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Nissan Begins Customer Deliveries of New GT-R GT3 Car

Deliveries of new Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 begins in Japan ahead of customer racing debut…

Nissan has begun customer deliveries of its new-for-2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, ahead of the car’s debut in various GT championships this year.

The Japanese manufacturer recently put three of the cars through a shakedown at Fuji Speedway, with Masataka Yanagida and Michael Krumm handling driving duties.

“Basically we did a function test, checked all of the systems, [like] ABS, traction control, and made sure the car is as we developed it,” Krumm said. “The car is ready to go.”

While having made its competition debut in a VLN round in September, the car will be seen in multiple championships, including the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Super GT, this year.

RJN Motorsport will enter at least one of the new cars in the five-round Endurance Cup, with a single Pro class entry having been confirmed by SRO Motorsports Group earlier this week, while GAINER is set to field two new Nissan GT3s in the GT300 class of Super GT.

A two-car effort from KCMG was also recently confirmed for Blancpain GT Series Asia.

“I hope to see many of the GT-Rs in the GT3 class worldwide,” Krumm said. “My hopes are that it will preforming right at the top of the championships, so that’s what we’re hoping for.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Kyle

    February 24, 2018 at 11:02 am

    AIM coming back to PWC? They posted a bare GT-R GT3 on Twitter today.

    • John Dagys

      February 24, 2018 at 11:25 am

      They’re working on a program but it would be with the previous-gen Nissan, not the new car.

  2. Edgar Sanchez

    February 24, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Excited to see this car race in 2018. Hopefully we see it in PWC and IGTC too.

  3. Kevin

    February 24, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    It would be nice to see it in IMSA GTD class as well.

  4. therandomguy

    February 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    They need to target this car to be friendly to the bronze and amateur drivers or it will be a car like the McLaren 650 GT3 where it is too pro based.

    Should be in the other European GT3 series like British GT not just in Blancplain GT or Super GT to be successful. Do like to see it more in other places.

  5. Steve Johnson

    February 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    The new car looks like it has a much lower center of gravity vs the previous and a new floor. It also appears it has a smaller front end.

    Now we need to see these cars in IMSA. Can anyone explain why there isn’t a team fielding a GT3? With ESM having NISMO as a technical partner on the DPi side wouldn’t the GTD team be able to reap the rewards of another team already having the personal there, tools, etc….

    • el_gordo

      February 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      not to mention the manufacturer fee being paid already

    • Ed Holmes

      May 31, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Steve: At $500,000 per car, a team could get a year old, competitive LMP2 for the same amount. However, whether it takes a factory effort or not, time to challenge the GTD cars in IMSA at Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta!

  6. Jimbo_Newman

    February 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    John, hate to bother you but any word on Ed Brown’s GT3 program? At this point I kinda doubt it will even happen and they will just focus on the Nismo Dpi program

    • JeffB

      February 24, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Good question. Everything went quiet on that front.

  7. Helmut

    February 25, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Nissn did not have a stellar debut at the Nurburgring, retired after 2 laps.

    • Paul

      February 28, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Helmut, it wasn’t placed in the GT3 class so it wasn’t even suppose to race there. It’s first actual debut will be in Blacnpain GT Asia.

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