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1980 200SX NISSAN VINTAGE IMSA TURBO RACE CAR

Posted by WindingRoad about 1 week, 5 days ago
$75,000

Location:  South Florida

Description: 

1980 NISSAN TURBO 200SX IMSA GTU VINTAGE RACE CAR

Class: SVRA GROUP 10, CLASS GT3, HSR GROUP 9, CLASS 6

Weight: 2100 lbs

Youtube sites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6O7EdDWMbc 

http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/1980-datsun-200sx-imsa-turbo-gtu-1.html

Engine

Engine Builder: Don Preston Racing Wichita, KS

type: 4 cylinder

Displacement: 1770 cc

Horsepower: 350+@ the rear wheels

Heads: Late NISMO FIA

Valve Springs: Electramotive endurance with spares

Clutch: Tilton 7 ½ INCH

Races: 2 since complete refresh including the engine, dry sump pump, Turbonetics turbocharger, front shocks, new clutch discs, etc.

Dailey dry sump pump- rebuilt 2016

OPCON oil to water cooler

Turbonetics turbocharger bifurcated turbine inlet matched to headers

Adjustable cam sprocket

NISMO cam spray bar

ARE cast aluminum oil pan

Fuel System 

Fuel Pump: Bosch Kugelfischer boost compensated timed mechanical fuel injection

Bosch 255 LPH in tank forwarding pump in the ATL black box

Fuel Cell-ATL WITH BLACK BOX

Electrical System

Ignition: Electromotive HPX

Driveshaft driven alternator

Gear reduction starter

Red Top Optima battery

Instrumentation

Transponder

Innovate LM-1 with data memory

Innovate LM-3 Multi Sensor Auxiliary Input Device

Tach (Autometer), oil pressure and temperature (SW), water temperature (SW) and pressure light, fuel pressure (SW), ignition timing (voltmeter), boost (SW), EGT's (WESTAC) on two cylinders.

Transmission

Manufacturer: Jerico ultra close raatio

Electric oil cooler pump and cooler

Rear End

Differential: Speedway Engineering Super Max; 4.11 R&P

Body

Construction: Steel roof, firewall, partial floor; Fiberglass: hood, fenders, bumpers, doors, deck lid and rear spoiler.

Chassis

Type: Tube

BuilderS: Preston, EJ Trivette and Race Car Factory

Condition: Excellent well sorted

Front Suspension: Preston aluminum uprights and lower control arms, Trivette unequal A arm geometry with all spherical bearings-new 2016

Rear Suspension: Preston four link with lower wishbone all rod ends and spherical bearings

Shocks: Koni front double adjustable; rebuilt 2016, rear are Bilstein tested in 2013

Steering: Sweet Engineering rack and pinion

Wheels: 10X16 front and 12X16 rear Duralites

BRAKES

Front are 4 piston AP 1.875-1.75 staggered piston

Rear are 1 ¾ JFZ with new pistons

Custom 3 inch aluminum rotor cooling ducting to the rotor center

All stainless steel brake lines

Interior

Fire System: 5 LB piped to fuel cell, front mechanical fuel pump area and by the driver remote activated from the driver's seat

Spares

Long block with new block needs pistons, rings and bearings for assembly.

3 good spare blocks

Late FIA head- needs R&R before use on the spare block

Original Gotti wheels that need new centers

Original huge inner cooler 12X12X14 inches

Original huge IHI turbo RHB8, VC31, RHB8 017087 new in shipping box

Bosch Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection pump overhauled in 2016 

Tires on 2 spare Duralite wheels

Original Electramotive modified boost compensating custom 7AL ignition box

Front door

Spoiler

Rear deck lid with plexiglass

Stainless steel headers

Water pump

More miscellaneous

RACING AND CAR HISTORY AND OWNERSHIP

The car was originally built in ~1980 as a 2 liter BS for SCCA racing by Getches and Reynolds in Oklahoma.

Frank Carney purchased the car and had Don Preston Racing convert it for IMSA GTU racing.

The car was raced in several configuration including a 2.3 liter twin cam 4 valve set up probably using the Japanese aftermarket head by OS Giken. That configuration was not competitive which led to the L 18 turbocharged configuration which was very competitive.

The car required a NASCAR size Halibrand quick change and a custom Hewland geared direct drive 5 speed fitted into a Nissan 5 speed casing to handle the horespower. The chassis was a tub with front tube and rear tube configuration to meet the early GTU regulations. At the first race it was discovered that the current rules had been changed and now allowed full tube configuration with unequal A arm front suspension including moving the engine back in the chassis were the first plug lined up with the front axle centerline. Needless to say the team was very disappointed to learn this after the car was completed. These modifications would have made the car much more competitive and easier to maintain and tune. 

The car was raced for ~3 seasons and had 2 second place finishes and was considered competitive in GTU even without the many advantageous modifications outlined above. The last race was at Watkins Glen and was retired due to a turbo fire.

The car was then purchased as a roller in 1989 and raced in SCCA as a GT3 for ~8 years until 2000. The front end was modified from Macpherson struts to an unequal A arm configuration by EJ Trivette and the chassis was completely tubed thus removing the stock unibody floor and firewall . A cross brace was added per SSCA rules behind the driver. SCCA Logbook #83853. The log books come with the car.

The original turbo engines became available in 2001 and were acquired.

The car had to be modified to accommodate the turbocharger. The front end was reconfigured and custom 321 stainless headers were fabricated. The car was completely modified to accommodate the turbo configuration including rerouting the exhaust, adding instrumentation, moving the engine further back to IMSA rules, new firewall, new motor/transmission mounts, added the driveshaft driven alternator, moved the dry sump tank closer to the engine, relocation of the battery, new pedal location, etc.

The car was raced in HSR from 2006 to 2015. The car was also raced in SVRA in 2014-2016 including in June 2016 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were it won the two races. HSR/SVRA Logbook 06-151. This is a very competitive vintage GTU car in a very period correct configuration.

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