Details on these racing cars are really sketchy - at least on the English speaking web. But here’s what I know: In 1984, Nissan entered the Group C racing using Lola chassis. The car on the left is a 1984 model - on which I can’t find anything. Maybe it only raced in Japan?

As Tomica sponsored a lot of Nissan race cars at the time, it is not surprising that they made the models as well. This car appeared not only in the regular Tomica line-up at the same time, but also in the Tomica Dandy 1/43 range.

It may have been entered at Japan Sports Prototype Championship (JSPC) events - but I can’t find any record of it. There’s no mention of it on the official Nissan Motorsport website either. It’s all a bit of a mystery to me. If anyone knows more, please let me know!

Good then that we know a lot more about this model - the 1985 Group C entry. This one is the R85V - and it pops up right at the beginning of this video about the 1985 1000km race at Suzuka:

It featured a 3000cc 6-cyl engine with “over 980hp”. Still, it’s results did not seem to be all that great from what I can work out. A version of this car was entered into the 1986 24h of LeMans - placing 16th.

So - between your Sauber and Silk-Cut Jaguars of the same era, not to mention the all=conquering 962s, these cars didn’t really stand out internationally.

But they paved the way for more racing success in the future, after all, you got to start somewhere.

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The models are from a Tomica Limited Set - the castings are contemporary with the actual cars, but given the “Limited” treatment with bespoke wheels and tyres, plus more detailed tampos.