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Nissan Silvia 240RS General Information

The Nissan Silvia in its 240RS groupB version was an extremely straight and square no-nonsense design, quite untypical for the Japanese. This car was such a clear cut design, it would even reflect in its measurements being all dead round numbers, i.e. it would be exactly 4300mm long and 1800mm wide. And not only for all that it was a beauty. And more even it was probably the best performing rally car Datsun/Nissan ever created and it was their only groupB car. However in these last two statements, there is potential for further explanation.

It wasn't a proper groupB car, as in no superlative tricks. It was a pretty simple car without 4x4 and without turbo. You could feel it was a conventional car aimed at Ford Escort RS, Fiat 131, Opel Ascona 400 and the likes, but that is not quite true. It was a conventional car alright, with RWD, and it had a 2.4 engine, like the Ascona 400. And therefore with a 1983 debut, the car should have been past its time. It probably was, but while many of the opposition at first played Audi's 4x4 down as only of use in the Safari, Nissan believed quite the opposite: The Safari was always their strong event and if the Silvia 240RS should take over from the Violet 160J's heritage, then it needed to be a good Safari car and therefore it needed to be simple. If you see that during the entire groupB era never a 4x4 car won the Safari, Nissan had a point. But...

For the 240RS being the most competitive rally car Datsun/Nissan ever had, it somehow lacked the results. For Safari being Nissan's priority, it may surprise that Timo Salonen came 2nd in the fast and smooth Rally NZ 1983, a result i.e. the groupA 4x4 turbo Nissan Sunny GTI-R couldn't even dream of in its wildest fantasies. A similar surprise was when Tony Pond was lying 3rd for some time on the all asphalt Tour de Corse 1983, although for an awkward combination of handling and brake problems he eventually dropped to 6th - quote Tony Pond on that event: "When we come towards a corner the spectators applaud, when we are in the corner they run away!". The 240RS was superbly competitive for what it was designed for, there should be no doubt about that, but despite it's simple design, the car had massive reliability problems. Or, to put that into the right and fair light, the car only had one single problem: For some reason that 2.4 litre engine would eat camshafts for breakfast and Nissan never got this issue under control. One of many examples was the 1983 Safari. While Shekhar Mehta and Mike Kirkland retired early with broken camshafts, Timo Salonen was leading by nearly 2 hours, only to then suffer the same problem on the very last section and hand victory on a silver plate to Ari Vatanen's Opel.

Still the Nissan Silvia 240RS was one of the very last conventional cars and despite groupB homologation it was fairly simple, fairly inexpensive, on decent technology standards, and with the 2.4 litre, 275BHP engine more powerful than most of the comparable options. Privateers loved it and you shouldn't be surprised to occasionally still find one in national rallies, especially in the UK.

Though this may have an additional reason. While Nissan was the only proper Japanese works team as in operating from their own base in Japan, they had not only help from their long term partner Andrew Dawson, but also the father of the Vauxhall Chevette, Bill Blydenstein, joined the frame. Despite being a proper Japanese works team about half the cars were assembled in UK - see the many Northern Irish registrations. Therefore especially for UK drivers the Nissan Silvia 240RS was a real alternative to Opel Manta 400 or Ford Escort RS. And finally even I must admit to a liking to this car. Between the more regular readers I am probably known as someone always criticising the Asians for characterless nonsense design. But there was a time the Japanese, at least Mitsubishi and Nissan, hit the European taste with no-nonsense square cars and the group2 Nissan Bluebird 180SSS, groupB Nissan Silvia 240RS and its successor the groupA Nissan Silvia 200SX are indeed examples of Japanese beauties even for me!
 

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Nissan Silvia 240RS Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Nissan Silvia 240RS _ (83-86) 240/7200 240/6000 4300.1800.1320 980 (3.7) RWD (2400)
Nissan Silvia 240RS ET (85-86) 275/8000 265/6000 4300.1800.1320 980 (3.6) RWD (2400)

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Nissan Silvia 240RS Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
13th. 1986 WRC Safari Rally V. Dhutia C. Sassoon #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
5th. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Stratissino" C. Fertakis #16 [UNKNOWN] 8:20:51
8th. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally G. Moschous D. Vazakas #12 [UNKNOWN] 8:28:34
8th. 1986 WRC Rally New Zealand P. Davidson M. Carmichael #20 [UNKNOWN] 6:36:18
9th. 1986 WRC Rally New Zealand R. Cook W. Jones #8 [UNKNOWN] 6:38:12
8th. 1986 WRC Bandama Rallye A. Ambrosino D. le Saux #4 [UNKNOWN] 5:31:00
15th. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Aitken-Walker E. Morgan #32 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1985 WRC Rallye de Portugal S. Mendes R. Cunha #20 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1985 WRC Safari Rally A. Patel D. Kandola #30 [UNKNOWN] 13:49:00
8th. 1985 WRC Safari Rally Y. Iwase S. Vinayak #19 [UNKNOWN] 12:22:00
11th. 1985 WRC Safari Rally V. Dhutia C. Sassoon #45 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1985 WRC Safari Rally M. Kirkland A. Levitan #17 [UNKNOWN] 6:01:00
6th. 1985 WRC Safari Rally A. Ambrosino D. le Saux #20 [UNKNOWN] 7:58:00
4th. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally S. Mehta Y. Mehta #4 [UNKNOWN] 11:10:46
7th. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Kirkland A. Levitan #6 [UNKNOWN] 11:27:51
14th. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Shah M. Doughty #15 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally G. Moschous . Konstantakatos #8 [UNKNOWN] 11:45:52
10th. 1985 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Stratissino" . UNKNOWN #11 [UNKNOWN] 13:15:53
6th. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand R. Cook W. Jones #10 [UNKNOWN] 9:46:53
9th. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand J. Donald K. Lancaster #16 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
4th. 1985 WRC Rally Argentina S. Mehta Y. Mehta #2 [UNKNOWN] 11:04:46
7th. 1985 WRC Rally Argentina J. Shah L. Drews #8 [UNKNOWN] 12:02:16
3rd. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye A. Ambrosino D. le Saux #5 [UNKNOWN] 6:19:00
4th. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye M. Kirkland A. Levitan #4 [UNKNOWN] 8:36:00
7th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Kaby K. Gormley #17 [UNKNOWN] 10:24:08
10th. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo T. Salonen S. Harjanne #3 [UNKNOWN] 9:44:53
17th. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo T. Kaby K. Gormley #14 [UNKNOWN] 10:26:43
11th. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally S. Nilsson S. Andersson #11 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1984 WRC Rallye de Portugal P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #29 [UNKNOWN] 9:37:24
5th. 1984 WRC Safari Rally S. Mehta R. Combes #2 [UNKNOWN] 3:35:00
7th. 1984 WRC Safari Rally T. Salonen S. Harjanne #9 [UNKNOWN] 5:54:00
9th. 1984 WRC Safari Rally Y. Iwashita Y. Nakahara #29 [UNKNOWN] 7:56:00
32nd. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally T. Salonen S. Harjanne #5 [UNKNOWN] 11:26:29
7th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally S. Mehta Y. Mehta #8 [UNKNOWN] 11:33:57
8th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally G. Moschous . Konstantakatos #16 [UNKNOWN] 11:47:45
10th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally Y. Iwashita Y. Nakahara #40 [UNKNOWN] 12:36:23
11th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Stratissino" C. Fertakis #26 [UNKNOWN] 12:42:00
12th. 1984 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Shah M. Doughty #21 [UNKNOWN] 13:09:03
4th. 1984 WRC Rally New Zealand T. Salonen S. Harjanne #5 [UNKNOWN] 11:05:29
6th. 1984 WRC Rally New Zealand R. Cook W. Jones #10 [UNKNOWN] 11:44:20
7th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland E. Pitkänen R. Mesterton #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:33:59
11th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland P. Geitel K. Häkkinen #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland T. Kaby K. Gormley #14 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
45th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #78 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1984 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1984 WRC Bandama Rallye S. Mehta R. Combes #2 [UNKNOWN] 6:28:00
6th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Salonen S. Harjanne #7 [UNKNOWN] 9:49:37
7th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Mehta Y. Mehta #10 [UNKNOWN] 10:04:20
14th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Llewellin R. Evans #35 [UNKNOWN] 10:39:54
14th. 1983 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo T. Salonen S. Harjanne #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1983 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Kaby R. Arthur #12 [UNKNOWN] 7:54:08
4th. 1983 WRC Safari Rally J. Shah A. Khan #12 [UNKNOWN] 7:58:00
6th. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse T. Pond R. Arthur #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally S. Mehta Y. Mehta #10 [UNKNOWN] 11:45:41
2nd. 1983 WRC Rally New Zealand T. Salonen S. Harjanne #3 [UNKNOWN] 12:26:11
4th. 1983 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Mehta Y. Mehta #6 [UNKNOWN] 13:10:35
7th. 1983 WRC Rally New Zealand R. Cook W. Jones #10 [UNKNOWN] 13:35:15
9th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland E. Pitkänen J. Paalama #18 [UNKNOWN] 4:45:27
8th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland T. Salonen S. Harjanne #8 [UNKNOWN] 4:37:54
12th. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Geitel M. Wood #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Nissan Silvia 240RS Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC Safari Rally J. Shah L. Drews #7 [UNKNOWN] SS46 crash
Ret. 1986 WRC Safari Rally Y. Iwashita Y. Nakahara #24 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 1986 WRC Safari Rally W. Stiller H. Schuller #32 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Safari Rally A. Patel D. Kandola #21 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Safari Rally Y. Iwase S. Vinayak #25 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Bandama Rallye J. Heather-Hayes S. Thatthi #10 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland P. Geitel K. Häkkinen #35 [UNKNOWN] SS21 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Mehta Y. Mehta #7 [UNKNOWN] SS24 electrics
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally S. Mehta R. Combes #4 [UNKNOWN] SS65 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally J. Shah I. Smith #14 [UNKNOWN] SS19 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally Y. Iwashita Y. Nakahara #25 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Safari Rally W. Stiller H. Schuller #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Rallye de Portugal P. Meylan . UNKNOWN #27 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Meylan . UNKNOWN #62 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #58 [UNKNOWN] SS18 fuel leak
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Geitel M. Wood #49 [UNKNOWN] SS18 gearbox
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Kaby K. Gormley #23 [UNKNOWN] SS39 disqualified
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #33 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland P. Airikkala S. Harjanne #8 [UNKNOWN] SS23 gearbox
Ret. 1984 WRC Safari Rally M. Kirkland A. Levitan #11 [UNKNOWN] SS16 withdrawn - driver broke his leg
Ret. 1984 WRC Safari Rally J. Shah A. Khan #20 [UNKNOWN] SS29 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye de Portugal E. Pitkänen S. Harjanne #6 [UNKNOWN] SS15 differential
Ret. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Meylan . UNKNOWN #90 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kojimoto P. Tilbury #28 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Salonen S. Harjanne #9 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally T. Salonen S. Harjanne #5 [UNKNOWN] SS29 engine
Ret. 1983 WRC Acropolis Rally G. Moschous C. Fertakis #16 [UNKNOWN] SS38 steering
Ret. 1983 WRC Safari Rally M. Kirkland A. Levitan #5 [UNKNOWN] SS25 engine (camshaft)
Ret. 1983 WRC Safari Rally S. Mehta R. Combes #4 [UNKNOWN] SS24 engine (camshaft)
Ret. 1983 WRC Safari Rally T. Salonen S. Harjanne #3 [UNKNOWN] SS78 engine (camshaft)
Ret. 1983 WRC Safari Rally J. Kojimoto P. Tilbury #9 [UNKNOWN] SS35 wheel bearing
Ret. 1983 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Salonen S. Harjanne #8 [UNKNOWN] SS27 gearbox
Ret. 1983 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Kojimoto . UNKNOWN #17 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?