Posts Tagged ‘Nissan’

Chris Hoy sets his sights on Le Mans

Chris HoyEleven-time world and six-time Olympic cycling champion, Sir Chris Hoy, has his sights set on a new, four wheeled, challenge.

Hoy has joined Nissan’s Driver Development Programme – currently enjoyed by the winners of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition – fast-tracking his progess into top-level motorsport.

Nissan, the Official Automotive Partner of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Associations (BPA), recently signed Hoy as a Brand Ambassador on the Road to Rio 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan unveils ZEOD RC engine

NISMO EngineNissan has revealed the internal combustion engine that will accompany the electric power plant on-board the Nissan ZEOD RC at Le Mans this year. Nissan claims the engine will ‘revolutionise standards of performance and efficiency’.

The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under just electric power in June this year. A single lap of each stint (a fuel “stint” lasts approximately one hour) will be electric powered, then the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine will take over.

The small engine weighs just 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and produces 400hp. The base engine is only 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide (19.68” x 15.74” x 7.78”). Revving to 7,500rpm, the Nissan DIG-T R produces 380Nm of torque and boasts a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan’s GT-R returns to Bathurst

Nissan GTRNissan’s GT-R will make something of a return to Bathurst next month, 22 years after the model’s last factory supported race at the legendary Australian circuit. The GT3 spec works Nissan GT-R entry will compete against a field of mostly other GT3 and GT4 machines in the Bathust 12 Hour, with the team of Rick Kelly, Wolfgang Reip, Katsumasa Chiyo and Alex Buncombe sharing driving duties.

Australian Nissan V8 Supercars driver, Rick Kelly, will be the team’s local representative. Kelly needs no introduction on Australian shores, having been one of the leading V8 Supercars drivers over the past decade. He is a former V8 Supercars Champion, and winner of the Bathurst 1000 in 2003 and 2004.

Wolfgang Reip won the GT Academy Europe competition in 2012, beating 830,000 PlayStation gamers to the top prize. He is well-accustomed to racing the GT-R after taking podium finishes in the Blancpain Endurance and FIA GT Series in 2013, in just his first season of racing. Read the rest of this entry »

Lucas Ordóñez to test Nissan’s new ZEOD RC programme

Lucas Ordonez

Nissan’s inaugural “gamer-to-racer”, Lucas Ordóñez, has been appointed as the official test and development driver of Nissan’s new ZEOD RC programme – the electric race car that will debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Launched at Le Mans in June this year, the Nissan ZEOD RC will make its race debut at the 2014 event. It will hit the track for the first time next month for testing with Spaniard Ordóñez entrusted with the development duties for the car.

The 28-year-old won the inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition in ‘08, and has gone on to become one of the star Nismo racers with Le Mans 24 Hours podiums, a championship win in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and a third place recently at the Spa 24 Hours for Nissan with an all-gamer line-up of GT Academy graduates.

In addition to racing in this year’s FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series, Ordóñez has also made appearances in the World Challenge Series in the US, the Japanese SUPER GT championship and recently tested a V8 Supercar for the Nissan factory squad in Australia. The appointment of Ordóñez was announced at the Nissan 360 global media event in California. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan’s GT Academy stars ready for 24 Hours of Spa

Nissan GT-R

This year’s 24 Hours of Spa entry list includes a special ‘all-gamer’ line-up from Nissan’s GT Academy. With 70 cars expected to take the start of the Spa 24 Hours, Nissan’s GT Academy stars will go head-to-head with over 250 racers, from ex-F1 drivers such as Bruno Senna to LMP1 works drivers including Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer.

In the No.35 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Jann Mardenborough will join Lucas Ordonez, Wolfgang Reip and Peter Pyzera, creating a team made up purely of GT Academy winners.  If jumping back into a GT car for a 24-hour race wasn’t enough of a test for Jann, he will be rushing between the GT and F3 paddocks throughout the weekend, as he will also race in three British F3 International Series races at Spa.

“The weekend will be quite busy with Formula 3 and the Spa 24 Hours,” said Jann.  “I’ve sat down with my F3 engineer and Bob (Neville – RJN boss) to sort out the schedule for me during the time at Spa and as long as there are no timetable changes it’s all good.

“Getting back into the GT3 car is going to be great!” he continued.  “I’ve been down to see the team to refresh my memory on buttons and procedures from last year so that when I get to Spa I will be on it quicker. I still have my little booster seat from last year too!  Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan launches Nismo Global Driver Exchange

Nissan GT-R GT3

Nissan has announced its new Nismo Global Driver Exchange today. The initiative aims to open the doors of race cars all over the world for the company’s rapidly expanding roster of racing drivers.

The first of Nissan’s drivers to take advantage of the new initiative is Spaniard Lucas Ordonez. Lucas, one of Nissan and Sony’s GT Academy stars, is now going to race in the Japanese Super GT class with a Nissan GT-R.

As the original winner of the GT Academy, Lucas already has an enviable racing CV. Three competitive outings at Le Mans, racing the Nissan DeltaWing at Petit Le Mans, winning the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and now some great performances in the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 have underlined the raw talent that was discovered by Nissan just a few years ago.

Lucas is in Japan for an official Super GT test at Suzuka later this week(19/20 July). He will then return to race the NDDP Racing Nissan GT-R with Kazuki Hoshino and Daiki Sasaki in the GT300 class in the Suzuka 1000kms on 17/18 August. Read the rest of this entry »

JRM & Öhlins partner to develop Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 suspension for customers

JRM Nissan GT-R

JR Motorsports Ltd, the official partner of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 racer, has announced a collaboration with leading suspension developer Öhlins. In response to 2013 rule changes and car upgrades, engineers from both organisations will work together to develop and provide teams running GT-Rs with more performance, features and bespoke suspension components. The first of these, in response to a regulation change, is the introduction of a new four-way, adjustable damper. In addition, JRM and Öhlins will also be creating bespoke suspension packages for customers wishing to use their cars in specific events such as the highly demanding Nürburgring 24 Hours.

The introduction of the four-way adjustable damper enables engineers to tune individual settings for both high speed compression, such as riding over kerbs, and low speed compression, to respond to pitch and roll. Limited testing and differing control tyres for the Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA GT Series, and the multitude of national GT championships across Europe, Russia and the Middle East, have placed a premium on the ability to fine tune the chassis effectively and in a short space of time. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan launches Nismo.tv

Nismo TV

Nissan has announced a collaboration with YouTube to form a new channel to be known as Nismo.tv. Launching in April, Nismo.tv will, according to their press release, ‘curate, aggregate and commission global Nissan Motorsport and performance product content’.

Nissan plans to share its motorsport stories every week of the year, and provide constant behind-the-scenes access to viewers. Projects such as Nissan’s experimental Le Mans electric prototype and gamer-to-racer GT Academy are focused on, as will more traditional motorsport coverage.

To promote the new channel, Nissan will feature YouTube branding on its GT-R racer competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series and new FIA GT Series. The car will compete in the hands of Lucas Ordonez and Nissan regular Alex Buncombe, and for the longer Blancpain Endurance Series races by one of the newest Nismo drivers, American Steve Doherty.

Nismo.tv will follow the exploits of the Nismo team, many of which are GT Academy winners who have risen from being console gamers to real world racing drivers. Special programs are planned on the new channel aiming to illustrate the challenges faces by those making the transition from online to real world racer.