Video: “A Bloody 1100hp Grenade” Hits Le Mans

Designed primarily for endurance racing, Group C racing produced some of the most spectacular and fastest racings cars ever made. A great example is the Nissan R90CK in which Mark Blundell qualified for pole for Le Mans in 1990.

The Japanese sports car was powered by a twin-turbo V8 which normally provided 800 horsepower. When Blundell took his car for qualifying he discovered something remarkable: the turbo wastegate jammed open and overboosted, resulting in an insane 1,100 horsepower.

The Nissan was almost out of control and blasted with 370km/h (230mph) on the Mulsanne straight which featured for the first time two chicanes. Blundell had no idea of his braking points because he had never drove that fast. Nevertheless he clocked a time of 3:27.020 — at least six seconds faster than the rest of the field. In his own words:

That car in qualifying was a bloody 1100hp grenade. It really was all-or-nothing. We would either get pole, or have the biggest explosion. (…) Every input was pure reflex – things were coming at me everywhere I looked. For about 50 percent of the lap I felt like I was on the verge of a massive accident.

Watch the video of his drive below, and keep in mind there weren’t all sorts of driving aids and electronic gizmos. Epic stuff.

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[Via Motorsport Retro]

Published: July 4, 2013 12:01 pm

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