About 6mths ago, we did a feature on the Nissan FJ20 engine, and touched on the Group B rally car that Nissan campaigned in the early 80s: the S11 Silvia 240RS. It was a 2.4L DOHC, 16V four cylinder that ran Weber carbs and made 280ps at over 8000rpm, driving the rear wheels only. A classical rear-drive rally coupe in the old school sense, it had the misfortune of being rallied during the same era as the Audi Quattro, and so the 240RS has largely ended up as a little-known footnote in rallying history. It got a few podium finishes in the early 80s and came 3rd in the WRC in 1982 but that’s about it.
But for olschool JDM motorsport enthusiasts, the 240RS represents somewhat of a holy grail. The 2.4L FJ24 motor is big step above the roadgoing FJ20 engine, a Nismo development with a special stroker crank and rods and is one of Nissan’s all-time classic motorsport powerplants. Now eligible for historic rallying, a 240RS is perhaps the ultimate development of the old RWD rally car concept before all such things were made obsolete overnight by the 4wd turbo era.