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NISMO GT-R RC Race Car Debut – Now Available

January 14, 2011 Comments off

NISMO GT-R RC

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

NISMO GT-R RC Specifications:

Length 4,650mm
Width 1,895mm
Height 1,370mm
Wheelbase 2,780mm
Front track 1,640mm
Rear Track 1,640mm
Weight 1,520kg
Engine Model VR38DETT DOHC V6
Cylinder Bore 95.5 mm X Stroke 88.4 mm
Displacement 3,799 cc
Power over 357 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (485ps/6,400rpm)
Torque over 588 N?m @ 5,200 rpm (60kgm/5,200rpm)
Fuel Feed System NISSAN EGI, electronic concentrated control fuel injection system
Front Suspension Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Shock absorbers Specially developed by NISMO for high performance driving (height adjustable)
Front brakes Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor ø410 mm)
Rear Brakes Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor ø380 mmj
Transmission GR6 Dual Clutch Transmission
Drivetrain System All-wheel Drive
Wheels (Fr / Rr) specialized for 10.5J X 20 +25mm size wheels
Tires (Fr / Rrj ADVAN 290/710 R20 slick tire, standard for all RC models

Source: Nismo

NISMO GT-R RC

NISMO GT-R RC

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Global GT-R Nismo ST1 Spec GT-R Debuts in Altech GT Challenge South Africa

November 25, 2010 Comments off

Global GTR South Africa

Back in September Nismo announced that they were adding an additional authorized NHPC outside of Japan that would be able to offer Nismo’s special edition GT-Rs. Global GT-R in South Africa was given this honor.

This includes not only the Nismo ClubSport Package but also makes them the first NHPC outside Japan to sell the Nismo RC ST1 race car which until now had only been seen during 2010 Japanese Super Taikyu series.

The first Nismo RC ST1 spec car in South Africa, the Global GT-R, made it’s racing debut in the Altech Challenge Series this month pit up against some serious GT cars at Kyalami Circuit. Racing in class A, they ended up in third place on the podium by the end of the day. Not a bad first day out.

Looks like the guys from Global GT-R have a full 2011 season ahead of them and hopefully they will continue to race and develop the Nismo RC ST1 car. It’s really great to see it on the track.

Source/Link: Global GT-R Website

Nismo Rear Differential Cooler for Nissan GT-R Coming Soon

March 9, 2010 Comments off

On the circuit and even with some hard street driving, GT-R owners will know that the transmission temperature has a habit of rising quite rapidly. To compound that, on the GT-R, the transmission is integrated with the rear differential housing and because of this, heat energy is freely transferred between them.

In Nismo’s testing experience, with their Tokachi 24hrs race car and their Super Taikyu R35, cooling the rear differential has been surprisingly effective at lowering transmission temperatures. So much so that they’re now releasing their in-house developed rear differential cooler as a kit for the GT-R.

The kit features a electric oil pump, braided hoses, cooler core, and wiring harness for automatic or manual in-cabin operation. When installed it increases the diff oil capacity by 2 liters which is a help by itself.

In Nismo’s testing of the ClubSport GT-R on Sodegaura Circuit in Chiba, they were happy to see the diff oil temperature at no time exceeded 140 degrees C. Exactly what the transmission temperature was like during the testing is not known though.

The diff oil cooler is due for release in April and we will have availability details at that time.

Source: GTR-World.net

Nissan GT-R 2009 and 2010 FIA GT Championship Entry Official – Breaking News

February 27, 2009 Comments off

After recent spyshots surfaced of the carbon bodied FIA GT1 specification Nissan R35 GT-R testing it seemed to be a forgone conclusion that Nissan would be making a return to FIA GT racing soon. Well today we have received official confirmation from Nissan via Nissan Motors Australia Managing Director and CEO Dan Thompson at the press day of the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show.

Official word is that Nissan will be entering the R35 Nissan GT-R into the FIA GT 2010 Championship series while British company Gigawave MotorSports will be teaming up with NISMO on an non-championship additional entry into four of the 2009 season’s races in order to check and help develop the car.

Driving the NISMO/Gigawave MotorSports car is most likely Michael Krumm of NISMO SuperGT team fame and Darren Turner from Gigawave.

Video of the official announcement from this morning’s opening of the 2009 Melbourne Motorshow is below.

Link: Gigawave Motorsports Website
Link: Melbourne Motor Show Website
Video: GTRBlog.com

Update: Nissan have a press release now, click this link to read it.
Update: Added images from Nissan Motors

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Nismo Festival 2008: One Week To Go

November 23, 2008 Comments off

Just one week to go until the biggest Nismo event outside the SuperGT race season hits Japan and we’re pumped for it. This year GTRBlog is taking you all along with us with some exclusive access to all the cars and news direct from Fuji Speedway. Nismo Festival is on next Sunday, the 30th of November.

Nismo Festival is broken down into three separate areas on the day with multiple events on simultaneously. There’s little chance to rest for the real enthusiasts. The three areas are Race Area, Paddock Area and the Stand Area. Each area has it’s own schedule so here’s a rundown what we’ll see on the day.

Race Area

  1. Historic car race – The KPGC10 Prince Skyline GT-R achieved 52 wins in it’s racing history, see it against Nissan 240Z and the TS Sunny on the circuit.
  2. Nissan MARCH Cup Exhibition race with special guest drivers
  3. Celebration of the 50th anniversary of international motor racing for Nissan. The first event being the Mobilgas Trial in Australia in 1958 where the #19 Datsun 210 “Fuji-Go” won in class A.
  4. Le Mans race simulation – The lessons learnt at Le Mans with cars such as the Nissan R390 GT1 contributed much in the way of racing knowledge to today’s SuperGT and Super Taikyu race categories.
  5. SuperGT GT500 GT-R Special Battle – See the victorious Nissan GT-R’s from SuperGT 2008 series battle in a special race against each other. Godzilla wins for sure.
  6. Grid Walk – Get up close with the GT-R’s on the Fuji Speedway racetrack grid where spectators can walk amongst them. Requires special ticket of course.
  7. Final – Parade lap for all the cars participating in Nismo Festival as the sun sets.

Paddock Area

  1. Exhibition Cars and Engines Corner – See Nismo / Nissan cars from racing days gone by.
  2. Exciting Corner – Get down in the pits as the racing GT-R’s scream past.
  3. NISMO Pits – Get in and checkout the Nismo pits up close.
  4. SuperGT Talk Show events – A chat with all the various parts of the SuperGT 2008 teams. Race queens, team managers, GT300 drivers and GT500 drivers throughout the day.

Stand Area

  1. Opening Ceremony – 9:00am start
  2. 50th Anniversary of the international motor racing success fan appreciation ceremony
  3. Various talks and stage events – Questions, quizzes, charity auction, a chat with the Gran Turismo 5 developers, a chat with the Nismo drivers
  4. Pit Lane work exhibition – You might get a chance to try changing tires on a GT500 race car.
  5. Test Drive corner – Take a test drive of Nissan’s latest models.
  6. Gran Turismo 5 Driving Simulators
  7. KYOSYO Radio Control Hobby Corner
  8. Loads of things to keep the kids entertained.
  9. Nissan / NISMO Collection Shop Onsite – Buy all that GT-R related merchandise you can’t get outside of Japan!
  10. Nissan / NISMO Model Car Shop Onsite – Same for all those GT-R models that are hard to get.
  11. Garage Sale Corner – Pick up a souvenir from a race team here. Some race car parts used in this seasons race go on sale. Gotta be quick to pickup good stuff here as it goes very quickly! Everything from brakes to carbon panels.
  12. Nismo Shop – Checkout the Nismo upgrades available for your Nissan.

Link: Nismo Festival 2008 Home Page

Tokachi 24hrs: Motul Nismo R35 GT-R Successfully Completes the Race!

July 21, 2008 Comments off

The Motul Nismo GTR-World Nissan GT-R was successful in it’s goals today when it completed the Tokachi 24hrs endurance race at Tokachi Speedway in Hokkaido, Japan. The GT-R’s race was full of ups and downs but the Nismo team were able to overcome them all to put in a full on 24hrs of racing. The GT-R finished the race in 21st place from 28 entries putting in 546 laps.

Winning the race was the #50 Petronas Syntium BMW Z4 Coupe Super Taikyu (ST1) car, second was the #28 Petronas Syntium BMW Z4 Coupe Super Taikyu (ST1) car and third place was the #1 ENDLESS ADVAN Z (ST1) car.

For photographs and data from the race check out the GTR-World coverage at the link below!

Related Items: Tokachi 24hrs Stories on GTRBlog
Source/Link: GTR-World.net Tokachi 24hrs Race Live Report

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Tokachi 24hr: Saturday Practice Session – GT-R Amazingly Fast!

July 19, 2008 Comments off

The Motul Nismo GTR-World R35 GT-R continues to be the center of attention at the Tokachi 24hr endurance race scheduled to start soon.

In practice today, on “S” tires (Bridgestone RE55S) the GT-R set a 2:12.748 lap time. Spectators are saying the car is fast enough to challenge the Super Taikyu 1 (ST1) class down the straights but due to the S tires it’s not cornering as fast. That is amazing however as the ST1 class is the fastest class in the race and on full slicks. The GT-R is entered into the International Production 4 class.

Predictions are that if it rains the AWD advantage the GT-R has may upset a lot of ST1/ST2 teams! Even on a dry circuit some teams are going to be shocked.

GTR-World.net has also uploaded a huge photo gallery from yesterday and last night’s practice. Check it at the link below.

Photo/Photo Gallery Link: GTR-World.net: Tokachi Practice Session Photo Gallery

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Tokachi 24hrs: Motul Nismo R35 GT-R Practice Session

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The Motul Nismo GTR-World R35 GT-R was out on Tokachi Speedway Friday testing during the free practice sessions. The car was out twice in the morning session, once later in the afternoon and twice during the night practice session. It’s critical to test under night conditions because so far all previous testing in this brand new car has been during the daylight while the actual race is 24hrs long.

This practice also gave the pit crews a chance to practicing their tire changing, refueling and brake caliper/rotor changing.

The tires being used are the Bridgestone RE55S tire. These tires are providing a high level of grip but other classes are able to run full slicks. So far though in practice the GT-R is keeping up with the Super Taikyu 2 (ST2) class Evo’s! There is obviously a wealth of performance potential in the GT-R.

Check out the full photo gallery provided by GTR-World.net by clicking the read more link below.

Source/Photos: GTR-World.net: Tokachi 24hr Race Practice Sessions

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Interview with Motul Nismo Racing Team Director and Lead Driver

July 14, 2008 Comments off

Recently the Nismo R35 GT-R was out at Sendai Highland Raceway performing shakedown tests in preparation for the Tokachi 24hr race coming up this weekend.

GTR-World.net managed to get some time to speak to the team director, Kumagai-san to ask him about Nismo and Motul’s goals and motivations in entering this race, Japan’s only 24 hour endurance event. Lead driver Masami Kageyama was also there for a chat about the car itself.

MOTUL Nismo Racing Team Director Kumagai

GTR-World: Tell us, why have you put this car and team together for this race?
Kumagai-san: We’ve developed the car for this race to put these new Motul competition oils and Nismo parts we have developed to the test. To verify their durability and efficiency before they go on sale.

GTR-World: The car is very close to the production model, is this on purpose?
Kumagai-san: Definately, we want to prove the reliability and endurance capabilities.

Check out the rest of the interview after the jump.

Source: GTR-World.net

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