October 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
It’s not only Ferrari and Porsche that can offer keen customers highly-priced race-spec versions of their performance production models. Nissan wants a piece of the pie and has just released a new 370Z NISMO RC that is now available for customer orders.
Based on the street-legal 370Z, the NISMO RC has been taken to the extreme with major weight-saving measures dropping off all luxuries. The result is a car that’s around 180kg lighter and tips the scales at just 1,339kg.
The Nissan 370Z NISMO RC also features NISMO race exhaust, NISMO tuned ECM, high capacity NISMO clutch, flywheel, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers and a Recaro racing seat with 6-point racing harness. A Sparco racing steering wheel and a carbon fibre control stack are also part of the RC package.
The 3.7-litre V6 motor has been tweaked to produce slightly more than the stock unit at 264kW of power and 373Nm of torque. Continue reading “Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC” »
May 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC electric race car is one of the first genuine race-spec electric cars ever constructed. So what? Well this special Leaf is providing a sneak peak into the likely future of motorsports, and is proof that there will come a time when motorsport fans talk about volts, amps, and kilowatt-hours instead of horsepower and fuel capacity.
Nissan still hasn’t worked out exactly where it will campaign its electric racer but that hasn’t stopped its development as evidenced by a recent shakedown. Following its official debut at the recent 2011 New York Auto Show, the Leaf Nismo RC has become a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of electric cars and aerodynamic systems. It is also the first serious platform for the development of new green motorsports series and is giving Nissan a head start in this area.
The Nismo RC is all stealth with its carbon fibre bodywork, three door body and silent electric powertrain. It’s longer and wider than the production model Leaf but uses a relocated version of the same drivetrain as the street-going model.
The video below shows the electric race car’s first public shakedown test at Sodegaura Forest Raceway in Japan. Check out the clip below. Continue reading “Nissan Leaf Nismo RC gets first track workout (+video)” »
April 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Electric cars haven’t really made their way into motorsport circles just yet but that doesn’t mean there’s not parties already pushing for full EV racing classes. Some are even going so far as to suggest that the technology could be used in F1 first and then filter down to lesser motosport divisions later. Western Springs speedway would certainly get much less noise complaints if it was electric-powered cars lapping the dirt oval. But before all that, the first step would be to organise the first fully electric racing class and Nissan have taken the first steps towards it.
Nissan have recently unveiled its Leaf Nismo RC (Racing Competition) concept at the New York Auto Show. The prototype racing hatchback has lost a couple of doors from the production model and nearly four inches out of its wheelbase, but it’s wider and longer with a minimal ground clearance of just 2.4 inches.
The dedicated racer also gets a full carbon fibre monocoque bodywork with removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and taillights and a driver-adjustable rear wing. Nissan says the racing special weighs just 938kg – around 40 percent lighter than the production Leaf. Continue reading “The Future of motorsport? Nismo RC electric race car” »
January 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The Tokyo Auto Salon is currently taking place and its already bringing us some high-tech Japanese metal with the latest being the Nissan Nismo GT-R RC (Racing Competition), production racer.
According to the official Nissan statement, “The Nissan Nismo GT-R RC is the latest entry to the RC (Racing Competition) line of high performance, production model race cars developed and outfitted by NISMO. It’s built up from the world renowned, top performance Nissan GT-R (R35) road car.”
So what’s it all about? Well this track-spec GT-R is based on the pre-facelift version of the R35 GT-R. The pre-faceift donor vehicle’s VR38DETT 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 has been left untouched, which means it generates 485 hp and 588 Nm of torque.
This means it doesn’t offer 530 hp like the refreshed version of the street-spec GT-R, but this racer comes with a lighter body, thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre on the bumpers, bonnet, boot lid and rear wing. The rear windows have also been replaced by acrylic and all together the vehicle weighs in at 1,520 kg.
Other upgrades include height adjustable racing suspension and a stronger braking system that uses 410 mm (front) and 380 mm (rear) rotors. The vehicle uses ADVAN 290/710 R20 slick tyres, which are standard for all RC models.
Continue reading “Nissan unveils Nismo GT-R RC at Tokyo Auto Salon” »
June 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
If you can get to Japan and have a passion for all things Z, Nissan’s got something very tasty for you. The company has just unleashed its factory tuned 370Z, and the results are attractive.
The JDM NISMO 370Z features a modified version of the 3.7-litre V6 engine that churns out 350 horsepower compared to the standard car’s 332HP. It’s available with a choice of either 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission.
The NISMO package also ads 19-inch alloy wheels shod in 245/40 R19 tires up front and 275/35 R19 at the rear, stiffer suspension and a high-performance brake system.
The coupe’s exterior styling is modified with a functional aero kit that includes a longer dipping nose, unique rear fascia, large wing and side skirts, while the interior is upgraded with a set of sport seats, special door trim and NISMO gauges.
If you want one jump on a plane to Japan and take a wad of cash with you Nissan has priced the NISMO 370Z at 4,935,00 Yen (about $79,760 NZ) for the 6-speed manual gearbox model and at 5,040,000 Yen (approx $81,435 NZ) for the automatic version.