• Nov 5, 2009

Nissan GT-R and Maserati MC12 at 2009 FIA GT test session – Click either image for high-res gallery

If you think you've seen schisms in motorsports by following the on-again, off-again rifts in F1, Indy racing and rallying, those are nothing compared to the fisticuffs endured in sportscar racing over the past few decades. In addition to the Rolex Daytona series and the IMSA, to name just two, the FIA and ACO have been running separate series with separate rules for years. But as the former realigns its sportscar series and the latter further branches out from the Le Mans venue itself to series around the world, the two France-based governing bodies have been getting their ducks in a row. And new coordination between the organizations could lead to some cars which had been relegated to one over the other to bridge the gap and compete for top honors in both.

Among those potential series crossovers are the racing-spec Nissan GT-R and the Maserati MC12, both of which comply with the new FIA GT regulations which ACO is now ready to adopt. Based on the Japanese Super GT-spec GT-R racer and with input from Nismo, British racing team Gigawave Motorsports fielded a GT-R in four races of the 2009 FIA GT Championship in preparation for a full-scale assault on the reformed GT1 World Championship next year.

Meanwhile, the Maserati MC12 has been dominating the GT1 category in the FIA GT Championship for the past five years running, winning back-to-back titles, but had remained outside the Le Mans rules as the ACO refused to homologate the Enzo-based racer. With the door to Le Mans now opened – and the corresponding series in Europe, America and Asia potentially along with it – the teams fielding both cars are reportedly enthusiastic to meet the ACO's requirements with backing from their respective factories.



[Source: Autosport]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the underpinnings of the GT-R.

      Where power, tires, and even aero are regulated, a lot will come down to chassis and suspension.


      Try taking the 'real' Corvette and see if FIA lets you in the gate. Oh wait, they already have a pace car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      GTR is a great road car but as a race car? It's a failure. Look at the 24 hour of tokachi, the damn thing finish 18th behind cars like the evo, z4 and rx-7. Before your ask, 24hr of tokachi is a Group N event. Dont try to bring up the superGT car, thats basically a rebodied fairlady with a V8 engine lifted from the Q45.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this mean that the GT class width restrictions have been increased? Perhaps this will open the door for more Super GT cars into Le Mans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can't compare the incredible Maserati MC12 with that Japatoilet of the Nissan.
      I hope FIAT technology will bring Dodge back to competitions in some years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the guys at pratt & miller just smirked hoping that Nissan would be foolish enough to bring the GT-R to GT2

      Corvette C6-R is Americas middle finger
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ The Hit , Corvette ran a few races this year , but the car didn't compete with the others because they tested the engine specs for the 2010 season, all the others , Porsche , Ferrari , BMW etc. were using engines made for the 2009 regulations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean bring a car that happens to wear a GT-R shell. I'm thinking since the GT-R is AWD it will not be allowed to compete in that form, and will end up being a Fairlady with a V8 from the Q45 or Titan made to look like a GT-R like the guy below says.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can anyone confirm that there will be fewer classes next year? Didn't I read something about that? I would LOVE to see all these makes compete in the same class....

        @ zama: I'm with you. I can't WAIT to see who steps up to the plate in next year's Le Mans. As far as I'm concerned, Le Mans is the absolute BENCHMARK for testing a companies engineering ability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ tuna

        CR only competed in 2 or 3 GT2 races this year (testing the waters).

        It still contended for wins when it did. Look for CR to lead GT2 this year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tourian,

        The GT-R is based on the Japanese SuperGT car...which is RWD, 6 speed seuqential transmission, weighs 2500lbs, and has a 4.5L natural aspiration V8 making 500hp...
        • 5 Years Ago
        dude, it's gunna be awesome. Nothing, but NOTHING, puts the proof in the pudding like LeMans. Period.

        Now we'll see just how awesome and capable the GT-R. If only toyota had the balls to run the LF-A.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought Flying Lizzard Porsche GT3 was on top of ALMS GT2.
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