebring International Raceway to take part in a display of previous race winners in celebration of the 50thAnniversary of the great 12 Hour race.

Acquired by the current owner in 2012, 90-03 has been maintained regardless of cost by renowned Group C specialists Phil Stott Motorsport. They have run the car in a wide array of events throughout Europe, with the current owner enjoying much success including a 1st place finish at the Historic Grand Prix of Zandvoort in 2014.

The NPT-90 was the result of a $25 million annual budget that ensured ground breaking development; they were devastatingly fast and all but untouchable. With a V6 turbo that would give at least 750bhp during races and a rumored 1100bhp without restrictors, combined with aerodynamics that produced almost four tonnes of downforce at 200mph (which is over twice as much downforce as a modern Sports Prototype) it’s no wonder the NPT-90 is one of the quickest closed wheel racers ever built. Chassis 90-03 is highly competitive, and boasts not just a superb history but is absolutely on the button and ready to race.

Year: 1990
Make: Nissan
Dealer: Pendine
Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. The company is named after Pendine sands, the 7 mile stretch of beach on the south coast of Wales that was the setting for Britain claiming and retaining the land speed record in the 1920s. The record runs started with Malcom Campbell in 1924, Parry Thomas with ‘Babs’ in 1926 and finally Campbell again in the first Bluebird in 1927. In the spirit of those pioneer racers, our mission at Pendine is to become the leaders in our field, breathing fresh life into the historic car market as we go.
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