Nissan’s new hero model enters GT4
Nissan’s latest generation of its legendary Z nameplate will lead the Japanese manufacturer’s return to competition in GT4.
Recently released in Australia, the new Z will follow in the footsteps of its previous generation 350Z and 370Z in competing in GT4, however Nissan’s performance arm Nismo has spearheaded the development instead of British-based RJN Motorsport, which had handled the marque’s earlier forays.
Although technical details won’t be released until November’s SEMA show in the United States, upon its release the Z GT4 was confirmed to be powered by a tuned VR30DDTT courtesy of NISMO, which is mated to an optimized chassis and suspension.
Other aspects include the addition of aerodynamic aids, but these are quite limited as per the GT4 regulations as cockpit ergonomics will be designed to cater for all drivers of various skill level and size.
“Motorsports for Nissan is an expression of our passion and unrivalled expertise,” said Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta.
“The Nissan Z continues to maintain its position as an exciting sports car that fascinates drivers with its driving dynamics and flexible powertrain.”
“We are confident that this track-ready GT4-category Nissan Z will be ready to write another chapter in the Nissan Z’s 50-plus-year legacy of speed.”
Comprehensive testing has already been undertaken at NISMO’s engineering facilities and on multiple track-test sessions including at this year’s Fuji 24 Hour Race and numerous Super Taikyu events.
Deliveries will begin in the first half of 2023.
GT4 is going through an exciting period as just a fortnight ago Ford announced its seventh generation Mustang will feature in GT4, joining BMW, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren, Chevrolet, Mercedes-AMG, Audi, Toyota and now Nissan as offering a model in the class.
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