• Jan 11, 2008


Click the image above for a gallery of pics.

We got an early look at an un-liveried version of the Nissan GT-R GT500 race car testing at Suzuka back in October. Nissan has finally revealed the final version today at the Tokyo Auto Salon complete with its all-new paint scheme that will be featured across all of Nissan motorsport in 2008. The design is a result of close cooperation between Nissan and NISMO with some input from a NISMO enthusiasts club. The red signifies Nissan's passion for racing while the black symbolizes the extreme performance of the GT-R.

Technical details and specifications have yet to be released, but we should be getting the official numbers by the end of the month. For now, check out the new photos in the gallery below or follow the jump for a video of the GT-R race car on track and the press release from Nissan.

[Source: Nissan]

PRESS RELEASE

TOKYO (January 8, 2008) - The GT500 specification Nissan GT-R racing car, which will vie for the 2008 SUPER GT series, will make its public debut at the upcoming "Tokyo Auto Salon with NAPAC" (January 11-13, 2008 at Makuhari Messe), followed by the "Osaka Auto Messe 2008? (February 9-11, 2008 at Intecks Osaka), the country's two largest annual custom car shows.

The new works livery - which will be featured across Nissan motorsports activities during the 2008 season - will be unveiled on the race car. Nissan will vie for the SUPER GT Championship, one of the world's most demanding GT race series, with the new machine built on the same multi-performance super car concept of the Nissan GT-R road car.

The new livery resulted from close collaboration between Nissan's design team and NISMO, its motorsports affiliate company, and incorporates feedback from members of the "Club NISMO" fan club.

The signature wide "brush stroke" design motif, synonymous with the current Fairlady Z race car, was carried forward into the new GT-R racing car as Nissan's racing fans worldwide could immediately associate with the design. The livery design swipes forward from the rear in bold red and black - the red symbolizes the passion for racing, while the black signifies the high performance of the new Nissan GT-R.

Further details of the GT500 Nissan GT-R including technical specifications will be announced on January 31st, as well as Nissan's full range of global motorsports activities for the coming season.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Not the best looking or sounding JGTC car, but I am sure it will perform very well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you see that conering speed?! Superb!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should race THAT in NASCAR
        • 7 Years Ago
        and YOU should be BANNED!
      • 7 Years Ago
      and YOU should be BANNED!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone know the paint code for it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's like deja vu all over again.
      The comments section has been actin the fool lately ya'll.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait a sec, did I just... OMG yes finally a video without all that crappy techno music overlaying the sweet sound of the car.

      I want it. Too bad I can't have it...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you see that conering speed?! Superb!
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a race car. That's what they do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ why not the LS2/LS7?

        Yes, and some do it better than others (see, e.g., racing is a competition).
      • 7 Years Ago
      How much of the race car is built from the stock car?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, if it's anything like the last version or any other SuperGT car, they pretty much take a handful of bolts and part of the dashboard off the production car and bolt it to a vehicle with a custom motor, drivetrain (RWD), tube frame and CF shell over it.

        Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but not much. Just like the C6.R, DBR9 or other top-line "production-based" racing car in ALMS/LMS, FIA GT or JGTC.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The red signifies Nissan's passion for racing while the black symbolizes the extreme performance of the GT-R."

      Why? Why do they insist that a simple two-tone color-scheme "symbolizes" something. Isn't it marketable enough just to say the "colors were chosen because they're cool and aesthetically pleasing"?

      Some people need to learn that it's actually possible to *over-idealize* a product.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1. "Look, the two-tone color scheme makes the car look badass in out opinion. Arigatogozaimasu!" The End. Roll Credits.

        Anyway, the video? [gurgles like Homer] mmmm...Super GT.

        • 7 Years Ago
        +1. "The two-tone color scheme makes the GT-R GT500 car look even more badass in our opinion. Arigatogozaimasu!"

        The End. Roll Credits.

        Anyway, the video? [gurgles like Homer] mmmm....Super GT...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone will crash it in a few days and we'll get to see THAT story on Autoblog too!! I'm on edge w/anticipation!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        In the world of racing, "pro drivers" from japanese race series are only slightly better than your average driver.

        Too bad they aren't racing the GT-R in a respected race series.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This one will be driven by pro drivers. No rich boy with no driving skills!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody will crash it within a few days and we'll be able to see THAT story on Autoblog too!! I'm on edge w/anticipation.
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