Not lengthy after promising to construct new spare elements for the GT-R as a part of its NISMO heritage program, the corporate threw a giant bash on the Fuji Speedway circuit in its honor. Greater than 150 of its cousins confirmed up.
That is the 20th 12 months for the NISMO Competition, which showcases the Nissan GT-R and the NISMO model. It’s as if somebody sprinkled fairy mud on an previous Gran Turismo sport and it sprang to life.
Within the run as much as this 12 months’s occasion, the corporate highlighted the 23 biggest Nissan and NISMO moments of the previous 12 months. Why 23? Nicely, the quantity 2 in Japanese is pronounced as “Ni” and quantity three, “San.” The model makes use of this quantity in main championships throughout the globe together with Tremendous GT, Blancpain GT Sequence. and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. #TheMoreYouKnow
“We’re very grateful for the help of the followers all through the season,” mentioned NISMO president Takao Katagiri. “Though we missed Tremendous GT championship by mere two factors, the victory on the remaining spherical gave us a transparent course of what ought to be finished over the winter for the following season.” Nissan additionally takes over for Renault within the Components E collection subsequent December.
Together with the normal NISMO Grand Prix race that includes entries from Tremendous GT, Tremendous Taikyu and Europe’s Blancpain GT Sequence championships, the occasion additionally included a Racing GT-R Heritage Run. The Heritage Run featured 16 well-known GT-Rs from Nissan’s racing previous courting again to the Skyline HT 2000 GT-R from the late 60s.
Anybody who minimize their tooth and wore out their thumbs on the Gran Turismo video video games can absolutely determine a lot of the Nissans in these images, together with with the ability to acknowledge the vast majority of Fuji’s corners and its myriad of configurations. I used to be at all times keen on the Pennzoil-liveried 1999 GT-R.
In actual life, that new R34 GT-R discovered itself in far fiercer competitors than anticipated, not scoring its first win till the fourth race of the season. That will be its solely win that 12 months however, in a match of consistency, it collected sufficient factors on the power of its reliability to offer Erik Comas, driving the Pennzoil NISMO GT-R, the Driver’s Championship for the second 12 months in a row earlier than the ultimate race was even run.
Within the showroom, the present GT-R isn’t a giant vendor however it’s a hell of a halo automobile. Final month, Nissan offered 21 of them, making for simply over 500 new registrations to this point this 12 months. The GT-R’s finest month on this decade? March 2011, when it offered 278 items. It’s finest 12 months was when it was recent out of the field, discovering 1730 takers throughout its first calendar 12 months in 2008.
The following huge occasion on NISMO’s calendar is the IMSA Take a look at at Daytona’s Roar Earlier than the 24, held the primary week of January.