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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, President: Makoto Uchida) and Nissan Motorsports & Customization Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kayagasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, President: Takao Katagiri Abbreviation: NMC) are on June 4th, 5th. Announced that it will participate in the "NAPAC Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hour Race" held at Fuji Speedway on the same day with a race car based on the new "Nissan Z" (Japanese name: Fairlady Z).

At the "Fuji 24 Hour Race," which will be held as the second round of the Super Taikyu Series, a wide variety of vehicles classified according to the range of modifications will enter and compete for vehicle performance for 24 hours. This time, Nissan / NISMO will explore the possibility of using the new "Nissan Z" in various motor sports categories, and in order to obtain actual battle data, in addition to the one entered from NISMO, the same in "Fairlady Z" We will participate in the ST-Q class * as a test with two cars including Max Racing, which has abundant experience in the series (ST-3 class) . We will train the car through a tough race of 24 hours and aim to develop an exciting race car suitable for Z. Details will be announced at a later date.


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while this is a race car project and will probably lead to a GT4 style racer... for some context Nissan/Nismo did this exact same thing with the GTR about 10 year ago. they entered a race prepped road car into the 24 hours of Nurburging. strictly for R&D testing. that car lead to the development GTR NISMO road car


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I can't wait to see how the cars do in June! Here's the list of the two teams that will be competing at the race.


[Team structure]
No.directed byteamdriver
230 230Masanobu YoshidaNISMOKohei Hirate
Tsugio Matsuda
Ronnie Quintarelli
Kazuki Hoshino
Daiki Sasaki
244Tetsuya TanakaMax RacingTetsuya
Tanaka Toru Tanaka
Atsushi Miyake
Mitsunori Takaboshi Hironobu
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The Z race car has an engine capable of running on carbon-neutral-fuel (CNF).
The New Nissan Z Race Car Doesn't Run On Your Average Gas
Instead, it uses something much greener.

A month ago, Nissan debuted its new Z racer, destined for the hallowed asphalt of the Fuji 24 endurance race. This isn't the only place the Z is going racing, but it's certainly one race series that's "close" to a stock Nissan Z you might be able to buy from a dealer. Now, that concept has officially hit the tarmac, says Nissan.

The two cars, numbered 230 and 244, will be raced by a NISMO team and the Max Racing team, respectively. Nissan calls these cars "concepts," but rest assured, these are the real deal. Both will be racing as of June 4th and 5th, so be sure to check the standings to see how they've done. It's a long race, and just about anything can happen.

That's especially true of the #230 car. Nissan has revealed that car will have something your average Nissan Z won't: an engine capable of running on carbon-neutral-fuel (CNF). Unfortunately, details on how Nissan managed that are slim. Still, making a 400 hp twin-turbo V6 out of a production car push more power via CNF is an impressive feat. That car is there largely for experimental development, sort of like Porsche's sustainable fuel project.

The other car, #244, run by Max Racing, gets your everyday, run-of-the-mill gasoline engine. Well, not "run-of-the-mill." This is still a race car engine, after all. Unfortunately, Nissan remains tight-lipped on outputs. This being a race car and all, that's giving away team-only info, so we'll give Nissan a pass there. Still, it's safe to say these are both producing more than the Z's stock 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan isn't shy about the development potential here, either. Head of Motorsports Business Unit Office and president of Nissan Takao Katagiri said: "We are entering this 24-hour endurance race with two vehicles, one fueled by CNF, because the tougher the race, the more we learn. We expect to acquire ample data and know-how for future vehicle development."

Best case, that means we'll get a clean, green Nissan Z in the future. We certainly won't turn our noses up at a Z with a significantly smaller carbon footprint that can still burn gas and make good noises.
 
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