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Nissan Releases New GT-R NISMO GT3 to Customer Teams

Following its debut with official partners, Nissan launches its new GT3 racer to customer outfits…

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Nissan has formally released its new-generation Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 model to customer teams, with deliveries set to begin in January.

The car, which continues the nomenclature of the Japanese manufacturer’s previous GT3 entry, will be made available to all customers having been introduced via three official partner teams this year.

RJN Motorsport is currently campaigning one new Nissan in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, while KCMG has two cars in Blancpain GT Series Asia and Gainer runs another pair in Super GT.

Compared with the 2015 model which claimed series titles in Super GT, Blancpain GT Endurance and an overall victory at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, the new edition sports a lower center of gravity with its twin-turbo V6 engine sitting 150 mm further back than before.

It also includes a newly designed suspension system, a strengthened braking system, and improvements to the air conditioning unit for driver comfort.

Nissan reports that since its testing debut in April 2017, the GT-R NISMO has logged around 30,000km – a number that includes its early race outings with partner teams.

It notched up its first podium at the Fuji 500 km in early May, with Gainer drivers Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Hironobu Yasuda finishing third in the GT300 class.

“NISMO, as the official sporting arm of Nissan, has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world, said NISMO CEO Takao Katagiri.

“I would like to greatly thank our official partner teams for being the first to choose and demonstrate the full potential of the car and we have high hopes that a number of teams will be competing with the 2018 model Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.” 

The 2018-spec car is now available to customers for the price of ¥60 million Japanese Yen (roughly $550,000 USD), excluding tax and delivery.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. BoycePhotog

    May 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Can we PLEASE get some of these in IMSA or PWC in the US?

    • Ed Holmes

      May 31, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      They have run in the PWC before. Time to challenge the GTD cars in IMSA if you are so inclined. Let’s see what you can do at Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta.

  2. Matt

    May 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Ratel, where tf is the cost cap??

  3. JM

    May 31, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    At the noted price, I think a canned LMP 2 from Oreca or Ligier is less expensive to buy. Please correct me if I’m wrong. GT3 going the way of GT1 and the dodo.

    • KAW

      May 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Cost cap for LMP2 car is 370k euro + VAT, but there is also question of parts. On the internet you can find an offer of Oreca 07 afer rebuild from V8 Racing for 400k euro + VAT. In GT3 car must be sold with parts pack, but still car prices went insane.

  4. Pay Driver

    May 31, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Same insane price as the new Porsche 911 GT3R.

    This category will be dead in a few years.

  5. Jeremy

    June 1, 2018 at 8:13 am

    wow, anyone know the cost of the Acura NSX gt3 or Audi r8 gt3 for comparison sake?

    • Mike Hedlund

      June 1, 2018 at 10:42 am

      About the same. The only outliers are the Bentley and Ferrari (more expensive).

  6. Mike S.

    June 6, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Yeah these are just to have one ready to race and look at. Don’t ask about operating costs or running a season; crew, hauler/hauling, shipping, tires etc. $3-5 million. Why there is a better reward vs cost analysis with a prototype right now.

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