Since 1984, NISMO has been the embodiment of ultimate Nissan performance, inspired by the most unforgiving proving ground – the race track. An elite group of engineers and test drivers who have worked, driven, and won on every level take select Nissan vehicles and create NISMO road cars that offer a uniquely thrilling and authentic experience. With a name derived from NISsan MOtorsport, you should expect nothing less.
A NISMO vehicle looks the way it does for one simple reason - pure function. Painstaking design down to the millimeter creates a shape with massive downforce to help you hold the road. Details like a rear diffuser, rear spoiler, and side sills reduce drag so you slice through the air. The fact that it looks this great doing so – icing on the cake.
Adrenaline on Tap
Step on the throttle and feel how race-proven engineering makes every trip through the gears memorable, with quick response, strong low-end torque, a wide powerband, and the unique growl of the exhaust note.
Handling that Makes Every Corner an Occasion
Intimately Connected to the Road
You feel it through the wheel, the seats, the pedals. Competition-tuned suspensions can feature enhancements like stiffer springs, body dampers, and chassis reinforcements to create incredible handling and precision. Your NISMO responds to your commands as if it were reading your mind.
The Touchpoint Between Car and Road
Bend into a corner and the steering tells you everything you need to know. Step on the brakes and feel control that lets you perfectly balance the chassis for precise handling. Hundreds of tire, brake, and wheel combinations are tested on track and street to find the right match for the chassis and to make sure you’re hard-wired to your drive.
A Driver-Focused Cockpit
Deeply bolstered sport seats hold you as you corner. Alcantara® cloth improves your grip on the steering wheel. Inspired by rally driving and drifting, there’s even a red signature atop the steering wheel to let you know where 12 o’clock is. In a NISMO cockpit, car and driver become one.
A Heritage of Innovation
A History of Tenacity
Nissan’s racing legacy began more than 80 years ago and continues today. It’s an amazing story of determination, adversity, and passion for the sport. Here are some highlights.
Competition begins, innovation accelerates
In only the second year of Nissan Motor Company, the passion for motorsport is obvious. At a 1200 meter oval track near Tokyo, the Datsun NL75’s new supercharged engine helps the racer win against other, much larger foreign cars, starting the legend of a “Giant Killer”. It also begins the tradition of taking lessons learned from racing, and bringing them to our street vehicles.
Conquering a 19-day Challenge Others Couldn’t Endure
Battling poor roads, floods, and extreme temperatures, Nissan furthers its reputation for durability by finishing first in its class at the “The World’s Cruelest Rally” around the Australian continent. Half the entrants didn’t finish the 16,600 km course – deemed so severe, it was never used again.
The Skyline Overtakes the Porsche and Inspires a Generation
Shock at Suzuka:
World Class performance. The Skyline GT earns Pole position in the qualifying race of the 1964 JAPAN Grand Prix, and then overtakes a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, taking the lead at the Japan Grand Prix. Not only a surprise to Porsche, it becomes one of the pinnacle moments for motorsport and Japan.
New Continent – New Records
240Z in the U.S.A.:
In 1970 the 240Z was a favorite among private racers, and began a tradition of collecting titles in SCCA C Production. The Z wins the C Production National Championships in 1970 and 1971. The Z legend continues wth a 350Z win in the Touring 3 race at the 2016 SCCA National Championships, marking Nissan’s 100th SCCA Runoff title – the first automaker in SCCA history to achieve such an incredible landmark.
Return of the King
After bringing the GT-R back in 1989, it returns to motorsport with a vengance, lapping all competitors to win its first race in 1990. It becomes one of the most dominant racers ever in the All-Japan Touring Car Championships, with an unprecedented 29 race winning streak through 1993. In Australia, the GT-R wins the title for 1991 and 1992, and earns the nickname “Godzilla”.
Rising to New Challenges
Group C Success:
Nissan’s Group C racer serves notice in Europe’s World Sportscar Championship and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship with a 3rd place in the 1989 Le Mans 24 hours. The battle continues on the world stage in ‘90 and ‘91 with three more Group C wins. After the team creats its own chassis in 1991, drivers Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, and Toshio Suzuki win the 1992 24 Hours of Daytona with the R91CP.
Fairlady Z GT500 Rides to Victory in Its Debut Year
2004 All Japan GT Championship
Successor to the Skyline GT-R R34, the Fairlady Z quickly proved its competitiveness by winning its very first race. Satoshi Motoyama and Richard Lyons drove it to victory. The Fairlady Z went on to win Round 6 and with a 7th-place finish in the final race, Nissan secured the Team title for the season. Motoyama took home the Driver’s crown.
The Powerhouse in Powerplants
2012 LMP2 = NISMO
The 3.4-liter VK-series V8 engine developed by NISMO becomes the dominant player in LMP2 racing. In the new-for-2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, six of the nine full season LMP2 entries were powered by Nissan. At the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours, 13 entrants – more than half of the LMP2 class – featured Nismo-tuned Nissan Power. Dominant, indeed.
Always Racing Forward
NISMO Motorsport News
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