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FIA GT: Nissan GT-R Returns to the 24hrs of Spa for Round Four 2009

July 21, 2009 Comments off

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The highlight of the summer for the FIA GT 2009 championships is coming up this weekend, the Total 24hrs of Spa in Belgium. This race marks the third out of four total races that the 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R is entered in this year as part of the development program. This year is not the first time a GT-R has contested the Spa 24hrs, back in 1991 the Zexel Group A R32 GT-R won the race outright. While this year it’s all about developing the Nissan GT-R for the 2010 championship season and just finishing the grueling 24hrs, it’s sure going to bring an smile to European Nissan fans faces to see the GT-R back out there.

The FIA GT1 specification Nissan GT-R has come quite a ways since the program inception and has now over 10,000 km of track testing under it’s belt. Team Nismo / Gigawave seem confident that reliability is improving every race but, while they did finish round #3 at Oschersleben in Germany, there is a very big gap between that and a 24hr endurance event.

Spa is one of the most challenging tracks in the world. Full concentration is required on every corner here not to make a mistake. Because many corners are extremely high-speed, a mistake normally means the end of the race. Hence to race for over 24 hours at Spa is extremely exciting. Our target is of course to make it over the whole distance, not an easy target for a new car, but we will do everything in our power to achieve that goal. The Nissan GT-R is getting faster and more reliable at each event and so we hope to make another step forward for this all-important race at Spa!

– Michael Krumm, Driver, Nismo

To bolster the ranks for the race, Nismo have added ex Formula 1 driver Anthony Davidson as the third driver for the race. Overall it should be a great race, the circuit is amazing, the weather is unpredictable and the GT-R is involved.

Check the Nismo press release after the jump…

Images: (C) DPPI via FIA GT
Link: FIA GT Related Stories on GTRBlog.com

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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

FIA Championship 2009: Nissan GT-R in Practice for Round 1 This Weekend

May 2, 2009 Comments off

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The 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R’s first race for 2009 kicks off this weekend, Sunday the 3rd at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. Michael Krumm and Daren Turner will be driving the Nissan this season but Krumm has not driven Silverstone himself since 1991.

It has been a long time since I raced in England. I believe the last time was in the Opel Lotus Championship in Donington in 1991. Unfortunately the circuit in Silverstone has changed a lot and the first thing I have to do this weekend is to obviously learn the track.

Interestingly Michael learns tracks by both driving them in practice sessions and through some less conventional methods;

Luckily there are lots of onboard videos available on youtube, so that really helps.

In practice the GT-R has lapped 13th quickest out of the combined 2009 and 2010 specification field, behind the two 2010 GT1 spec Ford GTs. Qualifying is Saturday and the final race is coming up on Sunday.

For live coverage of Pre-Qualifying and Qualifying you can log into the Live Stream at GTRLive.tv between 09:40 – 11:00 UTC and 15:45 – 16:20 UTC on Saturday 2nd of May.

Photos: (C) DPPI via FIA GT

FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R Testing Update and News

April 15, 2009 Comments off

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Well unless you’ve been buying property in exclusive under-rock-locations lately I’m sure you know that Nissan Motorsports NISMO and Gigawave Motorsports have partnered in the entry of a 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R into four races in this years FIA GT series.

The first offical FIA GT test session wrapped up on Tuesday last week and we all got a great look at the Nismo GT1 GT-R in detail thanks to various media in attendance on the day.

How’d the GT-R do though? Yes it’s just a test day but the laps were timed and that includes the 2010 FIA GT1 spec GT-R. All up 100 (!) laps were run over the two days of testing on the Paul Ricard circuit. Keeping in mind that the 2010 FIA GT1 specification limits the modifications that the cars may run versus the 2009 GT1 specification you musn’t compare it to current laptimes.

That being said here are the best lap times for the three 2010 GT1 cars from the first official test days:

  1. 2010 GT1 Nismo / Gigawave Nissan R35 GT-R – 2:05.447
  2. 2010 GT1 Matech Ford GT – 2.05.948
  3. 2010 GT1 VDS Ford GT – 2.07.401

Godzilla likes to win it seems.

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Testing resumes today and tomorrow (15th – 16th of April) in Portugal at the Algarve Circuit. A circuit which Michael Krumm, Nismo’s GT1 GT-R racing driver personally loves –

[Algarve Circuit is] a new and very exciting track that was build basically out of the most exciting corners from circuits around the world. I’m looking very much forward to drive in the Nissan GTR there!

– Michael Krumm

In other news, Gigawave has confirmed our previous post regarding which races the Nismo / Gigawave GT1 Nissan R35 GT-R will be entering in the 2009 series. Additionally they’ve confirmed a third event while leaving the fourth and final event undecided upon at this stage. The three confirmed rounds will be:

  1. Silverstone, UK – May 3rd 2009 – Series Round #1
  2. Oschersleben, Germany – June 21st 2009 – Series Round #3
  3. 24 hours of Spa, Belgium – July 25th – 26th 2009 – Series Round #4

Starting to get pretty exciting with all the GT-R motorsports coming our way. SuperGT 2009 round #2 this weekend should help me get my fix as well as Targa Tasmania 2009 which is coming up in less than two weeks now.

Link: FIA GT Website
Link: Gigawave Motorsports
Link: FIA GT GT1 Spec GT-R related articles on GTRBlog.com
Photo Gallery: 2010 GT1 Spec Nissan GT-R

FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R In Detail: Photo Gallery and Video

April 6, 2009 Comments off

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The Nissan GT-R has spent it’s first official test day at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France and been the target of quite a lot of attention. French website endurance-info.com has the hookup for some real great photos.

You can see in these great shots, the basis of the Nissan GT-R is a standard car. The standard radiator support is even reused in a modified form. As for the engine bay, well not much remains stock here with a 5.6litre NA V8 VK56DE in place of the standard Nissan’s VR38DETT twin turbo engine.

On the same subject, MC from NAGTROC spotted that GigaWave, who have partnered with NISMO on the FIA GT1 spec nissan GT-R have setup a new streaming video website, called GTRLive.tv, to show off some of their technological capability. The first video is an in-car camera video from the GT1 car testing. Check it out below.

Photos: Anthony Megevand, David Fontayne
Link: GTRLive.tv – GigaWave’s Streaming Video Site for GT1 GT-R Activities

FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R Specifications Revealed

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Nissan revealed earlier this year that they will be making a competitive entry into the FIA GT Championship for 2010 with a Nissan R35 GT-R built to GT1 specifications. In collaboration with NISMO and Gigawave Motorsports the car will be entered into four races in 2009 for testing and development. The first race it will be entered into is Silverstone, round 1 on May 3rd 2009.

Today specifications are out and the car was photographed testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT facility in the south of France during the media function and first official test day for the 2009 championship season.

As predicted the GT1 GT-R features a front mounted naturally aspirated V8 engine, a VK56DE with a displacement of 5,552cc. The VK develops 600hp and more than 650Nm of torque. It’s mated to a Ricardo 6 speed transaxle via a 5.5″ carbon triple plate clutch. All this drives only the rear wheels. Carbon brakes and pads all round are clamped by 6 piston front and 6 piston rear calipers. Putting the power to the ground are 18″ x 13″ Rays forged wheels all round.

More updates to come as the day progresses…

Photos: David Fontayne, Laurent Mercier, ZeroToHundred.com
Link: ZeroToHundred.com: FIA GT1 Spec: 600hp R35 GTR

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