Launched for the first time in 2012, the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 has entered a new model year. The 2018 edition of the race car, the automaker says, will be shipped to first customers in January next year.

Learning from accumulated actual race data since the 2015 model was released, the new GT3 racer has an optimized weight distribution and a lower center of gravity, thanks to new engine mounts. The motor now sits 5.9 inches (150 mm) lower than in the previous model, while the front and rear suspensions feature an improved design. Last but not least, there’s also a new “exclusively designed” air conditioning system, which ensures the atmosphere in the cabin is healthy even at high outside temperatures.

Road-legal 2018 GT-R:

Nissan says the updated GT3, thanks to the improvements made by engineers, is “easy to handle for both professional and gentleman drivers,” and offers “significant reliability,” guaranteed by the approximately 18,641 miles (30,000 kilometers) of endurance tests.

"To develop the 2018 model Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Nismo, as the official sporting arm of Nissan, has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world," explains Takao Katagiri, CEO of Nismo.

2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3
2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

Powered by a biturbo 3.8-liter V6 engine, the GT3 race car has over 550 horsepower (405 kilowatts), delivered to the wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. Six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes provide the stopping power.

Nissan will be asking 60,000,000 Japanese Yen for the 2018 GT-R Nismo GT3, which translates to approximately $550,000 at the current exchange rates. The automaker explains additional spare parts will be required, but their type and amount depends on the race category the customer intends to participate in.

Take a look at the press release section below for more details.

Source: Nissan

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Nissan Motorsport International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) is releasing its 2018 model of the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, which is based on the NISSAN GT-R (R35) NISMO and conforms to FIA GT3 regulations. Build-to-order and delivery are to begin from around January 2019.

NISMO launched the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 in 2012 and has been supplying it to customers around the world including in Japan, Europe, America, China and Australia. The car accumulated several achievements including taking the championship titles in the SUPER GT GT300 class and the Blancpain Endurance Series (currently the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup), along with overall victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia) in 2015.

The 2018 model that is set for release reflects significant advances made on the base vehicle NISSAN GT-R (R35) NISMO, and the lessons learned from accumulated actual race data since the 2015 model was released. NISMO aimed to create a vehicle that took advantage of all of the GT-R 's strengths and was capable of running with stability and speed at any circuit and on any brand of tire.

Specifically, weight distribution has been optimized and the center of gravity lowered by mounting the engine 150mm further back and lower than in the 2015 model. At the same time, the front and rear suspension, along with the cross member have been newly designed to improve the vehicle dynamics.

In addition to vigorous tests carried out in Japan and overseas since April of last year, participation in several series, in cooperation with NISMO 's official partner teams this season, has seen the car run a total of approximately 30,000km. This new vehicle has enhanced competitiveness through improvements in its fundamental performance, at the same time, the new model is easy to handle for both professional and gentleman drivers, and offers significant reliability

"To develop the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, NISMO, as the official sporting arm of NISSAN, has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world, " said Takao Katagiri, CEO of NISMO. "Whilst this is its first year of actual competition, it is already demonstrating its competitiveness, having attained achievements such as a 3rd place podium finish in the Japan 's SUPER GT (GT300 class) and a 3rd place overall finish in the Blancpain GT Series Asia. I would like to greatly thank our official partner teams for being the first to choose and demonstrate the full potential of the car and we have high hopes that a number of teams will be competing with the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3."

  • Development features of the 2018 model
    • Lowered center of gravity and optimized weight distribution through a revision of the vehicle package
    • Improved dynamics through newly designed suspension
    • Optimized balance between stable downforce characteristics and drag
    • Front and rear rigidity (flexural, torsional) improvements and enhanced linearity by utilizing advanced analysis technology
    • Dry sump system implementation for lowered center of gravity and lubrication reliability
    • Extended maintenance cycle through a newly designed transmission
    • Strengthened brakes with increased durability and reliability
    • An exclusively designed air conditioning system to reduce driver stress and ensure comfort during endurances races, etc. available as an option
  • Price of the vehicle

¥60,000,000 (excl. tax / delivery at NISMO factory)
※ Optional / spare parts will be necessary depending on what category you intend to participate in.
For more details, please enquire at the contact provided below.

  • Sales and Support

NISMO will be carrying out vehicles sales and customer support.

  • Specifications
Length   4,832mm
Width   2,036mm
Wheelbase   2,817mm
Track Front 1,690mm
  Rear 1,700mm
Weight   1,285kg*1
Engine Model   VR38DETT
Displacement   3,799cc
Maximum Power   Over 405kw/6,500rpm Over 550ps/6,500rpm*1
Maximum Torque   Over 637M m/5,000prm Over 65.0kgf m/5,000rpm*1
Drive System   2WD FR
Cluth   Metal, 5.5 inch 4-plate
Transmission   6-speed Sequential
Brake Front 6-piston caliper/Ventilated Steel Disc Brake and Pad
  Rear 4-piston caliper/Ventilated Steel Disc Brake and Pad
Suspension Front Independent Suspension Double Wishbone
  Rear Independent Suspension Double Wishbone
Tire Front 330/710-18
  Rear 330/710-18
Wheel Front 13.0Jx18
  Rear 13.0Jx18
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