A video from Nismo University explains Nissan’s bold decision to make the Le Mans racer front-wheel drive. We learn very quickly that while it wasn’t a decision the design team took lightly, they had very good reasons to give it a go.
In the video, Ben Bowlby, technical director for the FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, first explains that race cars are traditionally rear-wheel drive for reasons of “traction and packaging.” On the other hand, he tells us that, contrary to popular practice, putting the power up front has its advantages.
First of all, front-wheel drive means putting the engine up front. This creates a longer so-called “bonnet,” which maximizes down-force, making air resistance much less a factor.
“But what about understeer?” you ask. Yes, the Nissan racing team concedes that understeer is indeed an issue. The trade-off is that in slippery conditions, the racer is less likely to spin.
Making a front-wheel drive car also makes the LM Nismo very much like road cars. As Jann Mardenborough, Nissan race car driver says, this has everything to do with efficiency. Efficiency is extremely important in a race like Le Mans.
We here at James Ceranti Nissan are always shocked by what NISMO develops for the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. When designing something for one of the world’s largest post-production tuning shows, the engineers can get pretty creative.
The SEMA NISMO lineup was one of the largest at the show, featuring the 2015 GT-R NISMO on center stage. With performance in mind, the engineers down at NISMO outdid themselves once again.
Featuring a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V6 engine mated with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, the GT-R NISMO can do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. In other words, if you saw the GT-R on the road, it’d be nothing but a blur. It also features a modified suspension, new dampers, turbos, a rear spoiler and a front splitter.
Car and Driver loved it, saying: “you’ll exit saying ‘incredible, incredible.’” They added that the new modifications make this model one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive on a track.
With a design like this, we can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for next year’s SEMA show!
The 2015 GT-R is one smoking hot car from the inside out, and there is absolutely no denying that. To top it all off, Nissan has added a little something special to its coat of paint.
At a recent journalist event in California, Nissan showed off the Regal Red finish on the 2015 GT-R. You may notice how it sparkles in the sun… and the secret is real gold. Nissan added flecks of gold to the paint to make the Premium Paint option even more premium.
In addition to high end paint so high end that it’s laced with real gold, Nissan added a few more touches to make each 2015 GT-R unique. Each 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine is hand-built and includes a plate listing the name of the engineer that built it. It also comes equipped with new LED headlights and offers a quieter interior ride than the previous model.
However, even with the addition of all of these comfort features, the GT-R doesn’t lose any of its speed or performance capabilities. It will still launch you to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.
All of these premium features and speed will cost you, of course. The 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium comes in at $106,520. Start saving up, folks. Otherwise, admire the 2015 GT-R from afar, and come test drive a more affordable representation of Nissan luxury and performance right here at James Ceranti Nissan.
Nissan shared news so big at the LA Auto Show that they needed six-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt to help announce it: The 2015 GT-R NISMO has arrived in North America.
The GT-R NIMSO is the fourth model in Nissan’s GT-R lineup.
The NISMO prioritizes power-packed performance yielding a whopping 600 hp and more than 480 pound-foot of fun (also torque).
With numbers like that, it seems fitting that Bolt, the “World’s Fastest Man,” helped with the unveiling. Bolt is Nissan’s appointed “Director of Excitement,” and he drives a customized gold GT-R himself. We’re thinking gold is a something of a symbolic color for him.
“Nissan has always been the brand that did things differently. Our designs have stretched the envelope over the years,” said Nissan’s Divisional vice president of Sales and Marketing, Fred Diaz, who also participated in the reveal.
“All Nissan products, just like the new GT-R NISMO, stand out among the competition because they are about the driver first and foremost and about using innovation to transform the driving experience.”
We at James Ceranti Nissan expect the 2015 GT-R NISMO to be available some time in 2014 after sales of the GT-R Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition models begin in January.
Where would you drive if you had all that power behind you?
Nissan boasts that the GT-R is not just any old supercar—it’s “the supercar”. As one of the very fastest cars available on the market for the modern driver, the GT-R is a beautiful combination of unbridled muscle, prized Nissan technology, and unique character.
Part of the marvel and praise associated with the Nissan GT-R is its perfect balance of power and control. Despite incredibly high 500+ horsepower, the GT-R is known for superb handling. However, not all critics deem this a good thing, arguing curtly that the car pretty much drives itself.
YouTube’s That Racing Channel decided to answer those criticisms with a particularly entertaining video which we’ve included below. The video features two GT-R drivers engaging in a race during which both are pre-occupied, to say the least. As the cars speed forward on perfectly straight paths, the drivers play handheld video games, eat over-stuffed sandwiches, catch naps, and even shave.
Obviously, this method of driving is not recommended or realistic, but the video is definitely worth a watch, especially for those of us that appreciate the GT-R in all its glory! Check it out for a good laugh, and come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan!
Speed can be fun in any language. Combine the thrill of doing something bad, the heightened senses from an adrenaline rush and the overwhelming feeling of freedom and you’ve got yourself one awesome adventure cocktail. Nissan’s German arm recently pitted a GT-R up against an ex-Swiss Air Force fighter jet, called the Hawker Hunter. While the idea of a car vs. plane knockdown, drag-out fight is nothing new, this may be the first time a GT-R has been involved in one.
We know you won’t be disappointed by this action, which shows the two high-speed machines racing along the two-kilometer runway. We don’t want to ruin the suspense, so scroll down for the latest match-up of sports car versus fighter jet.
The history between the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 is quite lengthy. Each car is the other’s nemesis, constantly trying to one up the other year in and year out. But what would happen for the 2012 model year, would the Porsche 911 finally overcome the turbo speed of the GT-R?
In the following video, Evo magazine editor Tiff Needell has the lucky job of taking the 2012 Nissan GT-R and 2012 Porsche 911 out onto the Bedford Autodrome.
Enjoy the twists and turns of the Bedford Autodrome track which really helps show off these supercars and ultimately will differentiate the superiority of one over the other.