I think it’s great Nissan are improving the visibility of their FIA GT1 teams with more and more of this kind of social media. Michael Krumm is a fantastic ambassador for Nissan Motorsports in Japan, Europe and all over the world. This year he drives for the JR-Motorsports team in the #23 GT1 spec Nissan GT-R.
Take a tour with him from round 1 of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship season at Abu Dhabi where he’ll take you behind the scenes. Introduce team mates and other drivers and give some personal insights into the cars performance of late.
After making it’s Super Taikyu debut and track debuts in 2010, Nismo has finally put the finishing touches on the production model Nissan Nismo GT-R RC race car. Coinciding with Tokyo Auto Salon 2011, the car is now officially available for customers to buy both in and outside Japan.
The NISSAN NISMO GT-R RC is the latest entry to the RC (Racing Competition) line of high performance, production model race cars developed and outfitted by NISMO. It’s built up from the world renowned, top performance NISSAN GT-R (R35) road car. The body has been lightened, fitted for slick tires and equipped with safety equipment to ready it for competition use. During the car’s development, it was entered in the 2010 SUPER TAIKYU Round 4 at Fuji, where it confirmed its high performance, reliability and durability.
Fitted with the same VR38DETT and GR6 transmission that powers the road car, Nismo aren’t giving the exact power/torque specifications away except to say that they exceed 485ps and exceeds 60 kg/m of torque. We’ve seen the GT-R RC quite a few times on here before so the special aero, carbon and race preparations are certainly not new to you.
What is news though is the price, Nismo will build you a GT-R RC to order for 20,790,000 yen or around $250k USD for a circuit ready race car.
NISMO GT-R RC Specifications:
VR38DETT DOHC V6
Bore 95.5 mm X Stroke 88.4 mm
over 357 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (485ps/6,400rpm)
over 588 N?m @ 5,200 rpm (60kgm/5,200rpm)
Fuel Feed System
NISSAN EGI, electronic concentrated control fuel injection system
Specially developed by NISMO for high performance driving (height adjustable)
Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor Ã¸410 mm)
Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor Ã¸380 mmÂj
GR6 Dual Clutch Transmission
Wheels (Fr / Rr)
specialized for 10.5J X 20 +25mm size wheels
Tires (Fr / RrÂj
ADVAN 290/710 R20 slick tire, standard for all RC models
NISMO have succeeded in spawning their first NISMO GT-R RC fielding race team with Team Daishin accepting the reins to their new R35 for the debut at round 5 of the Super Taikyu 2010 Championship series at Okayama Circuit, Japan.
The weekend started well for the team proving that the GT-R RC is already potent so early in it’s career as they managed to lap third fastest in qualifying and finishing third in the qualifying race behind the well established Petronas Z4M BMW cars.
Come race time however, hotter than expected track temperatures saw tire choices become critical. While the team was running strong in 3rd and 4th positions for most of the race, at lap 94 a front left tire blowout caused the GT-R to leave the track. While the team was able to make it back to pits, the time it cost was too great and they were forced to accept a 6th position in class finish (21st overall).
While the result is not the best the team is happy with the amount of data they collected on their debut outing and looks forward to the next round.
Well today was the day that Nismo could finally let the finished R35 GT-R RC out of the bag so to speak in final demonstration livery. The GT-R RC is seen here as it is preparing for Sunday’s final race as it’s entered into the Super Taikyu round 4 as an ST-1 class competitor.
The car you see here is what customers will be able to buy from Nismo in the near future in a similar vein to the Fairlady Z NISMO 380RS-C. Nismo hopes to show off the GT-R’s pace this weekend in order to attract buyers and they certainly have the right drivers for it. Hopefully all goes well for the guys and we’ll bring the results as we get them.
For now enjoy this massive photo gallery of the all new Nismo GT-R RC…
After qualifying in pole position the #12 GT-R of team Calsonic IMPUL has taken a maximum points victory away from round 4 of the 2010 SuperGT Championships at Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. Team Nismo have also improved on their recent form after upgrading their third place qualifying with a second place final finish.
The Malaysian round of the SuperGT is always a hot one and this year was no different. Track temps were measured at around 43 degrees celsius. Rain was threatening but never eventuated leaving the competitors to tough it out in the hot dry conditions.
While the pole to win victory is sweet it didn’t come without incident and on lap 37 the #12 GT-R was actually given a tap by a rival #100 Honda HSV-010 and sent into a spin. While this created a opportunity for the HSV and the #23 Nismo GT-R to sneak past, both were handed drive through penalties leaving the way clear for the #12 GT-R to resume it’s position in front.
Congratulations to team Nismo and team IMPUL on their great victories this weekend. The win places team IMPUL in 4th position on the championship ladder while Nismo slides up into 9th. For a full race report, click the read more link below…
Due to make it’s testing debut later in the month, the Nismo guys have been less hesitant at getting their wares out for the public to see. Looking mighty tidy the Super Taikyi ST-1 spec Nismo GT-R is chock full of carbon goodness.
Look forward to the weekend of the 26th of June for some more close ups and info on this latest creation of the Omori Factory…
NISMO has just announced their intention to field a ST1 specification Nissan GT-R at round 4 of the 2010 Super Taikyu series at Fuji Speedway on the 26th – 27th of June! The drivers will be Masemi Kageyama, Tetsuya Tanaka and Kazuki Hoshino and the car will wear the legendary #23.
This car is a joint venture between Nissan, Nismo, NOVA Engineering and Nordring and owners, who will be able to buy these cars shortly, will become part of a Nissan sanctioned Sports Club. The idea is that these members will participate in driver training, track days and other such events.
The photos give us a glimpse at the new 20″ slicks mounted on the Rays lightweight SpecV 20″ wheels. On the inside of the Club Track Edition GT-R we can make out a stripped interior with a 4 point roll cage installed. The roll cage features removable door bars. An optional 6 point roll cage is available. To match this is a slick Bride Gardis III racing seat with a 6 point harness and a racing steering wheel. The car will also feature specially tuned Bilstein Suspension more suited to the circuit.
Hopefully we’ll get some more details shortly on this, there is an article in Best Car magazine this month with some predicted pricing, we’ll update this post when we know more on that.
A great weekend for the Sumo Power GT team as they bring home another podium finish for the #23 FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R at Brno in the Czech Republic. The drivers Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck were able to pull off a superb double podium weekend in fact after they finished the main event in third place after also taking third place honors in the qualifying race.
At the start of the race Krumm found himself in front as the Aston Martin DB9 in second spot on the grid fell back with trouble and the first place Maserati MC12 was penalized for jumping the gun. With this unexpected breathing room he tried to open up some space behind but the safety car ended that idea quickly.
Almost every team and almost every car on the track pitted under that safety car period which caused a traffic jam in the pits. Nevertheless the #23 GT-R still made it out in good shape, 3rd place behind the Matech Ford and the Aston DB9.
It was a battle for the top three places now with evenly matched machines and superb drivers who gave Dumbreck very little opportunity to work with. They crossed the line in a very respectable third place. Congratulations to team Sumo Power GT and the drivers for a job well done!
The #22 Sumo Power GT GT-R of Hughes / Campbell-Walter didn’t have such a great weekend in contrast. Firstly they were lumped with success ballast after their win in round 2. Next they suffered a mechanical issue in qualifying, finally, they were hit and required two different pit stops which took away their chances during the final race. Next round they go back to the standard race weight so will be gunning for those points.
Swiss Racing Team sound like they’re feeling far more positive about the GT-R’s race performance this round and have found the pace they need. The Wendlinger / Moser #3 GT-R even managed a 10th place points scoring finish. After the pit stop traffic jam however their hopes of finishing higher faded.
Click the read more link for a full race report with quotes from the drivers and teams thanks to Nissan…