NURBURGRING, Germany – The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has debuted, aptly, at the Nurburgring where the car on which it was based, the Nissan GT-R, had its its potent performance tested, honed, tuned and developed.
It’s jus that the 2017 Nissan GT-R NIsmo takes everything about the new GT-R, well, to the next level
It’s just that the Nismo is the high-performance version of a car recently relaunched with a more powerful engine – though already extremely powerful and fast – and a freshened face highlighted by a new bumper and a dark-chrome V-motion grille swollen to collect more air.
Unlike the standard – if you could ever consider a GT-R to be standard! – model the front bumpers of the Nismo are carbon-fibre, the sheets meticulously overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness with attachments shaped to improve airflow around the vehicle and generate a high level of downforce.
Overall, Nissan says, the car’s new shape generates more downforce than any other of the brand’s production cars, the result being exceptional high-speed stability.
The GT-R Nismo also has the 2017 GT-R’s refreshed interior with a redesigned facia, steering-wheel and central armrest and abundant Alcantara leather but unique to the Nismo are the Recaro carbon-fibre bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts.
The performance of the all-wheel-drive Nismo has also been upgraded thanks in part, Nissan says, to the standard model’s significantly reinforced body which meant engineers could further refine the Nismo’s shock-absorbers, springs and stabilisers to create a better-handling car than the previous model.
Nissan says the 2017 car has faster slalom times and cornering ability superior to the earlier car. The GT-R’s special Bilstein DampTronic driver-adjustable system uses a number of vehicle data sources to provide damping forces to control a variety of driving situations through Nismo-tuned shock-absorbers.
The result is the more effective transmission of the 441kW power available from the twiin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine o the road or racetrack surface.
The engine is the result of expertise gained by NIsmo through participation in global motorsport. Each is hand-assembled in a special clean room by a singed meticulously trained technician identified for ever on an aluminium plate at the front of each unit.
Despite its more potent nature, Nissan says, the new GT-R Nismo has better overall balance than the -revious car and has “evolved into a car that can be enjoyed as much on a winding mountain road as on a racetrack”.
Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the GT-R Nismo and the standard GT-R, told nthe Corner in a media brief: “The GT-R Nismo emphasises the ‘R’ in its nomenclature. Its direct ties with racing makes it at home on any racetrack, providing the highest levels of excitement and exhilaration for the driver.
“With the 2017 GT-R as a start point it has become a better-balanced machine with not only increased performance but also a heightened premium feel overall.
“It is the result of our relentless pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure.” Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the GT-R Nismo and the standard GT-R.”
SUPPLIER TO THE RACING TEAMS
The 2017 Nissan GT-R NIsmo, available in a choice of five exterior colors, will bes assembled in Tochigi, Japan, with the engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan.
About Nismo: The name is a contraction of NISsan MOtorsports, Nissan’s performance brand and, the automaker says, “provides an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling and unmatched agility. Its products compete in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing such as Japan’s Super GT Series”.
It also supplies engines to teams that race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series.