1969 Nissan #21 Nissan Racing R382 - Photo by LOGICSAYS
Despite showing its potential with a race win at the 1968 Japanese Grand Prix, the Nissan R381 chassis was scrapped for the ’69 season. The new R382 was to be built from the ground up, utilizing utilize Nissan’s first V12 engine – the GRX-3 – which was built by Prince Motor Company. The new chassis featured an integrated rear wing to comply with FIA regulations and an opening in the tail to provide extra downforce while cooling the 600 hp V12. The massive engine was fed air through an equally-massive intake on top of the motor. Although Porsche was dominating world endurance racing with their 917Ks, the R382 took the top two podium spots on home turf at the Japanese Grand Prix – a full lap ahead of its nearest competitor.