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The Nissan Race Car: NISMO and Nissan's Racing Legacy
SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Putting performance models on the track and road has been an important part of Nissan’s history since its inception. That tradition continues today with the NISMO division, its continued involvement in motorsports around the globe and in its NISMO trimmed models and licensed NISMO parts.
WHAT IS NISMO?
NISMO® is the commonly used abbreviation for the Nissan Motorsport International Limited. Really, it is what most people call Nissan’s Motorsports division.
The full answer stretches back 34 years to 1984 when Nissan first launched the NISMO division. Initially created to show off Nissan’s engineering prowess on the track, the Nissan Motorsport International Limited (NISMO) division continues to be synonymous with Nissan in the world of motorsports,
but has also evolved over the decades to include Nissan’s line of high-performance models and parts.
NISMO vehicles have always been notable for their racing capabilities but also for their ground-breaking designs and technology. This innovative streak has continued into this decade with NISMO experimental division creations like the NISMO RC Electric Race Car and the GT-R LM NISMO Race Car.
NISMO ON THE TRACK: NISSAN RACING CARS
Nissan's racing history began long before the creation of NISMO in the 1980s. From the '60s through to today Nissan has competed in elite races with elite cars.
One of the first Nissans to take to the track the R380 –II set 7 international speed records in 1967.
Engine: GR8 (6-cyl. in line, DOHC) 1.9L
Max. Power: 217 HP
Transmission: ZF 5-speed
This sport prototype/competition car took first and second place in the 1969 Japan GP.
Engine: GRX-3 (V12, DOHC) 5.9L
Max. Power: 591 HP
Max. Engine Torque: 448 lb. ft.
NISSAN GTP ZX-TURBO
In 1988 G. Brabham captured the Driver’s Championship of the GTP Series of the US IMSA GT Series in the ZX-Turbo.
Engine: VG30ET (V6, DOHC), 2.9L
Max. Power: 641 HP
Transmission: Weismann (5-speed)
NISSAN R90P 1990
Nissan chalked up three consecutive wins in the All Japan Championship in the R90P.
Engine: VRH35Z (V8, DOHC), 3.5L
Max. Power: 788 HP
Transmission: VGC (5-speed)
NISSAN R390 GT1 1998
Created for the sole purpose of winning Le Mans, in the 1998 edition every R390 GT entered finished in the top 10.
Engine: VRH35L (V8, DOHC), 3.5L
Max. Power: 641 HP
Transmission: 6 speed (sequential)
This racing history continues with both the Nissan GT-R and the Nissan 370Z® making appearances on tracks around the world in both professional and amateur races.
In this time lapse video see all the work that it takes to get a GT-R GT3 Race Car — in this case one that will be used in Europe’s Blancpain racing series — ready for the green flag.
Time Lapse: Building the Nissan GT-R GT3 Race Car
From bare frame to race ready, watch a Nissan GT-R GT3 race car be built for the track in just under three minutes.
For a glimpse at what it is like to get behind the wheel of a Nissan race car you can take a lap around the track in a Nissan GT-R in this unique 360-degree video.
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