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NISSAN AND NISMO UNVEIL 2012 MOTORSPORTS ACTIVITY PLAN

02.24.2012

, YOKOHAMA, Japan

NISSAN AND NISMO UNVEIL 2012 MOTORSPORTS ACTIVITY PLAN

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) currently announced their 2012 tellurian motorsports program.

Nissan won countless championships in engine races in 2011. For 2012, it will attend in a GT500 difficulty of a SUPER GT series, a tip motorsports foe array in Japan, yield support in abroad races, especially by charity a engines to teams participating in LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2) Class, and support patron teams that use a NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, accessible to business commencement this year.

Nissan will serve support grassroots activities by a motorist grant module and support for racing teams that enter inhabitant championship array around a world.

In office of racing by electric cars, Nissan will continue demo runs globally with NISSAN LEAF NISMO RC, that has a same high opening lithium-ion battery and engine as a mass-produced electric car, a NISSAN LEAF.

Nissan and NISMO once again yield fad and party to business by energetic motorsports competition. A outline of 2012 motorsports activities are as follows:

JAPAN

1. SUPER GT

SUPER GT GT500 Class

Vehicles:

The R35 indication NISSAN GT-R will take partial in a SUPER GT series’ GT500 class.

NISMO will rise a cars and yield technical support for participating teams. The 2012 NISSAN GT-R incorporates changes in a VRH34B engine that embody softened torque characteristics, along with increasing horsepower in suitability with law changes. Also significantly softened is aerodynamics performance, achieved by a full excellence of aero parts. A lowered core of sobriety and optimal bucket placement are also achieved by weight reduction.

Team Composition:

MOLA, NISMO, TEAM IMPUL and KONDO RACING will muster one automobile each, for a sum of 4 Nissan GT-Rs competing opposite a Nissan teams in a GT500 Class. Kunihiko Kakimoto will continue as a ubiquitous executive of a teams pushing Nissan cars.

No.
Entrant
Team principal
Drivers
Vehicle name
Tire brand
1
MOLA
Toshiomi Oeki
Ronnie Quintarelli (Italy)/
Masataka Yanagida (Japan)
S Road REITO MOLA GT-R
Michelin
23
NISMO
Yutaka Suzuki
Michael Krumm (Germany)/
Satoshi Motoyama (Japan)
MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
Bridgestone
12
TEAM IMPUL
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
João Paulo de Oliveira (Brazil)/
Tsugio Matsuda (Japan)
Calsonic IMPUL GT-R
Bridgestone
24
KONDO RACING
Masahiko Kondo
Björn Wirdheim (Sweden)/
Hironobu Yasuda (Japan)
D’station ADVAN GT-R
Yokohama

SUPER GT GT300 Class

Vehicles:

The R35 indication NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 will take partial in a SUPER GT series’ GT300 difficulty for a initial time.

The NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 is built specifically for racing according to a FIA GT3 technical regulations, formed on a R35 indication NISSAN GT-R.

Team Composition:

NDDP (Nissan Driver Development Program) RACING, headed by group principal Masahiro Hasemi, will attend in a GT300 difficulty with dual Nissan Advance Scholarship drivers.

2. Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP)

Nissan will continue to support Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ), that started in 2006 with a aim of educating immature drivers to capacitate them to contest worldwide and in a Japanese tip category.

Among Nissan Advance Scholarship drivers, dual drivers will take partial in a SUPER GT series’ GT300 difficulty and one motorist in a National (N) Class of a All-Japan F3 Championship. Two additional people have been comparison as Nissan Scholarship drivers and will accept support to run in FCJ.

  • NDDP Advance Scholarship Drivers:
    SUPER GT (GT300 Class): Yuhi Sekiguchi (24), Katsumasa Chiyo (24)
    All-Japan F3 Championship (N Class): Daiki Sasaki (20)
  • NDDP FCJ Scholarship Drivers:
    Mitsunori Takaboshi (19), Kiyoto Fujinami (16)

3. Super Taikyu

NISMO provides technical support to patron teams participating in a Super Taikyu array in Japan.


EUROPE

1. European Le Mans Series (ELMS)

NISMO will offer a NISSAN VK45DE engine, that is grown formed on mass prolongation engine, and yield technical support to Greaves Motorsport.

Team Composition:

2. 24 Hours of Le Mans

NISMO will also offer a NISSAN VK45DE engine and yield technical support to Greaves Motorsport for a 24 Hours of Le Mans. Among 18 vehicles entered for a Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 class, 11 vehicles are versed with VK45DE engines. A former British Formula One motorist Martin Brundle, with his son Alex Brundle, will take partial in this race.

Team Composition:


3. World Endurance Championship (WEC)

NISMO will offer a NISSAN VK45DE engine and yield technical support to a Signatech Nissan group that will attend in WEC LMP2 class.

Team Composition: No. Entrant Team principal Drivers

4. Blancpain Endurance Series

Alex Buncombe (U.K.), Christopher Ward (U.K.) and Jann Mardenborough (U.K.), leader of a GT Academy 2011, will take partial in a Blancpain Endurance Series with a R35 indication NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3. (Team: GT ACADEMY TEAM RJN)

5. GT Academy

The past 3 champions of a GT Academy, namely Lucas Ordoñez (Spain, 2008 winner), Jordan Tresson (France, 2010 winner) and Jann Mardenborough (U.K., 2011 winner), are approaching to to be among a tip drivers in continuation racing events, especially in Europe, this year.

Nissan Germany recently announced a investiture of GT Academy in their possess nation and a trainee preference module will start in early March.


NORTH AMERICA

1. GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

B.J. Zacharias and Bryan Heitkotter, both from a U.S.A., will attend in a GS Class in this array with a NISSAN 370Z. Heitkotter will take partial in resourceful events.

Lara Tallman and Vesko Kozarov, both from a U.S.A., will take partial in a ST Class with a NISSAN Altima Coupe.

2. Pirelli World Challenge

Mike Skeen (U.S.A.) will attend in a GT difficulty in this racing array with a NISSAN GT-R. Rick Bushey, Greg Shaffer and Brian Kleeman, all from a U.S.A., will take partial in a GTS difficulty with a NISSAN 370Z.

3. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

Carl Renezeder (U.S.A.) will take partial in a 2WD and 4WD classes with a NISSAN Titan full-size collect adult truck, while Casey Currie (U.S.A.) will attend in a Pro Light Class with a NISSAN Titan.

4. The Off-Road Championship Series

Chad Hord (U.S.A.) will attend in a 2WD difficulty with a NISSAN Titan pickup truck, and Brad Lovell (U.S.A.), in a Pro Light Class, with a NISSAN Frontier.


OTHERS

Australian V8 Supercars Championship
Nissan will attend in a V8 Supercars Championship, formed in Australia, from 2013, as a third manufacturer along with Ford and GM-owned Holden.

NISSAN MOTORSPORTS Web Site
http://www.nissan-motorsports.com/ENN/

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