2009 Nissan GT-R FIA-GT1


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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SUPER GT

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.

Europe

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.

In Detail

typeRacing Car
built atJapan
engineVK56DE
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
displacement5552 cc / 338.80 in³
power447.4 kw / 600 bhp
specific output108.07 bhp per litre
bhp/weight480.0 bhp per tonne
torque650 nm / 479.4 ft lbs
driven wheelsRWD
front tires31/71-18
rear tires31/71-18
front brakesCarbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakesCarbon Fiber Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
front wheelsF 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18 x 13 in
f suspensionDouble Wishbones
r suspensionMulti-Link
curb weight1250 kg / 2756 lbs
wheelbase2780 mm / 109.4 in
front track1675 mm / 65.9 in
rear track1710 mm / 67.3 in
length4730 mm / 186.2 in
width2040 mm / 80.3 in
transmission6-Speed Transaxle
tran clutch5.5” Triple Plate Carbon
key driversWarren Hughes, Jamie Campbell-Walter, Michael Krumm, Peter Dumbreck