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2019 Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

2019 Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

Better in all areas than the old one, but still almost useless

The new Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is as much a race car as it is a PR stunt. Yes, it builds on the experience Nissan gained by developing the first race-going Leaf only it doesn’t actually go racing anywhere. Nissan says six will be built and, with 327 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque on tap, it’s quite a beast but it’s not homologated for any series, and it will never be, so what is really the point?

The Nissan Leaf is without a shadow of a doubt the most successful EV car on the market today. Since its introduction in 2010, nearly 400,000 units have been sold worldwide and, as of October 2018, the U.S. is the Leaf’s biggest fan, buying over 126,000 examples in the first ten months of this year. It’s natural, then, to see Nissan partner with Nismo and create a new racing rendition of this eco-friendly compact car.

The first Leaf Nismo RC, that was unveiled back in 2011, looked like a big lump of fat. It was round in all areas and was about as aggressive as a pufferfish. With technology still in its infancy, the output wasn’t ground-shaking either: a little over 100 horsepower and about 200 pound-feet of torque. But it taught Nissan some important lessons about EVs and, so, we’ve expected a lot more from this new car, and we’ve got a whole lot more. There will also be more than one built but there’s still an issue: Nissan won’t enter the Leaf Nismo RC in any racing series since it doesn’t comply to any set of regulations in the world. It’s a test mule, which is a bit sad.

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2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

"Godzilla" returns with new upgrades!

As the current Nissan GT-R is preparing for retirement with a new, hybrid-powered model underway, the race-spec Nismo GT3 was upgraded for the 2019 racing season.

Last revised in 2015, the GT-R Nismo GT3 has now received a new aerodynamic package on the outside and borrowed the recent changes that Nissan rolled out for the road-legal sports car. The race car also boasts an upgraded chassis that includes new suspension components, more durable brakes, and a more reliable transmission. That vehicle that has won many races in series like the Blancpain GT Series and the Super GT, just to name a few, will hit the track with these new upgrades for the 2019 season.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500

Nismo redesigns the GT-R for the 2017 Super GT championship

The current Nissan GT-R, also known as the R35, was introduced in 2007 as a successor to the popular R34. Redesigned from the ground up, the R35 set many new benchmarks for the GT-R nameplate. It’s the first to no longer feature the Skyline name and the first GT-R to use a V-6 engine (previous generations have used inline-six units). More importantly, it’s the first GT-R offered globally, being exported to the U.S. and giving Nissan unprecedented popularity in the sports car market. Finally, it is also the longest-running GT-R model. While previous versions were produced for three to five years, the R35 is ten years old as of 2017. Although a bit long in the tooth, the current GT-R is still making headlines on both the road and the track, the latter fueled by numerous versions prepped by Nismo. One of them is the GT500 and it just received an update for the 2017 racing season.

Used by Nissan in Japan’s top-spec Super GT racing division since 2008, the GT-R has brought the company five championship triumphs in nine years. However, after winning the series in 2014 and 2015, the GT-R was defeated by Lexus and its

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based GT500 race car in 2016. Nissan wants to fix that in 2017, which brought significant modifications to the GT500 rule book, with a revised version of its Nismo-built, race-ready GT-R.

"We will make further development improvements during off-season tests and aim to create a race car that will shine brilliantly within the history of motorsports," said president and CEO of Nismo, Takao Katagiri. "We hope to thrill fans with a fast, more appealing GT-R that will excite fans as it lines up on the grid for the opening round competing against the new Lexus and Honda machines."

The new GT-R GT500 was unveiled at the Twin Ring Motegi along with entries for rival companies Lexus and Honda, and was showcased once again at the Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway in December. The 2017 Super GT Series is scheduled to begin in April.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Nissan GT-R GT500.

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2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

So far, Nissan has yet to clinch ultimate victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it’s not for lack of trying. The Japanese automaker made its initial debut at the prestigious racing event in 1986, with best results achieved in 1998 with a third-place podium from the #32 R390 GT1 car driven by Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Aguri Suzuki, and Masahiko Kageyama. A year later, Nissan opted to simply provide engines rather than field full prototype racers. 

Now, after a 16-year departure from the top echelon of endurance racing, Nissan is back with one of the most unusual cars to ever take the grid. At first glance, the GT-R LM NISMO looks totally unlike its main rivals, and for good reason – while the other marques all feature mid-mounted engines and RWD, the GT-R LM places its engine ahead of the cockpit and uses FWD.

This setup is the brainchild of Team Principal and Technical Director Ben Bowlby, also known for creating the All American Racers DeltaWing and the ZEOD RC. Nissan calls it the “ultimate GT-R," but with such a radical reinterpretation of the rulebook, will it have a fighting chance against the current crop of proven machinery from Audi, Porsche, and Toyota?

Updated 10/01/2015: Back in June the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO made its race debut at Le Mans. However, the car featured some technical difficulties and it had to race without its hybrid system engaged. Now, Nissan announced that the team has been working hard to address these technical issues and that the GT-R LM NISMO is ready to make its race return at the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016.

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2014 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

2014 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

After setting a new Nurburgring lap record last year, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo is set to make a return to the iconic German track in racing guise for the 24 Hours endurance event scheduled later this summer.

Dubbed GT-R Nismo GT3, the racing version of the ultra-fast supercar that lapped the "Green Hell" in 7:08.679 will sport an array of aerodynamic upgrades, including a wide-body kit with revised fenders and side sills, a race-spec rear diffuser and a large wing mounted atop its trunk.

Although the automaker declined to reveal any details in regards to the vehicle’s powertrain and chassis upgrades, the GT3 is obviously fitted with a stiffer suspension and benefits from several engine and transmission tweaks of the usual Nismo recipe.

Three Nissan GT-R GT3 vehicles will be entered in this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring - two will be raced by Nissan GT Academy Team RJN in cooperation with Nismo engineers brought straight from Japan, while the other one will compete under the Schulze Motorsport banner.

The factory teams will get four drivers each. The No.80 car will be manhandled by former Formula One racer Nick Heidfeld, who will be joined by GT Academy graduates Florian Strauss, Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe. The No.30 car, on the other hand, will be driven by Nissan Super GT pilots Michael Krumm and Kazuki Hoshino, joined by Katsumasa Chiyo and Tetsuya Tanaka.

Lastly, the Nissan GT-R ran by Schulze Motorsport will benefit from the skills of Gran Turismo creator Kazanori Yamauchi and 2009 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

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2014 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

2014 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

We’ve already had a look and listen at Volvo’s engine for the V8 Supercars racing series, and now another equally uninspiring car is debuting. This time around, it’s the Nissan Altima Coupe that is showing that it can deliver on the race track.

There is no mention of what engine is under its hood, but it’s safe to say that there is some form of V-8, like the series’ name alludes to. This isn’t the Altima’s first crack at the V8 Supercars series, but this is a new design for the team.

The new aero package slapped on this hot Altima includes smaller scallops on the front bar and redesigned rear wing uprights. Also tweaked is the livery, as it now features a pearlescent yellow paint and reflective white vinyl in the "Norton" logo.

There will be two Altimas running the series, with James Moffat at the helm of the No. 360 car and Michael Caruso in the No. 36 car. The racing kicks off February 27th in Adelaide, South Australia and end December 7th in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.

Click past the jump to read a little about the road-going 2013 Altima Coupe and to see the full racing schedule.

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2014 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Oreca 03

2014 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Oreca 03

Nissan is planning to compete in the 2014 TUDOR series with a race car developed in cooperation with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing. In fact, the new Oreca 03 was designed by Muscle Milk and Nissan will only provide the engine and the drivers: GT1 FIA World Champion Lucas Luhr, Klaus Graf and Alex Brundle.

This new car and the 2014 TUDOR competition represents Nissan’s attempt to return to its glory days of sports car success from 1988 to 1991 when it won four consecutive driver’s championships, three manufacturer’s titles and 33 IMSA races.

The new Oreca 03 will hit the track this weekend at the "Roar before the Rolex 24" - the traditional test before the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will also be raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

Click past the jump to read more about the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Oreca 03.

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2014 Nissan ZEOD RC

2014 Nissan ZEOD RC

Nissan announced its plans to enter the Le Mans Series earlier this year, but the company has been toying with the idea ever since it left the DeltaWing program.

Today its experimental car - the ZEOD RC - was finally unveiled and, according to Nissan, it will be the world’s fastest electric racecar. The new electric racecar will start testing later this summer and will make its racing debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour. As usual, the car will race under the ACO’s "Garage 56" entry.

While very official specifications have been released on the new ZEOD RC, we do know it will take advantage of the electric technology used in the road-going Nissan Leaf. However, Nissan will somehow take this technology to extreme level, as the ZEOD RC will hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Nissan will run Le Mans with aG-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca this year and hopes to score victory in the P2 class.

Updated 05/21/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video showing the ZEOD RC crash test in slow motion. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about some of the competition the ZEOD RC may face at at next year’s Le Mans.

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2014 G-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca Nissan

2014 G-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca Nissan

When Nissan announced plans to drop the DeltaWing program, it also announced plans to return to 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. The company plans to enter the race as a "Garage 56" with an "innovative project that promises to continue the pioneering spirit of last year’s award-winning Nissan DeltaWing experimental entry."

Today, the company released the first teaser video and image of the vehicle that will make its world debut on Friday, June 21st. At the 2013 Le Mans, Nissan will also open a "Nismo FanZone" experience that will offer the fans a chance to see the drivers of the No. 42 Greaves Motorsport and No. 26 G-Drive Racing cars.

Also, visitors will have the possibility to enter competitions to win helicopter rides, garage tours, circuit tours and numerous other giveaways throughout the event. Nissan is also offering the possibility to watch the groundbreaking Juke Ride biometrics system.

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s competitors in Le Mans.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 by JRM

2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 by JRM

JR Motorsports developed a special Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 for the upcoming GT Tour (French GT). This decision comes after a successful trial of a car in the opening rounds of GT Tour and will be followed by a possible entry in the Blancpain series later in the year. Not a big surprise here, considering JRM previously developed cars for Blancpain, British GT, VLN and FIA GT series.

The car is still under development, but the company hopes to have it done in time for the next round at Spa. This collaboration between Nissan and JRM comes after running the GT-R at Le Mans and Imola, and both companies hope to achieve the awesome results from this long-term commitment.

"Having a prestigious team such as JMB Racing opt for the Nissan, after many years of success Ferrari and Maserati, underlines the competitive package and affordability the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 offers," says James Rumsey, JRM Group executive director.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

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2013 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3-Spec

2013 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3-Spec

The 2012 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3, which Nissan launched at the beginning of the year, scored some amazing results during this year’s racing season. Now Nismo is getting even more powerful for the 2013 racing season with the unveiling of its new 2013 GT-R GT3-Spec - a model that adds improvements to the engine, suspensions and aerodynamics. Orders will be accepted beginning on November 13, 2012. Each unit will be developed on demand.

Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine has received new camshaft timing and reinforced moving parts. The engine delivers a total of 550 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 439 pound-feet at 5,000rpm.

In order to improve the car’s aerodynamics, Nismo adds canards to the front and the front fender louvers are enlarged. The positioning of the rear wing is also optimized. These changes improve aerodynamic balance between front and rear, and increase downforce, which enhances overall aerodynamic performance.

In Europe, the model will be priced at £270,000 - about $430,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

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2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car

2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car

For the first time in 20 years, Nissan is set to compete in Australia’s Supercar V8 Series and they’re doing so with the 2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar.

The car was unveiled at a special event in Melbourne and marks one of the first vehicles that aren’t Ford Falcons or Holden Commodores to compete in the V8 Supercar Series.

Together with its partner Kelly Racing, Nissan is planning to bring four of these models to compete in the 2013 season under the Nissan Motorsport banner. As far as modifications are concerned, the Altima V8 Supercar will get a NISMO-developed 5.0-liter VK56DE V8 engine. Incidentally, this Nismo-sourced V8 powertrain is the same engine that powered the Nissan GT-R FIA GT1 to the FIA GT1 World Championship title back in 2011. To comply with the V8 Supercar regulations, the engine’s displacement was actually reduced from 5.6 liter to 5.0 liters.

Talking to Australia’s Herald Sun, Kelly Racing co-owner and overseer of the Nissan Altima project Todd Kelly has high hopes for the Altima V8 Supercar leading up to its run in the 2013 season of the V8 Supercar Series.

"Factory support is the key to teams winning Bathurst and V8 Supercar championships," Kelly said.

"There’s nothing more exciting for a drive than to unveil a car with a brand new chassis that takes it to a new level.’’

UPDATE: 11/05/12: A week after Nissan pulled the covers off of the Altima V8 Supercar Racer, the automaker finished its first run of testing at Calder Park Raceway. At the end of the test session, the team seemed happy with the results, although they also cautioned that there’s more work that needs to be done to make the Altima V8 Supercar racer up to speed. Check out the video of the car’s test run by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 02/13/13: A few months after unveiling the Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car, Nissan took it one step further with the debut of the actual race cars with their liveries in tow to go with the driver announcements for the two teams the Japanese automaker will be fielding in the V8 Supercar Series. Check out the fresh batch of pics in the gallery below!

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2012 Nissan DeltaWing

2012 Nissan DeltaWing

The rising gas prices have been impacting all of us for many years, but the world of racing seemed almost immune to these price hikes for many years. Well, with the price of fuel teetering in the $4-per-gallon range, even racing circuits are feeling the pinch at the pump. With this pinch and racing series also wanting to become more eco-friendly, they have almost all been looking into ways to modify their cars to fit this mold.

IndyCar and F1 have been at the forefront of these changes, and these changes spawned the birth of the DeltaWing in an attempt to infiltrate IndyCar in 2003. The DeltaWing was ultimately rejected by IndyCar, but its developers didn’t stop there, as they slowly worked toward getting it a spot in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which it finally achieved in 2012. The Nissan DeltaWing, unfortunately, did not finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but its strong start did show that it had definite potential.

Now with the DeltaWing scheduled to run in the 2013 American Le Mans Series and taking home fifth place in the 2012 Petite Le Mans, the DeltaWing and its builders are well on their way of realizing their dreams. So what makes the DeltaWing so great?

Click past the jump to read our full review and learn what makes this odd-looking racecar so special.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Track Pack

2013 Nissan GT-R Track Pack

When Nissan launched the new 2013 GT-R, they also released minor details on an additional Track Pack model that would add an "an extra edge on the race track." Now, Nissan has finally offered up the official details on this racing package, including the fact that it is already available for order. Customers on the British market will need to tack on an extra £10,000 ($15,600 at the current rates) to the £74,450 ($116,150 at the current rates) price tag of the standard GT-R, for a grand total of £84,450 ($131,750 at the current rates).

The new Track pack version will be distinguished by lightweight six-spoke RAYS alloy wheels with gloss black painted centers. The new wheels will be combined with brakes cooled by additional cooling ducts built into the front bumper. These reduce the operating temperature of the front brake discs by as much as 100 degrees during track use, improving the stopping performance. Similar ducts, hidden behind the rear wheels, channel cooling air over the rear discs. The suspension system has also been revised to be optimal for track use, while adjustable dampers offer more comfort when the car is being used on the road.

This will be one of the lightest GT-R models offered due to the fact that it comes in a two-seat configuration: the rear buckets have been removed to save weight and the front seats have been replaced with lighter Recaro racing seats trimmed with blue bolsters in a high-grip fabric.

UPDATE 04/26/2012: Nissan has unveiled a new set of images for their latest GT-R Track Pack edition. The images were taken at the Nissan’s 22 High Performance Centers where the car was taken for a testing session.

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2012 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

2012 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

JR Motorsport announced their Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 back in September 2011, but Nissan themselves have already gone to work on a GT-R GT3 Nismo that they plan to unveil at next week’s Dubai 24 Hours. The new car will compete in the A6 class at the hands of Michael Krumm (GER), Tom Kimber-Smith (UK), Franck Mailleux (FRA), and Alex Buncombe (UK).

The new GT-R GT3 Nismo is powered by a 3.8 liter V6 twin-turbo engine mated to a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox with a Sachs 4- plate sintered clutch and a semi automatic pneumatic paddle.

The GT3 Nismo has also been equipped with a new set of 18" RAYS center-lock, aluminum forged wheels and a new set of Brembo brakes. Nissan then replaced the standard exhaust system with a new side-exit exhaust with optional catalytic converter. The panels and doors are made of carbon composite and, for a better aerodynamic, Nissan has attached a wind tunnel developed front splitter, bumper, and flat floor, as well as an adjustable rear wing.

UPDATE 01/23/12: Nismo and JR Motorsports (JRM) have released new details and a new image on the Nismo GT-R that will be used for GT3 racing worldwide. The model will use a 3.8 V6 twin-turbo engine based off the standard car, with the output increased to 530 HP at 6,400. If anyone interested, the starting price for this racer is 298,000 Euro, or about $388,000 at the current exchange rates.

UPDATE 03/26/12: The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 is finally out on track. Check out how the racer takes to the asphalt by clicking on the photo above!

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2012 Nissan 370Z Nismo RC

2012 Nissan 370Z Nismo RC

It seems Nissan Motorsport engineers have been fiddling around in the shop lately and have combined a Nissan 370Z with a street-legal 370Z Nismo Coupe to create the new 370 Nismo RC. This new race car conforms to FIA GT4 and World Challenge GTS class specifications and can even be modified to compete in the Grand Am Continental Tire Challenge GS class. Nissan has already begun taking orders.

The new Nismo 370Z RC is significantly lighter than its production variant, coming in at 2,954 lbs to the Nismo 370Z’s 3,314 lbs and the standard 370Z’s 3,245 lbs. The Nismo 370Z RC is powered by a 3.7-liter VQ-series V6 engine that delivers a total of 355 HP at 7,400 rpm with 276 lbs of torque at 5,200 rpm, 5 HP more than the Nismo 370Z. Helping the engine along is a Nismo race exhaust, a Nismo tuned ECM, and high capacity Nismo clutch, flywheel, engine oil, transmission, and differential coolers. The engine is also stocked with numerous hose and connector upgrades to meet the rigorous demands of track use.

The new Nismo 370Z RC comes equipped with an FIA-compliant roll cage, a fire extinguisher, a Recaro racing seat with 6-point racing harness, a Sparco racing steering wheel, a revamped, and a race-ready carbon fiber switch panel.

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2012 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 by JR Motorsport

2012 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 by JR Motorsport

The Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3-spec race car made a successful debut at the Blancpain Endurance Series at Magny-Cours over the weekend, finishing eight in a field of 35 cars for JR Motorsport and proving that the car has enough bite to back up its bark.

Built to GT3 race specs and jointly developed by NISMO and JRM, the NISMO GT-R carries the same 3.8-liter VR38DETT V6 engine as that of the production model with an output of 530 horsepower and 451 lb/ft of torque.

The NISMO GT-R GT3, which was driven by David Brabham and Richard Westbrook, capped off its impressive performance by covering over 440 kilometers in just a little over three hours of action, showing that it can run with the established models of the GT3 class in just its first racing action. With development only beginning a year ago, the Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3’s performance at Magny-Cours is a sign of great things to come for both the car and the JR Motorsport team.

“We came to Magny-Cours with a plan, as our main goal was to test the reliability of the car in an endurance event and to assess how it compared in a competitive environment - and that’s exactly what we’ve done," team principal Andy Barnes said.

"To achieve such a solid all-round performance has taken months of hard work by NISMO and JRM. The outcome of this weekend really underlines the true potential of the car and keeps our development program and pre-launch plans firmly on track.”

The future’s looking bright for the newest race car in the GT3 grid. Both NISMO and JRM are confident that with an impressive car in tow, the team will be remain competitive in future GT3-class races.

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2011 Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

2011 Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

Whoever believed electric cars couldn’t be fun clearly did not see Nissan’s latest racing concept, the Leaf Nismo RC. Okay, some may call it ridiculous, but the fact that we’re all going electric one day makes this new concept a sight to behold. Basically, Nissan has taken their Leaf model, added full carbon fiber bodywork, a tweaked engine, and some much needed graphics to turn their "green" little hatchback into what they are hoping will be a spunky racer.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC concept features full carbon fiber monocoque bodywork with removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and taillights, and a driver-adjustable rear wing. The concept is painted in a special Pearl White paint with blue NISMO/Zero Emission graphics. Compared to the production version model, the RC Concept is 3.9 inches shorter, 0.8 inches longer, 6.7 inches wider, and 13.8 inches lower. The changes made to it accomplished a 40% weight loss.

For the powertrain, Nissan used a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that delivers a total of 107 HP and a peak torque of 207 lbs-ft. This motor is charged by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules. Unlike the production version Leaf, the RC concept’s electric motor shoots power to the rear wheels. At the first testings, the Nismo RC concept made the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 6.85 seconds and hit a top speed of 93 mph. In racing condition, it has an autonomy of 20 minutes.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC concept will be making special demonstration appearances at various motorsports venues in 2011, but first it will be displayed at the 2011 New york Auto Show.

UPDATE 05/16/2011: Nissan has unveiled a new video of the Leaf Nismo RC showing the concept being tested at the Sodegaura Forest Raceway on May 13, 2011. Hit the jump for the video.

Updated 06/03/2011: Nissan announced that the Leaf Nismo RS will make two demonstration runs at the Le Mans series: the first at 21:15 on Thursday, June 9th and the second at 12:10 on Saturday, June 11th local time. With this occasion the company has revealed new images of the racing car. You will find them in out picture gallery.

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2012 Nissan NISMO GT-R RC

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.

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2010 Nissan Nismo GT-R RC

2010 Nissan Nismo GT-R RC

Nismo announced today their plans to enter the 2010 Super Taikyu series with a new Nissan GT-R based race car. The race will take place at the Fuji Speedway on June 26th and 27th. As usual, the car will wear the legendary #23. Kageyama Masami, Tetsuya Tanaka, and Kazuki Hoshino will be behind the wheel of this highly anticipated racecar.

The new Nismo GT-R RC will have to race cars like the BMW Z4M and the Porsche GT3.

That’s all we have for now, but stay tuned for more details!

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2010 Nissan GT-R from Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team

2010 Nissan GT-R from Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team

Nissan unveiled the new GT-R from Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team at the Automobile Club de France, Paris. The car will race the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship.

The #23 Sumo Power GT-entered Nissan GT-R will be driven by Peter Dumbreck (Scotland) and Michael Krumm (Germany) and the #3 entry from Swiss Racing Team by multiple FIA GT race-winner Karl Wendlinger.

"We are very excited about NISSAN returning to a world championship after nearly 20 years away. The FIA GT1 World Championship is an ideal venue for NISSAN to showcase its technology globally through the participation of its iconic model the NISSAN GT-R. Our partner teams, Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team are also excited about racing the NISSAN GT-R at circuits around the world. We are looking forward to the inaugural race in Abu Dhabi in April."

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Nissan GT-R GT1

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.

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2004 Nissan Nismo Racing Z

2004 Nissan Nismo Racing Z

Nissan will be entering the Z33 Fairlady Z in the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC). Kunihiko Kakimoto has been appointed to oversee the GT500 class Nissan teams, while Hiroshi Degawa spearheads the NISMO team. NISMO also provides technological support to Hasemi Motor Sport and Team Impul, making a total of four Nissan-affiliated cars competing in the series. NISMO has responsibility for vehicle development.

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