Presenting the first of Maesima's two entries the 1985 Maesima NRX-085GT-P, a modified version of the companies Group C racing prototype. The NRX-085C was built for Maesima's Racing Division for the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the Group C formula.
It had the full backing of the State and was given the resources of the whole industry to help in establishing itself this marked the first shift from earlier efforts often undertaken under the Anikatian Auto Union (AAU) conglomerate name.
In time the Maesima's Racing Development team would come to represent Anikatia's efforts in the field of motorsports leading the way for its establishment of the brand into western markets.
The example entered into this event features a reworked body and chassis to meet the requirements with the removal of the majority of its aerodynamic downforce. Unlike the Le Mans entry, this variant features completely different engine.
To meet the requirements Maesima turned to Inline Designs (Thanks @phale!) who had developed an inline six and arranged a deal in which the Inline Designs engines would be badged as the Maesima MIDR engine. Inline Designs features sponsorship on this revised livery that closely follows the Le Mans variant and not only highlights the national colours of Anikatia but also of the Maesima company.
The team for Maesima Racing Development #38 comprises members from the Le Mans team second car.
Choi Ji-hun (최 지훈): A seasoned Anikatian racing driver, previously having driven for AAU team in the BRC 1976. Along with numerous domestic state-sponsored racing events. His experienced in endurance racing and front the Maesima team and natural fit along with a welcome escape from the drudgery that awaits back in Democratic Socialist Republic of Anikatia (DSRA).
Dokko Sang-hun (독고 상훈): quiet unassuming Anikatian who many within the team assume received his place because of his family relation to the Dokko family of the Dokko, Hyoun, Bahk Corporation (DHB) within the DSRA rather than due to any talent. He lacks experience and doesn't seem to take much notice of the track limits and on occasion, he seems to forget the no contact rule.
Sobong Yeong-ho (소봉 영호): a promising young Anikatian upstart with a background in rallying within the DSRA. His abilities secured him a ticket to represent the DSRA in Formula Japan. There he was able to hone his skills earning a place on then developing state efforts for a Le Mans team. He's always eager to learn the absolute limits of the car and then try and push beyond them.
Stay tuned for our GT-R entry...