You Need This: A tube-frame Nissan Sentra race car

Colin
By Colin Wood
May 23, 2024 | Nissan, Cars For Sale, Nissan Sentra

Photography Courtesy James Nealon/Facebook Marketplace

The most extreme Nissan Sentra? Try this SCCA GTL-spec, tube-frame race car.

The Sentra features a laundry list of modifications and upgrades that includes a built SR16 engine, Schwitters 5-speed gearbox with straight-cut gears, 12-gallon fuel cell, carbon fiber driveshaft and adjustable coil-overs on all four corners.

Per the seller, the car is billed as a complete package that’s ready to race. Spares are included and an enclosed trailer is available.

Located in New Port Richey, Florida, this 1998 Nissan Sentra is listed at $12,000.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/23/24 4:26 p.m.

GT4 Sentras were such a thing back in the day. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/23/24 4:51 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Good to know. I never saw anything like this before, so I figured it was worth sharing.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/23/24 5:57 p.m.

As I recall, some of these GT4 Sentras were previously bodied at B210s.

hobiercr
hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UberDork
5/23/24 7:11 p.m.

GTL, my old class (kinda) as I was in GT5 right before they combined it and GT4. At that point, if you didn't have a tub car you really struggled to be competitive. It was nice to be able to de-tune it to switch to HP.

Ah, the good old days when I was single and had a body that worked...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/23/24 7:35 p.m.

GT5 and GT4 cars were just the coolest BITD: Minis, small-bore Datsuns, Toyotas, a couple of Hondas.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/23/24 8:35 p.m.
Colin Wood said:
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The most extreme Nissan Sentra? Try this SCCA GTL-spec, tube-frame race car.

The Sentra features a laundry list of modifications and upgrades that includes a built SR16 engine, Schwitters 5-speed gearbox with straight-cut gears, 12-gallon fuel cell, carbon fiber driveshaft and adjustable coil-overs on all four corners.

Per the seller, the car is billed as a complete package that’s ready …

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And something I always found interesting about these Sentras: base-model taillights and not the full-width ones as found on the SE-R. These cars were factory supported, as I remember, so just surprised that Nissan didn’t go all the way, so to speak, regarding branding. Or maybe they wanted to separate the GT4 and Showroom Stock efforts. Either way, a favorite of the modern, tube-frame GT4 cars. 

Tom1200
Tom1200 PowerDork
5/23/24 9:08 p.m.

Ironically my Datsun started as a GT-5 car.

Before I went down the single seat car path this is where I thought I would go.

I bought a chunk of parts from Tom Neeley; including the entire front suspension and brake set up that's on my car today.

hobiercr
hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UberDork
5/23/24 9:53 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

GT5 and GT4 cars were just the coolest BITD: Minis, small-bore Datsuns, Toyotas, a couple of Hondas.

And a random Mazda GLC, because why not buy an even more obscure race car. I like to think I was paving the way for the Miata. Mine was an '80, RWD.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/23/24 9:56 p.m.

In reply to hobiercr :

Back in the day, you’d find a rear-drive GLC in the GRM parking lot. 

It was blue. 

j_tso
j_tso Dork
5/23/24 10:04 p.m.

I like how silhouette racers don't always have to be those of GT cars.

 

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