2012 Nissan NISMO GT-R RC

The 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon is just around the corner and and we are just twitching with excitement for the vehicles being displayed at the event, especially the new Nissan GT-R. We already know that Axell Auto is tuning up the star of the show with their own little package, but now we hear that Nissan and Nismo have joined together to bring a customized GT-R sports coupe specially developed for circuit driving to Tokyo as well. This new model is going to be called the Nissan NISMO GT-R RC and will be able to compete in various production races held around the world. Sweet!

The NISMO GT-R RC is based on the Nissan GT-R and features a slick tire-compatible suspension, lightweight components, and special safety equipment and devices. Among the safety equipment added is an FIA-approved welded roll cage, a 120-liter ATL safety fuel tank, and air jacks.

More details Nissan NISMO GT-R RC after the jump.

Exterior and Interior


The GT-R RC uses its fair share of carbon fiber on the car’s bumper, hood, trunk lid, and rear wing, as well as an acrylic rear window that makes the car much lighter than the stock version at just 1,520 kg.

On top of that, Nismo also went ahead and modified the car’s suspension with a height adjustable suspension system and a stouter braking system that makes use of 410 mm rotors on the front and 380 mm rotors on the rear.

As standard for all RC-spec race models, the GT-R RC was also fitted with a set of ADVAN 290/710 R20 slick tires.

Finally, as a race car, the GT-R RC was also given all the FIA standard safety features, including an FIA-compliant weld-in roll cage, a bucket racing seat with a driver safety harness, a fire extinguisher, a 120-liter ATL safety fuel cell, and air jacks.



In terms of sheer performance, the Nismo GTR-R RC is based on the R35 GT-R, which means that it comes with the VR38DETT 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces well over 357 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and over 588 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm and is mated to a GR6 dual-clutch transmission. Though its not as menacing as the refreshed production GT-R - that one hits 530 horsepower – the GT-R RC does come with a lighter bodyweight of just 1,520 kg, making it a much more agile Godzilla out on the race track.


The GT-R RC is going to be eligible for production car series and is being offered with a price tag of 20.8 million yen or somewhere around $250,500 based on current exchange rates.



One racing series where the Nismo GT-R RC has already competed in is at the Super Taikyu 2010 Championship where it has gone head-to-head with some stiff competition that includes BMW Z4Ms , Mitsubishi EVOs , and Porsche 911 GT3s .

  • Carbon fiber makes it a lightweight menace
  • Pure-bred racer with a fire-breathing powertrain
  • It’s Godzilla. ’Nuff said.
  • Price tag is way out of our budget
  • Stripped down interior leaves the luxury at home
  • We can’t take it out on the streets, can we?


The release doesn’t offer any further information on the new Nismo, but we imagine an upgrade will be made to the 530hp, 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine sitting under the hood of the latest version of the GT-R.

Finally, a handful of other models from the Japanese domestic market will also be on show. The 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off on January 14 so stay tuned for an update in just a few weeks.

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