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Nissan Confirms New NISMO GT-R, Plans to Open New NISMO HQ and Plant

Performance brand will anchor Japanese maker’s return to Le Mans in 2014.

by on Feb.25, 2013

The 2014 GT-R will provide the foundation for Nissan's next NISMO model.

Nissan plans to rapidly ramp up its line-up of high-performance models under the NISMO brand, with a new version of the GT-R sports car to join the Juke and 370Z NISMO models the maker unveiled earlier this month at the Chicago Auto Show.

Originally intended to serve as the Japanese maker’s racing arm, NISMO will now get its own headquarters and a plant specifically earmarked to produce its performance street products.

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During a news conference in Japan on Tuesday morning, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn also outlined an expanded role for NISMO in the maker’s global motorsports program, with Nissan planning to field a car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 that will be based on the revolutionary DeltaWing project it sponsored during the 2012 running of the grueling endurance race. While details have yet to be released, the new Le Mans car will make extensive use of electric propulsion, as well as advanced aerodynamic design.


Nissan Darting into LeMans with DeltaWing racer

Revolutionary design could reshape motor sports.

by on Mar.14, 2012

Nissan has put its name on the DeltaWing racer as its title sponsor.

Over more than a century of motor sports, the racing world has often been transformed by dramatic shifts in design.  Today, aerodynamics can play as significant a role as the powertrain in a race car – as fans of the Formula One world can readily attest.

Is the DeltaWing project ready to unleash the next big revolution?  The dart-like concept, which has more visually in common with a fighter aircraft than a NASCAR or even an Indy racer, is set to get its first big test during the unforgiving 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to the project’s latest sponsor, Nissan.

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The Japanese maker says it is “aiming to change the face of endurance racing forever” with what has now been renamed the Nissan DeltaWing.  That’s no minor boast when you consider what the exotic concept will be going up against, including the likes of Audi’s latest diesel-powered monster, the R18 eTron Quattro.