British motorsport preparation specialist, JRM, has unveiled its 2014-specificaton Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England today.
The new machine is an evolution of the successful 2013-specification GT-R that won the PRO-AM drivers’ and teams’ championship titles in the fiercely-competitive Blancpain Endurance Series last season.
It complies with the FIA’s GT3 regulations and is therefore eligible for most of the international and domestic sports car championships around the world.
JRM, assigned by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) to assist in the development, test and build programmes for the Japanese marque’s official GT3 programme in 2011, has delivered a raft of performance-enhancing developments with the 2014-specification GT-R.
The 3.8-litre, V6, twin turbocharged car features new hubs and wheel locking nuts that improve pit stop times by five seconds, Rays wheels to suit the latest hubs, a re-located air jack point on the front wing to ease pit stop efficiency, a front radiator blanking kit, and a redesigned fuel delivery system that improves pit stop filling times by four per cent.
JRM executive director, James Rumsey, said: “The GT-R Nismo GT3 has shown itself to be a hugely competitive car and it will make another significant step forward in 2014. Working with NISMO, we felt there were some areas of the car that could be refined to give even greater performance heading into the new season and that’s what we’ve focused on.
“We believe the GT-R Nismo GT3 is the most affordable – mechanical running costs are only £13.50 per kilometre – and competitive car in the GT3 paddock and it represents the first commercially available, ready-to-race model officially available from a motorsport powerhouse like Nissan.”
Experienced sports car racer Matt Bell drove a JRM-prepared GT-R Nismo GT3 in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series and he believes the 2014 machine is a significant step forward. “The car has a lot of aero which helps in the mid to high-speed corners where a driver needs confidence,” he said.
“The engine is also very strong – probably the best feature of the car – and that makes it very responsive to drive, but crucially, very good to race. It gives a driver the ability to slipstream and attack any car on the grid, while cars with lower straight line speeds will find it hard to attack the Nissan.”
As well as manufacturing all of Nismo’s GT3 cars, JRM also offers a one-stop-shop for customer support services in selected European countries, the Middle East and Russia. These include spare parts and rebuilds, as well as engineering and technical support.
Prices for the 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car start at £295,000. A range of optional extras are also available from JRM. These include the Nismo air conditioned ‘cool seat’ system, the GPS receiver and lap beacon, a complete sensor pack including damper potentiometers, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a 24-hour endurance package.