Nissan VRH35 engine

Nissan VRH35 engine
VRH35Z Engine.

The VRH35 is 3.5L V8 piston engine from Nissan.It was developed newly by Yoshimasa Hayashi. V=V engine configuration R=Racing H=The eighth of the alphabet = Eight cylinders




Nissan decided development with an engine for exclusive use of the race, and VEJ30 was developed newly by Yoshikazu Ishikawa. However, it was not able to play an active part in the race because it was based on old design thought.


VEJ30 was improved by Yoshimasa Hayashi, and it was named VRH30. Its displacement volume was finally extended to 3.4L. He started development of VRH35 in parallel with VEJ30 improvement.


VRH35 appeared as a new development engine.It is mounted on the R89C. (There is not relevance between VRH30 and VRH35.)[1]


VRH35Z appeared as improvement type.It is mounted on the R90C. Z means ultimateness. (Z was words of the lasts of the alphabets, and the thing more than these put the meaning that there was not.)


For its R390 GT1 race car, Nissan, with the help of Tom Walkinshaw Racing, fielded an updated version of the engine called the VRH35L. The revised engine produces around 641 hp (478 kW) at 6800 rpm.


The engine was used in the Courage Compétition C51 [2] Nissan at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both cars retired.

Specification of VRH35Z

  • Cylinder Block: Aluminum
  • Aspiration: Twin Turbo (IHI)
  • Valvetrain: DOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
  • Displacement: 3496 cc
  • Power: 588 kW (800 PS)
  • Torque: 784 Nm (578 lb ft)

See also


  1. ^ Super Car Chronicle Part 3 レーシングカーのテクノロジー ISBN 477960785X
  2. ^ Courage Nissan C51
  • Yoshimasa Hayashi(林義正). (1991). レーシングエンジンの徹底研究. グランプリ出版. ISBN 4876871140. 
  • Naoshi Kuroi(黒井尚志). (1992). ル・マン―偉大なる草レースの挑戦者たち. 集英社. ISBN 4087801586. 

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