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Nissan: Nissan and NISMO announce 2019 motorsports programs

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Formula E and Super GT racing will be among a highlights of Nissan and NISMO’s 2019 motorsports activities, along with a GT3 foe and a supply of engines to antecedent sports cars.

Nissan and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. announced a skeleton currently during an eventuality in Yokohama. The eventuality also featured an eventuality for fans to accommodate this season’s Super GT motorist lineup.

Formula E
The ongoing deteriorate 5 of a ABB FIA Formula E Championship is Nissan’s first. Nissan is also a initial Japanese association to join a all-electric travel racing series.

The association is regulating Formula E to showcase a opening side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a prophesy for changing a approach cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. Nissan has used a years of knowledge building and production a Nissan LEAF – a world’s best-selling electric automobile – to emanate a new powertrain package for a Formula E car, including a new electric motor, inverter and gearbox and software.

Nissan’s Sebastien Buemi is a usually motorist to validate in a tip 4 in each competition this season, many recently claiming a team’s first-ever Formula E stick position in Santiago, Chile. The group heads to Mexico City for a subsequent turn of a championship, on Feb. 16.

“Our Formula E module brings together Nissan’s world-leading knowledge in electric cars, NISMO’s 30-plus years of motorsports engineering innovation, and a championship-winning Formula E imagination of a racing partner e.dams,” pronounced Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s tellurian motorsports director. “It’s giving Nissan profitable knowledge and information that will assistance us build even improved electric cars for a customers.”

Super GT GT500
Nissan and NISMO have committed to strengthening their competitiveness in a Super GT GT500 category and recapturing a array championship. To that end, they’ve carried out a poignant examination of hardware and software.

Motohiro Matsumura, NISMO’s arch doing officer, will assume a purpose of executive executive for a Nissan teams. Toshikazu Tanaka, corporate clamp boss of NISMO, will turn group principal of NDDP Racing. Satoshi Motoyama, who competed in GT500 for 22 years and took home 3 array championships along with 16 wins for Nissan and NISMO, will support Matsumura as an executive adviser.

The group structures are:

Masahiro Hasemi will retire from portion as a GT500 group principal and will turn an titular member of NISMO.

Enhancements to a 2019-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 embody improvements to a change of aerodynamic performance, a examination of weight distribution, increasing engine outlay and energy bend optimization.

“Nissan and NISMO wish to share a fun of motorsports with fans by a pillars of Formula E and Super GT,” pronounced Takao Katagiri, NISMO’s boss and arch executive officer. “In Formula E, we will take full advantage of NISMO’s amassed motorsports expertise and upsurge a resources into ancillary Nissan and e.dams. In Super GT, in sequence to pierce on from final year’s disappointments and retake a crown, we wish a 4 teams will come together to accommodate a expectations of a fans underneath a new executive director.”

Customer racing programs

Customer racing – GT3 program
This season, Nissan and NISMO acquire Kondo Racing to a list of central partner teams in further to KCMG and Gainer. NISMO will supply Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars and yield technical assistance to even some-more teams.

Intercontinental GT Challenge
The Intercontinental GT Challenge, featuring vital GT3 competitors, includes a Bathurst 12 hours in Australia, a California 8 hours, a Spa 24 hours in Belgium, a Suzuka 10 hours in Japan and a 9 hours of Kyalami in South Africa. KCMG will attend with dual 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars.

*except for dates contrary with Super GT

24 Hours of Nurburgring
Two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars from KCMG and one from Kondo Racing will contest during a 24 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany, from Jun 22 to 23, 2019.

For Kondo Racing, several technical staff members from NISMO Performance Centers will offer as competition mechanics and support with automobile upkeep alongside Kondo Racing’s veteran competition mechanics. The centers are Nissan dealers where NISMO highway cars and tools are on display, staffed with certified mechanics famous as “NISMO Meisters.”

Super GT GT300 class
Kondo Racing will be a new entrance as a GT3 central partner team, in further to dual 2018 models that will contest for Gainer, stability their efforts from final year. Tomei Sports and X Works will also competition regulating a 2018 indication GT-R, while NILZZ Racing will expostulate a 2015 indication GT-R. Six Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars will contest in total.

For a past 7 years, Kondo Racing has conducted a tellurian apparatus growth devise by a Super Taikyu Series, involving students from a Nissan Automobile Technical College. This year, a devise is switching to a GT300 class. Rebranded as a Nissan Mechanic Challenge, a stretched devise involves not usually students though also play technical staff.

Super Taikyu Series (Japan)
Several Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars will contest in a Super Taikyu Series ST-X class.

Customer racing – engine supply program
Nissan and NISMO will continue to supply racing engines to antecedent cars and to yield technical assistance. In a IMSA Daytona Prototype International class, they will supply VR38 engines to CORE Autosport. In addition, they will yield one-make VK50 engines to LMP3 category entrants.

Other racing programs

Micra Cup
In Canada, a Micra one-make competition will be hold as a Micra Cup. This array is entering a fifth year and will include of 6 events and 12 races.

Super Taikyu Series (Japan)
Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO RCs are set to contest in a ST-3 category of a Super Taikyu Series in Japan, with NISMO again providing technical support.

NISMO Driving Academy (Japan)
To bond with motorsports and highway automobile users, a NISMO Driving Academy will continue to be hold for NISMO highway car, R35 GT-R and Fairlady Z owners (16 times in total).

NISMO Festival (Japan)
This annual fan appreciation eventuality will be hold Dec. 8 during Fuji Speedway.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a tellurian full-line automobile manufacturer that sells some-more than 60 models underneath a Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In mercantile year 2017, a association sole 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating income of 11.9 trillion yen. On Apr 1, 2017, a association embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year devise targeting a 30% boost in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by a finish of mercantile 2022, along with accumulative giveaway money upsurge of 2.5 trillion yen. As partial of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a association skeleton to extend a care in electric vehicles, symbolized by a world’s best-selling all-electric automobile in history, a Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s tellurian domicile in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in 6 regions: Asia Oceania; Africa, a Middle East India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault given 1999 and acquired a 34% interest in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi fondness sole 10.76 million vehicles total in calendar year 2018.

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NISMO, a brief form of “NISsan MOtorsports,” is a opening code for Nissan and one of a company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.” NISMO offers products featuring innovative record and high opening to a far-reaching operation of business for travel use. NISMO cars yield an sparkling pushing knowledge with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, extended doing characteristics and unmatched agility. In a motorsports world, NISMO competes in a top forms of GT and sports automobile racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series as good as globally providing competition cars and engines to customers.


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Yasuko Onishi
Communications manager
Motorsports Planning and Communications Dept.
Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd.