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Watch the Nismo GT-R Attack the Nurburgring

Spy Video Footage Was Captured of a NISMO GT-R Prototype Running the Nurburgring

Things are heating up with NISMO’s development of a super performance variation of the already world-class GT-R. The vehicle, which they’re trying to build to reach 60mph in 2 seconds flat, is to become a new flagship for Nissan to showcase their manufacturing and design capabilities. Utilizing the super car GT-R as the base for such an endeavor was the perfect route for them, and it looks like they’re getting close to hitting their mark.

Earlier this week, Nissan shut down the Nurburgring for testing. They hired safety marshalls and turned on the timing beacons around the track, and sent the current prototype NISMO GT-R out on the world’s most famous racetrack to see what it was capable of. They were, undoubtedly, working to set a new track record, or come close to the upper echelons of all Nurburgring times (the current production version of the GT-R has already posted a blisteringly fat 7:19.1 track time).

To achieve these times, Nissan has clearly upped the HP and Torque numbers of their GT-R. In the video the sound of an oversized blow off valve would indicate a much larger turbo configuration than is seen on the base production car; however, power alone is not what creates great track times. The NISMO GT-R will also certainly be a lighter vehicle, but by how much is anyone’s guess at this point. Also of note are the changes to aerodynamics that the vehicle has undergone. Even wrapped in camo, it’s clear that the vehicle has been outfitted with a new and more aggressive aero package–punctuated by the oversized wing at the rear of the car.

So, while we don’t yet know what times the Nissan Godzilla is putting down at the ‘Ring in this NISMO iteration, we do know that it sounds and looks like no other GT-R before it. Check it out and share your thoughts!

The Next Nissan GT-R Will Require Big Batteries

Williams is Developing a New Hybrid Drive System for Nissan

In June, Nissan announced a partnership with the Formula One Team Williams which would see the team’s applied science’s division help NISMO develop a new line of performance models. Much was left unanswered about this agreement–not the first signed by a Renault owned division and a major F1 team–but it looks like light is being shed on to the first point of business for these two teams working together: according to Australia’s Carsales, Williams Advanced Engineering is co-developing a next-generation hybrid powertrain for use in a future Nissan GT-R.

This coordination between forces seems an ideal fit, as Williams is the company also directly responsible with supplying hybrid powertrains to manufacturers such as Porsche and Audi for their LeMans series vehicles, and to Jaguar for their C-X75 concept vehicle. Coupling Williams ingenuity with Nissan and NISMO engineering should ensure an other worldly capable Nissan GT-R.

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While the news will not be warmly received by all, as there exist today many people who still deride hybrid powertrain systems due to their inability to see the performance potential of a system more well known for fuel efficiency, it’s certainly coming to the GT-R with boatloads of potential. The benefits of a hybrid system have been demonstrated repeatedly, most recently and maybe most famously in the incredible Porsche 918 which set a new Nurburgring lap time record.

Even with this information, questions still remain concerning the Williams hybrid system that the GT-R will feature. Whether Williams and Nismo will settle on a flywheel-based energy recovery system or a more conventional battery-powered system remains to be seen. And what other aspects of development Williams aids in is a wonderful question to ponder. With their F1 background and incredible race pedigree, it will be exciting to see if they lend their composites and aerodynamics expertise to the next generation of the one of the world’s most impressive and capable sportscars to craft something even greater.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo Spied at Nurburgring

A NISMO GT-R was Spied Testing at the Nürburgring with a Very Large Rear Spoiler

We all know that Nismo is currently developing a very high performance variation on the already very high performance Nissan GT-R. We’ve heard the rumors about just what the vehicle will be capable of, with break-neck 2 second 0-60 acceleration promised to the public. We expect the car to best the already insane 7:18 second run of the Nissan GT-R Track Edition by a few seconds time. We’re dreaming of something insane, and, if these spy photos are any indication, our dreams may be coming true.

Nismo engineers are testing their special edition GT-R at the world famous Nürburgring track, where the vehicle was spotted heavily wrapped in production camo and sporting a gigantic rear wing. The wing is almost certainly a necessity for a vehicle with this much torque delivery and acceleration to keep all four wheels firmly planted on the pavement during acceleration. We use the word take-off to indicate a vehicle’s ability to move quickly forward from a stop, but, with such promised power delivery it could almost certainly be more akin to the airplane usage of the word.

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Sources have indicated that this isn’t even the first wing spoiler tested by Nismo, either. Others have been tried out and thrown out, which means that the Nismo team has this GT-R at the stage where they’re testing individual aerodynamic components to maximize performance.

Reports have indicated that a previous test version of the Nismo GT-R ran the ‘Ring at 7:28 seconds–not exactly their target mark–with previous versions of their aerodynamic components installed. This run was also, almost assuredly, not done under the most intense of driving conditions, either. With the right aerodynamics, and an engine capable of putting out upwards of 600HP–a reasonable expectation for the Nismo tuning on the already 545HP twin-turbo 3.6L engine–a sub 7:18 run should be well within the realm of possibility, if not an almost guarantee.

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Keep your eyes open for more testing images and information on this very very special car as we get closer and closer to its official unveiling. I can’t wait to see its performance numbers on the ‘Ring and elsewhere, and see if it can deliver on the 2-second acceleration promise over which the whole internet seems to be drooling.

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Hybrid Nissan GT-R a Possibility?

A Copyright Filed by Nissan Hints at Possible Hybrid GT-R in the Future

This news might be upsetting to some, and to me it would’ve seemed near impossible just a week ago, but here it is today: Nissan may be taking the first steps to ready themselves for the production of a Hybrid GT-R.

First reported by Car & Driver, the Nissan Motoring Company has registered a copyright for a new vehicle badge, which reads: Pure Drive R-Hybrid. This alone wouldn’t be any cause for speculation, as Nissan has R-type designations for many of their vehicles, but it’s the badge itself that was copyrighted that bring the news to light. The R featured in the R-Hybrid badge is identical in font and style to the R used on the GT-R badge. That’s the bit that has the internet convinced this indicates a Hybrid GT-R.

However, I’m not entirely convinced, and even if I were, I’m not entirely terrified. While Nissan has used a different font for Altima, Sentra, and other R type vehicle variations in the past, it’s very likely–following the use of the GT-R on the Juke Type R (and yes I know that featured a lot more from the GT-R than just the R on the badge)–that they’re moving all of their R vehicles to use this font. The move would be a sound one, financially, as it would clearly be building off of the success and popularity of the GT-R.

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Secondly, even if this is for a GT-R, why is this a bad thing? Hybrid engines are heavy, yes, but they have benefits. A hybrid delivers immediate power to the wheels, for starters. Imagine a GT-R, which already has insane acceleration, getting its torque and HP at 100% from RPM 1, instead of having to rev up to 2500 RPMs and higher to start seeing real performance numbers. The Nissan AWD system is clearly capable of handling massive amounts of power and getting it to the wheels, and if any vehicle is going to benefit from the electric motor performance aspects the GT-R could be the one.

But, then again, the GT-R isn’t the only vehicle to benefit from hybrid technology. The LFA is an incredible performance machine that uses hybrid drive technology. Also, the LaFerrari–the very special, 900+ HP, limited edition Ferrari introduced to the world last year–utilizes hybrid drive systems to deliver insane performance across the entirety of the RPM band. The Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 are other world-beating supercars that use hybrid technology.

So, while, in the American consumer base hybrid is generally considered synonymous with slow, it doesn’t have to be. If Nissan takes their GT-R the direction of hybrid, too, you have to assume that the company that built Godzilla on incredible technology and world-beating performance will maintain their focus and use their hybrid drive technology for greater good. And if the GT-R is going to continue to post fire-setting 0-60 acceleration times, a hybrid electric engine that delivers power to all four wheels instantaneously may just be the next and most logical step for the vehicle.

The 2014 Super GT Series GT-R Nismo GT500

NISMO Unveils Their Super GT Series GT-R GT500 for the 2014 Race Season

The Japanese Super GT series has become one of the most popular and competitive race series on the planet, and while its headlines have been dominated as of late with the new NSX GT500 and the LF-CC GT Racecar, there’s a new player in the Suzuka Circuit, and everyone should be worried. NISMO has been playing with the GT-R for a while, and, while they’re going to release a super-fast production GT-R in the near future, that’s not all they’ve been playing at. Enter the Super GT Godzilla.

The vehicle is clearly built on the GT-R production platform

The vehicle is clearly built on the GT-R production platform

Resembling the 545-horsepower 3.8L V6 GT-R we all know and love, the new GT500 NISMO GT-R will be an absolute track monster with one purpose: taking down the Japanese competition. This year’s Super GT series will now function under the same vehicle regulations as the popular German Touring Car Championship, DTM. The changes to these more stringent vehicle regulations should result in a more competitive field than in years past, and the GT-R race-inspired build and AWD performance should give it a serious leg up inside of these engine restrictions.

Aggressive front air dam and bumper canards will improve the vehicle's downforce coefficients for vastly improved track handling

Aggressive front air dam and bumper canards will improve the vehicle’s downforce coefficients for vastly improved track handling

Official specs of the GT500 GT-R have not yet been released, but, we should expect them to be made public ahead of the vehicle’s first official track appearance at the NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway on Sunday, December 1st. There, Nissan and NISMO will be highlighting their new monster for the public, and showing the world just what it’s capable of. Next year’s GT Series should be incredibly exciting, that much is for certain, and the LF-CC and NSX 500 are certainly looking over their shoulder right now, worrying about the Nissan beast that’s gunning for them. Race action will kick off officially in Spring of 2014. Here’s to hoping for lots of podiums for the GT-R NISMO GT500 in the year to come.

The large rear spoiler will help keep the GT-R's wheels planted firmly to the track under the most insane track speeds

The large rear spoiler will help keep the GT-R’s wheels planted firmly to the track under the most insane track speeds

Aerodynamic enhancements along all sides of the vehicle will help it slice through the wind for improved drag numbers and record setting track times

Aerodynamic enhancements along all sides of the vehicle will help it slice through the wind for improved drag numbers and record setting track times

Active ducts and inlets around the vehicle will help keep the engine and brakes cooler under heavy usage, and should improve driver confidence and vehicle performance, even many many laps in to a demanding race

Active ducts and inlets around the vehicle will help keep the engine and brakes cooler under heavy usage, and should improve driver confidence and vehicle performance, even many many laps in to a demanding race

The Super GT series NISMO GT500 should be a dominant force in the Japanese racing circuit for years to come.

The Super GT series NISMO GT500 should be a dominant force in the Japanese racing circuit for years to come.

Nismo Confirms Two New Models for 2014

A Nissan Representative has Confirmed that Nissan’s Racing Division, Nismo, will Release a Nissan GT-R Nismo and Juke Nismo RS for 2014

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is the new vehicle, really. Building on the popularity of the Juke and its current Juke Nismo models–as well as the media grabbed for the vehicle by its Juke-R project which outfitted the small Juke with the 500hp+ twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine from the Nissan GT-R–Nismo has announced they’ll craft a new, higher performance variation of the Juke. The new Juke Nismo RS will feature more HP than the 215 put down by the current generation Juke Nismo. The Juke RS will also feature new exterior stylistic touches to match its more aggressive performance.

More important than the little crossover that can, though, is the Nissan GT-R Nismo. The new Nismo GT-R, which has been rumoured for months but is just now being confirmed, will become the fastest production version of the Nissan GT-R yet made. Nissan’s Executive Vice President Andy Palmer confirmed the Nissan GT-R Nismo will get a boost in power over the current GT-R’s 542bhp. Palmer also stated that he had driven the Nismo GT-R prototype in Japan, but would not divulge any further technical details. He did claim that it felt like, and would be, “the fastest GT-R ever”. By virtue of his statements, the majority of the exterior changes are aero and downforce related which improve the performance of the car so that it will be the ultimate GT-R to come out of the factory including an extra kick.

The 1300HP Switzer GT-R Is One Incredible Vehicle

Switzer Recently Set the Record for World’s Fastest GT-R with 8.61 Quarter Mile

America’s own Switzer Performance, based out of Oberlin, Ohio, set out recently to outdo themselves and make their most impressive GT-R yet. The end result was something even more incredible. In the process of outdoing themselves, they then outdid the likes of everyone else, and created the world’s fastest street legal version of the R35 GT-R supercar.

The vehicle, which looks like a regular GT-R on the outside, might actually qualify for sleeper status. That’s difficult to say though, because certainly no person looks at a GT-R of any type and expects it to be slow. The actual speed this GT-R houses, though, is unheard of. Amongst the numerous modifications given to this R35 are such highlights as “fully-built ShepTrans driveline, an AMS turbo kit, and our Switzer/Syvecs dual-injection fuel system, as well as quite a few other vendor-supplied components.” When all is said and done and this Godzilla monster is filled with E98 racing fuel, it’s good for a full 1300HP.

The end result of all this power in the AWD GT-R configuration is numbers that are insanely fast. We’re talking, instant face-lift fast. The Switzer GT-R conquered the 1/4 mile in just 8.61 seconds–absolutely dominating previous GT-R records–and recorded a trap speed of 170.47 mph. All of this was done on a set of street legal tires, too–albeit, street legal Mickey Thompson drag radials, but, still are street legal.

Give the video a watch, and if you have an absurd amount of money and an insatiable need for speed both lying around, it might be time to give the guys over at Switzer a call and see what they can do for your GT-R.

Win Yourself a 2013 Nissan GT-R

eBay is Offering Up a Very Special Grand Prize to Advertise Their New eBay Garage Website

eBay wants your business, badly, and they’re willing to offer up some sweet prizes to get it. Now through July 4th, any person who creates an account on their new eBay Garage website will be entered in to their grand opening drawings. Each day, eBay will give away 29 $50 eBay gift cards, and, once July 4th passes they will then find a few grand prize winners to get some sweet new wheels.

A few vehicles are being given away, but the Grand Prize is one 2013 Nissan GT-R. This vehicle, with value over $100k and performance worth twice that much, is going to be a sweet surprise for one lucky person. There are a few rules that need to be followed if you want to win the GT-R: first create your vehicle profile for your first entry, then add photos and share your profile for additional entries every day through July 4, 2013. Each share is a separate entry in to the sweepstakes.

The official drawing will be held on July 15th, and eBay will announce the Grand Prize winner on their eBay Motors blog on July 22nd. Enter now and start sharing your eBay Garage information today to increase your odds of winning yourself a sweet new GT-R.

Nismo GT-R Coming To Impress in 2014

With the Opening of Nismo’s new Japanese Headquarter, They Have Announced a Very Special Nismo GT-R

Information on Nismo’s first exclusive performance motorsports GT-R following their announcement of their new agreement with Nissan, and some accompanying spy photos.

Standing in the new and impressive facility that is set to become Nismo’s Japanese Headquarters, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn looked pleased with what lie ahead for the two companies. For years, Nismo has done fantastic work modifying Nissan vehicles for greater performance, and their new agreement as an exclusive performance and motorsports partner makes perfect sense. What makes even more sense, following this decision, is that their first vehicle they approach head-on will be the Nissan GT-R.

Slated for release in 2014, as a 2015 Model, Nismo will unveil to the world a special edition Nissan GT-R that will take the already incredibly impressive vehicle and enhance it for increased performance. The official details of what Nismo will be doing to get extra lap seconds from the already world-beating GT-R have not been released, but, a test mule of the vehicle has already been spied.

Nismo will be utilizing their track racing experience, which they’ve gained with the GT-R in multiple levels of racing including some of the world’s most fiercely competitive LeMans events, the Nürburgring 24 Hours event, and multiple successes in Super GT and global GT races, and applying all of their combined experience to create the most impressive GT-R yet. The Nismo GT-R will also be seeing minor exterior cosmetic changes designed to provide a visual facelift and enhanced vehicle aerodynamics.

Nissan and Nismo have both confirmed that the vehicle has already been in development, ahead of this announcement, and this timetable means that the public can expect to see more prototypes this upcoming summer. Official release details are almost certainly a full year off, however.

“It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R,” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “The GT-R Nismo will be special and I can’t wait to drive it.” Of course, this Nismo GT-R, while being the first vehicle produced by the company following their new agreement and in their new facility, is not the first vehicle that the two companies have come together to create. Nismo performance versions of Nissan vehicles have been around for years, and at current a Nismo 370Z track edition and a Nismo Juke are both available to the public–and each have drastically improved their vehicle’s performance and been met with rave reviews.

Sony-Nissan GT Drivers Too Fast To Be Amateurs

British GT Championship Series Will Not Allow Sony-Nissan GT Academy Drivers to Compete Because They’re Too Fast

The very idea of a racecar driver being too fast to compete in a race seems absolutely absurd, as fast is exactly what racecar drivers are supposed to be, but a recent group of drivers in England are having a problem due to their incredible speed. Graduates of the Sony-Nissan Gran Turismo Academy, which trains drivers using the incredible advanced Gran Turismo driving simulator and puts them behind the wheel of amazing Nissan vehicles like the GT-R, are no longer allowed in the British GT Championship.

The Pro-Am Class, where GT Academy Drivers are being placed alongside Nissan’s own professional drivers in two-man teams, is meant to be a class for “gentleman drivers”, according to the British GT governing body. Last year, however, the first entrant of the GT Academy Alumnus, Jann Mardenborough, nearly won the class outright. When teamed up with Nissan race driver Alex Buncombe the duo took the series by storm, and the GT officials were forced to saddle time penalties to the amateur Mardenborough, as the times he was posting were much nearer the pros than they were the amateurs.

This disparity in skill, between those GT Academy racers and the actual amateurs–even though the GT Academy drivers themselves had logged no real track time–has lead the British GT governance to ban all GT Academy drivers from the amateur competition. This year was supposed to see four different drivers competing in that field, but, they’ll have to find race work elsewhere. In a statement released to the publication GT Planet, British GT series manager Benjamin Franassovici said:

“[GT Academy] has shown itself to be a great way to source raw talent and turn that into real racing talent as we saw in British GT last year with Jann Mardenborough. However Nissan’s ability to find such amazing raw talent means that we cannot accept their full season entry for British GT in 2013. Their new recruits have very little racing experience so they have to be on the lowest performance grade. Their talent, going on Jann’s speed last year, doesn’t reflect this lack of experience so it is not fair to put them up against our Pro/Gentleman grid, the basis of British GT3.

 

While their primary series of races has been lost, Nissan has still worked hard to line up races for their GT Academy graduates. The official 2013 schedule for GT Academy drivers will be announced at Nissan’s Nismo Performance headquarters in Yokohama, Japan on February 26. GT Academy drivers may still receive an invitation or two to specific British GT events, as well.

All of this is huge news for the video game industry, as it clearly bucks the old adage surrounding games like Gran Turismo and its competition Forza, where the belief was that while they were fun simulations they did not actually teach people to drive, and, while the average driver certainly won’t become Michael Schumacher by playing lots of video games, it clearly does provide a skill basis upon which competitive driving may be built. Of course, the expensive and detailed gaming rigs–featuring the finest technology and feedback simulators money can buy–also helps a great deal. The benefit alone of playing with a full 3-pedal, 6-speed, steering wheel get up in an upright racing seat is lightyears ahead of dicking around with a sixaxxis controller while sunken in to one’s sofa.

All of this also speaks to the capabilities of the Nissan GT-R. The vehicle’s incredible AWD handling does exactly what simulation drivers expect it to do, and is consistent enough that those who have honed their skills virtually can compete behind its wheels. In the British GT series it was certainly up against incredible competition, also. The race series is populated with the world’s more expensive supercars, and this is just another feather for the GT-R hat.

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