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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 »
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 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 »
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 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.
Following a four day test held in Portimao last week, JRM, the development team behind the Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3 racer, believe a raft of 2013 performance upgrades have delivered significant improvements in both qualifying and race pace of the GT-R GT3 car. Despite the test car not benefitting from all the planned 2013 engine upgrades, the changes to the suspension and a substantially revamped aero package enabled JRM test driver, Peter Dumbreck, to consistently lap substantially faster than the sister 2012 spec car running at the same time. The test also allowed potential customers to try the revised car.
“The test gave us four full days running in predominantly dry conditions, working through aero and damper set up changes to optimise the car ahead of homologation,” said JRM’s Nigel Stepney. “The drivers reported turn in is significantly improved and the repositioned rear wing is more efficient than last year’s, resulting in downforce without the drag.” Read the rest of this entry »
The scene has been set for a dramatic showdown in the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship, with a group of cars all in with a shot at the title at the season-ending event in three weeks’ time. This past weekend’s race at Silverstone produced a mixed result for many of the title contenders, not least Nissan’s GT-R Nismo GT3, which finished eighth after a three-hour long battle.
The #35 Nissan GT-R is third in the championship, but the scores are so close that the Donington race looks set to become a winner-takes-all event.
Even though it was Nissan GT Academy star Jann Mardenborough’s 21st birthday on Sunday, the young Nissan racer didn’t get the winner’s trophy this time out. With many of the top runners receiving time penalties for various on-track misdemeanours, the #35 Nissan GT-R wasn’t left out, and had a few too many trips to the ‘naughty step’.
The weekend started well for the team, Jann qualified the GT-R in ninth against the professional racers in the series. His team-mate, Alex Buncombe, took the start and was up to third by lap four. It looked like the Nissan duo would be in contention for the win, but then the penalties began to come. The main issue was with drivers running too wide at Copse corner, but that extra bit of tarmac was far too enticing for most of the cars on track, one of which got caught out six times. Read the rest of this entry »
Entry to the 2012 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy qualifying closed last week, after more than 830,000 people from the participating European countries had downloaded and played the online qualifying demo. The demo, based on the popular Gran Turismo 5 game for the Sony PlayStation console, has attracted the most entries from the UK (over 161,000) closely followed by France and Spain. The qualifying demo made use of virtual Nissan cars on a variety of circuits, before culminating in a one lap time trial using a Nissan 370Z on a new virtual version of the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
The 16 fastest gamers from the UK and Ireland online time trial join 16 Live Event Wild Card winners to take part in a National Final event at Silverstone circuit (17 and 18 July), where they will face a combination of gaming challenges and real driving tests using the Nissan 370Zs. Six leading UK and Ireland candidates will then return to Silverstone in August for the International GT Academy Race Camp.
The week long GT Academy Race Camp will see the six UK and Ireland finalists go head-to-head, as they are put through a series of driving, physical and mental challenges designed to measure what it takes to become a modern day professional racing driver. The leading UK and Ireland competitor will then battle it out against other European finalists to determine who will be crowned the 2012 GT Academy European Champion. Read the rest of this entry »