2009 Nissan GT-R FIA-GT1
TOKYO (February 27, 2009) – Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) today announced their global motorsport program for 2009.
For 2009, Nissan continues to participate in the SUPER GT series, GT500 class, which is the highest level in Japanese domestic motorsports, with the Nissan GT-R. Nissan will also support grassroots activities in select countries outside of Japan to help nurture the motorsports culture, which has millions of fans throughout the world.
“Motorsports is an important part of Nissan’s strategy for building a strong brand with consumers who share our passion for high-performance driving,” said Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. “In addition to being an important touch-point for consumers, motorsports serve as a dynamic proving ground for automotive innovation.”
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The R35 model Nissan GT-R will be entered in the GT500 class of SUPER GT. This year’s entries will incorporate changes that include an improved air-cooling system and a paddle-shift transmission. The vehicles also conform to the racing body’s latest regulation changes to decrease down force through shortened vehicle overhang. NISMO provides technical assistance and vehicle development to all participating teams.
To check the performance of cars to be sold to racing teams competing in the FIA-GT1 class, a NISMO-developed car will run as a non-championship entry in 4 races in 2009, entered in a team partnership with Gigawave MotorSport. It is expected that the car is to be driven by Michael Krumm (NISMO) and Darren Turner (Gigawave).
Gigawave MotorSport, a racing team based in county Essex, England, has been competing in the FIA GT Championship since 2007. The team’s parent company Gigawave Ltd., as an official partner of the FIA GT Championship, provides on-board cameras for real-time coverage of the races.
|displacement||5552 cc / 338.80 in³|
|power||447.4 kw / 600 bhp|
|specific output||108.07 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||480.0 bhp per tonne|
|torque||650 nm / 479.4 ft lbs|
|front brakes||Carbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers|
|rear brakes||Carbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers|
|front wheels||F 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in|
|rear wheels||R 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones|
|curb weight||1250 kg / 2756 lbs|
|wheelbase||2780 mm / 109.4 in|
|front track||1675 mm / 65.9 in|
|rear track||1710 mm / 67.3 in|
|length||4730 mm / 186.2 in|
|width||2040 mm / 80.3 in|
|tran clutch||5.5” Triple Plate Carbon|
|key drivers||Warren Hughes, Jamie Campbell-Walter, Michael Krumm, Peter Dumbreck|