To celebrate 25 years since Mark Blundell put the Nissan R90CK on pole position at Le Mans, Nissan has revealed a very special livery that will feature on the No.21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO at legendary event this year.
In 1990, at the peak of the Group C era, Mark Blundell put the Nissan R90CK on pole position with a stunning 3:27.020 lap of the Le Mans circuit. The No.21 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is Nissan's third LM P1 car that will be raced by current Super GT Champion Tsugio Matsuda and the two winners of GT Academy, Lucas Ordonez and Mark Shulzhitskiy.
The No.24 Nissan R90CK will also appear at Le Mans in a special parade to mark the anniversary of the pole lap, in the hands of the man who took it to the top of the tables 25 years ago. The 1100bhp car may not reach speeds of 227 mph as it did in 1990, but it is certain to grab everyone's attention.
Blundell said: "That lap of Le Mans is certainly a very fond memory for me. It was one of those moments where time stood still and everything went perfectly. You remember those moments, as they don't happen all that often. It's great to see Nissan celebrating that time with the retro livery on the #21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. I can't wait to see it on track at Le Mans."
Darren Cox, global head of brand in marketing and sales at Nismo, added: "Our racing heritage is hugely important to us. Our 1998 car hangs on the wall at Nismo HQ in Yokohama as a reminder of our Le Mans podium and the blue liveries of the Group C and IMSA era of the '80s and '90s are a firm favourite with the fans. So much so that when we first started talking about the possibility of a third car livery specifically for our LM P1 debut at Le Mans this year, this was the one that fans across our social media channels called for. It's a great way to celebrate our past achievements at such a key moment in our current motor racing history."