What would a Nissan GT-R be without the racing pedigree that's helped make it what it is today? The truth is that we don't even want to know. But we don't have to, because the car known as Godzilla is as devastating on the race track as it is on the street.

Very different racing versions have been made to challenge the FIA GT1 World Championship and for Japan's own Super GT series, the latter powered by a naturally aspirated V8 to satisfy regulations instead of the twin-turbo V6 in the production model. Getting your hands on either of these, however, could prove a bigger challenge than passing one in a race. Fortunately, Nissan has just released a competition-spec GT-R you can buy.

Co-developed by Nismo (Nissan's in-house tuning department) and JR Motorsports (which campaigns a pair of GT-Rs in the aforementioned GT1 series), the GT3-spec model first debuted at the Magny-Cours circuit in France back in August, but is now available for order by privateer teams and gentlemen racers alike. It packs the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 as the production model, tuned to deliver 523 horsepower.

That may be slightly less than the current production model (due to the constrictions of GT3 regs) but the Nismo GT3 model also offers a fully adjustable suspension, stripped-out interior with roll cage and all the trimmings, extra cooling ducts and an aggressive aero package. The extra grip is where the extra speed comes from, and it can all be yours for a hair under 300,000 euros, or about $390k at today's rates.


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      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Nissan bring back an N1 version of the R, with no LCD screen, rear seats, A/C, stereo, carbon backed front seats, plastic rear window and windscreen, no spoiler, lightweight wheels, body on white, option of 6speed manual and no fog lights. I imagine a car such as that would be a really amazing car to drive. On another front, this is really awesome too, just a pity it's not road legal...
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool article on the trial-and-error development of the car: http://speedhunters.com/archive/2012/01/18/car-spotlight-gt-gt-nissan-nismo-gt-r-gt3.aspx Looking forward to seeing how it does.
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw it in person and love it
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      I need more money.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      who will buy it after the catastrophic result during the 24h at Abu Dubai?
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Georg
        What catastrophic result? An early collision caused by another driver resulted several component failing including the coolant tank. The GT3 Nismo GT-R was racing with little or no coolant in the tank which eventually lead to a blown gasket thus resulting in the car retiring from the race. The team managed a 3rd place grid position in time trials. So again, what catastrophic result?
          Georg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          last place of 70starter... they had problems the whole weekend not only during the race... Mercedes SLS GT3 race debut at the 24h of the northloop was little bit more successfull ..in a much more competetive field of 200 VLN race cars... The same VLN SLS GT3 who dominated the 24h at Dubai with a 1, 2 3 finish overall ...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do all of these versions still have AWD, or have they been converted to RWD?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        GT3 prohibits the use of AWD.
          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I assumed that was the case, but it seemed a big thing to omit when Autoblog was explaining the differences between this and the stock GT-R...
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much for just the GT3 and Nismo stickers?
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a BIG front splitter on that thing!
      tylermars.design
      • 2 Years Ago
      giggity.
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