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GT1 GT-R Driver Henry Moser Shows the Porsche Crowd a Thing or Two at Paul Ricard

March 26, 2010 Comments off

As far as displays on why the GT-R is a great party pooper to take along to Porsche track days it doesn’t get much better than this. Take a GT3 world champ and GT1 racing driver like Henry Moser, give him the keys to your mildly tweaked GT-R and let ‘er rip. This video is the result.

Thanks to Philippe the owner of the car for the heads up and for giving Henry the drive.

You can see more of Moser’s skills when he pilots the 2010 GT1 spec GT-R for Swiss Racing Team in Abu Dhabi for round one of the FIA GT1 World Championships in just 20 days time!

FIA GT 2010: Sumo Power GT Announce Drivers for Second GT-R

March 23, 2010 Comments off

As we get closer and closer to the first race of the season, Sumo Power GT have confirmed their full driver lineup for the 2010 season. Along with Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck who were previously confirmed back in February, Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter will also drive the 600 hp R35 2010 GT1 spec car this year.

Both drivers got to take the GT-R for a spin this week at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, England and immediately felt the potential of the new car.

Warren Hughes is a veteran GT racer who’s spent the past nine years in either GT or Touring car racing, won LeMans in the LMP2 category and entered another five 24 Hours of LeMans. A busy man no doubt and he’s excited to be on the team driving the GT-R.

“When I first heard about the FIA GT1 World Championship and the venues it visits I immediately wanted to be involved … Once I had been invited to test with the Sumo Power GT team I was really hoping that I would be offered a seat, so to finally secure a drive is a fantastic opportunity.”

– Warren Hughes, Sumo Power GT Driver

Jamie is no first timer either having spent the last 13 years racing in FIA GT, British GT Champs as well as five forays into the 24 Hours of LeMans race.

“I’m over the moon to be get the drive with Sumo Power GT this season and it’s great to be involved with a new championship and a new team right from the start. I’m looking forward to being back in a GT Championship, especially one which visits so many good circuits in so many different countries.”

– Jamie Campbell-Walter, Sumo Power GT Driver

The next outing for the new R35s and drivers is coming up at Silverstone Circuit next week during the last testing session before the teams pack up and head to Abu Dhabi for round one.

Link: Sumo Power GT Website
Link: FIA GT World Championships Website
Source: Planet LeMans

FIA GT: 2010 GT1 Nissan GT-R GT1 Podium Finish at the 24hrs of Spa

July 27, 2009 Comments off

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A great result for the 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R in it’s biggest test to date in the FIA GT championship season of 2009 – the 24hrs of Spa endurance race in Belgium this weekend. The 2010 GT1 specification GT-R is a significant change over the current season’s GT1 specification and has more weight and less power to get the job done.

The GT-R began the race from 8th position on the grid, already a great achievement and finished 13th overall and 3rd in the GT1 class overall. Of the 2010 GT1 specification cars entered in the race, the GT-R was 1st place.

Overnight the team was battling it out maintaining 4th – 5th position overall and was seriously considering an overall podium place, a mammoth achievement. It wasn’t to be however when the car had a mechanical issue around 6:30am leading to a 90 minute pitstop which cost them 15 positions.

They re-entered the field in 19th spot and clawed back those places without further mechanical troubles.

“Not one of the drivers made a single mistake throughout the 24 hours, and that is something really special, especially in such tricky conditions. We had oil on the track, we had water when we were on slicks, we had all sorts of changing weather. It was slightly disappointing that we missed an overall podium – but if you’d told me before the race that we’d be in with a chance, I’d have said, ‘Come on, that’s not realistic.’ I am really proud that we finished and I’m much more relaxed now about the NISSAN GT-R’s final race of the season, at Zolder. Spa was the main test for us, and we now know we can last 24 hours!”

Michael Krumm, Nismo

In further GT1 GT-R news, the team has announced the previously undisclosed final race for the 2009 development season will be on the 25th October 2009 for round 8 at Zolder in Brussels.

You can read the entire press release from Nismo after the jump. More GT-R specific photos hopefully to come from Nismo / Nissan in the coming week.

Images: (C) DPPI via FIA GT

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FIA GT: Nissan GT-R Qualifies in Position 8 for Spa 24hrs

July 25, 2009 Comments off

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A “slight” headlight upgrade sees the GT-R ready for night racing and the 24hrs of Spa which kicks off today. The GT-R put in a good showing in qualifying in typical Spa weather. That is crazy… sunshine plus sudden thunderstorm… light rain and then torrential downpours.

On slicks in light rain the GT-R, Michael Krumm put in a great effort for position eight on the grid on just his second lap. The very next lap was looking good for sixth or seventh put was aborted due to sudden heavy rain

…when I was on my next lap, I was scheduled for about P6 or P7, but just 2 corners before the start/finish line there was suddenly a “curtain” of water right in front of me. It was a rather amazing experience. It was very unreal to see this heavy rain just starting at exactly one spot. Of course when I entered this curtain of water with slick tires, there was no way to continue even one corner so I had to abort the lap…

Michael Krumm

While the grid position is good, it means very little in a 24hrs endurance race where strategy matters far more. The goal here is still just finishing.

The race can be watched live online at GTRLive.tv thanks for Gigawave.

Images: DPPI via FIA GT
Link: GTRLive.tv – Live Action Stream from 24hrs of SPA

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 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 Specifications Revealed

April 6, 2009 Comments off

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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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