When DTM and the Japanese Super GT circuits merged late last year, we knew changes were coming soon. Well, shortly after the merger, the two racing circuits announced the Super GT would inherit the stricter, yet safer and more cost efficient, rules from the German DTM. This merging of rules also give birth to two things: inter-series races and new racecars for 2014.
One of the more important models in the Super GT circuit is the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500. And like all other Super GT racers, the GT-R Nismo GT500 will be mechanically and aerodynamically new for 2014. Unfortunately, Nissan has yet to release all of the changes made to the new GT-R GT500 but it did mention that its changes will be similar to those made in DTM, less the engine regulations. These changes include things like a common carbon-fiber monocoque, a modified front splitter, floor, rear diffuser and rear wing, suspension mounting and standardized aerodynamics.
Nissan will outline all of the changes to the GT-R GT500 at a later date and we’ll let you know about them ASAP.
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Ever since it debuted in the U.S., the GT-R has had Italian and British exotics looking at Japan to see what it will do next. With its gnarly 3.8-liter six-pot churning out 545 ponies, thanks to a few turbochargers, many exotics are scrambling to mimic the GT-R’s per-cylinder output. Unfortunately for exotic car manufacturers, the GT-R caters to a whole different group of buyers.
You see, the GT-R caters to drivers; real, life drivers that want to see, smell and hear their car churning up asphalt. Sit inside a GT-R’s cabin on a hard acceleration and listen to all of that spectacular noise. The click, pops, buzzes and whistles from the six-cylinder engine are things that most exotic owners would stand for, but GT-R drivers live for that engine noise. Well, that noise and its neck-breaking 3.1-second run to 60 mph while still sipping down only a gallon of fuel for every 23 miles on the highway.
Ah, what a fine piece of machinery.
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NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT500 READIED TO COMPETE IN 2014 SUPER GT GT500 CLASS
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) today unveiled the new-for-2014 rules’ compliant GT500-class spec SUPER GT machine, the "Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500.”
From 2014, cars in the GT500 class of SUPER GT will be developed based on the same new technical regulations (except for engine-related regulations) as the DTM (German Touring Car Championship), ensuring that the battle among SUPER GT machinery will be intensified.
NISMO, responsible for the motorsport activities of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has developed the Nissan GT-R to meet these new 2014 rules. Development of the car, which underwent its initial shakedown at the end of July, was unveiled earlier today and will be displayed and conduct a demonstration run at Round 5 of the SUPER GT series at Suzuka Circuit on August 17 and 18.
Further details, including participating teams, will be announced at a later date.
In addition, the 2014-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 is scheduled for exhibition and demonstration runs at the NISMO FESTIVAL, to be held at Fuji Speedway on Sunday, December 1st. Event details about the NISMO FESTIVAL will be posted on the NISMO website (http://www.nismo.co.jp) as soon as they have been decided