NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Built to meet FIA ho­molo­ga­tion re­quire­ments for the in­fa­mous Group B rally pro­gramme in 1982 and 1983, 200 road-go­ing 240RSs were built. The car was mo­ti­vated by a 2.4-litre stro­ker, a high-com­pres­sion and Solex 50mm car­bu­ret­ted ver­sion of the FJ20. This was con­sid­ered to be an in­ter­est­ing ap­proach to Group B, as nat­u­rally as­pi­rated (NA) engines were quickly dy­ing out un­der the might of forced in­duc­tion, and fuel in­jec­tion had be­come stan­dard by this point.

De­spite this, Nis­san’s en­try per­formed re­spectably for what it had to work with. Its best plac­ing was at World Rally Cham­pi­onship (WRC) Rally New Zealand in 1983, in which Fin­nish driver Timo Salo­nen man­aged to take out second place be­hind the wheel of a works car, with Kiwi driver Reg Cook, pi­lot­ing a second works car into sev­enth place. Lo­cally, Tony Tees­dale drove his pri­vate-en­try 240RS to a New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onship vic­tory in 1984 — a car that can still be found com­pet­ing here to­day.

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