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CEO Carlos Ghosn pledges a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 with a
pioneering Nissan race car incorporating electric technologyExpansion is key to success as Nissan makes long-awaited return to Australia's V8 Supercars Championship with a four-car entry Nismo steps up GT-R assault on GT3 and SUPER GT Series, highlighted by the flagship GT-R GT500GT Academy continues to grow, with the latest graduates to compete in a GT-R in FIA GT Series and Blancpain Endurance Series YOKOHAMA, Japan (Feb. 26, 2013) - Nissan
today confirmed its extensive global motorsports program will continue
to expand through 2013 and beyond and be led by Nismo, the company's
dedicated performance road car and motorsports arm. Nissan
CEO Carlos Ghosn also confirmed that the company will return to the
legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 as the Garage 56 entry for innovative
concepts with an all-new race car incorporating electric technology.
The entry will test innovative new powertrain technology and provide the
Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de
l'Automobile (FIA) with data to enable all parties to evaluate the
incorporation of this breakthrough technology ahead of a potential
return to LMP1 in the future. "We
will return to Le Mans with a vehicle that will act as a high-speed
test bed in the harshest of environments for both our road car and race
car electric vehicle technology," said Mr. Ghosn. Even
before this innovative and dramatic new race car breaks cover, Nismo
will be hard at work supporting expanded Nissan motorsports campaigns
around the globe, in an extensive effort that includes: -
A continuation of our long term focus on endurance racing led by the
Nismo-engineered flagship Nissan GT-R Nismo GT-3 in the FIA GT Series
and the Blancpain Endurance Series- Nismo engines used in 17 cars at the Le Mans 24 hours. The equivalent of a third of the Le Mans starting grid- A return to top-level Australian motorsport with a four-car entry of Nissan Altimas in the V8 Supercars Championship-
Further expansion of the GT Academy program, already a global success
with competitions in Europe, Russia, the USA, South Africa and the
Middle East Return to Le MansDuring
today's opening of the new global Nismo headquarters and development
center near Yokohama in Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn made the pledge
to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 in Garage 56. Further
details will be released as the project progresses, but the company is
focusing on innovation and excitement, continuing the pioneering spirit
of the Nissan DeltaWing; the award-winning experimental entry at Le Mans
last year. The ACO have invited Nissan to fill Garage 56 in 2014 in a
program that will enable all parties to gather data and evaluate new
powertrains ahead of a potential return to LMP1 in the future. More
conventional Nissan power will continue to be seen at Le Mans in the
meantime. The 2013 Le Mans entry list displays 17 Nissan-Nismo-powered
cars, the highest entry by a manufacturer for 15 years. The Nismo-tuned
Nissan VK45DE V8 engine is now firmly established as the powerplant of
choice for the majority of the LMP2 teams. All cars will carry the
designation 'powered by Nissan Nismo'. GT-R AssaultOne
of Nissan's major motorsport programs is focused on Nismo-developed
versions of the flagship GT-R sports car for both works and privateer
customer teams. During
2012, the GT-R won races around the world - in Japan's SUPER GT Series
(GT300 class and GT500 class) and Super Taikyu (GT3 class) and took its
first victories in the British GT Championship and GT Cup. For
2013 the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 has been further developed after last
year's successes, and the flagship Nismo-engineered GT-R GT500 version
will once again compete in the SUPER GT Series. SUPER GT Series GT500 classFour GT500 GT-Rs using 3.4-litre V8 engines will represent the ultimate expression of Nismo and GT-R. The 2013 GT500 GT-R has received the following modifications:1)
Aerodynamics: The rear end of the vehicle was extensively updated
halfway through last season, and it proved to be a dynamic breakthrough
for the GT-R. Specifically, we were able to maintain extreme levels of
downforce while drastically cutting down drag via the distinctive "shark
teeth" rear design and by modifying the underbody. The drivers have
highly praised the effects of these changes during testing.2)
Engine: The 3.4L V-8 VRH34B engine will be used for the third straight
season. We will not only try to keep maximizing the engine's output, but
also strive to maximize its flexibility by modifying response and
torque characteristics to match the layouts of different racetracks.
Fuel efficiency will also be addressed by decreasing friction within the
moving components of the drivetrain. Kunihiko Kakimoto will continue as the Executive Team Director of the teams driving GT500 GT-Rs. NoEntrantTeam PrincipalDriversVehicleTyre23NISMOYutaka SuzukiRonnie Quintarelli (I)Masataka Yanagida (J)MOTUL AUTECH GT-RMichelin1MOLAToshiomi OekiSatoshi Motoyama (J)Yuhi Sekiguchi (J)REITO MOLA GT-RMichelin12TEAM IMPULKazuyoshi HoshinoJoao Paulo de Oliviera (Bra)Tsugio Matsuda (J)Calsonic IMPUL GT-RBridgestone24KONDO RACINGMasahiko KondoMichael Krumm (Ger)Hironobu Yasuda (J)D'station ADVAN GT-RYokohama SUPER GT Series GT300 classThe
Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 is used in the Super GT GT300 class. The 2013
model benefits from improved engine output and durability and brake
distribution, and optimized aerodynamic performance. The suspension has
also been fine-tuned to match the car's improved aerodynamics, and the
gear ratios are being revised to match the engine's increased output. NoEntrantTeam PrincipalDriversVehicleTyre3NDDP RacingMasahiro HasemiKazuki Hoshino (J)Daiki Sasaki (J)S Road NDDP GT-RYokohama7Bonds RacingSachiyuki HashimotoIgor Sushko (USA)TBAOGT Bonds Racing GT-RYokohama48DIJON RacingKeiichi InoueHiroshi Takamori (J)Katsumasa Chiyo (J)DIJON Racing GT-RYokohama360RUN UP SportsKenkichi NakanoTakuya Shirasaka (J)Atsushi Tanaka (J)RUN UP GROUP GT-RYokohama Super TaikyuOne
Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and six Fairlady Z machines will compete in the
Super Taikyu series. Three Bond Nissan Jidousha-Daigakkou GT-R team is
the result of a partnership between Nissan Jidousha-Daigakkou (Nissan
technical college) and Kondo racing. Students of Nissan
Jidousha-Daigakkou participate in the race program as a school class. NoEntrantTeam PrincipalDriversVehicleTyre24Kondo RacingMasahiko KondoTomonobu Fujii (J)Gamisan (J)Katsumasa Chiyo (J) / Daiki Sasaki (J)Three Bond Nissan-Daigakkou GT-R GT3Yokohama5OKABE JIDOSHA motorsportMasaaki NagashimaTsuyoshi Shirai (J)Daisuke Imamura (J)TBAOkabe Jidosha Makers Z34 ST3Yokohama14OKABE JIDOSHA motorsportMasaaki NagashimaYoshinobu Masuda (J)Kenichi Sugibayashi (J)Kazuomi Komatsu (J)Okabe Jisosha Myroad Kyoshinkeisoku Z33 ST3Yokohama15OKABE JIDOSHA motorsportMasaaki NagashimaMasaaki Nagashima (J)Toru Tanaka (J)Tetsuya Tanaka (J)Okabe Jidosha DIXEL Team Tetsuya Z34 ST3Yokohama34Techno First racing teamSatoshi OzakiMasahiro Sasaki (J)Shuji Maejima (J)TBAasset Techno Z34 ST3Yokohama35Techno First racing teamSatoshi OzakiKazuhiro Koizumi (J)TBATBAasset Techno Z34 ST3Yokohama77B-MAX ENGINEERINGKaoru Suzuki Dragon (J)Yuhi Sekiguchi (J)TBAB-MAX Nihon Konpo Shizai Z33 ST3Yokohama Nissan Driver Development Program (Japan) Nissan
will continue to support two drivers who participate in National (N)
class of All-Japan F3 championship and Formula challenge Japan. Mitsunori Takaboshi will compete in All-Japan F3 championship and Kiyoto Fujinami will participate in Formula Challenge Japan. Long-awaited Return to Australian Motorsport In
Australia, Nissan Motorsport announced earlier this month that four of
its new Altima V8 Supercars will form the factory team for 2013, leading
the company's long-awaited return to Australian Motorsport - where
Nissan has seen some of its most famous victories. James
Moffat and Michael Caruso will drive Nissan Altimas backed by leading
Internet security company Norton by Symantec, while the familiar black
and white colors of global whiskey giant Jack Daniel's are now being
worn by the other two Altimas driven by Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly. The opening race of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship is the Clipsal 500 at the Adelaide Parklands, March 1-3. Nissan
last competed in what was then known as the Australian Touring Car
Championship in 1992, and the return places motorsport at the heart of
the plan to launch the Nissan Altima model line-up in Australia later
this year. V8 Supercars Championship NumberEntrantDriversVehicle7Jack Daniel'sTodd Kelly (Aus) Nissan Altima15Jack Daniel'sRick Kelly (Aus)Nissan Altima 36Norton 360Michael Caruso (Aus) Nissan Altima360Norton 360James Moffatt (Aus) Nissan Altima Virtual meets Reality in GT Academy Linking
the skills developed in the virtual world with real-life driving
experiences is familiar territory for Nissan. The hugely successful GT
Academy program is the trail blazing, award winning virtual-to-reality
racing competition and, after four seasons, has turned a number of
talented gamers into genuine real-world motorsport stars. Based on the Gran Turismo®5 game for PlayStation®3,
players use a range of virtual Nissan cars on a variety of circuits.
Last year alone saw over 500 million miles of virtual test drives taken
in Nissan products, including Nissan Leaf, and millions of viewers in
more than 160 countries have enjoyed the breakthrough TV shows that
follow the Academy from PlayStation® to Podium. The
popularity of the GT Academy concept has made it a successful global
program, giving millions of gamers across the world the opportunity to
fulfill their motorsport dreams. Competitions are run across Europe and
in Russia, the USA, South Africa and the Middle East, with further
geographical expansion plans underway. Winning
GT Academy is a passport to a career in global motorsport, and in 2013
the newest graduates are set to focus on the Blancpain Endurance Series
in a pair of Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 cars. The
four graduates are Wolfgang Reip (2012 European winner from Belgium),
Mark Shulzhitskiy (2012 Russian winner), Peter Pyzera (2012 German
winner) and Steve Doherty (2012 U.S. winner). The
full programs for all of the GT Academy winners who have graduated to
become "Nismo Athletes" will be announced soon. Nissan will also enter
the revitalized FIA GT Series with the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, after the
rejection of their entry to the British GT Championship for being 'too
fast'. A Strong TeamA
philosophy of "Innovation that Excites" and a strong global leadership
team highlight just how important competitive success is to Nissan's
future plans on and off the track. Darren
Cox, Nissan's Director for Global Motorsports and the global lead for
the company's numerous racing programs said: "Nissan sees Motorsport as a
key element in building our brand globally. Our focus is providing
Motorsport fans access to our Innovative and Exciting programs from
around the world from V8 Supercars to SUPER GT in Japan and the global
sensation that is GT Academy. These will be complemented by surprises on
and off track as we explore more innovative approaches to motorsport." At
the heart of all of Nissan's global motorsport programs is Nismo, the
dedicated team that is now being strengthened with its newly opened
headquarters and global responsibility for a new range of Nismo-badged
performance road cars. Starting with the Juke Nismo, the range includes
the 370Z Nismo and, in development, a new GT-R Nismo supercar that will
be the ultimate road-ready flagship for the Nissan range. Nismo
President Shoichi Miyatani said: "Nismo is a key element in Nissan's
future global road car and motorsports strategy and we will quickly
establish it as Nissan's exclusive performance brand. This is the first
time that all of our team has been located together and the entire
facility will become a hothouse of passion and performance, and our
talented engineers can stretch boundaries to create some new heroes." For further information, media material and your regional media contacts, visit:
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