Works Steve Millen IMSA GTO Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
Works Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo IMSA GTO Race Car.
Nissan having had tremendous success from its IMSA GTP program, winning several championships and simply dominating IMSA's GTP catagory embarked on a new Grand Touring program in 1989. Selected by Nissan to head that program was Clayton Cunningham Racing (CCR), fresh from its highly successful IMSA GTU campaigns of the 1980's for GTU Champion Tommy Kendal with the Mazda RX7.
Nissan looking to promote its newly restyled 300ZX series sports car in IMSA's highly competitive GTO class. CCR built a series of seven IMSA GTO Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo Race Cars beginning in 1989. Nissans new GTO contender, a space frame carbon fiber chassis with a 750hp V6, 3.0 liter twin turbo engine.
Heading up Nissan's driving team was well known New Zealand racer and Mickey Thompson off road champion, Steve Millen, American champion, John Morton,.
Innitally three chassis were constructed, CCR 89-001, 002 and 003. The Nissan 300ZX would win on only one occassion in 1989, at Road America. Difficulties in corralling the tremendous horse power boost from the twin turbos and the short wheel base was determined to be the issue during that first season and continued in 1990 while campaigning the 300ZX GTO cars.
Late in 1990 a fourth chassis CCR-90/004) was constructed, based on the new production Nissan 300ZX 2+2 configuration. The extended length, long wheel base, (LWB) chassis was the single most constructive design element that allowed the twin turbo engine to place that massive horse power to use. Chassis #004 and Steve Millen was on the pole in its first event at Del Mar, California's street race in the last IMSA race of 1990.
During the 1991 IMSA season chassis CCR-90/004 and Steve Millen took six more poles, and four wins, including Miami's street circuit, endurance races at both Road America and Watkins Glen (accompaied by Nissan's factory drivers, Jeremy Dale) and a further win for Millen at Lime Rock Park.
These 1991 GTO wins were backed up by three seconds place finishes (Millen, Dale and Johnny O'Connell) at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Millen at both New Orleans street race and Portland International Raceway.
Chassis CCR-90/004 in a single race in 1990 and for the full season in 1991 had an astonishing record of winning 29% of its races and finished in 93% of the events it had started. A total of seven poles, five fastest laps and a pair of endurance wins in only 14 races in IMSA's highly competitive GTO Series, against the likes of the Ford Mercury Cougars, Audi's Turbo Quatro, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Corvette and Porsche .
#004 was restored by Clayton Cunningham Racing and was utilized as a back up for the final seasons Nissan campagined in IMSA's GTO program. Sold in 1997 to a Canadian, then returned to CCR, reconditioned by CCR and once again sold to a company in California in 2005. From 1992 through 2005 chassis #004 never competed or spend track time and was still fresh when sold to a racer from Oregon for vintage racing in 2005.
#004 competed in a few vintage racing events on Americas west coast from 2005 until 2018. Through that period #004 had been maintained at one of Americas premire historic racing engineering company and #004 was reconditioned with only four hours on the Nissan when the Nissan was acquired in late 2020.
The Nissan comes with an assortment of spare parts and wheels, additionally, as an option, an abundance of original spare body parts, suspension and other original pieces for this very car.
Fully documented by Clayton Cunningham.
Interesting trades considered.
In near perfect overall condition CCR-90/004 is available at: $595,000, OBO. Located at Charlotte, North Carolina. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +808 419 2559 (Amelia Island, Florida, USA).
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