• Dec 1, 2007
The Nissan GT-R GT500 race car from Japan's Super GT series.

A brief blurb over at GT Channel revealed a rumor we hope would come true. According to the site's sources, Nissan may be considering campaigning a GT-R in the U.S.-based Grand Am series. If it were to come to fruition, we'd expect the GT-R to be mixing it up in the GT Class with Porsche GT3s, BMW M3s, Corvettes and Ferraris. With a slightly detuned engine (power is limited to 450 hp) and a serious diet, we think a GT-R campaign could up the ante on what is arguable one of the most exciting motorsports events around.

[Source: GT Channel]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      GrandAm is OK, but is not the best sports car racing in the U.S. ALMS is better by far.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @PayDay- Its coming around!

      You realy think the corvette stands a chance against the GTR please stop lieing to your self.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm with you PayDay. As a person who appreciates both cars, it's very maddening to see a few people on here go far overboard on this stuff.

        I like the Corvette. I like the Skyine (including this "non-Skyline" GT-R). I like good racing better than both of them.

        I own an Audi and I went to ALMS races and watched the R8 eliminate the competition. But it's simply no fun to go to a race when you already know who the winner will be. So one of my most enjoyed moments was watching Dyson racing beat the R8s with a car in a lower class. It was a nip and tuck race and Dyson racing did everything they needed to do to win.

        The best years of Le Mans GT1 were watching the Prodrive Ferrari 550Ms compete with the Corvettes, because Prodrive was outclassing Corvette and winning races, keeping the championship up in the air until the last race. Then Ferrari came in with the awful werks 575Ms, which were completely uncompetitive. The good days returned when Prodrive came back with the Aston Martin DBR9s and made GT1 into a tight competition again.

        Great racing trumps all brands.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Where in my post did you window licking retarded fanboys see me rave on about how the Corvettes were the last word in auto racing?

        Its not like the sanctioning bodies are just going to hand the championship trophies over to Nissan as soon as they announce an entry.

        You all should get a "First life" so you don't have to spend all your waking hours on this "Second life" trying so show off how smart you think you are. Learn to read, think and form some sort of logical opinion instead of just popping off and repeating lame comment you heard from some other entity or were brainwashed into believing.

        Are you then telling me that Nissan is so bad ass that there is no need to prove anything on the track before? If anything you should be praising any manufacturer for putting forth the effort all these years to keep the series alive so there will be opportunities to be able to race.

        Don't get me wrong, I have a fondness for the Skylines and the new GTR. Actually I probably have been a Skyline fan since before you were born and more than likely have owned more Skylines than you. The band wagon is getting pretty full, but I think you will be able to weasel your way on somehow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Grand Am is ridiculously boring...they'd be better off jumping into the GT1 class of American LeMans and trying to unseat the Corvettes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        agreed, somebody's gotta give the Corvettes a run for their money, and the GT-R would be just the car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Now that is a race I'd love to watch. It wouldn't matter who won... I bet it'd be close.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not entirely sure there would be a huge weight difference between the two. Yes the GTR is AWD but I think a lot of the weight difference of the road cars is due to other unnecessary components. If they did compete in the ALMS GT1 category I would hope that they would retain the AWD system as that would make the GTR and Corvette strong in different areas and make for a lot of passing. There’s a category that runs in Australia which has Evo’s and STi’s against SS commodores and XR8s. Very interesting to watch but nowhere near the speeds of GT1.
        • 7 Years Ago
        other than the weight, they would be a good match. Corvette +2. Just my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That'd be alright by me. I'd really rather see it in GT1 of ALMS though.

      The C6.R could smoke all those cars (including Vettes) in Grand Am Cup GT and of course the Koni Challenge too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. Grand Am is great. I also love the Koni Challenge and lament that it didn't get good coverage last year.

        But I'd love to see Nissan go against the factory teams in ALMS. Besides, ALMS GT1 needs competitors, while Grand Am Rolex's GT class is doing just fine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Grand-AM is actually the best sports car racing in North America. They'll never enter GT1 in ALMS as their debut, not because the corvettes are too strong, there are no competitors there.

        Porsches, Pontiac, Mazda are serious competitors in the GT class.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering Corvette has already pulled out of GT1 for next season, there's no reason for Nissan to make a debut in that class as there's absolutely no competition whatsoever. A move down to the GT2 class would be nice to see though, as that's where the Corvettes are going (though not the same ones as we saw this year, obviously), and there's already a lot of solid competition in that class, including Ferraris and Porsches.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok I have to do this:
      gtr pwns all lol!!! jkjk ily gtr *licks* zomg gtr so hrny

      there is a reason no one has been able to hang with the Vettes in GT1 and assuming that a wonderful Japanese supercar can just show up and outrun the Vette like a the big Audi prototype cars do you have no understanding of well just about everything. The Corvettes are faster and more reliable than anything that has challenged them, plus the Corvette Racing Team after years of doing this really know their sh*t. So to assume Nissan can show up with the GTR and instantly set the world on fire is a foolish assumption. They might even have the ability to eventually beat the veteran corvettes eventually but they cannot do it instantly with a fresh car and team.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        agreed! I think both cars are wonderful, but this stuff takes time if you want to do it right and GM have definitely put in their work. I mean even look at the CTS' that won there brand championship.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When the GT-R meets the Corvette on the track, it will be just like when Arnold Schwarzenegger met Lou Ferrigno on the bodybuilding circuit, where they used to train together in the gym. Anyone who's ever seen the movie Pumping Iron knows I'm talking about. Arnold would stand over Lou while he was hitting without weights, looking down at him with a disdainful air of superiority and say "You Are Nothing!" Lou never could beat Arnold in competition and eventually retired from bodybuilding a beaten man.

      I imagine it'll be much the same for the teams who are running Corvettes. Within five years the Corvette will disappear from competition altogether, fearful of the embarrassment and shame they will face at the hands of superior Japanese engineering. GM will have no choice but to pull their support, as they watch Corvette sales plummet into the toilet.

      The old saying goes, "race on Sunday, sell on Monday." Well this works in reverse as well, lose on Sunday, have your cars return to the dealership on Monday, with your customers demanding a refund, furious that they've had such outdated obsolete technology foisted upon them. :-)

      Nissan GTR -- "Grrrrrrrrrrr! You Are Nothing!" it says flexing its unparalleled physique.

      Corvette -- "whimper whimper, mommy!" It whines, testicles receding into body, scampering away in search of the nearest garage to hide in.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Guys, I think Aaron is joking. Every day, people take the internet more seriously. Don't get me wrong, I love it, and I love this blog but lets not get our panties in a knot over some friendly banter shall we?

        That being said, Temple has an interesting point about FIA GT1 and SuperGT500. To answer shaofei's question, the extent of chassis/frame modification and aero aids are greater in SuperGT (JGTC) which is why direct transplants (with restrictors of course) from FIA/LM/ALMS GT1 classes tend not to do very well in SuperGT.

        Nissan isn't currently running a Z in the ALMS and that gives me no hope to see the GT-R compete. And of course, the competition is better in Grand AM as well as Speed GT. I think a GT2 entry to ALMS/FIA later on would be fantastic but until Speed starts airing Super GT races again, I'm not holding my breath.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree the stakes are high, about the "win on Sunday" stuff. But since both cars are highly modified from the originals, it'll turn into an old fashioned war of manipulating the equalization rules, likely one of the fiercest I've ever seen. Many foolish words will be expended by people who don't really understand equalization racing over how this means one car (meaning the version available for sale) is clearly better than the other.

        Should bring a lot of publicity to both cars and to Grand Am too. I can't wait.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Aaron, your mom's calling! You forgot to take your medicine again. You better hope she doesn't find out you are running your mouth again on the internet.

        Get a clue Nismo fanboy. The GTR would have trouble hanging with the Vettes, just like every other make. It wouldn't be a run away victory for the GTR like a race between your P.O.S. primer grey rusty Stanza and Steven Hawking's wheelchair. In case you didn't guess, you lost the race.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mike

        Why Mikey, when that happens I'll blame the driver of course. That sellout who was obviously paid off by some slimy GM, Chrysler or Ford CEO to throw the race. You do realize this is how they win most of their races and remain competitive, because they can't afford to let their cars lose and watch the sales numbers drop even further. :-)

        "Okay mom, I'm coming for dinner, just let me put this paid hack for the GM motor Co. in his place, two more minutes. Yeah, I want chocolate milk to drink. Yes maaaaa' I took my medication! Did you remember to buy more cheesy poofs? "

        Soon the Nissan GT-R will rule the universe, and all idolatrous heathens like yourself will bow down before him and grovel like the worms you are. :-)
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      This GT500 is RWD right?
      Being a GT1 Corvette fan i would like to see the Vettes have some competition without being choked back with air restricter and weight penalties. I am always a fan of cars being able to parade around their mechanical prowess and challenging the driver to it pointed in the right direction.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        SuperGT rules for GT500 allow the car to be either RWD or AWD. However, a car can only be AWD if the original stock version of the car is AWD as well, also while the exterior shell and panels can be modified the chassis must remain untouched from the stock vehicle. Due to strict weight penalties most AWD SuperGT entrants were converted to RWD. But oddly enough the Calsonic Impreza starting from the 2006 season is fielding a fully AWD Impreza.

        This GT-R GT500 racer however is likely based on the Nismos Fairlady Z GT500, and they are only fielding two test cars in the 2008 season, hence it'll be likley be RWD.
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