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Old 02-09-2007, 01:57 PM   #1
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Nissan challenges SUPER GT Championship with new V8 engined Z

Pic of Fairlady Z (GT500 2007 race car)



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Nissan challenges SUPER GT Championship with new V8 engined Z
- 2007 Global motorsport programs announced -

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., LTD (hereafter NISMO)today announced their global motorsports activities for the 2007 season.

Nissan’s factory Fairlady Zs (350Z) will now be powered by a stronger 4.5 L V8 engine aiming at victory in this years SUPER GT championship in Japan. Complimented by changes to the chassis and other key components, the competitiveness of the machines that won championships twice in the past three years has now been significantly improved.

The main focus of the factory-backed team this year will be their entry in the GT 500 Class of the SUPER GT Series, the premium racing championship in Japan. Further, support of national and international privateer teams will be provided as Nissan maintains its longstanding commitment to grassroots racing activities.

1. SUPER GT

Entry in SUPER GT with the Z33 type Fairlady Z. Continuing from last year, Mr. Kunihiko Kakimoto will lead as General Manager of all the Nissan teams, while Mr. Yo****aka Iijima continues as Team Manager of NISMO.

NISMO will technically support and develop cars for teams entering SUPER GT with the Fairlady Z. A total of five Fairlady Zs from HASEMI MOTOR SPORT, TEAM IMPUL and KONDO RACING as well as NISMO will enter the GT 500 class.

The 2007 model Fairlady Z has been developed with a focus on the following areas:

1. Countermeasures to regulations changes (recovery of lower downforce and higher center of gravity)
2. Taking maximum advantage of the normally-aspirated V8 engine
A) Reduction of drag
B) Improvement of body stiffness
C) Weight-reduction
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Car# Entrant Manager Driver Car Name
22 NISMO Yo****aka Iijima Michael Krumm / Tsugio Matsuda MOTUL AUTECH Z
23 Satoshi Motoyama / Richard Lyons XANAVI NISMO Z
3 HASEMI MOTOR SPORT Masahiro Hasemi Sebastien Philippe / Masataka Yanagida YellowHat YMS Moba HO! TOMICA Z
12 TEAM IMPUL Kazuyoshi Hoshino Benoit Treluyer / Kazuki Hoshino CALSONIC IMPUL Z
24 KONDO RACING Masahiko Kondo Joao Paulo de Oliveira / Seiji Ara TBA

2. Privateer Support

A variety of motorsport programs will be supported by Nissan, allowing our customers to get the most out of their racing investments.

1) March Cup Race /Nissan Racing School:

Although set as an “entry class” category, the March Cup Race allows entrants to enjoy a real racing experience. Using the on-board data-logger lets entrants improve their driving skills while experiencing the excitement of driving a real racing car. A dedicated ‘Racing School’ using the March Cup cars will be held at each circuit prior to every race, and will feature instruction on proper racing etiquette and maintenance of the car. There will be one additional class added to the Racing School this season in order to provide the authentic environment for anyone who has never before driven a race car, giving them the opportunity to join the series. A GPS system which automatically records the driving patterns will be mounted on the rental cars of the Racing School, giving better guidance for the drivers.

2) Support to Privateers in National Series:

[SUPER GT GT300 class] :
Technical support will be provided to privateer teams. This year, three Fairlady Zs from two teams plan to make an entry to the series.

[Super Taikyu Series] :
Technical support will be provided to privateer teams. Endless Sports plans to have one car entered, and C-WEST will enter one Fairlady Z Version NISMO Type 380 RS-Competition in ST class 1. Furthermore, six Fairlady Z cars are planned for ST class 3.

[Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ) ] :
Formula Challenge Japan started last year with its objective of raising young Japanese drivers to become capable of making outstanding performances internationally. Nissan has taken part in promoting this category since its inaugural season. Also, an engine maintenance service will be provided by NISMO under the integrated management of the promoter. One Nissan Scholarship driver from last season will be promoted to the Formula Renault Series in Europe. This year, four drivers have been selected already as Nissan Scholarship drivers and will be provided support by the company.

3) Major Overseas Activities:

[China] :
China Circuit Championship (CCC) is the most popular motorsports category in China where Chinese drivers compete with touring cars which are developed off locally-built vehicle platforms. Last year, Nissan Tiida won the Championship in its debut year. Continuing from last season, entry to the CCC Touring Car 1600cc class will be made through the Dongfeng Nissan with the Chinese top team, Ghia Sports Team. Staying with the proven Tiida, the team aims to capture consecutive championship titles.

[USA] :
Nissan North America will support teams that enter Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) with the Nissan Titan in the Pro 2 class and Nissan Frontier in the Pro Lite class. The aim is for another double championship title.

[South Africa] :
Nissan South Africa will make its entry in the South African Off-Road Championship with the Nissan Navara, in pursuit of its 7th consecutive Driver’s Championship title. It will also enter the South Africa Production Car Championship Race Series with the 350Z after its victory in the championship last season.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:24 PM   #2
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Looks like they just tacked all that stuff on. They need to show a new GTR race car
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:38 AM   #3
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Looks like they just tacked all that stuff on. They need to show a new GTR race car
Dude.. Have you watched JGTC? Do you have any idea how much R&D goes into making those aero pieces? It might look tacked on but its totally functional.
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:14 AM   #4
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yeah, just like DTM. those cars are so tacky riced out. gimme NASCAR anyday...that is until they start with the cars of the future program and the ricer wings. stupid toyota all ready turning it into the fast and the furious.

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Old 02-10-2007, 03:37 AM   #5
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yeah, just like DTM. those cars are so tacky riced out. gimme NASCAR anyday...that is until they start with the cars of the future program and the ricer wings. stupid toyota all ready turning it into the fast and the furious.

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I never really understood why that interests people.

It'll be interesting to see how this car performs... I've always loved nissan when they put money into things.
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:50 AM   #6
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thats just dumb. there are no codrivers in NASCAR!
this could get real funny...i don't think he got it.

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I never really understood why that interests people.

It'll be interesting to see how this car performs... I've always loved nissan when they put money into things.
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Poor ****ing Yo****aka!
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Can you use your pickup truck to tow your house to GTC? No.

Therefor watching NASCAR > watching UNIQUE, gorgeous cars that started off as what you can actually buy.





I'd love for Nissan to make a NISMO Z with a v8... that would raise the Z from mediacracy!
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anymore pictures from another angle?
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