• Apr 25, 2010
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Think the Nissan GT-R is heavy enough as is? It still manages to run circles around most everything on the road, but there are limits. Especially when it's placed on a race track. And those limits are becoming a source of controversy in the nascent FIA GT1 World Championship.

The series' inaugural race took place at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island Marina circuit this past weekend, but the FIA held a test session beforehand in an apparent effort to equalize performance between the varied machinery being campaigned. Former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen took each of the six types of cars in the series for a few hot laps. While he was supposed to take 10 to15 laps in each car, he took fewer, and those were unevenly distributed, according to reports.

Based on his feedback, series organizers then imposed weight penalties on the different vehicles. The Corvette C6.R and Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV were each saddled with 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of ballast, and the Maserati MC12 was burdened with an extra 25 kilos (55 lbs). The Matech Ford GT was left as is, while the Aston Martin DBR9 was awarded a larger air restrictor to help it catch up. The Nissans, however, were given 30 kilograms (66 lbs) of extra weight, and as a result were unable to keep pace with the competition.

Subsequently, the two squads campaigning the race-spec GT-R – Swiss Racing Team and British Sumo Power (see UPDATE below) – have stated that, unless the FIA readjusts the weight penalties, they won't be participating. The threat is particularly heavy for the British team, as the next round takes place on its home turf at Silverstone.

*UPDATE: SRO, the series organizers behind the FIA GT1 World Championship, has informed Autoblog that Sumo Power was not part of the boycott threats as previously reported, and that Swiss Racing Team has since confirmed its participation for the Silverstone race, which is expected to proceed with full participation from the entire grid.

[Source: Autosport]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Its just the envy to the GTR...
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should make a rule on HP/weight ratio and let the teams do whatever they want (along with other standard restrictions) instead of this BS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hehe, this sounds exactly like what happened with the Australian Touring Car Championship series way back in the 90s.

      R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R too dominant, so they add weight. Still too dominant, so they add so much weight that the wheels need to be reinforced to handle it, else they break.
        • 4 Years Ago
        same here dude, i sense that FIA is having a haterade on GTR
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this is supposed to be more of a challenger of pit crews/race drivers, but it's starting to get ridiculous. If they want it to be determined 100% by pit crew/drivers, they should just get one car and make every team use the same car. With the current system someone is always going to complain about it being unfair.
      • 4 Years Ago
      weird that GTRs are way behind the other cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The irony of "Sumo Power".
      • 4 Years Ago
      First, yes, the testing was done in an unfair manner, the GT-R was assumed to be the fastest, but the reallity is that is not, 30 kg penalty and was running in the 2:09s the MC12 was given 25 kg but was faster, running in the 2:08s and the Lambo and the Corvette where running the same, The Ford achieved times of 2:07s but just in the hands of Romain Grosjean.

      The test suggested that the GT-R was too fast but that was because the other cars weren't driven enough time to get better times.

      And for the one saying that the grandfathered cars weren't penalized, the Corvette was running with 110 kg over the 2009 spec. They were adapted to the new regs, not just penalized.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the additional insight, Mike B.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wtf? have the judges been paid off to sabotage Nissan or what? no one can be that stupid unless they were bribed to do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a perfect illustration of why the GT-R is a tad overrated (IMHO), Next time make it 1-Smaller
      2- Lighter
      3-Get rid of the AUTOMATIC GEARBOX (would have the side benefit of less weight)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do people even know how to read anymore?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont think you get the article. The article is saying that the GTR is deemed too fast compare too all the other cars in the race, so therefore to make the race equal the GTR was fitted with more weights than all the other car. It doesnt mean that the GTR was too heavy. And almost all FIA races, they are using either sequential gearbox, or flabby peddles. The MC12 is not small either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have NO IDEA what the article is about do you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont understand what is the point in racing a better car if you will get penalties for it....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gtr gets penalties and banned where ever it goes hhahah.

      Nissan just builds'em too fast lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take the weight off all of them and let them all race. Penalties should only be given to cars that do not meet the regulations determined at the start of the season. Adjusting weight and penalizing faster cars during the season is BS. A slower team needs to find speed in their own car to win.

      There needs to be a hypercar wide open series as well. Let the rich race their toys and let us watch and enjoy it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        FIA GT1 is a handicapped race series, and the GT-R teams knew this getting in. If indeed, they're consistently slower, I'm sure FIA will reduce later. Just like cars that later show to be consistently faster have additional ballast added later.
        Iona Mouse
        • 4 Years Ago
        Race what you think meets the given rules and within the rules.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But GT1 isn't an engineering class/series. They're running, V12s vs V8s vs V6 etc, how would the teams running V6 engines find more speed against the V12 cars? It isn't like F1 where teams are constantly building new parts. If the V6 guys add some crazy turbos and catch up with the V12 guys then the V12 guys will just do the same and there is a limit to what can be done with engines built for road cars.

        Adding weight or restrictor plates are really the only way to allow so many different types of cars/power trains to compete in one class. A lot of series do it and its not easy and generally speak only over time do they get it right.
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