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Nissan Sunny (Pulsar) General Information

This was only a semi-kit car. But after the huge Sunny GTI-R embarrassment, Nissan looked into other ways of rally promotion and got their eyes set on the new F2 category and with the GTI. You already see method in the name, as GTI was at that time a common tag for hot hatches, while it was a GTI-R minus turbo and 4x4 - and in rally terms maybe even more than that! The car debuted (RAC '93) exactly a year after the farewell of the unloved GTI-R (RAC '92), such they had a whole year concentrating on developing an F2 car out of an existing groupA base. And after all that development time it seems a surprise that the F2 Sunny came without the famous big F2 wheel arches. But the F2 Sunny GTI managed to regain some of the lost reputation. Obviously it didn't suffer from the Sunny GTI-R main problem of the ill placed "interwarmer". The F2 Sunny should have had its short comings as well within the F2 kit car category. Many people would be surprised to learn the Sunny GTI actually was a kit car as it lacked the massive, bulky wheel arches so typical for F2 kit cars and with 225BHP it was way down on the opposition.

However under the skin it was a very different story with a tubular front subframe and what was regarded as the biggest suspension travel by far in the entire category. This made the Sunny GTI a force to be reckoned with on rough gravel. Did Nissan's Safari experience pay towards this car? Being an F2 car it was never meant to be designed or used for anything like the Safari, but in events like the RAC, especially on the fast straights in Yorkshire and Kielder, it was working even extremely well where most other F2 kit cars struggled. In the long run the Sunny was no answer to the French cars at WRC level, but in 1995 Alister McRae won the then F2 only BRC with the Sunny GTI and in 1997 Mark Higgins repeated the trick. Maybe the BRC victories came thanks to a lack of French competition, but while Mark Higgins surprised with 2nd places on the Manx Rally 1996 & 1997, the tubular subframe and long wheel travel meant the car worked well on rougher, faster gravel, which showed on about half of the BRC rounds anyway. Even though the car was not strictly designed for the BRC only, that the only two top10 finishes of the car at WRC level came both on the RAC Rally seems to underline this merit.

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Nissan Sunny (Pulsar) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Nissan Sunny (Pulsar) GTI (93-97) 225/7500 230/5250 3975.1690.1400 960 (4.3) FWD (2430)

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Nissan Sunny (Pulsar) Results

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
21st. 1998 WRC Swedish Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #21 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1997 WRC Rally of Finland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #22 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
29th. 1995 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Burkart R. Rausch #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1995 WRC Rallye de Portugal N. Burkart R. Rausch #36 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kytölehto A. Kapanen #17 [UNKNOWN] 5:45:19
12th. 1994 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Stratissino" T. Pavli #11 [UNKNOWN] 7:43:02
15th. 1994 WRC Rally of Finland A. McRae D. Senior #20 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1994 WRC Rallye San Remo A. McRae D. Senior #32 [UNKNOWN] 6:30:58
9th. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Mäkinen S. Harjanne #18 [UNKNOWN] 5:53:25

Nissan Sunny (Pulsar) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1997 WRC Swedish Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #29 [UNKNOWN] SS22 engine
Ret. 1995 WRC Rallye de Portugal G. de Mevius J. Fortin #15 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. McRae D. Senior #16 [UNKNOWN] SS9 electrics
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally of Finland A. Mökkönen R. Virtanen #24 [UNKNOWN] SS5 gearbox
Ret. 1994 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Mäkinen S. Harjanne #12 [UNKNOWN] SS27 engine
Ret. 1993 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. de Mevius W. Lux #16 [UNKNOWN] SS10 engine