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Nismo Festival 2009: FIA GT GT1 Specification Nissan GT-R Up Close and Personal

December 4, 2009 Comments off

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Nismo Festival is here again and although it officially doesn’t start until tomorrow, we’ve been able to, with thanks to help from Nismo get some unprecidented access to get under the skin of the 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R.

A total of three GT1 spec GT-Rs are at Fuji Speedway less than 100 meters from me as I type this from the media center. I was up at 5:30am this morning to get this chance to get some interesting shots of the car without any members of the general public around. So I hope you enjoy these.

There’s 62 photos in total I’ve selected for this article so go ahead and click the read more link below to browse. I’m sure you can keep yourself busy for quite a while picking up on the finer details.

I’ll be making a post shortly on interesting points I noticed myself…

Link: Nismo FIA GT1 @ Nismo Festival 2009 – Photo Gallerty

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Nissan Motorsports Wallpaper Collection 2009 – SuperGT and FIA GT Wallpapers

November 27, 2009 Comments off

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Nismo and Nissan have given motorsports fans a bit of an early Christmas gift this year by releasing a few new wallpapers from SuperGT and FIA GT championship season. I’ve hosted up the new ones and some classics from 2009 and 2008 as well.

Enjoy and if you have any GT-R art of your own, we’ll be making another wallpapers post around Christmas time so if you want it out there, send it in.

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FIA GT 2009: Nissan GT-R Shows Some Great Pace in Final Round

October 25, 2009 Comments off

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After qualifying for 8th place on the grid for today’s final FIA GT round for 2009, the GT-R was making some great pace in the race. This round would be used to test the development of the car so far, in particular, the latest aero upgrades and new rear wing.

By the 33rd lap Michael Krumm was in 4th position overall and pitted for a driver change. Shortly after Darren Turner took the wheel however he began to notice odd readings in the tire pressure sensors. A rear brake caliper had stuck and was generating a lot of heat causing the tire pressure to rise.

The team changed out the caliper to correct the problem but the time taken to do so had put them out of competition for a great finish.

“The car felt even better today and was going so well. It is such a disappointment that we had this brake problem. It is easily fixed, and will not be a problem in future, but for this race it is such a shame. We could have finished… well, I don’t know where, but it could have been a really good result for us.”

– Michael Krumm, Nismo Driver

The team will continue development of the Nissan GT-R 2010 GT1 spec car to begin competitive championship racing in FIA GT season 2010. We’ll keep you posted when we find out which teams will be fielding them next year.

Click the Read More link below to read the full race report from Nismo…

Photos: (C) DPPI via FIA GT

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FIA GT: Nismo GT1 GT-R to Appear at Final FIA GT Round 2009

October 17, 2009 Comments off

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FIA GT Championships for 2009 is set to wrap up at the conclusion of round 8 this coming weekend of the 24th and 25th of October. The race, to be held at Zolder Circuit in Belgium, will also be the last of the four rounds that Nismo will enter the 2010 GT1 spec Nismo GT-R into for 2009.

The Nismo team will use Zolder in order to further enhance development for the completion of customer spec cars. Next year, the car will return in the hands of race teams to join the competitive field of 2010 FIA GT World Champions GT1 class cars.

We were able to improve the GT-R further since the Spa round and are now getting much closer to where we want the car to be for next year’s FIA GT1 World Championship. Of course development will continue, but I believe we have a very good baseline now and it will be interesting to see how our car handles the very challenging Zolder circuit.

– Michale Krumm, NISMO

Following on from their great success at the 24hrs of Spa in July, the team has held three private test sessions in England to continue tweaking and preparing the car for performance and durability so they’re keen to see how it does.

The changes to the car that will be seen at Zolder include some aero revisions and a new rear wing design.

Click the Read More link below to read the full press release from Nismo…

Source: Nismo

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Nismo Festival 2009: Dates Officially Announced

August 1, 2009 Comments off

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Nismo Festival is an amazing event held each year at Fuji Speedway, a few hours outside Tokyo in Japan. A celebration of all things Nissan Motorsports related, from historic racing cars to the latest and greatest specification GT racing cars. This is the 13th year of the Festival and promises to be a good one, perhaps the best yet.

In a press release this week, Nismo have officially penned the date to be Sunday, the 6th of December 2009. This year Nismo continue on from last year’s celebration of the Nissan GT-R with the second “Challenge R” theme festival. We expect to see the entire lineup of SuperGT GT500 GT-Rs, Nismo FIA GT1 2010 GT-R, the Tokachi 24hrs prepared Nissan GT-R, even the GT-R SpecV on the circuit and on display.

Of course each year also brings the Nismo Garage Sale which, if you plan to try get something, remember to plan ahead!

Attending Nismo Festival 2008 was an amazing experience. I made the trip to Japan specifically for Nismo Festival and was not disappointed. Highly recommended especially if you’ll be there for some other purpose already. While you’re there you can visit Mt. Fuji (probably can’t climb it at that time of year though) and the surrounding areas which themselves make for a great holiday.

Tickets will be available soon, we’ll update you when they are. For now you can browse my photo galleries from Nismo Festival 2008 at this link.

Link: Nismo Website

FIA GT 2009: Round 3 2010 GT1 GT-R Nissan Finishes First FIA GT Race

June 21, 2009 Comments off

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Well not the best finish but it’s the first race they’ve entered and finished and only the second race total in the brand new 2010 GT1 specification FIA GT Nissan GT-R at the Oschersleben Circuit this weekend. The Nismo team qualified in 10th place on the starting grid and were happy with the car’s performance:

“The Nissan GTR feels good around the tight corners and we were able to improve the car steadily in the run up for qualifying. Finally we ended up in P10, this time only 2.8 seconds away from Pole Position.” said Michael Krumm “That sounds a lot but considering our cars disadvantage by running the 2010 regulation and the additional 40kg or additional weight that we had to take on for Oschersleben, it was quite a good effort.”

The race began with Krumm driving in the dry but by lap 17 the rain began to fall on parts of the circuit. The Nissan pit in at lap 33 to switch to wet tires and Darren Turner took the wheel. During early racing the GT-R had advanced as much as 8th position.

Unfortunately, at turn 3 on lap 57 the GT-R spun and ended up in the gravel. This cost the valuable time and race positions, they pitted to swap drivers again and the car went back out to finish.

The GT-R finished the race in 14th place outright. Not amazing but they finished and that was the goal for today’s race and they have to be pleased with it.

“Our target for [the race] remains unchanged, we will mainly focus on bringing the car home, something that we unfortunately were not able to do in Silverstone at the first race.” said Michael Krumm

Photos: (C) DPPI via FIA GT

Ebbro Show Range of 2009 Nissan GT-R Models at Shizuoka

May 24, 2009 Comments off

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The Shizuoka Hobby Show, an annual event where model makers show off their latest and future creations, finished up last weekend and today I spotted these photos of Ebbro’s upcoming 2009 range of 1/43rd scale Nissan GT-R models. Set for a June release, the SuperGT GT500 GT-Rs of all four teams in their 2009 specification aero and livery are looking good. I have the Ebbro 2008 SuperGT cars and the quality of them at this scale is top shelf.

We can also see that the FIA GT Test car in both all carbon finish and final 2009 FIA championship season livery will be released. This is set to June and may be a tough one to get a hold of as pre-orders are filling up and production may be limited.

Finally the GT-R SpecV models were shown and should be available in June as well, while they look good I think the HPI SpecV models look slightly better. Unfortunately HPI SpecV model will be four times more expensive at 16,500 yen versus the 4,000 yen expected for the Ebbro version.

Many of these models are available for pre-order already from certain Japanese hobby stockists, I always rely on Hobby Link Japan for all of these and the pre-orders.

Link: Hobby Link Japan – Ebbro GT-R Models
Source: via Yahoo Japan Blogs

FIA GT 2009: Nismo GT1 GT-R Retires Early in Race 1

May 4, 2009 Comments off

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Not the best opener but there’s only room for improvement as the Nismo/Gigawave 2010 GT1 spec Nissan GT-R retired early during round 1 of the 2009 FIA GT championships this Sunday. The car was doing great for the race, leading the 2010 GT1 spec Ford GT which is promising. Unfortunately on lap 28 of 65 the rear suspension suffered a problem and the car was withdrawn from the race. The Saleen of team K plus K Motorsports went on to win the opening race of the season.

It’s an unusual problem to have, the car has been going strong for 6,000 km’s without rear suspension trouble and to have it occur during the race is unfortunate. Team Nismo learnt a lot from the race however and are ready for the next round in Germany and the 24 Hours of Spa later in the year.

“We learnt a great many lessons over the weekend, and will tackle them with solutions when we return to the workshop so that we can make the car fully ready for the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the biggest challenge of the year for us,”

– Yasuharu Kemei, team principal, Nissan Motorsport

The GT1 Nissan GT-R races again on the 21st of June 2009 at Oschersleben in Germany.

Link: FIA GT Championships related articles on GTRBlog
Link: FIA 2010 GT1 Spec Nissan GT-R Photo Gallery
Photos: (C) DPPI – Via FIA GT

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