Nissan has made the more extreme car than GTR Nismo and it was one of the fastest and most expensive Nissan road cars ever developed. That car is Nissan R390 GT1 which was built in 1998 to comply with the Le Mans GT1 which is the mid-engined racing car built in Atsugi, Japan.
This car was designed for to gain a proper racing entry in 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997-98. Unlike, others, Nissan built the road car first and built the racing car version from it.
This Nissan is ultra rare, and it is so rare that even can’t find lots of photo of real car it the on internet. Only one R390 road car was ever built and it is stored at Nissan’s Zama facility. Road car R390 was capable to reach on 220 mph speed which was more than Jaguar XJ220 but later McLaren F1 surpassed it.
The car’s design was done by Ian Callum at Tom Walkinshaw Racing. Nissan used VRH35L 3.5L V8 engine in a race car which would produce 641 hp at 6800 rpm, but street version car’s engine was tuned to 550 hp.
After all three cars failed to scrutineer at the 1997 event, they had to be modified in order to be allowed to race. This subsequently led to overheating problems for the gearbox, and ultimately led to their failure during the race.
The Nissan R390 GT1 road car is a road-homologated mid-engine sports car and only one R390 road car was ever built but it was never coming for sale. It has the 3.5L VRH35L twin-turbocharged V8 engine and which generates 550 hp and 470 lb-ft torque. It is rear wheel drive car with the 6-speed sequential manual transmission.
This road-ready car can reach 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds which was record break at that time. And it claimed untested 220 mph (354 km/h) top speed.
This Nissan probably never stayed in the highlight after 1997-99, and only single digits production ever been built so its one of the rarest car ever made in the automobile industry.