30 years ago, Nissan created its motorsports and high-performance division, Nismo. That was back in 1984. Now, it’s 2014, and Nismo is still alive and healthy as can be. Over the years, it’s been largely responsible for a lot of Nissan’s success in racing, so it’s only fitting that Nissan has released a commemorative video to celebrate Nismo’s 30th anniversary.

As with all trips down memory lane will show you, the video showcases Nismo’s history, beginning with its establishment in Omori, Tokyo, before running through all of its motor racing accomplishments. If you weren’t old enough to remember those years, Nismo was a formidable presence in a lot of racing series all over the world. It competed in Asia, and Europe, spread across numerous racing disciplines, including the 1986 Le Mans 24-Hour Race where Nismo first competed using the Nissan R85V.

High-level racing success for Nismo continued well into the 90’s and in the 2000’s. Along the way, Nismo also began expanding its reach by beginning aftermarket work on a handful of Nissan models, none more prominent than on the Skyline GT-R and its eventual successor, the Nissan GT-R.

Congratulations on 30 years of success and innovation, Nismo! We’d buy you a round of sake on us if we could, but since we can’t, we’ll just raise our metaphorical glasses and toast to more years of success, both on and off the race track.



Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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