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2010 Nissan GT-R GT1

Nissan has just unveiled their GT1 spec R35 GT-R that is scheduled to compete in the full 2010 FIA GT1 season. Debuting at the FIA’s media days at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, the race spec GT-R was a joined effort between Nissan’s in house motor sport division Nismo and the Essex based GT1 racers Gigawave Motorsports.

Updated 14/01/10: Nissan today unveiled new images of the GT-R GT1 which will race this year in the the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship.

Continued with more video after the jump.

The GT1 spec Nissan will be powered by the VK56DE V8, the same engine used by Nissan in the GT500 class of the Japanese Super GT racing series. The 600 HP produced from the 5.6 liter motor should be enough to make the 1250 kilogram chassis competitive. Balancing out the GT-R is a rear mounted Ricardo six speed transaxle. Quite possibly the nicest parts, and the only ones that could be used on a street car, are the beautiful 18x13 inch RAYS forged racing wheels.

The team has launched a website GTRLive.tv where fans of Godzilla and the hamburger logo. The GT1 spec GT-R will make its competition debut on May 3rd at Silverstone and compete in three more races in 2009 before launching an all out attack on the GT1 circuit in 2010.

What does this mean for GT-R enthusiasts? There is a strong probability of Nissan releasing an even more powerful, better handling LM version of the GT-R. A machine that would make the future GT-R Spec V seem more like a Sentra.



7 comments:

"Function makes form." is a philosophy this car exemplifies well. Menace and elegance naturally exist together in supreme predictors as this car is undoubtedly. Very impressive how they shed "some" 1000lbs! from stock GTR. Cool.

what I like in Nissan GTR is the power of this machine, the way that this one looks like at it’s top speed, even on road or in the race track.

Can’t wait for the event. Will Nissan make another history through this? I hope so. It seems that the features of the GT-R GT1 won’t fail any promises.

As far as I know about the Godzilla, Nissan are really cooking some new modifications for the GT-R and I think on this note that this machine have the same engine unit, well expected to see the new ECU of Godzilla maybe last quarter of this year. The speed was common on this machine and there’s no question about that.

Paul Ricard is probably one of the most popular circuits ever. I wish I can drive there and hopefully with a Nissan GT-R.

Is the Lexus LF-A also joining the FIA this year? I would like to see it neck to neck with the Nissan GT-R GT1.

This doesn’t bode well for the turbocharged future of performance cars. Ever since it was revealed that the next M cars would all be turbocharged, I’ve taken solace in the fact that the GT-R is turbocharged. Could this move from a TT V6 to a NA V8 imply that Nissan doesn’t believe the turbo motor has got what it takes?

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