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YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. today unveiled a newly designed Nissan Z GT500 race car at Fuji International Speedway. The new GT500 racer will participate in the Super GT Series starting with the 2022 season.

Under the Nissan NEXT transformation plan announced in May last year, Nissan has been transforming its business to provide superior brand value. The move to enter the highly competitive Super GT series with the all-new Nissan Z sports car is part of these efforts.

Nissan has always strived to deliver excitement to customers through innovation. In the early 1970s as a newcomer motor racing in the United States, Nissan clocked up straight wins at the SCCA C Production Series with the S30 240Z. In the 1990s, Nissan had multiple wins at the IMSA Series with the Z32 300ZX and its participation in the JGTC/Super GT series with the Z33 in the 2000s ultimately led to a series championship.

Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta said: “The Nissan Z GT500 symbolizes Nissan’s spirit of taking on challenges and bringing excitement to life. Through our racing efforts we continue to innovate our cars and we race to win with the same daring we have displayed so many times over the years.”

President and CEO of NISMO Takao Katagiri said: “We are entering the 2022 Super GT series with our all-new Nissan Z GT500 car and our huge passion for motorsports. We hope that our fans will continue to passionately support the Nissan and NISMO motorsport teams.”
 

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Got to love the carbon fiber bezel. I bet for a number of regular Z owners this will be among their first mods.
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Since it has the camo on I guess this is from before the reveal?

Also, time I see this car, or even the GT-R before it I have to remind myself that it's a 4-cylinder engine underneath and not a V6. The amount of power they can produce is nuts.
 

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these cars are basically GTR and Z in name only. however its not an apples to apples comparison of saying its like watching the Supra in NASCAR since these cars do use some pieces of the OEM chassis and those cars are monotype bodies with decals. I think for SuperGT GT500 its just the roof and the A pillar ( then the front and rear bumpers are made to mimic the aero of the street car) but at the end of the day you are rooting for the Z branding here more than anything.

with that said the GTR NISMO did get a couple aerodynamic traits from the SuperGT car as it was developed so hopefully one day we will see some trickle down to the NISMO Z from this 2022 racecar



here is what the engine looks like as of 2020 season


this engine runs over 50 lbs of boost!


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Front lights look super weird. The GTR ones looked better. They should have stuck with the GTR which just looks better since its just a shell. Unless they are canceling the regular GTR too .....?
 

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Front lights look super weird. The GTR ones looked better. They should have stuck with the GTR which just looks better since its just a shell. Unless they are canceling the regular GTR too .....?
There's been a lot of discussion of what the next gen GT-R will look like and what powertrain it'll have but there hasn't been much talk about it being scrapped altogether.
 

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There's been a lot of discussion of what the next gen GT-R will look like and what powertrain it'll have but there hasn't been much talk about it being scrapped altogether.
Oh ok good. Was worried for a second there. The Z benefits so much by having a big brother and trickle down tech.
 

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Japanese Nostalgic Car highlighted some Z racing history from the presentation.
"Perhaps less known in the U.S. were legendary drivers like Haruhito “Of the Rain” Yanagida, who won the 1972 Fuji Grand Champion race during a torrential downpour, a victory that earned him his nickname. It was a privilege just to see the man speak while sitting in front of one of his machines. There was also Tsugio Matsuda, the JGTC champion driver of the Z33 Xanavi Nismo Z who helped design the instrument readout of the new Z. Former driver and now team owner Kazuyoshi Hoshino also makes an appearance, promising the new Z will return in his Calsonic Impul livery.

Perhaps less known in the U.S. were legendary drivers like Haruhito “Of the Rain” Yanagida, who won the 1972 Fuji Grand Champion race during a torrential downpour, a victory that earned him his nickname. It was a privilege just to see the man speak while sitting in front of one of his machines. There was also Tsugio Matsuda, the JGTC champion driver of the Z33 Xanavi Nismo Z who helped design the instrument readout of the new Z. Former driver and now team owner Kazuyoshi Hoshino also makes an appearance, promising the new Z will return in his Calsonic Impul livery.

Afterwards, the four current drivers that will be piloting the new Z in Super GT next year stepped onto a makeshift stage at Fuji Speedway to speak about the upcoming season. Among them was Masataka Yanagida, son of Haruhito Yanagida, who spoke about being the second-generation Z driver and carrying on the family legacy (at 21:47 in the video above). Though it isn’t the younger Yanagida’s first time behind the wheel of a works Z, being one of four works drivers to represent the new Z bears a weight that he is clearly aware of."


Here are some other photos of it in action.
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