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Nissan Micra General Information

In model shape it was the 2nd generation Micra, the successor of the Nissan March/Micra that Per Eklund rallied in a supercharged version. Though as an F2 kit car without supercharger technically the two cars are not comparale.

A rare Kit Car. We actually had Mark Higgins starting the 1997 Rally Finland in an NME works Micra Kit Car, but it seems obvious that this was all just a design for privateer and amateur drivers. However even in private hands this stayed a rare car. It still is an interesting car to mention. After the Peugeot 106 and Citroën Saxo, this is the 3rd car that used the full F2 body kit without actually ever being run in the 2000cc A7 class (F2 limit). In fact for F2 car rules applied to smaller cars this Nissan beats the Peugeot-Citroën creations for being even further off the category limit! It had only a 1300cc engine, but as a 16v and for its size it was very powerful. OK, there was a Skoda Felicia kit car with 1300cc too, but only the Nissan Micra took the F2 kit car rules to the max in this class. I.e. the car was very wide, at 1740mm it was only an inch from the maximum permitted width for a WRCar. Strange since on the Sunny F2 kit car Nissan didn't care much about body kit and indeed the little 1300cc Micra was much wider than the F2 Sunny! That all of course on a short car looked rather extreme. In that aspect the Micra was F2's Metro 6R4! Though with its roundy easter egg shape the Micra could never be a beautiful car. Still it seemed to have short falls in about all other aspects, handling, driveability, reliability, so it never found many friends.

Why actualy the effort? Well, see above, for F2 a car of interesting superlatives. But in the end not surprisingly only 2 works cars were ever built: P5 NME & R6 NME, and while P5 was used by Higgins in Finland, R6 was never seen outside UK, nor even with an official driver. Maybe the up to 1300cc category was just not interesting enough in the public eye (or maybe, in my strictly personal humble opinion, the base car was already too much crap), but while Peugeot 106 Maxi and Citroën Saxo F2 cars, never mind being 1600cc, were absolute class winners and sold in masses, I never even saw a Micra F2 kit car beyond the two works cars. Even though it should have been a 1300cc class winner, but I don't even know of a class win of that car. Sorry it is easy to say the Micra was rubbish, but even without results it was the only car ever applying the F2 kit car rules to the 1300cc class.
 

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Nissan Micra Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Nissan Micra Kit Car (97-99) 155/7950 142/6000 3705.1740.1430 790 (5.1) FWD (2360)

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Nissan Micra Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally of Finland M. Higgins P. Mills #29 [UNKNOWN] SS22 crash