Nissan Motorsport Motorsport Program 2019

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In the recent lack of Skyline / GT-R / NISMO news we thought we would publish the Nissan & NISMO Motorsport Program for this year being 2019!

FORMULA E :

The ongoing season five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is Nissan’s first & is also the first Japanese company to join the all-electric street racing series!

The company is using Formula E to showcase the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, its vision for changing the way cars are driven, powered & integrated into society. Nissan has used its years of experience developing & manufacturing the Nissan LEAF – the world’s best-selling electric car – to create a new powertrain package for its Formula E car. This includes a new electric motor, inverter, gearbox & software.

Nissan’s Sebastien Buemi is the only driver to qualify in the top four in every race this season – most recently claiming the team’s first-ever Formula E pole position in Santiago, Chile. The team heads to Mexico City for the next round of the championship, on February the 16th.

  • Team – Nissan e.adams.
  • Team Principle – Jean-Paul Driot.
  • Driver No.23 – Sebastien  (SUI).
  • Driver No.22 – Oliver ROWLAND (GBR).
  • Reserve / Test Driver – Mitsunoril TAKABOSHI (JPN).
  • Simulator Driver – Jann Mardenborough (GBR).

Michael Carcamo, Nissans Global Motorsports Director said :

Our Formula E program brings together Nissan’s world-leading experience in electric cars, NISMO’s 30-plus years of motorsports engineering innovation & the championship-winning Formula E expertise of our racing partner e.dams. It’s giving Nissan valuable experience & data that will help us build even better electric cars for our customers”.

SUPER GT GT500 :

Nissan & NISMO have committed to strengthening their competitiveness in the Super GT GT500 class & recapturing the series championship. To that end, they’ve carried out a significant review of hardware & software. Motohiro Matsumura, NISMO’s Chief Operating Officer will assume the role of Executive Director for the Nissan teams. Toshikazu Tanaka, Corporate Vice President of NISMO, will become team principal of NDDP Racing. Satoshi Motoyama, who competed in GT500 for 22 years & took home three series championships along with 16 wins for Nissan & NISMO, will support Matsumura as an executive adviser.

The team structures are :

  • Team NISMO
  • Team Principle – Yutaka SUZUKI.
  • Car Name – Motul Autech GT-R.
  • Tyre Brand – Michelin.
  • No.23 Driver – Tsugio Matsuda (JPN) / Ronnie Quintarelli (ITAL) / Toshikazu Tanaka.
  • Team NDDP Racing with B-Max.
  • Team Principle – Toshikazu Tanaka.
  • Car Name – Craftsports Motul GT-R.
  • Tyre Brand – Michelin.
  • No.3 Driver(s) – Kohei Hirate (JPN) & Frederic Makowiecki (FRA).
  • Team Impul.
  • Team Principle – Kazuyoshi Hoshino.
  • Car Name – Calsonic Impul GT-R.
  • Tyre Brand – Bridgestone.
  • No.12 Driver(s) – Daiki Sasaki (JPN) / James Rossiter (GBR).
  • Kondo Racing.
  • Team Principle – Masahiko Kondo.
  • Car Name – TBA.
  • Tyre Brand – Yokohama.
  • No.24 Driver(s) – Mitsunori Takaboshi (JPN) / Jann Mardenborough (GBR).

Masahiro Hasemi will retire from serving as a GT500 team principal & will become an honorary member of NISMO.

Enhancements to the 2019-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 include improvements to the balance of aerodynamic performance, a review of weight distribution, increased engine output & power curve optimization. Takao Katagiri, NISMO’s President & Chief Executive Officer said :

Nissan & NISMO hope to share the joy of motorsports with fans through the pillars of Formula E and Super GT. In Formula E, we will take full advantage of NISMO’s accumulated motorsports know-how & pour our resources into supporting Nissan & e.dams. In Super GT, in order to move on from last year’s disappointments & retake the crown, I hope our four teams will come together to meet the expectations of our fans under our new executive director.”

CUSTOMER RACING PROGRAMS :

GT3 – Customer racing – this season Nissan & NISMO welcome Kondo Racing to the list of official partner teams in addition to KCMG & Gainer. NISMO will supply Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars & provide technical assistance to even more teams.

INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE – the Intercontinental GT Challenge, featuring major GT3 competitors includes the Bathurst 12 hours in Australia, the California 8 hours, the Spa 24 hours in Belgium, the Suzuka 10 hours in Japan & the 9 hours of Kyalami in South Africa. KCMG will participate with two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars.

  • Team KCMG.
  • No.18 Driver(s) – Edoardo Liberati (ITA) / Alexandre Imperatori (SUI) / Oliver Jarvis (GBR).
  • No. 35 Driver(s) – Katsumasa Chiyo (JPN) / Tsugio Matsuda (JPN) / Hosh Burdon (AUS).

24 HOURS OF NURBURGRING – two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars from KCMG & one from Kondo Racing will compete at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany from June 22nd to 23rd in 2019 :

  • Team KCMG.
  • Team Principle – Paul Ip.
  • Driver(s) – Edoardo Liberati(ITA) / Josh Burdon(AUS) / Philipp Wlazik (GER) & a TBA.
  • Team KONDO RACING.
  • Team Principle – Masahiko Kondo.
  • Tire Brand – Yokohama.
  • Driver(s) – Tsugio Matsuda (JPN) / Mitsunori Takaboshi (JPN) / Tomonobu Fujii (JPN) / Tom Coronel (NLD).

For Kondo Racing several technical staff members from the NISMO Performance Centers will serve as race mechanics & assist with vehicle maintenance alongside Kondo Racing’s professional race mechanics. The centers are Nissan dealers where NISMO road cars & parts are on display & staffed with authorized mechanics known as “NISMO Meisters.”

SUPER GT GT300 CLASS – Kondo Racing will be a new entry as a GT3 official partner team, in addition to two 2018 models that will compete for Gainer continuing their efforts from last year. Tomei Sports & X Works will also race using the 2018 model GT-R, while NILZZ Racing will drive a 2015 model GT-R. Six Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars will compete in total.

  • Team Gainer.
  • Team Principle – Kazumi Fuji.
  • Car Name – Gainer Tanax Triple A GT-R.
  • Tire brand – Yokohama.
  • No.10 Driver(s) – Kazuki Hoshino/ Keishi Ishikawa.
  • Team Gainer.
  • Team Principle – Kazumi Fuji.
  • Car Name – Gainer Tanax GT-R.
  • Tire brand – Dunlop.
  • No11. Driver(s) – Katsuyuki Hiranaka / Hironobu Yasuda.
  • Team Kondo Racing.
  • Team Princple – Masahiko Kondo.
  • Car Name – Realize Nissan Automobile technical College GT-R.
  • Tire Brand – Yokohama.
  • No.56 Driver(s) – Kazuki Hiramine / Sacha Fenestraz (FRA).

For the past seven years, Kondo Racing has conducted a human resource development project through the Super Taikyu Series, involving students from the Nissan Automobile Technical College. This year, the project is switching to the GT300 class. Rebranded as the Nissan Mechanic Challenge, the expanded project involves not only students but also dealer technical staff.

SUPER TAIKYU SERIES (Japan) – Several Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars will compete in the Super Taikyu Series ST-X class.

Nissan & NISMO will continue to supply racing engines to prototype cars & to provide technical assistance. In the IMSA Daytona Prototype International class, they will supply VR38 engines to CORE Autosport. In addition they will provide one-make VK50 engines to LMP3 class entrants.

OTHER RACING PROGRAMS :

MICRA CUP – In Canada, a Micra one-make race will be held as the Micra Cup. This series is entering its fifth year & will consist of six events and 12 races.

SUPER TAIKYU SERIES (Japan) – Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO RCs are set to compete in the ST-3 class of the Super Taikyu Series in Japan with NISMO again providing technical support.

NISMO DRIVING ACADEMY (Japan) – to connect with motorsports & road car users, the NISMO Driving Academy will continue to be held for NISMO road car R35 GT-R & Fairlady Z owners – 16 times in total.

NISMO FESTIVAL (Japan) – this annual fan appreciation event will be held on the 08th of December 2019 at the Fuji Speedway.