- ‘Pursuing more driving pleasure’
- Bigger brakes for track performance
- Carbon-fibre figures greatly in the shell
NEW YORK – Nissan’s 2020 GT-R Nismo debuted mid-April 2019 at the New York auto show with race-car-inspired upgrades and tuning improvements that, the automaker says, ”maximisese its exhilarating performance”.
The car was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition Nismo as Nissan celebrated 50 years of GT-R heritage at the event.
Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R, told the media at the show: “The 2020 GT-R Nismo has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car. Pursuing driving pleasure was the most important concept behind the car – it belongs on the track but is also at home on the open road.”
For the 2020 GT-R Nismo Nissan set out to take race-proven technology and make it accessible and comfortable for any driver. Vehicle control and predictability were described as ”critical” so Nissan adopted the theme “absolute street and track performance”.
MASS SLASHED, BODY SMOOTHED
The most potent and exclusive of all GT-R units has set itself apart from the rest of the pack thanks to the amount of carbon fibre used throughout the car, including the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, bonnet, roof, sill covers, boot lid. and rear spoiler.
”Each component,” Nissan explained, ”has been improved to cut weight, increase downforce and enhance aerodynamics. These exterior parts alone have resulted in a total weight saving 10.5kg in addition to nearly 20kg shaved from many other upgrades and new components.
”The front fenders now resemble those on the GT3 GT-R. Scalloped vents funnel hot air away from the engine bay and provide exceptional downforce on the front tyres but without additional drag. They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing airflow.”
The 2020 GT-R Nismo’s exclusive 20” forged aluminum, nine-spoked, wheel rims are lighter than before; newly designed Dunlop tyres with a wider tread and fewer grooves, have increased their contact patches by 11% to increase cornering stability and enhance steering response.”
The GT-R Nismo front seats were designed to hold human shoulder-blades and lower body points – the result, Nissan says… ”better sense of car and body as one”.
The cars’ power comes from a 3.8-litre, V6, quad-valve, twin-turbo engine – each, as on earlier models, with a plate bearing the name of the assembler. The turbo comes direct from the GT-R GT3 race car – though with a modified turbine and fewer blades.
HOT BRAKES ARE COOL
”The result,” Nissan claims, ”is a 20% improvement on acceleration.”
The six-speed dual-clutch transmission has what Nissan described as ”a refined R mode that not gives quicker shifts but also optimises gear selection – especially when exiting a curve. The ‘box has also been adapted to suit the driver: law-abiding on public roads, ”high-spirited” on a track.
The Brembo brakes are a race driver’s dream: carbon and silica ceramic rotors have grown to 410mm front and 390mm rear and Brembo callipers, Nissan says, ”significantly improve reaction time, durability and stopping performance.”
The assemblies can withstand 1000 degrees Celsius
Last word from Tamura: ”We’ve built the 2020 GT-R Nismo to be the best track and street vehicle. It’s about total balance management, not just chasing power figures.
”The new Nismo has been taken to a higher level.”