Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd.(NISMO) announced their motorsports program for the 2011 season in Yokohama today. The Japanese manufacturer will be active in Super GT, the FIA GT1 World Championship, while they will run customer programs in other series and a GT3 car is under development.
In the FIA GT1 World Championship NISMO will once again supply four Nissan GT-Rs. The cars will be run by the JRM Group under the Sumo Power GT and JR Motorsports banner (more here).
NISMO confirmed that even though no significant changes have been made to the existing Nissan GT-R due to the current FIA GT1 World Championship regulations the cars will have a reduced body weight and modified front bumpers for improved aerodynamics.
The Nissan GT-R will also be racing in the Super GT series in Japan. Four Nissan GT-Rs will run in the GT500 class. Changes have been made to the engine (improved torque and increased horsepower), bodywork (to improve downforce) and the drivetrain.
NISMO will enter a car for Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer, Team IMPUL will enter one for Tsugio Matsuda and João Paulo de Oliveira, KONDO Racing will enter one for Hironobu Yasuda and Björn Wirdheim and newcomer MOLA will enter one for Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli.
NISMO will also provide technical support to RJN Motorsport again. The British team will once again race in the GT4 European Cup with its Nissan 370Z.
An interesting development is that NISMO is also working on a Nissan GT-R based on the FIA GT3 regulations. This GT3 specification GT-R is scheduled to race in several races in Europe and Japan as part of its development program. Should these “test races” be successful the car will be offered to customer teams from 2012 on.