Nissan: Nissan announces 2018 motorsports programs


  • Revised Super GT GT500 difficulty group and motorist structures aim pretension success
  • 2018-spec, newly developed GT-R NISMO GT3 hits a track
  • Prototype engine supply continues in FIA WEC, IMSA and LM P3

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan/NISMO currently announced their tellurian motorsports skeleton for 2018, that embody Nissan’s entrance in a all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as good as updated lineups for a Japanese Super GT Championship.

Formula E
Nissan will be a initial Japanese automaker to entrance in a Formula E Championship during a start of deteriorate 5 in late 2018. Nissan will exhibit a Formula E clothing during this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. Further information on a motorist lineup and group sum will be accessible after this year.

Starting from deteriorate five, teams will contest with a new chassis/battery multiple and new powertrains to discharge a mid-race automobile barter that was formerly a partial of Formula E races.

The entrance by Nissan, a tellurian personality in electric automobile technology, is ideally timed to coincide with new technical regulations for a championship. It’s also a high-performance countenance of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a company’s prophesy for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. Nissan creates a world’s best-selling electric vehicle, a Nissan LEAF, and introduced a new chronicle of a zero-emission automobile in Oct 2017.

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

SUPER GT GT500 Class
Nissan enters 4 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture a championships it won in 2014 and 2015. Nissan won 5 out of 8 races in 2016 and missed a 2017 pretension by a small 2 points.

Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli, a 2014 and 2015 champions, will again expostulate NISMO’s No. 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, imprinting their fifth true deteriorate as a pushing combination. Matsuda is a many successful GT500 motorist in a story of a championship, with 19 wins. Quintarelli binds a array record for many championship wins, with 4 titles.

Making a GT500 difficulty debut, NDDP Racing with B-MAX will span maestro Satoshi Motoyama with immature star Katsumasa Chiyo.

Team IMPUL will underline Daiki Sasaki alongside GT Academy connoisseur Jann Mardenborough, while 2017 Japanese Formula 3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi stairs adult from a GT300 difficulty with Kondo Racing with Joao Paulo de Oliveira.

The 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500’s updates include:

  • Aerodynamic improvements, including optimization of atmosphere upsurge along a vehicle’s center
  • Enhanced drivability, with increasing engine outlay and softened durability
  • Revision of all changeable components to optimize a car’s potential

2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

Customer racing programs
This season, a newly evolved, 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 is accessible for customers. NISMO will continue patron support for teams using a 2015-spec GT-R NISMO GT3 in a SUPER GT GT300 difficulty and Super Taikyu in Japan.

Racing group GAINER will contest in a SUPER GT GT300 difficulty with dual 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s. The two-car patrol will also entrance in a Blancpain GT Asia array with KCMG.

Details on Nissan’s appearance in a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Europe are approaching to be suggested in a nearby future.

In antecedent racing, Nissan, as an engine supplier, will be represented in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Extreme Speed Motorsports (with a GT-R GT3-based VR38 engine) and a FIA World Endurance Championship with ByKOLLES Racing (3.0-liter turbo V6 – VRX30A evo.).

Additionally, teams competing in a LMP3 difficulty around a universe will continue to use a Nissan VK50 competition engine.

Micra Cup

Other racing programs
In Canada, a Nissan Micra Cup Championship will continue for a fourth season. The Australian Supercars patrol will underline Andre Heimgartner, replacing a late Todd Kelly. Heimgartner joins Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso and Simona De Silvestro during a circle of their Nissan Altimas.

“Everyone during Nissan and NISMO is really vehement about a year ahead,” pronounced Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s tellurian motorsports director. “Formula E is a good new event for Nissan, and we’re looking brazen to mixing a brand’s believe as a marketplace personality for EV record for a highway – and holding that believe to a competition track.

“We’ve got a inspired new lineup in Super GT, fervent to follow down another championship for Nissan, and an energetically awaited updated chronicle of a GT-R NISMO GT3 that will competition this year.

“On a engine front, in antecedent racing, we’re a usually code in a universe that will energy contenders in all a vital championships around a universe – FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series.”


2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Build – Timelapse

NISMO, a brief form of “NISsan MOtorsports,” is a opening code for Nissan and one of a company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.” NISMO offers products featuring innovative record and high opening to a far-reaching operation of business for travel use. NISMO cars yield an sparkling pushing believe with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, extended doing characteristics and unmatched agility. In a motorsports world, NISMO competes in a top forms of GT and sports automobile racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series as good as globally providing competition cars and engines to customers.


Anna Teslik
Global Motorsport Marketing and Communications Manager
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Paul Ryan
Global Motorsport Marketing and PR Manager
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