GROUP B 240RS
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.