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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:38 PM

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NISMO NEWS - FEBRUARY 12, 2018

 

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NISSAN ANNOUNCES 2018 MOTORSPORTS PROGRAMS

  • Formula E concept livery to be revealed at Geneva International Motor Show in March
  • Revised Super GT GT500 class team and driver structures target title success
  • 2018-spec, newly evolved GT-R NISMO GT3 hits the track
  • Prototype engine supply continues in FIA WEC, IMSA and LM P3

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan/NISMO today announced their global motorsports plans for 2018, which include Nissan’s debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as updated lineups for the Japanese Super GT Championship.

Formula E
Nissan will be the first Japanese automaker to debut in the Formula E Championship at the start of season five in late 2018. Nissan will reveal its Formula E concept livery at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. Further information on the driver lineup and team details will be available later this year.

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Starting from season five, teams will compete with a new chassis/battery combination and new powertrains to eliminate the mid-race car swap that was previously a part of Formula E races.

The entry by Nissan, a global leader in electric vehicle technology, is perfectly timed to coincide with new technical regulations for the championship. It’s also a high-performance expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. Nissan makes the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, and introduced a new version of the zero-emission car in October 2017.

SUPER GT GT500 Class
Nissan enters four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture the championships it won in 2014 and 2015. Nissan won five out of eight races in 2016 and missed the 2017 title by a mere 2 points.

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Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli, the 2014 and 2015 champions, will again drive NISMO’s No. 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, marking their fifth straight season as a driving combination.

Matsuda is the most successful GT500 driver in the history of the championship, with 19 wins. Quintarelli holds the series record for most championship wins, with four titles.

Making its GT500 class debut, NDDP Racing with B-MAX will pair veteran Satoshi Motoyama with young star Katsumasa Chiyo.

Team IMPUL will feature Daiki Sasaki alongside GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough, while 2017 Japanese Formula 3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi steps up from the GT300 class with Kondo Racing with Joao Paulo de Oliveira.

The 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500’s updates include:

  • Aerodynamic improvements, including optimization of air flow along the vehicle’s center
  • Enhanced drivability, with increased engine output and improved durability
  • Revision of all alterable components to optimize the car’s potential

Customer racing programs
This season, the newly evolved, 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 is available for customer teams. NISMO will continue customer support for teams running the 2015-spec GT-R GT3 in the SUPER GT GT300 class and Super Taikyu in Japan.

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Racing team GAINER will compete in the SUPER GT GT300 class with two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s. The two-car squad will also debut in the Blancpain GT Asia series with KCMG.

Details on Nissan’s participation in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Europe are expected to be revealed in the near future.

In prototype racing, Nissan, as an engine supplier, will be represented in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Extreme Speed Motorsports (with the GT-R GT3-based VR38 engine) and the FIA World Endurance Championship with ByKOLLES Racing (3.0-liter turbo V6 - VRX30A evo.).

Additionally, teams competing in the LM P3 category around the world will continue to use the Nissan VK50 race engine.

Other racing programs
In Canada, the Nissan Micra Cup Championship will continue for its fourth season. The Australian Supercars squad will feature Andre Heimgartner, replacing the retired Todd Kelly. Heimgartner joins Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso and Simona De Silvestro at the wheel of their Nissan Altimas.

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“Everyone at Nissan/NISMO is very excited about the year ahead,” said Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director.

“Formula E is a great new opportunity for Nissan, and we’re looking forward to combining the brand’s experience as a market leader for EV technology for the road – and taking that knowledge to the race track.

“We’ve got a hungry new lineup in Super GT, eager to chase down another championship for Nissan, and an eagerly awaited updated version of the GT-R NISMO GT3 that will race this year.

“On the engine front, in prototype racing, we’re the only brand in the world that will power contenders in all the major championships around the world - FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series.”

 

 

VIDEO

 

NISMO TV News looks at all the Nissan 2018 motorsport programs. Click below to view. 8d728602-949c-4105-b4fe-14029789c44c.jpg

 

VIDEO

 

President/CEO, Takao Katagiri previews the 2018 motorsport season for our Japanese audience. Click below to view.

 

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Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 driver Ronnie Quintarelli talks about the fan favorite, No. 23 car in the Super GT Championship. Click below to view.

 

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Download images of the previewing Nissan's 2018 global motorsport activities. Clockwise from top left: Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500, Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, Nissan LM P3 engine, Nissan Altima Australian Supercar, Nissan IMSA DPi engine, Nissan LM P1 engine.

 

 

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CALENDAR

 

March 1-4

  • Adelaide 500, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Adelaide Street Circuit, South Australia, Australia

March 15-17

  • 12 Hours of Sebring, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida, USA

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