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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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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.

In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Japan
engine VK56DE
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
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
driven wheels RWD
front tires 31/71-18
rear tires 31/71-18
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
r suspension Multi-Link
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
transmission 6-Speed Transaxle
tran clutch 5.5” Triple Plate Carbon
key drivers Warren Hughes, Jamie Campbell-Walter, Michael Krumm, Peter Dumbreck