The all-new Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car was officially unveiled and as expected, it looks absolutely stunning. The big surprise is that the vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, bolted to a five-speed sequential transmission that delivers the power to the front wheels. In addition, the GT-R LM Nismo will arrive with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).
Still Nissan didn’t tell us how the kinetic energy is stored or used. Moreover, the GT-R LM Nismo features 14-inch-wide Michelin tyres at the front and 9-inch tyres at the rear.
Nissan says that the aero was moved forwards in order to obtain the perfect harmony with the mass center if gravity and the tire capacity. Regarding the weight of the race car, the Japanese manufacturer admitted that they are going to be really challenged as they need to achieve a target of 880 kg.
The Nissan GT-R has reached cult status largely due to the success of the Skyline since 1969 and the acclaim received from automotive publications. It also helped that the name reached legendary levels due to the inclusion of the GT-R in Gran Turismo, Sony’s racing video game.
The NISMO team is currently in the process of developing a new road car and by being involved in GT-R racing, it managed to get the necessary first-hand information.
NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani admitted that while a lot of fans worldwide want to get more information on the upcoming GT-R NISMO, it will not share any details for now considering that it is still too early.
Miyatani though promised that the team will be using all of the motorsport expertise it has in coming up with a car worthy of the GT-R name. The 2014 Nissan GT-R has already received the necessary engineer enhancements and evolutionary design that are largely based on its successful foray into both the Global GT and Super GT series and the 24-Hours Nürburgring race.
The enhancement and changes to the design have increased the stability of the car in high speeds and its overall performance, as well as the quality of the ride.
Though the GT-R NISMO is still under development, it is expected to lead the Nissan NISMO range and it will be sold in GT-R dealerships beside the standard Nissan model. Details of the performance and technical specifications are expected to be released once the GT-R NISMO is nearing its launch.