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No.3 The beginning of Nissan’s motorsports activities

What was the first race that Nissan participated in?

The starting point of Nissan in motorsports

The first race Nissan participated in was in 1936 on the first permanent circuit in Japan, Tamagawa (Tama River) Speedway, site of the '1st All-Japan Automobile Race Meet'.

Three years after Nissan was established in 1933, Japan's automobile industry was still in its infancy. At that time, Nissan's workers, buoyed by high morale, voluntarily gathered in a corner of the factory to build a racing car based on a Datsun production model. However, on its debut, the Nissan entry lost out by a narrow margin. Swearing certain victory the next time out, they tackled the development of the racing car for the next battle.

And, for the Nissan team, in the space of only three months before the 2nd race meet, they developed two examples of a true racing car, the Datsun NL75, based on the Datsun NL76 production car. As a result, a thrilling victory in the 2nd race meet appealed to a multitude of spectators who began to clearly recognize the height of the effort's technical power. In one of the Datsun NL75s, Nissan used a supercharged 750cc DOHC engine; which, for a production car of that time, absolutely flew - and led to more advanced engines that could be further developed.

It can be said that 3 months is a very short time to go from design to production, from getting to grips with the DOHC engine to its completion, from being able to unite the supercharger with the high level of technical power and data, yet they already had all that within that time.
DOHC:The abbreviation for Double Over Head Camshaft
A type of engine intake and exhaust valve mechanism
1958 Australia Rally Class win

Participation in the 6th Round Australia Rally (Mobil Gas Trial) on August 20th, 1958 marked a re-start to Nissan's motorsports activities after a stoppage during World War 2.

From Nissan, 2 Datsun 210 rally cars, the “Fuji” and “Sakura” were entered. The 19-day, 16,600-km rally was run over severe terrain, and of the 67 starters, only 34 made it to the finish.
In addition, while one after another of their rivals fell away, the “Fuji” took a class victory and the “Sakura” won a prize for fourth in its class. Datsun's superiority had been proven to the world.

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