2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 unveiled for upcoming Japanese Super GT Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 15, 2016

Nissan has finally unveiled its racer for the upcoming 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT Series – the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500. Apparently, Nissan has made a number of design changes on its Super GT racer, seeking to repeat its feat in 2014 and 2015 when it won the championship. While Nissan failed to capture its third championship this year, it developed and designed the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 to enable it to recapture the crown while still abiding by the rules and regulations of the Japanese Super GT series.

The Japanese Super GT racing series has always been enjoyable and fun to watch not just because of speed and dynamics involved, but also because this competition features some of the hottest looking cars in the planet. Looking forward, the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT is really something to look forward to because of some changes in the aero rules.

Apparently, the race cars competing in the Super GT have become too fast and too stable, and that has rendered the racing action seemingly boring. So, organizers decided to make the action more thrilling and more enjoyable -- by tweaking the regulations to compel manufacturers to reduce the downforce on their GT500 cars by 25 percent, thereby theoretically reducing cornering speeds. While this obliged carmakers to revise the looks of their racers, the apparent visual changes have resulted to better- and hotter-looking race vehicles.

Actually, Nissan is the last of the carmakers that unveiled their race cars for the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT series. Honda and Lexus have already provided a glimpse into their GT500 race races. Honda has shown its new NSX-GT, which aimed to compensate for the 25-percent reduction in downforce through aerodynamic gains below its “design line” along its front and rear bumper as well as on the side panels. Meanwhile, the Lexus LC500 now sports a smaller rear diffuser, a shorter front splitter and a “low downforce” rear spoiler.

As for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500, it features less aerodynamic elements that have been a signature of GT500 cars. For instance, Nissan was able to largely reduce the downforce on the GT-R Nismo GT500 per Super GT rules by employing smaller rear diffusers. However, it is still laden with a number of aerodynamic aids like its massive rear wing, front splitter and flared wheel arches, as well as and four new front canards.

While the Nissan racer remains powered by a two-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder NR20A engine, the carmaker has increased its power output to offset the regulated decrease in downforce. In addition, Nissan improved the dynamics of the 2017 GT-R Nismo GT500 by lowering its center of gravity and optimizing its weight distribution. Styling changes include tweaks seen on the front end of the latest production version of the Nissan GT-R – with the signature “V-Motion” grille pattern now incorporated seamlessly into the car’s design lines.

Press Release

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 for 2017 revealed at Twin Ring Motegi

Nissan's new GT500 challenger, which aims to battle for championship success in 2017, was revealed on the eve of last weekend's Super GT final rounds.

The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 was unveiled at Twin Ring Motegi along with entries from rivals Lexus and Honda.

New regulations for 2017 include a 25 percent reduction in total downforce in all GT500 machines. NISMO has also incorporated enhancements with endurance and reliability, while further advances were achieved in power output.

The car's dynamics were also improved through a lowered center of gravity and an optimization of weight distribution.

The new car aims to continue the incredible success for Nissan in recent years, which won the championship 2014 and 2015 and won five of the eight rounds in 2016.

"We will make further development improvements during off-season tests and aim to create a race car that will shine brilliantly within the history of motorsports," said president and CEO of NISMO, Takao Katagiri. "We hope to thrill fans with a fast, more appealing GT-R that will excite fans as it lines up on the grid for the opening round competing against the new Lexus and Honda machines."

Fans will get another chance to view the 2017-spec GT500 GT-R at the upcoming NISMO Festival in Japan scheduled for Fuji International Speedway on December 11.

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