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Next Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 ready to go – got R7.5m?

  • Built to order, deliveries by early 2019
  • Significant advances on base Nissan GT-R (R35) Nismo
  • Drivable by racers – and ‘gentlemen’ drivers
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress

TOKYO, Japan – Nissan Motorsport International (Nismo) has released information about the 2018 version of its GT-R Nismo GT3 – a race car based on the Nissan GT-R (R35) Nismo – to conform to FIA GT3 regulations.

Build-to-order and delivery will start, it’s hoped, in January 2019.

Nismo says it launched the GT-R Nismo GT3 in 2012 and it’s been selling worldwide, including Japan, Europe, America, China and Australia while accumulating several achievements – among them championship titles in the Super GT300 class and the Blancpain Endurance Series (currently the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup), along with overall victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia) in 2015.

2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress

”The model for release,” Nismo says, ”reflects significant advances on the base Nissan GT-R (R35) Nismo  thanks to lessons learned from race data since the 2015 model was released.

RE-DESIGNED SUSPENSION

”We aimed to create a vehicle that took advantage of all of the GT-R ‘s strengths and was capable of running with ”stability and speed at any circuit and on any brand of tyre.”

Specifically, weight distribution has been optimised and the centre of gravity lowered by mounting the engine 150mm further back. and lower. than in the 2015 model. The front and rear suspensions, along with the cross-member, have been re-designed to improve vehicle dynamics.

2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress

In addition to vigorous tests carried out in Japan and overseas since April of 2017,” Nismo says, ”participation in several series, in co-operation with official partner teams, has seen the car run a total of about 30 000km.

”This new vehicle has enhanced competitiveness through improvements in its fundamental performance. At the same time the new model will be easy to handle for professional and ‘gentleman’ drivers, and offers significant reliability.”

2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress

To develop the next Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Nismo – official sporting arm of Nissan – has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise have gained through racing experience.

Takao Katagiri, CEO of Nismo, told The Corner in a media release: ”This car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world.

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“While this is its first year of competition it is already demonstrating its competitiveness with third in Japan’s Super GT (GT300 class) and a third overall in the Blancpain GT Series Asia.

”I would like to thank our official partner teams for being the first to choose and demonstrate the full potential of the car and we have high hopes that a number of teams will be racing the Nissan  GT-R Nismo GT3.”

2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress

Development features of the 2018 model

  • Lower centre of gravity, optimised weight distribution
  • Improved dynamics through new suspension
  • Optimised balance between downforce and drag
  • Front and rear rigidity improved with ‘analysis technology’
  • Dry sump system for lubrication reliability
  • Longer maintenance cycle with new transmission
  • Strengthened brakes with increased durability and reliability
  • New aircon to cut driving stress in endurances races (Price below image.)
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress
2018 NISSAN NISMO: Image: Nissan Motor / Motorpress

• Price of the vehicle (ex-factory in Japan) will be ¥60 000 000 (about R7.5-million).

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