Just in case anyone missed the announcement at the start of the year, we are recapping an old article from February of this year which outlines the 2018 Motorsport Calendar for Nissan. So, imprtant dates for your diaries.
We have already seen a number of articles on this with Nissan being the first Japanese automaker to debut in the Formula E Championship at the start of season five in late 2018. Nissan have already unveiled their livery at this year’s Geneva Motor Show & driver lineup & team details will be available later this year. The entry by Nissan, is perfectly timed to coincide with new technical regulations for the championship. It’s also a high-performance expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven & integrated into society. Nissan makes the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF & introduced a new version of the zero-emission car in October 2017.
SUPER GT GT500 Class
Nissan enters four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture the championships it won in 2014 & 2015. Nissan won five out of eight races in 2016 & missed the 2017 title by a mere 2 points. Tsugio Matsuda & Ronnie Quintarelli, the 2014 & 2015 champions will again drive NISMO’s No. 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, marking their fifth straight season as a driving combination. Matsuda is the most successful GT500 driver in the history of the championship, with 19 wins. Quintarelli holds the series record for most championship wins, with four titles.
Making its GT500 class debut, NDDP Racing with B-MAX will pair veteran Satoshi Motoyama with young star Katsumasa Chiyo.
Team IMPUL will feature Daiki Sasaki alongside GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough, while 2017 Japanese Formula 3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi steps up from the GT300 class with Kondo Racing with Joao Paulo de Oliveira. The 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500’s updates include:
- Aerodynamic improvements, including optimization of air flow along the vehicle’s center
- Enhanced drivability, with increased engine output and improved durability
- Revision of all alterable components to optimize the car’s potentia
CUSTOMER RACING PROGRAMS
This season, the newly evolved 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 is available for customers. NISMO will continue customer support for teams running the 2015-spec GT-R NISMO GT3 in the SUPER GT GT300 class & Super Taikyu in Japan. Racing team GAINER will compete in the SUPER GT GT300 class with two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s. The two-car squad will also debut in the Blancpain GT Asia series with KCMG.
In prototype racing Nissan as an engine supplier will be represented in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Extreme Speed Motorsports – with the GT-R GT3-based VR38 engine & the FIA World Endurance Championship with ByKOLLES Racing – 3.0-liter turbo V6 – VRX30A evo.
Additionally, teams competing in the LMP3 category around the world will continue to use the Nissan VK50 race engine.
OTHER RACING PROGRAMS
In Canada, the Nissan Micra Cup Championship will continue for its fourth season. The Australian Supercars squad will feature Andre Heimgartner, replacing the retired Todd Kelly. Heimgartner joins Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso & Simona De Silvestro at the wheel of their Nissan Altimas.