• Apr 7, 2009
Nissan GT-R GT1 - Click above for a gallery

After announcing its intention to run in the FIA Championship with a GT-R, Nissan has finally released a host of technical details and race-dates for its GT1-spec R35. The GT-R will make its debut at Silverstone on May 3rd and will campaign in three more races in 2009 before its all-out assault on the field in 2010.

The GT1 GT-R was testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France earlier this week, and with the help of NISMO and Gigawave Motorsports, the racer is well on its way. As expected, Nissan has dropped the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 in favor of a naturally aspirated VK56DE 5.6-liter V8 engine putting out 600 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. A Ricardo six-speed transmission and a 5.5-inch carbon triple plate clutch is fitted to channel power to the rear wheels. Six-piston calipers, carbon ceramic discs and 18x13-inch RAYS forged wheels are fitted at all four corners.

A new site has been launched to follow the team's progress, and the first video from GTRLive.tv can be viewed after the jump.



[Sources: GTRBlog, ZerotoHundred]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      a sihlouette tube frame race car as close to production cars like a DTM or NASCAR racer... oh dear...
      • 5 Years Ago
      No replacement for displacement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see by many of the comments you don't follow the FIA GT Championship, know the history of SRO, how the FIA and ACO fit into this and why Nissan made the decision to use a V8 engine.

      For one thing, as most people in Sportscar Racing, the end game is the 24hrs of Le Mans. If Turbo charging was so advantageous to being competitive more people would have done it. Only the Toyota GT-1, 911-GT1, 996 GT2 and 997-GT1 have been turbo-charged in competition form and been competitive (in the current era). The Ferrari F40 while competitive, was largely unreliable in long distance racing.

      AER's inline four cylinder turbo (Mazda MZR as well) and 4.4L Twin Turbo V8's have to be severely de-tuned for longer endurance races like Sebring and Le Mans. Le Mans because of the long periods in which you are at full throttle and Sebring because of basically the same thing and the bumpy nature of the track surface.

      NA engines have proven reliable for long distance racing, easy to maintain and fairly affordable. This is MEANT to be a Customer Car, not a display of your company's technological might, that would be Prototypes...

      It would be much more affordable to build the racecar and the required copies with a modified "Titan" V8 than a Gee Wiz hi-tech turbo V6. Nevermind that unless you have a Diesel engine fitted with a Turbo, ACO's rules aren't that friendly to gas powered turbo engines right now or Acura might have gone that direction, the IRL based engine in the new LMP1 car is based on the CART Turbo V8 from the 90's, Illmor based.



      • 5 Years Ago
      I can understand their putting in the V8 for the racing class, but never the less, it doesn't really create much of an advertising/selling point if you "dump" the powerplant that you offer to the public.

      Same goes with NASCAR Stockers. It used to be in the old NASCAR days that the there were now tube frames, and you raced the same engines that were available in that vehicle, only they were of course pumped up to ungodly levels of power.

      Back in the days of Superbirds, Torinos, Chargers, Cyclones, they ran Ford 427's, Hemi 426's, that were actually options for these models.

      Also the aerodynamics of the individual vehicle makes were retained and their was not one template.
      ******
      Sorry about drifting off topic.

      Anyway, I think Nissan needed to put that GTR in a class where it's V6 is used. That's where race fans can identify with a product that they just might want to buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In restricted racing, it is bad to be a fly on the wall.

        If Nissan was able to run the VR38 and won, the FIA has 2 options: they either add ballast to the consistent winner, or add a restriction to any type of car who is 'superior'.

        If Nissan was the only turbocharged car and had a higher percentage of success, guess who's car is going to get sandbagged by new regulations?

        Audi was a victim of their own success. Then the ACO changed the rules so they scrapped the R10 TDI in favor of the R15. Thats what you get for doing something new in a racing series (like first diesel entrant).

        Nissan running the same as everyone else makes any restrictions affect everyone equally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder why they are even bothering with GT1 it should be GT2. Most of the GT1 cars are getting old and outdated. The new support is all going into GT2 where it is cheaper to run and the cars are closer to stock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see these run in ALMS GT1 or GT2.
        V Boss
        • 5 Years Ago
        Think of that battle flying around Sebring for 12 hours...although with GT1 being effectively dead this year I'd like to see them bring something for GT2 and mix it up with the Porsches and Ferraris.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 GT1 with the Vette and Lambo as real competition. That would be a thing to watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With no fancy AWD and no turbocharged motor, it's just not a GT-R. It might as well be a funny car.

      I'd love to see the GT-R come to the US and race in IMSA (ALMS) with the original motor and hopefully drivetrain. Of course, with no competition let in GT1 in ALMS, that's not going to happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds almost as good as the ALMS GT1 Corvettes. Close, but oh so far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So they're going to race one of those cool twin-turbo V6 supercars with that nifty computerized AWD and cool twin-clutch transmission...but without the twin-turbo V6, the computerized AWD and cool twin-clutch transmission? The more things change...
      As for race cars that still resemble their roadgoing versions... P-WRC I guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This doesn't bode well for the turbocharged future of performance cars. Ever since it was revealed that the next M cars would all be turbocharged, I've taken solace in the fact that the GT-R is turbocharged. Could this move from a TT V6 to a NA V8 imply that Nissan doesn't believe the turbo motor has got what it takes?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont think its going to end turbo performance just due to this one GT-R going out there with a v8. I'm sure the tt v6 will be around and turbocharged cars will definately be on the rise (just from the mention of Ford's ecoboost technology, Ford alone will be putting a lot of turbo cars out on the market)

        don't worry bro. but I wuld love to see this engine in a special edition..truly would.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope. The TT V-6 and DCG are doing just fine in venues that allow the car to run in stock config.

        Those are mostly privateer events though, like Australian and Canadian tarmac rallys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet. Would have preferred if they kept the blown six in it but I guess this fits in better with the class rules.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So much more appealing than the standard car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um... can't that be said for ANY and EVERY race version of a road car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dwightB
        Nope, not for the Lambo that had its AWD dropped and detuned to 500hp to meet racing regulations. I would think that would be a drop from the production vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fair points. What I meant was naturally aspirated V8 plus RWD is more appealing than twin-turbo V6 plus AWD.

        It would be a more raw and visceral car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wot? rock hard suspension, roll cage, lack of accessories, no A/C... performance isn't everything.
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