From 19Bozzy92 on YouTube.
The Nimrod NRA/C2 was the Group C car born for the Nimrod Racing Automobiles project, a partnership between racing driver Robin Hamilton and Aston Martin’s chairman Victor Gauntlett, intended to build sports prototypes for the World Endurance Championship and IMSA GT Championship using Aston Martin V8 engines. Although Aston Martin did not own the project, they offered their support for the chance to see success for their name in motorsports, avoiding the high costs of running their own team. Three cars were built in 1982 and raced by both the works and a private team in both Group C and IMSA GTP configurations. In 1983 one of the chassis was upgraded to B-specs, mainly recognizable by a different and revised front to improve aerodynamics.
The NRA/C2 you see in this video is chassis 005 and it was the final car built in 1984, featuring the improved front. It finished 7th overall at the Daytona 24 Hours and then it was fielded in the Le Mans 24h of that year but it didn’t finished due to an accident.
The chassis of the car was built by Lola Cars and it was powered by a Aston Martin production V8 engine, developed for racing by longtime partner Tickford, becoming known as “Development Prototype 1229” (DP1229). It retained the same basic displacement of 5340 cc while being strengthened in order to handle the increased output (520 hp at 7,000 rpm).
Watch it in action during the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Aston Martin 70th anniversary since its first race.
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