Onboard - Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 - Paul Ricard

Driving the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 seems to be quite a struggle. A nice struggle though.

 

In order to lighten the cost burden to entrants participating in various races, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) established the GT3 touring car category. With manufacturers registering their developed racing car specific parts as “GT3 Specified,” it becomes possible to provide entrants with high-performance racecars without laying on them the burden of vehicle development costs. The first of these GT3 machines to be developed in Japan was the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. Some of the events in which participants can compete using FIA GT3 vehicles are Japan's SUPER GT GT300 class, the Super Taikyu's ST-X class, as well as overseas series such as the Blancpain Endurance Series and 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

 

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3
Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

Blancpain Endurance Series
An endurance race series carried out mainly in Europe and competed amongst GT3 machines. With a large number of entrants, the series is extremely popular in Europe. In 2013 the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 competed in the Pro-Am class and secured both the teams' and drivers' titles, but this year it will be making an entrance into the Pro class for the first time. The drivers are all from the NISSAN GT Academy, with Alex Buncombe and Wolfgang Reip joined by Japan's Katsumasa Chiyo.
24 Hours of Nürburgring
This 24-hour endurance race carried out in Germany's Nürburgring is renowned as being incredibly challenging and attracts approximately 200 competitors a year. These entrants consist of both semi-works teams run by manufacturers and privateer teams that desire a stab at the legendary Nürburgring. The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 has been competing here since 2013 and this season RJN, which has been implementing the NISSAN GT Academy's European activities, and NISMO will be entering 2 GTRs as a joint team.
Super Taikyu Series

The Super Taikyu Series has the longest history of any endurance race in Japan. The race classes are carefully defined by displacement and drive system and, with modifications heavily restricted for participating vehicles, it is possible to compete with machines quite close to commercially available models. This results in a unique series with a large number of competitors. The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 competes in the ST-X class, where FIA GT3 machines battle it out.

 

 

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3
Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

 

 

The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 was the first racing car developed in Japan along FIA GT3 guidelines. In its debut year it achieved victories in the SUPER GT's GT300, as well as the GT3 category of the Super Taikyu. At the same time it actively competed overseas in races such as the British GT Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series. The car took home the championship in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance series while it was also champion in the 2014 Super Taikyu series. The GT-R, which has proven its high level of performance both at home and abroad, has been further improved in the 2015 model. Work has been done on further weight reduction and improved weight balance. On top of this, improvements in aerodynamics, fuel economy and brake performance have also been implemented to further refine the vehicle's speed and power.

 

 

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