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NISMO Festival celebrates the fan favorite Gt-R at Fuji Speedway


The 20th running of the NISMO Festival supported by Motul showcased the fan-favorite Nissan GT-R and the NISMO brand in Japan, with more than 28,000 fans on site and thousands more tuning into the live stream on YouTube.

Along with the traditional NISMO Grand Prix race featuring entries from the Super GT, Super Taikyu and Europe’s Blancpain GT Series championships, the event also included a Racing GT-R Heritage Run.

This featured 16 famous GT-R’s from Nissan’s racing heritage dating back to the Skyline HT 2000 GT-R from the late 60s.


Other cars taking part were the Group A-spec Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 including the Calsonic version driven by NISMO legend Kazuyoshi Hoshino.

The R32 won an incredible 29 consecutive races in Japan and was recently voted by fans in the #NISMOtop20 poll on twitter as the greatest Nissan/NISMO racecar of all time.

The 1995 and 1996 Le Mans GT-R racers were on track along with JGTC/Super GT race winners from 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017.

Nissan’s 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship winning GT-R was driven by Michael Krumm while Katsumasa Chiyo piloted the Bathurst 12 Hour-winning Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

Racing legends returned to the track at the NISMO Festival included Takahashi Kunimitsu, Tsuchiya Keiichi, Hagiwara Osamu and 1998-99 champion, Erik Comas.

Other on-track events included an historic race and the Z-Challenge exhibition while road cars headed out on the Fuji Speedway circuit with more than 150 NISMO machines taking part.

The NISMO Grand Prix was won by the Motul Autech GT-R (Super GT GT500) of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli. The No. 23 crew also scored the prize for the fastest pit stop of the race.

Off track, fans enjoyed driver interviews, autograph sessions, merchandise stores, pit stop displays plus Nissan aftermarket parts and tuner stalls.

The day’s closing ceremony included a presentation to Nissan racer Mitsunori Takaboshi who clinched this year’s Japanese Formula 3 championship.

“We’re very thankful for the support of the fans throughout the season. Although we missed Super GT championship by mere two points, the victory at the final round gave us a clear direction of what should be done over the winter for the next season,” said NISMO President, Takao Katagiri.

“As a new challenge, Nissan and NISMO will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E championship which starts in December next year and will look forward to seeing you all again to celebrate our victories.



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Nissan to show LEAF NISMO Concept, Serena NISMO at Tokyo Motor Show


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will show a number of exciting concept cars and production vehicles at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, giving customers a glimpse of the company’s newest and future innovations.

A new concept model that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility will be among the highlights of the vehicles on display. The Nissan LEAF NISMO Concept car, the performance-oriented Serena NISMO and an updated Skyline will also debut at the show. In all, Nissan plans to display 13 vehicles.

The 45th Tokyo Motor Show, held at Tokyo Big Sight, is open to the public from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5.  The Nissan booth, in East Hall 5, will feature a “spiral” design theme symbolizing the company’s past, present and future commitment to making exciting products. It will showcase the values Nissan strives to offer, including the company’s latest electric vehicles. A simulator will let visitors experience the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.


The following is an overview of some of the main display models:


LEAF NISMO Concept: Nissan’s flagship electric car meets NISMO’s driving excitement

Launched in September, the new Nissan LEAF comes with the latest iteration of Nissan’s ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving technology. It also includes ProPILOT Park, the first technology in a Japanese-made vehicle to help drivers park by automatically controlling the accelerator, brakes, steering, shift changing and parking brake. Another feature of the new LEAF is e-Pedal, which lets the driver start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using only the accelerator pedal.

The NISMO Concept version of the new LEAF has a sporty new exterior designed by NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division. The application of NISMO racing technology to the car’s body results in enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift, without sacrificing the LEAF’s excellent drag coefficient. The black interior features NISMO’s signature red accents, creating an exciting, high-performance feel.

On the road, the LEAF NISMO Concept offers a truly exciting drive. This is thanks to a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires, not to mention a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds. The LEAF NISMO Concept combines the environmentally friendly character of an electric car with the exciting driving experience that’s always been a hallmark of the NISMO brand.


Serena NISMO: a minivan with spiced-up looks

The Serena NISMO offers NISMO’s sporting technology – head-turning styling and exhilarating performance – without sacrificing the base model’s family-friendly, utilitarian nature. The exterior design appropriately reflects NISMO’s performance-oriented nature, with custom aero parts that enhance the aggressiveness of its appearance. Inside, occupants will enjoy NISMO’s signature red accents.

The Serena NISMO features sharper handling, thanks to a custom sport-tuned suspension system. A new engine control module and exhaust system add extra excitement and flair to the overall driving experience. The Serena NISMO is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in November 2017.


The Skyline: a premium sports sedan with advanced technology

Nissan’s premium sports sedan has always featured cutting-edge technology that stirs the driver’s emotions. All Skyline models now come with Nissan’s All-Around Safety Shield technology. This can be combined with the high-performance, environmentally friendly hybrid system and Direct Adaptive Steering, which provides intuitive handling for easier and safer driving.

Changes to the Skyline include a revamped exterior and new aluminum wheel designs that spice up what was already one of the most attractive vehicles in its class. Inside the cabin, the steering wheel and shift knob are new, as is the instrument panel’s surface finish, giving the interior an even higher premium quality. The new Skyline is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in December 2017.