Nissan GT-R NISMO development on as NISMO range goes from strength to strength
Based on Nissan’s crossover, JUKE NISMO sales in Europe, Japan and US since its January launch, and until the end of July stood at 3,700+ units. The global JUKE NISMO heralded Nissan’s sporty line up of cars.
Nissan is introducing NISMO variants at a steady and quick pace with 1 model each year through the Nissan Power88 period. GT-R NISMO development is on with sales expected to begin in 2014.
“We are delighted to see that our NISMO models are well perceived by the markets,” said show Shoichi Miyatani, NISMO Business Office head of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and President of Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. “We are encouraged to introduce further models into the markets, which will surely provide additional thrills and excitement to customer’s lives.”
“The Nissan GT-R NISMO is the GT-R with which we pursue pure performance,” says Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan GT-R and NISMO Chief Product Specialist. “It is for people who search for true performance with pure motorsports flavor. Its development is on schedule, and I can’t wait to see the model introduced into the markets.”
NISMO: Our hearts are racing
NISMO is expanding its activities to become a major road-going production vehicle brand bringing innovation and excitement to the Nissan range, but its origins and passion lie in motorsports, and particularly the highly competitive disciplines of endurance and touring-car racing.
NISMO competes at the highest levels of GT and sports car racing including the World Endurance Championship. In Japan NISMO is this season chasing an unprecedented third successive SUPER GT championship.
NISMO is also dominant in engine manufacturing. At Le Mans in 2013, a staggering 15 out of 22 LM P2 cars were powered by the NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine, including the top five finishers. At next year’s Le Mans, NISMO will race the NISMO ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Race Car) out of the famous Garage 56.
Nissan and NISMO innovate not only in racing cars, but also racing drivers. Through GT Academy Nissan has turned virtual-reality-gamers into real-life-racers.
Recent major NISMO racing accomplishments:
In 2012, NISMO developed the Nissan GT-R racecars that won the driver’s and team titles in SUPER GT
Nissan engine-powered LMP2 cars dominated the Top 5 in its class at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans
Nissan GT-R NISMOGT3, competing in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am Championship, scored an overall win at Silverstone and a well-earned 3rd-place finish with all gamer lineup from the famous Nissan GT Academy at Spa-Francorchamps.