LaLD Car Week day 2 and today I am featuring a Japanese Super Silhouette racecar. This car to me has been one of my holy grails ( after the DR30 Skyline Super Silhouette) so I was on the moon when I finally got the car! So first a quick intro about super silhouette racecars!

The Super Silhouette was a series of Group 5 car races which was the most popular GT car race series early in the 80’s. These series fell in line with FIA Group 5 standards that were running in Europe at the time and were held as part of the Fuji Grand Championship Series and lasted between 1979 and 1983. The fact that the Super Silhouette races were very popular among race fans is not surprising when you take a look at the crazy angles, huge spoilers, wide everything and extensive collections of aerodynamic appendages on the cars made them look as if they’d just rolled off the set of Bladerunner.

There were very few regulations when it came to the cars. Essentially they had to have the same “silhouette” as their production counterparts (hence the name), and had to use the same block as the production vehicles. Beyond those points, everything else was fair game which in other words means a gold lottery ticket for the race teams.

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So the Super Silhouette racecar I have featured today is the 1982 Nissan S110 Silvia Turbo Super Silhouette. Powered by an LZ20BT, a Turbocharged DOHC race engine. A famous special race engine that was supplied by Nissan at the time. The engine specifications would always change with each round, due to various testing and tuning methods. It produced around 500 PS at 8,000 rpm in the early days, then later around 570 PS at 7,600 rpm and 539 Nm at 6,400 rpm.

The 1982 variant of the Silvia S110 racecar became more popular and it is then that it gained the nickname of the “White Lightning”.

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Anywho, the model I’ve featured today is a 1:64 scale representative of the real thing and is made by Tomica for their Limited Vintage Neo line. It features a fully detailed engine and cockpit right down to the branding of the bucket seats!. The engine can be accessed by taking off the hood piece.

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Some more shots of the car

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Hope y’all enjoyed the car, cheers!