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2010-01-15 12:49
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Nissan
Model GT-R
Engine 5.6l V8
Power 440kW
Torque 650Nm
Nissan is taking its fearsome GT-R supercar racing in the FIA GT1 world championship this year.

The Japanese manufacturer today announced it will partner with Sumo Power GT (from the UK) and Swiss Racing Team, who are quite obviously from Switzerland.

The cars fielded by these two partners (the drivers are still to be announced) will differ quite radically from the road-going GT-R in terms of engine specification.

Engine borrowed from a bakkie?

Power is sourced from Nissan’s American market Titan bakkie, with the VK56DE 5.6l V8 reconfigured for racing duty in the GT-R.

With its induction and gas-exchange regime suitably modified for track work the Titan V8 should produce 440kW and 650Nm of peak rotational force.

The all-wheel drive system has been binned for a rear-wheel drive only set-up, managed by a transaxle Ricardo six-speed transmission actuated by a carbon-fibre triple plate clutch.

Deceleration is courtesy of Brembo, with six-piston callipers clamping ceramic rotors at all four wheel corners.

Carbon-fibre fetish

One of the GT-R racer’s most striking characteristics is a comprehensive carbon-fibre Nismo bodykit (melting away 500kg’s worth of roadcar GT-R mass), which contrasts strikingly with a white colour scheme.

The ornate, GT-style, rear wing, plastic windows and vented bonnet are all part of the car’s rumoured $720 000 sticker price for prospective buyers.

Billed as the return to proper GT racing, the 2010 FIA GT series sees heavily revised regulations and a field of 49 cars competing in 12 rounds across the world.


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